The 2016 Little League tournament was held July 22-21 at Hettinger with nine teams involved. Bowman defeated South Heart in the ‘IF’ game of the double-elimination tournament, and pulled out a close victory.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Record
The 2016 Little League tournament was held July 22-21 at Hettinger with nine teams involved. Bowman defeated South Heart in the ‘IF’ game of the double-elimination tournament, and pulled out a close victory. South Heart came up from the loser’s bracket and had to defeat Bowman twice in order to win the championship. They got by Bowman in the first game but Bowman came back to win the second game. South Heart was the defending tournament champs. All games were five innings unless extra innings were required.
Bowman reached the first championship game by downing Richardton, Lemmon and Scranton. South Heart took the long way as they lost their opening game to New England and then downed Belfield, Lemmon, New England and Scranton in the loser’s bracket.
Hettinger lost their opening game to New England, then defeated Killdeer and were eliminated by Richardton in their third game. Hettinger’s Little League Roster had Alex Burrer, Tanner Defoe, Cody Curtis, Sam Weiland, Conner Andress, Bowden Hasbrauch, Braden Jahner, Peyton Tuhy, Devin Greff, Gavin Dalley, Vincent Ginter, Jaron Frank, Caden Parnow and Bennett Jorgensen. Paul Jamison and Brett Christopherson were the Little League coaches.
Kudos to Kurt Silbernagel as he has helped rejuvenated baseball in South Heart. I believe Belfield and South Heart combine at the Babe Ruth level and this was their second year at the Babe Ruth level. Hopefully there will be a Legion team in a few years.