Jul. 7—After going 1-6 in their seven games last week, the Belfield/South Heart Knights looked to get back on track following the holiday weekend.
They hosted the Glendive Blue Devils B-team, out of Montana Tuesday night and took both games comfortably to get back to winning ways.
Glendive striked first in game one before the Knights took a 4-3 lead after scoring three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Belfield/South Heart continued to add runs to their total, scoring five runs in the next two innings combined for a 9-4 lead after five.
The Knights would eventually win 10-5.
"We worked some of our pitchers through and they all threw well," head coach Kurt Silbernagel said. "Some of our guys are starting to figure it out at the plate and getting a win was big."
Tyler White had an RBI-double in the fifth, the only double in the game for the Knights. Him and Preston Walter had two hits in the game. Belfield/South Heart were also patient at the plate, drawing seven walks as a team, but Silbernagel said there were still some adjustments that had to be made.
"If an umpire is calling the high strike for both teams consistently, then you can't sit and watch it go by," Silbernagel said. "You have to be aggressive and swing at it...when the umpire is consistent you have to make the adjustment and sometimes we're not good about that."
Tanner Obrigewitch, Tarence Dillinger and Preston Walter all made appearances on the mound and struck out 12 between the three of them. Walter had the most with five and worked quickly in the final inning. He threw just seven pitches in the seventh, all strikes, recording two strikeouts and the other out coming on a pop-up to third base
However, some of the same fielding problems remained prevalent for the Knights. There were multiple pop-ups that fell out of gloves and some ground balls that got past fielders. Belfield/South Heart committed nine errors.
"We didn't field well again," Silbernagel said. "A lot of routine plays that when we start playing regional teams we have to make. I guess I would rather it happen now than tourney time."
Four more innings were played in game two as the Knights cruised to a 9-1 victory. Seven different players had one RBI as a six-run third inning powered them to victory. Xander Krump had five strikeouts in three innings.
Belfield/South Heart will travel to Beulah on Thursday, looking for a better result than their last matchup with the Cyclones, where they lost both games 6-3 and 8-7. Their week wraps on Saturday in Washburn.