Class B Legion baseball added a new member to the ranks this summer. The program came together for the communities of Belfield and South Heart.
For the longest time, this scoreboard in Belfield had nothing to show.
“Five or six years ago, there was junk all over this place. It just wasn’t used,” Kurt Silbernagel said.
There wasn’t even a little league back then, let alone a full Legion team. But Silbernagel wanted to change that.
“When I moved to South Heart we started a program, and it really just thrived,” Silbernagel said.
So the next year, Kilbernagel kept things going by starting a Babe Ruth team, and that one took off too. So naturally, Legion had to be next in line.
“I approached the Legion, and they jumped at the chance. We had the money for a Legion program within a matter of months,” Silbernagel said.
The Legion club merges the towns of Belfield and South Heart, and as with any start-up, initial numbers will be low.
“We’ve actually got nine Legion-age kids, but I have seven 15-year-olds who are all solid, and they’re going to fill in,” Silbernagel said. “A lot of these kids are the same ones that started little league, and they’re the same ones that played on the first Babe Ruth team. They know what it’s like. They’re kind of trailblazing a little bit.”
And for Kurt, watching his trailblazers continue to grow the game is what makes coaching so rewarding.
“I just wanted to make the opportunity available to them,” Silbernagel said. “I love baseball, and I want them to have that same experience that I had growing up.”
The Belfield-South Heart Knights have played two games so far, and they are 1-1 on the year.