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Night Hawks win home opener against Cougars 

Hettinger-Scranton start season on the right foot, which momentarily shows them as region leaders.

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Tanner Blackwell crossing home plate. Hettinger-Scranton win their home opener against Heart River on Thursday, April 21.
Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press
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HETTINGER, N.D. — The Hettinger-Scranton (1-0, 1-0) baseball team had their home opener against Heart River (0-1, 0-2) and were able to pull off a rally for a 4-3 win. The game was also the first regional game for the Class B, Region 8 season, held on Thursday, April 21.

The cold weather reflected the bats in the early stages of the game. Night Hawks’ junior pitcher Devin Greff showed a strong presence on the mound, delivering nine strikeouts and only allowing two hits and four walks in the first four innings.

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Junior Devin Greff pitches for four innings, delivering 9 Ks.
Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press

However, the Cougars were able to take advantage of two of those walks with a timely smashed ball by junior Austin Buckman that garnered him two RBIs and reaching all four bases. Buckman was on a 2-1 count when he was given the greenlight by head coach Kurt Silbernagel and sent thier runners home.

Before Heart River could celebrate the lead, the Night Hawks offense was starting to click.

Hettinger-Scranton put themselves in a comfortable situation in the fifth inning, with runners occupying each base and with no outs. The inning closed with the score tied 3-3. With Heart River unable to respond, Night Hawks' single run in the sixth was enough of a lead to win them the game.

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Cougars’ senior pitcher Tarence Dillinger held the mound for all seven innings retiring six batters and threw 63 strikes out of 96 pitches.

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Austin Buckman slides home while the catcher awaits the incoming live ball.
Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press

Boxscore:

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

R

H

E

HR

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

3

4

2

HS

0

0

0

1

2

1

X

4

9

3

Pitching -

HS: Devin Greff 4 IP 2 H 3 R 3 ER 4 BB 9 SO, Tanner Blackwell 1 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 0 SO, Oscar Perkins 1 IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 0 SO ; HR: Tarrene Dillinger 6 IP 9 H 4 R 2 ER 1 BB 6 SO

Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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