Fielding struggles doom Belfield/South Heart again

The Knights ended the week away to Hazen.

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Braden Obrigewitch mans first base. (Race Archibald/The Dickinson Press)

A tough 1-5 stretch to begin play early last week had the Belfield/South Heart Knights off their game heading into a matchup with Hazen Friday night.

The same problems came up against the Astros as they lost 11-3, giving up six runs in the sixth inning.

Belfield/South Heart struggled in the field again, committing nine errors — which proved to be costly, as only four of the 11 runs scored by Hazen were earned.

“Considering the number of errors we had, we were still in the game in the sixth,” Head Coach Kurt Silbernagel said. “The wheels fell off that inning. Because of the week before, we were getting thin on pitching. We had to start a guy who normally doesn’t start. He did well, but it got tough for us.”

Going into the bottom of the sixth inning, it was 5-3 in favor of the Astros before their lead would be extended. Tanner Dillinger was the starting pitcher, who went five innings with four strikeouts. But he didn’t give up any earned runs. However, the Knights defense couldn’t execute and gave up five runs while Dillinger was on the mound.


“A lot of our errors were routine plays that have to be made,” Silbernagel said. “There’s nothing hard about it. There were easy ground balls that were thrown away or fly balls that we got to that hit the mitt and dropped out. We’ve been on a slide lately.”

Counting the errors from the games earlier in the week, Belfield/South Heart committed 22 errors over the five games they lost.

Silbernagel said practice is the best way to correct fielding errors, but that time has been limited due to the fact that the field in Belfield is usually occupied most evenings. With reduced practices, it makes it difficult for players to correct those mistakes, he noted.

“It’s partly on me for not figuring out a way to practice,” Silbernagel said. “But these kids have been playing baseball for three months. Partly on me, but some of these plays are us not being focused in the field.”

Some regular starters have also missed time in the last week due to other summer commitments. It’s one of the challenges that comes with summer baseball as players become more busy with jobs, vacations, among other things.

“At the end of the day, we still have to execute and figure out a way to win,” Silbernagel said.

Dillinger had two RBI as the Knights had just three hits. The Knights will return home at 4 p.m. on Tuesday for a non-conference matchup against Glendive.

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Race Archibald is a former sports reporter with The Dickinson Press.
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