Written by John Plestina
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.
Written by John Plestina
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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Blue Earth Boxing Club got a big financial boost with a $7,800 donation to cover rent and utilities for the building the club rents for two years from the Calgary, Alberta-headquartered TransCanada Corporation, the developer of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Pictured are TransCanada representative Bud Andersen (right) presenting the check to Blue Earth coach Doug Garfield on Tuesday, June 2. Blue Earth occupies the building on the corner of Anaconda Street and Third Avenue South that was the former home of Pat’s Unique Boutique and Candle Shop. Blue Earth teaches boxing to youths. Participants compete against other boxing clubs from Montana and surrounding states. For additional information, contact Garfield at 650-7594. (Photo by John Plestina)
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Gary Cayko (left) of Bismarck, N.D., and Brandon Babb of Wolf Point finished first with 40.84 pounds. (Photos by Darla Downs)
Tim Linder and Tom Linder, both of Glendive, finished second with 24.96 pounds.
Jamie Egge and Troy Egge, both of Glendive, finished third with 22.5 pounds. They also won the mixed couple award.
Fishing was tough in the Rock Creek Walleye Tournament Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7.
The final results for the top five teams in the two-day tournament were: first place, Brandon Babb of Wolf Point and Gary Cayko of Bismarck, N.D., 40.84 pounds; second, Tim Linder and Tom Linder of Glendive, 24.96; third, Jamie Egge and Troy Egge of Glendive, 22.5; fourth, Dayton Wick and Douglas Wick of Sidney, 21.86; fifth, Gage Gordon and Tyler Vine of Bozeman, 20.42.
Babb and Cayko caught all of their fish early on the first day. The second- and third-place teams caught all of their fish on the second day and fourth-place caught a majority of their fish on the second day, as well.
Matthew Nielsen and Joe Vaith, both of South Dakota, finished in sixth place with 19.75 pounds, all caught on the first day. They were in second-place at the end of the first day of fishing.
Written by John Plestina
The first picture is Yellow Jacket’s pitcher Jeremiah Paine recording seven strike outs with a great pitching performance against Glasgow Coke. The second photo is Wolf Point’s Raymond Knerr (7) taging out Glasgow Coke’s Blaine Myrick (12) after Myrick advanced to third base when another Glasgow player singled and then tried for home and doubled back. (Photos by John Plestina)
The Yellow Jackets are trying to rebound from a rough weekend, hoping for a pair of wins over Culbertson, at home Friday, June 5, after winning just two of four recent games played in Wolf Point.
The Jackets split a doubleheader with Glasgow Coke Friday, May 29. Glasgow won the first game 6-1, despite seven strikeouts by Jeremiah Paine, who pitched the entire seven-inning game. The Jackets came back with 10 hits and beat Coke 9-3 in the five-inning second game.
A miscommunication of the location of a scheduled doubleheader with the
Scobey Giants on Sunday resulted in both teams showing up at their home fields. Consequently, a decision was made to play a single nine-inning game at Wolf Point.
Scobey won 18-2 on mostly unearned runs generated by errors and wild pitches. The game was called after five innings on the automatic mercy rule where there is a 15-run deficit after four innings or 10 after five.
With the first game ending after just five innings, a three-run second game was played with Wolf Point winning 9-8 after trailing in the game. Nick Page batted in four runs with a bases loaded hit followed by errors by Scobey players sending the three base runners and Page across the plate.
“It wasn’t a pretty one,” Jackets’ coach Mike Hanks said.
“We were kind of sleeping,” he said.
“There were a lot of errors,” Hanks said. “Maybe they didn’t get enough sleep. Maybe they didn’t eat their Cheerios.”
He said too many mistakes caused the 6-1 loss to Glasgow Coke.
“We lost that game on errors. It should have been a 2-1 game,” Hanks said.
The games Friday against Culbertson are scheduled for 6 and 8 p.m. at Wolf Point. The Yellow Jackets play Glasgow Coke at Glasgow Sunday, June 7. The final home games at Wolf Point will be against Plentywood Friday, June 12, at 6 and 8 p.m.