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This year’s American Legion Tournament was all that anyone could ask for. There were close stressful games, upsets and great individual performances. Last week Beulah hosted the five day state tournament and Grafton won it for the second consecutive year.
Beulah did the hard work to keep a talented Washburn team out of the state tournament, beating them in the section 7 semifinals, and Hazen did the finishing work in a loser-out game. Beulah didn’t show Hazen any sympathy in the finals winning the championship game 10-0 in six innings. Opening day – Beulah vs. Hazen
The Beulah Cyclones only have seven days before the section 7 American Legion baseball tournament begins. Beulah doesn’t need to play their best ball to advance to the state tournament since they are hosting the tournament this year, but they sure would like to knock off the 3-time repeating section champs, Washburn.
The Beulah Cyclones seem to always struggle late in the legion season. The struggle tends to run from July to the end of the regular season. Last year the Cyclones were undefeated for most of the season until they dropped five games towards the end of the season. Two of the losses were to the Hazen Astros in Hazen.
The Beulah Miners had a short season with mostly unfavorable playing conditions. Both the girls and boys teams qualified for the state championship in rainy conditions at the regional championship but neither won a region championship.
The Miners looked poised to make a return to the state tournament after going through the regular season with one loss and no regional losses. At the regional tournament the Miners gave up one run and scored 18, least to say the reigning state champions dominance continued.