Eye on southwest ND sports

The Hettinger-Scranton Bears legion baseball team finished their season with a record of 3-14 and lot their play-in regional game to Stanley, 16-4.

Sheldon Christenson
Sheldon Christenson

The Hettinger-Scranton Bears legion baseball team finished their season with a record of 3-14 and lot their play-in regional game to Stanley, 16-4.  It was an up and down season with the downs being the extensive travel for the Class B Western Region, small roster and competing with players gone due to camps and family vacations.  On the bright side is that they return everyone except one and they will be supported by four Babe Ruthers moving up next year.  They also return their top three pitchers.  This is, of course, if everyone returns to play next season.  The Bears also had three players on their roster from Bowman and one from New England.

I emailed Coach Kelly Pierce and he provided me the following comments:

“We will return everyone except Daniel Prince (from New England).  This season was a weird season in that we had games where we pitched well and didn’t hit, then we had games that we hit the ball well but didn’t pitch particularity well.  Having more numbers next season would go a long way to improving our consistency.  This season we had too many stretches where we couldn’t play games or even have quality practices due to players having other activities going on.  It is not the fault of the players, it is just the way summers are structured now and a sign that our players are involved and have great success in so many different activities.”

“I really enjoyed this season a great deal.  All of the kids represented our communities in a great way.  Hopefully in the offseason we can recruit a few more players and continue to improve the quality of baseball in our area.  Next season we should have some of the best pitching in the region.  Our hitting improved as the season went on, so I think the Post 115 Bears have a bright future ahead of them.”

What would be nice if towns like Bowman, South Heart/Belfield or other small communities like Mott, New England, Elgin, Richardton, Glen Ullin and New Salem could combine to make a couple more teams.  Hopefully that would reduce the travel as losing towns off the schedule like Crosby, Burlington, Stanley, Surrey and Renville Co..

The Bismarck Capitals defeated Kidder Co. in the Western Region championship game and now face Carrington in the first-round pairings of the State Tournament at LaMoure on July 29.

Come out and watch our Babe Ruth team in the State Babe Ruth tourney starting on July 31.

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

•July 31 – Aug. 3, State Babe Ruth tourney at Hettinger

•10 Aug. 10, First Nighthawk football practice scheduled

•10 Aug. 10, First cross country practice scheduled.

See you at the games!







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