S-NR Black Sox eager to lean on senior leadership for stretch run

NEW ROCKFORD – The Sheyenne-New Rockford Black Sox has had a hefty workload, to say the least.

Any other team could sing a similar tune. Given recent weather lulls and postponements, each team has had to trek indoors, take practice swings and undergo pitching sessions inside gymnasiums, lunchrooms, and anywhere else that might even remotely provide cover.

Of course, the Black Sox have also had to work around a rough stretch in the games they have been able to get in. After winning two of their first three games to open the 2022 season, the Black Sox, heading into May 5 action, have since dropped four contests by a combined score of 33-6, dating back to April 11. But wait, there’s more. The Black Sox are additionally under the tutelage of first-year head coach Jake Bilden, who took over control of the team from longtime head coach Elliott Belquist, who coached the team for 16 years.

No matter, however. Even with a rough stretch under a new head coach, the Black Sox have not backed down from a challenge. If anything, they have accepted it with open arms.

The Sheyenne-New Rockford Black Sox will look to put weather issues, early-season woes behind them in order to prevail during final push during 2022 season.

“I think we have a pretty good team,” Black Sox player Nicholas Berglund said. “We have a good chance. We all keep our heads up. Some of the games haven’t gone the way we wanted them to. The weather, but everyone has dealt with the weather, so we can’t just look at that. We have to keep on improving, and I think we have a great chance to go far in the tournament, so [I] can’t wait.”

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