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Belfield/South Heart struggle in busy stretch

The Knights played five games in three days earlier this week.

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The Knights had a tough time getting a positive result this week. (Race Archibald/The Dickinson press)

This past week, the Belfield/South Heart Knights had a busy schedule, with five games on tap between Monday and Wednesday as their season carried on through the dog days of summer.

The previous week the Knights enjoyed a successful stretch, taking both doubleheaders against Hettinger and Hazen. However, their winning streak would run dry as Belfield/South Heart dropped four of five games over the stretch.

The first matchup was a home doubleheader against Beulah where both contests were tightly contested as the Knights fell just short in each game.

Extra innings were required in game one as the Cyclones tied things up in the seventh inning. Belfield/South Heart held a 3-1 lead after five innings, but some poor execution let the visitors tie the game 3-3.

“It should have never gone into extra innings,” head coach Kurt Silbernagel said. “We had two plays at the plate where we dropped the ball and it would’ve been the third out. They came back and scored a couple runs to tie it up.”

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It wasn’t until the ninth inning when Beulah scored three runs to grab a 6-3 lead which would be enough for the victory.

Game two went five innings where the Cyclones at one point held an 8-4 lead. The Knights made things interesting in the bottom of the fifth, scoring three runs, but couldn’t get the tying run across home plate as they lost 8-7.

Tyler White had four RBI over the two games, three of which came in the second contest. Tarence Dillinger added a solo home run in game two.

On Wednesday, the Knights took on Garrison at home and allowed double-digit runs in both games, losing 10-0 and 13-3.

“We let them get a few runs across and get momentum,” Silbernagel said. “For lack of better words, we fell apart. It was very uncharacteristic with how we’ve been playing lately. There’s no excuses, we didn’t show up to play.”

A six-run third inning for Garrison proved to be too much for the Knights to overcome, who collected only two hits.

The second game was a more dominant performance from Garrison, scoring in each of the five innings played. They put up four runs in the third and fourth innings as they got to Belfield/South Heart pitcher Xander Krump. He finished the game giving up 12 runs, eight of which were earned and 11 hits.

In between the two disappointing doubleheaders was a non-conference matchup with Hettinger on Tuesday. It was the lone positive result for the Knights over the three day stretch, winning 17-5 in an error filled game.

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“I always want the guys to play relaxed,” Silbernagel said. “Sometimes when we play relaxed we get too relaxed and play sloppy. We put up runs on them and it negated our fielding errors but it was nice to get a win.”

The Knights needed just nine hits for 17 runs as Hettinger committed nine errors. Four different players had multiple RBI in the game as they scored in six of the seven innings played.

Despite the victory, Silbernagel says that’s where some of the fielding troubles came up and expressed concerns over their lack of execution. Belfield/South Heart committed 13 errors in the four losses combined.

After an off day Thursday, they will wrap up their week on the road against Hazen on Friday.

“I gave them the night off to regroup and to forget about baseball for a bit,” Silbernagel said. “Hopefully we’ll be fresh and start the grind over again.”

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The Knights look to end the week on a positive note Friday against Hazen. (Race Archibald/The Dickinson Press)

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