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Babe Ruth Season Ends For Yellow Jackets

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This photo of the 2015 Wolf Point Yellow Jackets was taken at the 2015 Hi-Line Babe Ruth League District Tournament in Scobey. Jacket eam members are (front row, from left to right) Trevor Bushman, Terry Allmer, Nick Page, Ian Flynn, Christian Solberg, Canyon Casterline, (middle row) bat boy Gage Bushman, (back row) coach Mike Hanks, Raymond Knerr, Jeremiah Paine, Chevy Boos, Zeke Zimmer, Micah Solberg, DeShon Smoker-DeWitt, Bryor Smith and coach Taylor Hanks.       (Submitted photo)

The season ended for the Yellow Jackets at the Babe Ruth Baseball District Tournament at Scobey Friday, June 19.
Wolf Point opened with the host team, Scobey, and lost a close high-scoring game.
“It was a battle. We did very good. It was a high scoring game, 13-10,” coach Mike Hanks said.
“In the top of the seventh inning, we had the bases loaded with one out and they turned a double play against us,” he said.
The Jackets then played Glasgow FES, trailed 7-1 in the sixth inning and almost came back to win.
“We came back in the bottom of the seventh and we had the winning run on second and the tying run on third with one out and the two batters struck out, so we lost 7-6,” Hanks said. “It was kind of a heartbreaker. The boys played very competitively.”
Both teams that Wolf Point lost to were in the championship round.
Hanks said the Yellow Jackets will miss several players next year that will not play. They are Jeremiah Paine, Micha Solberg, Christian Solberg and Raymond Knerr.
Named as all-stars were Paine, both Solbergs, Briar Smith, Nick Page and DeShawn Smoker-DeWitt. As of Monday, all of the all-star voting was not completed. Ray Knerr and Zeke Zimmer were likely to also be named all-stars.

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New Book On Baseball History By Author From Wolf Point Released

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A new book that was co-authored by a man from Wolf Point revisits moments in Montana baseball history.
Montana Baseball History by Jeremy Allan Watterson and Skylar Browning was released Monday, June 15.
Published by Arcadia Publishing & The History Press, Montana Baseball History chronicles every Montanan who played Major League Baseball, Montana’s earliest professional leagues, a fierce Montana rivalry with epic showdowns featuring one of the Negro League’s most renowned pitchers and members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox that were involved in the infamous “Black Sox” scandal where the White Sox were accused of intentionally losing World Series games to the Cincinnati Reds.
Watterson grew up in Wolf Point. He has provided color for baseball games on KVCK radio. He is a member of the Society of American Baseball Research, and earned a degree in sociology from the University of Montana in Missoula. He has had photography, poetry and other co-authored baseball writing published in weekly newspapers and western Montana journals. Montana Baseball History is his first book.
“Getting lost in over 100 years worth of Montana baseball photographs should be fun for any fan, it really opened my eyes to the different way we work and play out west,” Watterson said in a prepared statement.
Browning is the editor of the Missoula Independent, an alternative news weekly.

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City Recreation Baseball Starts

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Wolf Point’s recreation baseball and softball has started for several age groups at the Borge Park Complex. Pee wee baseball was underway Monday, June 22, and the girls were practicing on another field. Lonnie Steele hits the ball during a recent practice.   (Photos by John Plestina)

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Yellow Jackets Head To District Playoffs At Scobey

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The first picture is Bryor Smith (4), the starting pitcher for Wolf Point in the first game against Plentywood.   The second photo is Wolf Point’s Raymond Knerr (7) about to tag out a Plentywood runner at third base.  The third picture is Zeke Zimmer tagging out a Plentywood runner who had been caught in a rundown between first and second bases.  The fourth picture is Deshon Smoker-DeWitt (2) sliding safely at home plate to score the Yellow Jackets’ first run tying the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the first inning of the first game against Plentywood.  (Photos by John Plestina)


The Yellow Jackets begin Babe Ruth Baseball district playoffs in Scobey Friday through Sunday, June 19-21.
The Jackets finished the regular season at Glasgow Sunday, June 14, splitting a doubleheader with Glasgow Farm Equipment Sales, losing the first game 5-4 and winning the second 9-7.
“We started off hot against Glasgow in the first game. We scored all four [runs] in the first inning and then we couldn’t get the bats going,” coach Taylor Hanks said.
“The second game, we tacked on a couple of runs almost every inning and ended up winning 9-7,” he said.
“[Glasgow Farm Equipment] a good offensive team. We held them to five. We just couldn’t muster any offensive ourselves,” Hanks said.
Wolf Point pitching delivered for the Jackets.
“The first game, we threw [pitcher] Nick Page to start the game and Jeremiah [Paine] four innings in the second game. He threw very well. We brought in Nick [Page] in the last inning and he sealed the deal,” Hanks said.
The Yellow Jackets also split a doubleheader with Plentywood for the final home games of the season Friday, June 12.
Wolf Point lost the first game 12-10 in the 10th inning and then won the second game 10-3.
“We finally got the bats going. We scored six in the third ,” Hanks said.
Bryar Smith pitched six innings in the first game.
“He threw very well. He threw a lot of ground balls and strikes,” Hanks said.
“The second game, Deshawn [Smoker-DeWitt] pitched and he kept them down to three runs. When you can hold a Babe Ruth team to three runs that’s pretty good,” he said.
“Every game, we strike out less and less. We’re getting the bat on the ball more and that’s good going into the tournament,” Hanks said.

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Yellow Jackets Split With Culbertson

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The first picture is Culbertson’s Gabe Granada (21)  safe at second base as Wolf Point’s Deshon Smoker-DeWitt (2) fields a throw.   The second photo is Culbertson’s Tyler Hixon (43) attempts unsuccessfully to tag out Wolf Point’s Jeremiah Paine (9) at third base.  (Photos by John Plestina)

The Yellow Jackets split a doubleheader with Culbertson at home, Friday, June 5, and then dropped a pair to Glasgow Coke on Sunday in Glasgow.
The Jackets won the first game on Friday 9-3 and lost the second 8-7.
Jeremiah Paine struck out 13 and got Culbertson players to hit a lot of ground balls.
Sunday in Glasgow, the 10-run rule was called against Wolf Point in both games. The scores were not available.
“They played well against Culbertson,” coach Taylor Hanks said.
“Culbertson had a new kid who threw pretty hard,” he said.
“We had some learning experiences that we will take advantage of in the tournament,” he said.
“They’re a young team that’s rising fairly quickly up in the standings. We’ll be there at the end of the tournament,” Hanks said.
Next up for the Jackets is Plentywood visiting for the final doubleheader of the season at Burke Field, Friday, June 12, at 6 and 8 p.m.

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