Bears ready for tournament play

Legion baseball picks up again this week in Bismarck.

By COLE BENZ
Record Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

Legion baseball picks up again this week in Bismarck. The Post 115 Bears will travel to Dwyer Field on the campus of Shiloh Christian to compete in the double-elimination West Region tournament that will decide who goes to the state tournament July 27-30 in Carrington.

Jacob Dix takes a swing during a game against Stanley. (Record Photo)
Jacob Dix takes a swing during a game against Stanley. (Record Photo)

The top two teams from each of the four regions qualify for the state tournament, so both squads who advance to the regional championship game will punch their ticket to state.

Head coach Nolan Dix said his team is ready and primed for this week’s competition. The Bears are playing good baseball and hitting their stride at just the right time.

“We’re playing well right now,” Dix said.

They open the tournament against a familiar foe when they will face off against the Cubs from Crosby tomorrow at 3 p.m. CST.

The Bears beat the Cubs 10-2 on July 6 behind a combined no-hitter from Brandon Pierce and Jarad Mattis. Dix is hoping to have the same success the second time around. They were scheduled to play a doubleheader that day but the second game was cancelled due to weather.

As for who will be taking the mound the first game, Dix is unsure, but said whoever he picks will be ready.

The 11-team tournament will have five games on day one and two, four on day three and four with three on day five, assuming both teams in the championship advanced without a loss.

Nine of the 11 teams play on the first day while Surrey and Kidder County are scheduled for their game action on July 20. Kidder County will play the winner of the Burlington Bulldogs and Stanley Blue Jays, while Surrey will play the winner of Hettinger and Crosby.

Dix expects his team to be one of the top four in the tournament, and believes they can advance farther with the kind of baseball they’ve been playing lately.

Ultimately, a big challenge for him will be keeping his guys cool; it’s expected to be north of 100 degrees on Wednesday in Bismarck.