There were a lot of odd things about last Friday’s rivalry doubleheader between Hazen and Beulah. Both games, the afternoon game and night cap, counted as Region 8 games instead of just one game. Another odd thing was that Beulah – the away team – batted in the bottom frame for the first game. Despite the weird quirks it was a typical Hazen-Beulah rivalry matchup with both teams battling hard and splitting the games – Hazen won the first 7-3 and Beulah won the second 17-7.
The sophomore pitcher didn’t start well on Friday, giving up a leadoff single and hitting the second batter he faced. Then things got even more troublesome as the sophomore pitcher gave up two steals, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Even though Remmick was in trouble early, he did have one thing going his way: he was up 0-2 in the count on the third batter, Christian Thompson. Thompson made contact with the ball but it resulted in a grounder to third baseman Landon Battest, senior, for the Miners’ first out of the game. Remmick retired the next batter, Danny Henke, senior, on a grounder and looked like he was going to pull a Houdini escape in the first inning. But before he could get one more magic pitch to result in a grounder it got away and entered the dirt, allowing a Brandon Jenkins, sophomore, score.
Cold baseball is no fun but it’s still baseball. The Miners convinced themselves of the truth in that statement when they had their home-opener against Hettinger last weekend. The Miners picked up a 7-1 win for their first win of the year. Cole Messerschmidt, senior, started at pitcher for the Miners and got off to a great start. Messerschmidt retired the first three batters he faced and recorded a strikeout in the top frame. But the Miners didn’t do much in the bottom frame, only getting one runner on base with a walk. The second frame kept running smoothly for Messerschmidt – he struck out two with no walks and faced four batters in the inning. But the Miner offense continued to struggle – with two runners on base the Miners recorded strikeouts, ending the inning.
Stuck inside, stuck inside, stuck inside. Even though Beulah high school golfers have been hearing those dreaded two words for the last few weeks one good thing has come out of this slow fading winter. The Miners have gotten really familiar with their new golf simulator. Early during the second semester is when the golf simulator arrived. The Beulah athletic department and Quarterback Club split the cost of the simulator. But once winter sports where over and prep for the spring sports started the simulator got it’s fair share of use – from the middle school to high school golfers. Head boys golf coach Jeremy Brandt feels like the simulator gives good feedback for learning the game and correcting mistakes. He said it works by using sensors in the strike pad to determine characteristics from a swing and predict where the ball will travel. “Well, it’s different. The kids get some feedback as far as swing pattern, whether their club face is open or closed. The sensors kind of read the club head after it comes over the strike pad where all the sensors are at and it gives them a reading on their swing path – rather they are out-to-in or in-to-out – if they’ve got their club face open or closed as they come through the ball.”
The first game was cold and windy. But it was a rare game in early April and a way for the Beulah Miners to see where they were at against a good team. Unfortunately the Miners found out they were on the rough and inexperienced side of things, falling 8-1 and 9-5 in Bismarck to Shiloh Christian. The Miners started out the game well, taking an early 1-0 lead in the first inning and held onto their lead until the bottom of third inning. Alec Battest gave Shiloh their first run of the game on a double by Seth Losos, but Battest quickly regained his composure by striking out the next batter.
The Beulah Miners girls’ basketball team had every player on their opening day roster when they took on New England in the first round of the Region 7 tournament. New England didn’t have every player they started with, and missing Ashley Plaggemeyer, a senior post, hurt the team late and may have caused them to lose 74-70. The first quarter was back-and-forth between both teams for the first six minutes of the game. No one led by more than three points. But New England made a small 6-0 run giving themselves a 17-11 lead. Luckily, the Miners cut it back down with a 3-pointer by Nessa Iverson, junior guard.
Sometimes things start out really easy and smooth, like simple addition. Then they get a bit more complicated, like calculus and other advanced math. The Miners had a similar experience in their play-in Region 7 tournament home game with Heart River last week, but won 47-26. The first two minutes of the game were easy for the Miners. They were playing strong defense and shooting well. The Miners forced three turnovers and made two 3-pointers, giving themselves a 10-2 lead.
Jeremy Brandt’s passion and understanding for the game of basketball can’t be questioned and his coaching record shows that – three state tournament appearances, soon to be a fourth, and a state championship. But Brandt has added another impressive feat to his coaching career. On Jan. 7 Brandt won his 300th basketball game against Bowman County in a rout. The Miners won 76-39 that night and only suffered one more loss over the final two months of the season. But the road to 300 is full of memorable games, not just one.
The first time the Beulah Miners and Hazen Bison met in boys basketball action, the hot team won. Hazen was the hot team – ranked in the state poll and off to an 8-1 start. The Miners were the cold team – falling out of the state poll and 3-4 on the year. The game resembled both teams’ season records, Hazen was near perfect in the game and Beulah struggled, losing 76-56. In the teams’ final regular season meeting the teams were at opposite sides – the Miners were hot and Hazen was cold. Beulah entered last Tuesday’s game on a 12-game winning streak and the Bison entered with a loss that cost them the region tournament’s top seed. The heat kept burning and the Miners walked away from their home court with a 74-67 win. The start of the game was slow with Beulah leading 5-3 halfway through the quarter. Things stayed close until late in the period. The Miners led 12-10 with 11 seconds left in the quarter when Luke Blood, junior post, made a key play.