It was business as usual for Nathan Schaper last Saturday night.
Years of tossing balls and perfecting their swing led a group of talented baseball players from Washburn, Wilton, Center and Stanton to form a strong team and take on teams of talented ball players at the 2011 State Legion Tournament in Bottineau. The end result showed that the boys of Post 12 match up well with the best players in the state. And while they didn’t come out with a first place finish, their eyes never left that goal.
When it comes to competition in Section 7, Washburn coach Kip Erickson knows it’s going to be a battle between his team and Mercer County foes Hazen and Beulah. With a repeat trip to the American Legion State Tournament on the line, the Astros stood in the way but were taken down twice 14-6 and 12-4 en route to the title.
The small town boys of the Post 12 Legion team showed some big contenders that they are the top dogs as they went on to oust Lidgerwood, LaMoure and Valley City in the Lever Classic over the weekend in Valley City.
Much like the regular baseball season, the Post 12 baseball team of Washburn, Wilton, Center and Stanton is playing around another wet season. Also, like the regular season, the team packs a punch of great baseball players returning to the field this season.
Washburn-Wilton-Center-Stanton made three errors during regulation of their title game against Hettinger Wednesday. The fourth error in extra innings, however, proved to be the one to hurt the worse.
Washburn-Wilton-Center-Stanton sophomore pitcher Brett Schreiner was on his game early and never looked back, as he propelled the WWCS Cardinals to a 4-0 win over the Shiloh Christian Skyhawks in the Region 8 Tournament Monday in Bismarck.
It took only a few athletes to make a big difference last week at the Badlands Conference Meet in Bowman on Tuesday.
Beyond all the weather rescheduling and other conflicts, a Center-Stanton senior has punched his ticket to the State Class B Meet in Bismarck at the end of the month.