The average power pull attempt takes less than 30 seconds to complete once the vehicle is given the signal, but in that short amount of time many tiny aspects of racing need to go according to plan. One longtime power puller found out just how quickly a small mishap can become a big problem last Friday night.
The measure of a team’s season typically is determined by its record. In those terms the Beulah-Hazen Blackjaws amateur baseball team was less than a success going 6-10 overall this summer. Just don’t tell that to any of the players. To the men wearing the black and red jerseys it’s not the measure of the victories but the amount of joy they have still playing the sport they love.
The number of children, the number of teams, the catch weights and the big fun received by all were pretty much par for the course at the 14th annual Old Man & Kid Fishing Derby held Sunday in Stanton. The derby marked the culmination of Stanton’s annual Knife River Days event – and 14th year of honoring the event’s originator, the late Ed McLain.
The hitting power of Washburn American Legion bats has been the backbone of their Section 8 push to the top this season. The final breakdown to see who would call themselves the top of the eight team collection came to a halt last week for the Section 8 Tournament. Post 12 won’t be advancing to State but left a mark as a contender that won’t soon be forgotten.
This hasn’t been a summer of ideal weather conditions for the Washburn American Legion team. Mother Nature has forced four doubleheaders to be rescheduled, including two this past week. With a final five days remaining in the regular season, Post 12 is scheduled to compete against Dunn County this past Tuesday, host Mandan Thursday and have a third attempt at completing the series with Hazen Friday.
Kip Erickson has had the same monologue all season long: throwing strikes and playing low-error defense is the way Washburn is going to remain competitive in American Legion baseball. Monday afternoon, the head coach saw the evidence of the wisdom in his words.
Most sports fans think American Legion baseball games can only have two outcomes: A winner and a loser. But Washburn head coach Kip Erickson knows that’s just on paper. In reality baseball games have a contender and an enabler – and the two are not always synonymous with the win/lose records.
One team to take the American Legion field for coach Kip Erickson this week, hit the blazes out of the ball to leave the field with four impressive wins to move into the runner-up spot in the Section 8 standings. The other team that took the field struggled to string hits together, had errors in the field and walked way too many batters.
Baseball is a daily game. Each inning can change, every pitch could be different than the last. But Washburn American Legion head coach Kip Erickson likes what he has seen out of his players so far.
After a disappointing end to the high school spring baseball season, head coach Kip Erickson is once again smiling after his legion’s team first week of action. Washburn, including players from Wilton and Center-Stanton, claimed two commanding victories last Thursday as they made the extensive trip to Bowman County.