Eye on southwest ND Sports

I watched my first little league game this year as Hettinger played Bowman at Bowman on June 8. The Hettinger crew had a rough day as they lost 15-4. Bowman had their hitting shoes on as they banged out 12 hits in the five inning game.

Sheldon Christianson

Bhoden Duffield had a productive day for Bowman as he knocked in four runs, three on a bases loaded triple in the first inning. Bishop Duffield and Caleb Sarsland had back-to-back inside the park home runs. Nate Dix picked up the pitching victory while Devan Greff absorbed the loss. I missed the coach-pitch games prior to the little league game so I asked a Hettinger player on how they did. He responded; “We blew them out in the first game and won the second by two or three runs.”

The Hettinger-Scranton Bears Post 115 legion baseball team has been moved up to the Class A Southwest Division. Their division is made up of the Bismarck Capitals, Bismarck Reps, Dickinson Vols, Mandan A’s and Washburn. The Bears will play basically the 16 year old teams from the Bismarck teams, Dickinson and Mandan and not the varsity teams. The Southwest Division Divisional tournament will be held in Bismarck (Hosted by the Capitols) on July 19-23.

The Hettinger Country Club held a very successful youth golf camp on June 1-2, with 72 girls and boys, aged 8-13, attending.

Brayden Peterson of Lemmon finished tied for twelfth place in the South Dakota State Class B Golf tournament.

For a great movie about small town baseball watch the movie “The Final Season”. In the fall of 1965, Norway High School won its first State Baseball Championship. It would go on to win twenty more titles before the school closed, becoming part of the present day Benton Community School District. In 1991, the school’s final year, Norway would win its last State Baseball Championship. The story was brought to life in the inspirational motion picture filmed in Norway in 2006.

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

– Jun 16-17, Babe Ruth Tourney in Hettinger

– Jun 17-18, Boys Basketball Team Camp at Dickinson State

– Jun 19-22, Basketball Intensity Camp at Scranton

– Jun 19, Babe Ruth at Heart River

– Jun 20, Little League & Coach Pitch vs Scranton at Scranton

– Jun 21, Girls Softball Hettinger at Bison

– Jun 22, Little League & Coach Pitch vs Bison at Hettinger

– Jun 22, Babe Ruth vs Bowman at Hettinger

– Jun 23, Legion Tourney at Hettinger

See you at the games.