Written by John Plestina
Pictured are Xander Little Thunder, Raymin Keiser, Raymond Knerr and Bryor Smith.
The Wolf Point Mosquitoes and Culbertson Oilers split a doubleheader in Wolf Point Friday, May 23.
It was the second time this season the two Babe Ruth teams have played. Culbertson beat Wolf Point earlier this month.
Wolf Point led 4-0 after one inning and 10-0 after three. Culbertson came back with a six-run fourth inning. The game ended after five innings with the Mosquitoes winning 16-6, an early end due to the 10-run mercy rule.
The second game went scoreless in the first inning. Wolf Point led 5-0 after two and 7-0 after three innings. A seven-run fourth inning knotted the score at 7-7.
The score remained tied at the end of five innings, when second half of twin bills normally end in the Babe Ruth league. Culbert-
son won 10-9 after six innings on an RBI hit by Davey Winn.
The first game counts toward conference standings, the second game does not, so the Oilers winning does not help Culbertson’s standings.
“They’re getting better every day,” Wolf Point Coach Bruce Knerr said.
He said the Mosquitoes played with several players missing from the lineup, including the best pitcher.
“We’re missing our older pitcher this week,” Knerr said of Orlando Young who was part of the Poplar Indians track team at the B Divisional meet in Great Falls.
Boy Youngman, also of Poplar, was also unable to play.
Most of the Wolf Point players in the lineup against Culbertson were young. Seven were 13 years old and there was one 12-year-old.
Culbertson coach Gordon Oelkers said there were too many errors committed in the first game.
“Really, it should have been 6-6 (after five innings) if we had eliminated some of our errors,” he said.
Oelkers said his team is young, with a majority of 13-year-olds in the league for 13- to 15-year-olds.
“There you go. It’s all pitching,” he said of the comeback win in the second game.