Fitterer shares his love for baseball

Austin Fitterer started coaching for the New England Baseball program when he was a freshman in high school. He coached the baseball program every summer while he was still a student, and now the senior at North Dakota State University found himself back coaching while he was home for the summer.

 (Back Row) Coach Zach Madler, Chailynn Admidin, Caitlyn Admidin, Nathan Kaufman, Coach Logan Wolf, and Coach Austin Fitterer. (Front Row) Brock Ehlis, Matthew Bock, Elijah Hoerath, Drace Eisenbarth, Brady Rustan, Destiny Bray. (Some players were not present for the photo)  (Photo by by Tara Ehlis)
(Back Row) Coach Zach Madler, Chailynn Admidin, Caitlyn Admidin, Nathan Kaufman, Coach Logan Wolf, and Coach Austin Fitterer. (Front Row) Brock Ehlis, Matthew Bock, Elijah Hoerath, Drace Eisenbarth, Brady Rustan, Destiny Bray. (Some players were not present for the photo)
(Photo by by Tara Ehlis)

By RACHEL BOCK
Herald Reporter

Austin Fitterer started coaching for the New England Baseball program when he was a freshman in high school. He coached the baseball program every summer while he was still a student, and now the senior at North Dakota State University found himself back coaching while he was home for the summer.

Fitterer became the baseball director in late June, and decided to help out some of the first time, young baseball coaches, while sharing his love, talent and knowledge for the game to the children.

“I enjoy working with the kids, helping them learn the basics of baseball. The sport I enjoyed the most, something I was pretty good at when I was younger. Just trying to give the kids the same experience as I had when I was younger,” Fitterer said.

The New England Baseball Program offered three different leagues of baseball this season, T-Ball, Midgets, and Little League. All three leagues played teams from Belfield, South Heart, Killdeer, and Richardton

There was roughly 13 kids out for T-Ball this season, and the children had plenty of fun while learning the basics of the game. The T-Ball season was cut short due to inclement weather, as a T-Ball Jamboree in Bowman that was scheduled was cancelled. To make up for the Jamboree a round robin tournament was held in South Heart on July 8.

The Midget League, which is a step above T-Ball for children ages seven to 10, had roughly 14 kids that participated. A tournament was held in Bowman on July 12. The New England team lost both games in the double elimination tournament.

The Little League program had approximately 13 kids. The Little League Tournament took place in Hettinger on July 20 and 21. On the first day of the tournament in 100 degree heat, the New England Patriots defeated Hettinger and South Heart, and finished the day with a loss to Scranton. The next day of the tournament the Patriots were not ready to go home, and defeated Richardton, and had to face a tough South Heart team again. However, South Heart came away with the win, but the Patriots ended their season with a fourth place finish.

Austin Fitterer feels that the kids improved since the beginning of the season, and overall had a fun baseball experience, while enjoying learning the fundamentals of the game.

“I think we got better as the season went on. Every week we got a little better, and maybe we didn’t win all the games, but we got better every week in all the levels,” Fitterer said.

Fitterer was assisted by first time coaches Logan Wolf and Zach Madler, and was pleased with how the young coaches did for their first year coaching. Fitterer felt that both coaches were a nice balance as Wolf worked well with the younger kids, and Madler worked better with the older kids. He felt that both of the coaches kept him on his toes and says the best coaching advice he can give to both Wolf and Madler is to just simply make sure the kids are having fun.

“Make sure the kids are enjoying what they are doing. If the kids are not having fun, no one is having fun. Make sure whatever they are learning or if they are winning or losing they still are enjoying what they are doing,” Fitterer said.

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