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.
After a tough loss to Central Prairie May 18, the Washburn-Wilton-Center-Stanton co-op entered the field re-energized last Tuesday to take on Kidder County in a loser-out battle to stay alive in Region 8. After jumping to a 4-0 lead in the second inning, the Cardinal pitching staff allowed a few small glitches that snowballed into the final 15-4 loss after five innings to end the season. WWCS finished 13-9 overall in a season that has been hard on baseball teams across the state.
Coach Duane Schmidt has noticed a strange phenomenon out of his golf team this year: Center-Stanton golfers report better scores the worse the weather conditions ravage around them. He’s not sure if it is determination or sheer coincidence. But as Region 5 golfers converged on Dickinson’s course Monday, Schmidt’s team saw the best weather of any meet all season and some of their worse scores.