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Blackjaws experience successful season despite early elimination

8/13/09 (Thu)

The measure of a team’s season typically is determined by its record. In those terms the Beulah-Hazen Blackjaws amateur baseball team was less than a success going 6-10 overall this summer. Just don’t tell that to any of the players. To the men wearing the black and red jerseys it’s not the measure of the victories but the amount of joy they have still playing the sport they love.

"We’re just about competing and playing baseball. Wins come and go," explained Kevin Flaagan, one of the founding team members.

The amateur baseball team is little known in Mercer County despite its creation in the early 1990s. The first few years the team was made up mostly of Beulah and Hazen adults that wanted to keep playing baseball. Eventually the numbers started to drop to the point where the Blackjaws weren’t guaranteed to fill a roster every game, so they expanded the players search. Since then the team has been able to reel in players from as far away as Rugby, Minot and Fargo. The past couple seasons, however, the Blackjaws have been able to maintain a more centralized roster with several players from the Washburn area and others with ties to Hazen, Beulah and Center.