Written by John Plestina
The Wolf Point Mosquitoes are ready for the Babe Ruth District Tournament that will be held at Wolf Point’s Burke Field, Friday through Sunday, June 20-22. Pictured are (front row, from left to right) Nick Page, Bryor Smith, Deshon Smoker-DeWitt, Karson Wortman, Trevor Bushman, and Raymond Knerr, (back) coach A.J. Allen, Jeremiah Paine, Zeke Zimmer, Dillon Wetsit, Chevy Boos and coach Bruce Knerr. Not pictured are Raymin Keiser, Xander Little Thunder, Sander St. Marks, Orlando Young and Boy Youngman. (Photos by John Plestina)
Wolf Point catcher Deshon Smoker-DeWitt tags out a Glasgow FES player at the plate during the first game.
Wolf Point will host the Hi-Line Babe Ruth District Tournament Friday through Sunday, June 20-22.
Six teams including the Wolf Point Mosquitoes and teams from Culbertson, two from Glasgow, Scobey and Plentywood will participate in the double-elimination tournament. Four games are scheduled for Friday night, four Saturday and two Sunday. The Mosquitoes (3-6, 4-14) are going into the tournament.
FES At Wolf Point
The Mosquitoes hosted Glasgow Farm Equipment Sales for a doubleheader Sunday, June 15.
FES took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the first game of the doubleheader and kept going from there, adding two more runs in the second inning and another in the third. The 5-0 FES lead stood until Deshon Smoker-DeWitt scored for Wolf Point in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Mosquitoes added one more run in the sixth. A seven-run seventh and final inning sealed the deal for a 12-2 FES win.
The first game of doubleheaders counts toward district standings and tournament seeding.
The Mosquitoes had an early 5-0 lead in the second game that eroded to a 5-4 lead in the second inning. FES took a 7-5 lead in the third inning and went on to win 14-5.
“We started good. We were up 5-0. [FES] shut the gate on the pen,” Wolf Point head coach Bruce Knerr said.
“We’re super young,” Knerr said of the Mosquitoes, which are largely 12- and 13-year-olds.
“We have nine kids coming back next year. No other team has that many coming back,” he said. Fifteen is the maximum age for Babe Ruth Baseball. “They’re young. They’re competitive.”
Knerr noted that the Mosquitoes have beaten Scobey, which is the best team in the district.
During a previous doubleheader with FES that was played at Glasgow, Wolf Point lost both games after taking leads. The Mosquitoes recently split a doubleheader with the Oilers at Culbertson.
Plentywood visited Wolf Point for a doubleheader Monday, June 16. The results were not made available.