Eye on southwest ND sports

Hettinger hosted a fine District 5 Babe Ruth tourney July 14-17.  Hettinger-Scranton (HS) had a great first two days but stumbled on the third day to finish in third place in the eight team tourney.

Sheldon COLUMN BOXHettinger hosted a fine District 5 Babe Ruth tourney July 14-17.  Hettinger-Scranton (HS) had a great first two days but stumbled on the third day to finish in third place in the eight team tourney.  Beulah won the tourney without having two of the best players for all games.  Mason Dolbec missed the first game and Dain Sardelli missed the first three games as they were playing for Beulah’s legion team.  Sardelli is one good player and in my opinion was the best player hands down in the tournament.

Hettinger/Scranton should be just as tough or better next year as they return everyone except Mason DeFoe and Kyle Burwick, according to a team spokesman.  Both are starters and DeFoe is a good pitcher.  Burwick was not always there as he spends much of the summer months attending wrestling meets and camps.  But with the remaining team returning a year older and hopefully bigger and stronger, they could be a team to beat for the District 5 title.  Ty Warbis and Jeran Anderson have the potential to help Warrick Dilse in the pitching department.  Hopefully they can develop one or two others.  They also need to strengthen their game schedule next season.  Just playing a home and away series with Lemmon, Bowman and Heart River is not a strong enough schedule.

No. 7 Post 115 Bears were scheduled to play No. 10 Crosby in their opening game of the 2016 Class B American Legion West Region Baseball Tournament starting on July 19.  Other opening games are No. 8 Makoti vs. No. 9 Garrison, No. 6 Burlington vs. No. 11 Stanley, No. 4 Renville County vs. No. 5 Bismarck Capitals and No. 1 Hazen vs. the winner of the Makoti-Garrison contest.  No. 2 Surrey and No. 3 Kidder County are scheduled to begin action on July 20.  Surrey will play the winner of Hettinger vs. Crosby contest and Kidder County will take on the winner of Burlington vs. Stanley game.  The championship game is scheduled for July 23 at 4:30 p.m.

According to the North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) web site high school baseball will now require a pitching restriction policy based on the number of pitches thrown in a game next spring.  The revised pitching policy was one of six rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee at its June 5-7 meeting in Indianapolis.

Each NFHS member state association will be required to develop its own pitching restriction policy based on the number of pitches thrown during a game to afford pitchers a required rest period between pitching appearances.  The North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) will be developing a pitch count rule this fall for the upcoming 2017 baseball season.

“We will be working with coaches, administrators and sports medicine professionals to help determine what our pitch limits should be,” NDHSAA Assistant Director Justin Fletschock said.

Previously, pitchers were limited by a certain number of innings over a specified number of days, with restrictions varying by state.

“We’re pleased that the rules committee worked in conjunction with the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee to find an acceptable and reasonable modification to this rule in order to emphasis the risk that occurs when pitchers overuse their throwing arm,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and staff liaison for baseball.

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

-24 Jul, Volleyball Open Gym at Scranton

See you at the games!