Successful District 1 Legion Tournament leads to State
The Class B District 1 Legion tourney started on July 25 with Hazen Post 189 defeating Belfield/South Heart (BSH), 6-2, and the host team Post 115 Bears downing the Bismarck B Capitals Post 1, 9-4. Hazen’s Isaac Doll pitched a solid complete game in their win as he gave up seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Steven Baardson and Landen Sayler both provided key hits with two runs singles. Tanner Obrigewitch took the pitching loss for BSH.
The Post 115 Bears broke their game open with a five run fifth inning with Warrick Dilse providing a two run double and Mason DeFoe also singling in two runs. Ty Warbis went five and two-thirds innings for the pitching win with W. Dilse finishing up the last inning and a third, striking out three of the six batters he faced. Jacob Dix and Bo Wilson both added two hits to help the Bears. Caden Kunze was the losing pitching for Post 1.
BSH then faced Post 1 in the losers bracket and just got by Post 1 with a 5-4 win. Post 1 was down 5-1 going into the top of the seventh but scored three runs coming up one run short. Preston Walter picked up the win by going six innings but it took three BSH pitchers before BSH got the final out in the seventh.
The two undefeated teams for the day then took the field in what turned out to be a “white knuckle” finish. The Bears looked to have the game well in hand when they scored five in the third with five hits and took a 5-0 lead.
T. Warbis, Bo Wilson and Parker Krebsbach all provided run scoring hits. DeFoe was on the mound for the Bears and had a 5-1 lead after five innings. The sixth inning opened with two fine defensive plays by the Bears. Garrett Weir laid out a great bunt that looked like he would reach first safely. DeFoe hustled to the ball and threw to first base. The throw was high and to the outside, but first baseman Jacob Dix reached high to snag the throw while managing to keep one foot on the bag for the out. The next Hazen batter Braeden Zuern hit a screamer between the second baseman and the first baseman. Right fielder Cade Warbis alertly fielded the ball and fired it to first just in time to get the out. But Hazen wasn’t finished as the next Hazen batter singled and Doll then launched a ball over the left center field fence to make the score 5-3. The next three batters loaded the bases with the help of an error and two walks. Another walk brought in one more run. The bleeding stopped when the Bears got the final out of the inning.
The Bears went one, two, three in the bottom of the sixth and they would go into the seventh with only a 5-4 lead. After their five run outburst in the third the Bears bats went cold. They had only one hit and two batters drew walks, but of the nine outs, seven were via the strikeout. Hazen threatened in the seventh as with one out they had two runners aboard. Relief pitcher Jacob Svihovec, who relieved DeFoe in the sixth, managed to get the final two outs on high pop-ups that shortstop DeFoe caught.
Day two of the tourney had Hazen vs BSH in a loser out game with Hazen at a disadvantage as they only had eight players. They only had two outfielders and the empty slot in the lineup was in the #9 spot in the batting lineup. When their #9 spot was due to hit it was an automatic out. But Hazen hung in there behind the pitching of Payton Leintz and were tied at one apiece after six innings. BSH broke out with four runs in the seventh. Hazen got one in their half of the seventh as BSH moved on with a 5-2 win with Ian Silbernagel picking up the win. To win the tourney BSH would now have to beat the Post 115 Bears twice.
The Bears were ready with Warrick Dilse on the mound and up to the task. He threw a three hit shutout, with nine strikeouts, walked one and hit two batters. At one point he fanned five straight hitters and struck out the side in the third and seventh innings. The top two in the Bears batting order did their job as Jacob Svihovec and Mason DeFoe both scored three runs apiece. Bo Wilson batting third took advantage of those two by pounding out two hits and driving in three runs. The Bears played a solid defense as unofficially I had them for only one error. Parker Krebsbach had a good game defensively at third base with three assists and two unassisted outs. Braden Obrigewitch to the pitching loss.
It is now on to Hazen for the State Class B Legion Tournament at Hazen, July 31-Aug 4.