Bismarck Reps sweep two from Linton Babe Ruthers
The Linton Babe Ruth team suffered its fifth straight setback after dropping both games of a doubleheader with the Bismarck Reps at Tatley Park in Bismarck on June 14. Linton fell to 1-7 on the season with the losses.
Bismarck cruised to a 13-3 victory in the opening game, jumping on Linton starter Jordan Hulm for 6 runs in the first two innings. Jaden Russell had an RBI single, and Tanner Stoddard added a 2-run double during a 4-run second inning that extended Bismarck’s lead to 6-1. Linton picked up a run in each of the third and fourth innings to cut the margin to 6-3, but Bismarck countered with 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth, and 3 more runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game by 10-run rule (13-3).
Lane Ternes picked up the victory for Bismarck, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks with a pair of strikeouts in four innings. Zach Zenker retired Linton in order in the fifth and sixth innings, but he did not figure in the decision. Hulm allowed 10 runs on 6 hits and 9 walks in five innings. Beau Kary (HR, 2 RBI) and Zenker each scored 3 times, while Russell (3 RBI, double, run) had 2 hits for Bismarck. Hulm and David Beitelspacher picked up 2 hits apiece for Linton.
Bismarck scored 8 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull out a 10-9 victory over Linton to complete the sweep. Lance Weiser, Cole Vander Laan and Garret Roemmich each had RBI hits as Linton pushed across 5 runs in the top of the first inning. David Beitelspacher’s RBI double in the top of the second extended the lead to 6-0, and Bismarck couldn’t get on the board until plating 2 runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Linton tacked on 3 runs in the top of the fifth to open up its biggest lead (9-2), but Bismarck rallied for 8 runs in the bottom of the frame to pull out the victory in the scheduled 5-inning game. With one out, Bismarck tallied 3 straight hits, and a walk, a hit and two more walks plated 4 runs and loaded the bags before the next out was recorded. John Fehr’s 2-run single cut the lead to a run, and Jaden Russell followed with a pinch-hit single to deadlock the score at 9-9. Pinch-hitter Connor Friedrich then rapped another single to plate Fehr with the game-winning run.
Zach Zenker picked up the victory on the mound for Bismarck, while Lance Weiser took the loss for Linton. Zenker also had a pair of hits, including a double, and scored a run. Vander Laan (double, RBI, 2 runs) had 3 hits, while Chase Schiele (run, 2 RBI), Weiser (double, RBI, run) and Roemmich (double, 2 RBI, run) each collected a pair of hits for Linton.