Beulah 1 comes close to title
The 1-94 Babe Ruth baseball tournament had a new twink in it this year. Instead of having two sections with the section champions meeting for a championship best of three series the tournament format was switched to a six-team double-elimination format.
The tournament took four days to complete and the last team left standings was Washburn. Hazen, the tournament host, was third and Beulah 1 lost in the championship game.
The first game of the tournament put Hazen up against Bowman. Bowman was awarded a higher seed but that didn’t stop Hazen from gaining an early lead.
In the top of the first with the bases loaded and two outs Garrett Ward, Hazen No. 6-hitter, hit a two-run single to center field giving his team their first lead of the game. Isaac Doll took over pitching in the bottom frame and kept Bowman scoreless.
Hazen stayed well in control the rest of the game, building a third inning lead of 3-1, a lead 6-2 in the fourth, a lead 10-3 in the fifth and a lead 14-3 in the sixth. The win moved Hazen into a game against the reigning region champs in the next round.
The second game of the day put Beulah 2 against Hettinger. Hettinger scored first on an a throwing error to first base but didn’t do any other damage.
Beulah 2 evened the score in the top of the second with a 2-out single by Jayden Gierke. But maintaining control the rest of the way was too tough.
Evan Eliason hit Hettinger’s leadoff batter in the 2nd, then gave up two runs and loaded the bases with no outs. Despite facing a tough task Beulah two managed to escape the bases loaded and no outs situation by only giving up 1 run, making the score 4-1.
Beulah 2 couldn’t figure out how to get out of their deficit and fell 13-1 in five innings, putting them on the elimination side of the bracket. Hettinger’s win moved them to the second round against the winner of Washburn vs. Heart River.