Belfield wins midget tourney

Bowman hosted this year’s Midget baseball tournament with ten teams.  It was a single elimination tournament with a consolation bracket.

By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Record

Bowman hosted this year’s Midget baseball tournament with ten teams.  It was a single elimination tournament with a consolation bracket.  Bowman again fielded two teams with Hettinger, Belfield, Scranton, Buffalo, New England, Baker Mont., Richardton and South Heart entering one team each.  Midget baseball is also called coach-pitch as the team’s coach pitches to his/her own team but cannot be involved in any defensive plays.

With 10 teams entered there had to be two play-in games with the winners advancing to the quarter finals, and the losers headed for the consolation bracket.  Bowman Red downed New England and Baker got by Richardton.

In the quarter final games Belfield easily got by Scranton, Baker defeated South Heart, Bowman Blue over Buffalo and in one of the closer games Hettinger squeaked by Bowman Red 10-9.  Hettinger was down 9-7 going into the bottom of the last inning and with two outs Jackson Hallen delivered a hit that brought home the last two runs in a come-from-behind victory.

That set up the semi-finals pitting Bowman Blue against Baker and Hettinger facing Belfield.  Bowman Blue had no problem with Baker as they won 24-9 and Belfield defeated Hettinger 8-3. That set up the championship game with Belfield downing Bowman Blue by a 4-0 score.  In the third place game Hettinger faced Bowman Red again and won this one by a 9-6 count.

Belfield definitely was the better team in this tourney as their 3rd baseman and shortstop duo of Mason Kagel and Caden Zacher were fielding and hitting stars for them.  Taylor Wanner of Bowman Blue also had a nice all-around game.

A Bowman team had won the last two Midget tourneys.  I was also impressed with the attendance as the tournament was well attended.