Beulah demonstrated what most people thought, which was that they are the best team in District 5.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Record
Beulah demonstrated what most people thought, which was that they are the best team in District 5. Even after going 1-1 through their first two games of the tournament, and battling back through the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament, they ended up champions. They have a deep pitching staff, which is needed in this type of tournament with restrictions on the number of innings a pitcher can pitch.
The Hettinger/Scranton Bears had a great first day as they defeated Washburn 5-0 behind the no-hit, 17 strikeout performance of Warrick Dilse. Dilse struck out the side three times. Jeran Anderson of Hettinger/Scranton had the key hit of the game with two-run single in the second inning. Other first round action had Hazen downing Heart River 7-2, Beulah over Lemmon 17-3 and Bowman trouncing New Salem 22-7. New Salem has not had a Babe Ruth team for very long and only had nine players at the tourney.
Two loser bracket games started the second day as Washburn was victorious over Lemmon 11-1 and Heart River defeated New Salem 16-1.
The Bears then squared off with tournament favorite Beulah in the second round of the winners bracket. This was one of the better games of the tourney as Mason DeFoe of Hettinger/Scranton and Braydon Moore of Beulah hooked up in a pitching duel.
The score was tied at one apiece going into the top of the seventh and final inning. After Bo Wilson of Hettinger/Scranton lead off with a walk, Beulah brought in Mason Dolbec to replace Moore. Dolbec looked like the ace of Beulah’s pitching staff, but the wheels fell off as Beulah’s defense recorded three errors, a couple of wild pitches and two hits by the Bears brought home six runs.
DeFoe faced only five batters in the bottom of the inning to secure Hettinger/Scranton’s 7-1 win. The last out was a fine defensive play by W. Dilse as he fielded a grounder behind second base and flipped the ball to Kyle Burwick for the force out at second.
DeFoe had nine strikeouts and walked only one batter while giving up two hits.
Hazen knocked Bowman into the loser’s bracket in the second game of the winner’s bracket with a 10-4 victory. The final game of the day had Beulah staying alive as they easily got by Heart River 13-0.
Washburn eliminated Bowman from the tournament with a tough 12-9 win to start the third day. Washburn held an 11-2 lead after five innings but Bowman busted out for seven runs in the sixth to pull within two runs. Washburn held on for a 12-9 win. Parker Krebsbach had a good hitting game for Bowman as he had three hits, scored once and had two RBIs. Beulah later eliminated Washburn in the third game of the day with a close, last inning 10-9 victory. The second game of the day was the semi-final game with Hazen pulling out an 11-5 win over Hettinger/Scranton. The Bears held a slim 2-1 lead after four innings, but Hazen outscored them 10-3 in the last three innings. In the last game of the day Beulah eliminated the Bears with a 14-4 win.
Only Hazen and Beulah were left on the fourth day with Beulah having to beat Hazen twice to win the district championship. They did just that with an opening 6-1 win over Hazen behind the four-hit pitching of Dolbec. Chase Remboldt and B. Moore combined for a one-hitter as they downed Hazen 7-2 to wrap up the championship.
Some leading hitters for the tourney:
•Dain Sardelli, Beulah, .538
•Isaac Doll, Hazen, .529
•Mason Winkler, Beulah, .500
•Chase Remboldt, Beulah, .470
•Ty Warbis, Hettinger-Scranton, .428