Post 115 Legion baseball team got in the win column this past week.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Herald
Hettinger’s Post 115 Legion team, the Bears, won their first game of the year after losing their opening two games to Kidder Co. on June 3. They took on the Bismarck Capitals, which is mainly the Shiloh high school team, and split their double header on June 5. The first game was a dandy despite the high winds.
Dawson Fagerland was on the mound for the Capitals who was the winning pitcher in a 7-2 win over the Night Hawk high school team back on April 14. He looked like he was in control again after facing only 10 batters in the first three innings which included striking out the side in the second inning. The Bears scored the first run of the game in the fourth when leadoff hitter Jacob Dix was hit by a pitch and later scored with the help of wild pitches and passed balls. But the Capitals came right back and scored twice in the bottom half of the fourth with the help of two key throwing errors by the Bears.
After five innings the score was knotted at three apiece. In the top of the sixth, the Bears went down quickly as Fagerland struck out two and got the third out on a ground ball. The Capitals then went ahead in their half of the sixth inning when Chase Schiele singled home Hunter Aus with the go ahead run. The Bears came alive in the final inning by scoring four times to take a 7-4 lead with the key hit being a two-run double by Brandon Pierce. Brett Christopherson, who had relieved Pierce in the second inning, then shut down the Capitals in the bottom of the seventh for the win.
Christopherson took over the pitching in the second when Pierce felt pain in the throwing shoulder, and he moved to first base. Christopherson did well only giving up four runs in six innings with two of the runs unearned. Kyle Burwick went hitless but had two runs batted in with slow ground balls to third and while runners on third base scored. The Bears only had five hits as a team with Cole Osendorf having two of them and also scoring twice.
In the second game Coach Nolan Dix used some of his younger pitchers and the Capitals capitalized on that with a game shortened 17-1 victory.
Post 115 is composed of players from Hettinger, Scranton, Bowman, and New England.