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'July 19, 2021 Julius Elick tries to tag out a Bottineau baserunner trying to steal third base in Rolla s opening game of the Turtle Mountain League Babe Ruth tournament. . .7 ms. F Justin Hudson gears up to collect a hit for Rolla. Be/Icourtmakes bid for state, Rolla knocks cut two highereeds in tourney By John Rosinski . Of The Star The Turtle Mountain Babe Ruth League tournament was held in Bot- tineau and Cando last week with Bel court making a bid for this year s state tournament. ' Cando came into the tourney with the top seed followed by Bottineau, New Rockford and Belcourt. Rugby, Harvey and Rolla rounded out the bracket. Rolla opened the tournament on the wrong side of an 11-1 loss to Bot tineau. Bottineau grabbed an early lead ' and USCd a relentless 'base running and bunting attack to keep the pres- sure on Rolla s defense. ' Rolla had several chances to score . a few runs but could never come up with the big hit needed to get back in the game. 'Bottineau scored four runs in the bottom of the fth to lock down a ten-run win. J ayce Gunville toed the rubber for Rolla and pitched the rst four plus innings. Nate Tastad came on in re- lief and nished the game. Rolla rebounded to pick up their second Win of the year with a 9 2 tri- umph over Harvey. Mitchell Wibe w rked thefirst , three innings while holding Harvey to one unearned run: Wibe was as Q s efficient as he was effective, need- ing only 11 pitches to strike out the side in the first and only four total pitches to mow down Harvey in the third. 'Rolla busted the game. open in the middle innings, scoring a season- high 9 runs through four, frames. Rolla Head Coach Tory Danielson opted to pull Wibe to limit his pitches and allow him to pitch the next game. ' .Jeffry Rosinski worked the next two innings, giving up a run and Julius ,Elick locked up the victory with two scoreless frames. Danielson s decision proved to be. . the right one the next day. Rolla 66E" on Rugby in a loser out battle. It marked the third time the two teams played with Rugby getting the better of Rolla in both games by identical 5-4 scores. The tournament game, however, went to Rolla thanks to a 10-7 win. Wibe started for the Bulldogs and went the rst ve innings. Despite one hiccup in the middle innings that gave Rugby a 5-1 lead, Wibe never wavered and kept his team in the game. ' After falling behind, Rolla stormed back to take a 7-5 lead, thanks to a six-run fourth inning. Rolla never got a game-busting hit but rather used a parade of walks and wild pitching by Rugby to take Mitchell Wibe pitched eight innings for Rolla, helping his team pick up a pair of the lead. Rugby responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame, knotting the contest at 7. V ' In the top of the sixth it was Rolla s turn to snatch back the mo- mentum 'and that s what they did, scoring three runs. Rosinski came on in relief and kept Rugby off the scoreboard in each inning; Rugby nearly made a comeback in the sixth, loading the bases with two outs before Rosinski restored order with an inning ending Strikeout. , Belcourt, came. .intowthe- tourna- ent as" the number fOur Seed but couldn t get by Rugby in the rst round, falling 12 7. Wyatt Davis took the loss for Belcourt. , Belcourt took on New Rockford in a loser-out game on Tuesday. After scoring ve runs in the top of the rst, the Braves appeared well. on their way to a win. The game never came to a natural conclusion, how ever, as New Rockford was forced to forfeit in the rst inning after violat ing a pitch count rule. That set up a contest between Bel- court and Rolla with the winner get- ting an opportunity to keep playing the next day. For the, second time in two weeks, Corbin . House dazzled his way through the Rolla lineup to pick up a wins over two higher seeded teams. win, this time by the score of 7 3. Rosinski started for Rolla and worked the rst four plus innings and his team ahead 3-2. Rosinski reached his pitch limit, however, after one batter in the fth and was replaced by Justin Hudson. " Belcourt wrestled away the lead with a three run frame before adding on some insurance the next inning. An upset earlier in the day be- tween Bottineau and Cando made things especially interesting for the Rolla Belcourt winner. Bottineau is hosting this year s tournament and by hosting they are guaranteed a spot in the tourna- ment By upsetting top-seeded Cando in the semi nals, Bottineau earned a spot in the championship game. That meant the other team in this year s championship would also automatically qualify for the state event. With their win over Rolla, Bel- court took on Cando with the winner advancing to the championship, and by default, the state tourney as well. Cando rebounded in a big way from their previous loss, knocking out the Braves in the process. Cando advanced to the nal with a 12-0 vic- tory. Bottineau ended up winning the tournament, downing Cando for the second time in two days. ga a? z Belcou de a' rn . he state tourney, cong up on me short last week. Jayce Gu le res a pi ch during his team s game against Bottineavut