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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2017 Pa e 7 By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Henry Ford once said, "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." That might be one way to explain the suc- cess the Park River baseball program is ex- periencing right now. The program is not only successful in terms of wins and loss- es, but more importantly in terms of the sheer numbers of kids involved in this summer program. Between the Park Board baseball pro- grams and the Legion program, the number of youth baseball players in Park River topped the 150 mark this past summer. Ac- cording to Parks and Rec director Jesse Irvine that's a 22 percent increase from last year. "I don't think anyone expected such a large growth in the number of kids play- ing baseball," said lrvine, "and it all has to do with everyone working together to cre- ate a great program." Looking at a breakdown of the numbers this summer, there were three teams of 8U (eight years old and under), two teams of 9U (nine year olds) and one team of 10U (ten year olds). There was also one 12U (twelve and eleven year olds) and two Babe Ruth teams (13 to 15 year olds). And all of this from a small North Dakota com(n, unity. "In my opinion, the program is as strong as it is," Irvine continued, "because of three or four main factors." Perhaps the biggest has been the involvement of Brent Zim- merman. Since he has been involved in the program it has grown steadily. His passion and zeal for the game has put Park River on the baseball map. The world changed in terms of baseball in Park River when he be- came involved in the program. His count- less hours working with the kids as well as inspiring more adults to get passionate about the game was the catalyst. And along with Brent we have great youth coaches who really are focused on player development more-so than winning and losing games, and that keeps kids having fun." Another factor that has led the growth of the program has been the success the teams are having. "About the time Zim (Brent) came in, we had a very athletic group of kids who were going through the program and they starting winning a lot ofgames and tour- naments. Winning gets kids excited, they want to be a part of something bigger than themselves and with that the competition cre- ates better players and better teams." Irvine added. Irvine went on to say that "adopting the name Pirates to the program was also a big thing. Everyone takes pride in a name and whoever came up with that was a genius; it's something that has really caught on and kids and parents really take pride in it." Lastly, Irvine said, was the creation of the baseball boosters. "They are the drivha, g force to make sure the kids are equipped and we have the financial stability to nm such a large program." But as stated, having so many kids playing baseball creates some obstacles. "Field availability is probably our biggest hurdle to overcome," said Irvine. "We only have one field to juggle two Babe Ruth teams and one Legion team so finding prac- tice times and working around games schedules was very difficult for those teams. Communication between all these teams, players and coaches" also is chal- By Kevin Skavhaug Coming Soon to a Solar System Near You... If you were around in October of 1978, maybe it was September, anyway, if you were around back then you might remember ~; the Solar Eclipse that~t~'~' :: visible around here. If you weren't around back then or if you were still recov- ering from the 60's, you'll get another chance in a couple Weeks. The last time there will be an eclipse like the one coming up (seen from coast to coast) was in 1918 and most of us don't remember that one. But this one is coming soon. August 21st to be exact. Right around 9:00 in the morning, give or take. They say not to look directly at it or it'll bum holes right through your skull or something as bad but if you take some pre- cautions you are in for pretty cool show. From what I hear about this One, it's going to get dark. Stars will be visible, street lights will flicker on, and roosters will crow when it's over. I can only imagine what the ancients imag- ined when an event like this happened. The story- tellers of that age must have had a field day. In any case, don't miss this one. They don't hap- pen very often. Top: Park River's Steven Thompson tags out a Pierz runnor at homo #ate. By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press Park River Defeats Marysville Kansas WAHPETON, N.D. -- A week or so ago Jacob Erovick hit 25 straight Clay Pigeons in his Rem- ington Trap Shooting League. He continued making big hits here Thursday as he doubled in the win- ning runs in a 5-1 Park River win over the team from Kansas. Erovick's double broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning and it vaulted the Pirates to a big win in the open- ing game of the Central Plains Re- gional baseball tournament in Wahpeton. Park River would score one run in the top of the first after Will Zimmerman walked, stole sec- ond and 'third and came home on a past ball. Marysville would tie it in the bottom of the first but that would be all they would get as starting pitcher Nathan Zavalney went five innings. Bryce Wood would come on in the sixth and Will Zimmerman fin- ished the job in the seventh. Zavalney allowed just the one run on two hits and struck out four. Wood gave up no hits and struck out three and Zimmerman one. Charlie Thompson led the hit- ting attack for the Pirates going at the plate. Park River finished with five hits including a solo home run by Adam Zavalfiey. Your goes here! Call 284,6333 today f0r rates, Pirates shut out in game two Pierz, Minn. did something no other team has done to the Park River Pirates this season. Pierz and company threw a shutout against the Pirates in an 8-0 game that now puts Park River in a loser out sit- uation in pool play. Pierz scored two in the bottom of the first, added one more in the third and then blew it open in the fifth. Park River meanwhile strug- gled at the plate, collecting just three hits. Photos: Larry Bid .,N vei Park River second baseman Jacob Erovick concentrates on field. in9 a ground ball. Park River downed Maffsville, Kansas 5-1 in the Divi- sion 2 Central Plains Regional in Wahpeton. But they fell in their next two games 8-0 to Pier-z, Minnesota and West Salem 5-3 ending their season. Right: Park River's Adam Oberg pitched an inning in relielrag,ainst Pierz. Park River ousted by Swanson to make k a 3-2 game Lat- West Salem, Wisconsin er in the inning Steven Thompson Despite a bottom of the sixth would drive home Jacob Erovick ty- rally, the Park Rivet Pirates fell to ing the game at 3-3. West Salem 5-3 here Saturday But in the top ofthe seventh West moming to end their Central Plains Salem would score two runs after Legion tournament ran. Park River had retired two batters. West Salem overcame a 1-0 Two Park River errors allowed both deficit in the second inning on a runs to score and in the bottom half three run home run to take a 3-1 of the inning the Pirates would go lead. That score would remain, down in order to end the game. until Park River came to bat in the The loss eliminated Park River bottom of the sixth..Adam Zaval- from advancing to tourfiament play ney would collect his second RBI as they dropped two of three in pool single of the game driving inAdam play. lenging," he said, "making sure everyone has the right information is something that we are continuing to improve upon." As for the future of Park River baseball, Irvine is very optimistic that the program will continue to grow and remain slrong. "There are a couple factors that come into play here" said Irvine. "One is coaching. The success of any program really depends on coaching. Right now we have great coaches in the pro- gram who make the game fuil and they are making the fimdamentals of the game the priority. If the kids enjoy playing, not only will they keep coming back but more kids will want to get involved." Another thing we hope to accomplish is Explosion Cont page 8