Beulah almost takes Class A Legion
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah Cyclones were hosting the Class A American Legion State Tournament, but that didn’t mean they were going to be walk-over host. Beulah beat everyone they faced in the tournament except for Wahpeton, ending their season with a runners-up finish at the tournament last weekend.
Beulah and Casselton opened the state tournament with a scoreless inning. Then, in the bottom of the second, Beulah made their move.
John William Suter, Beulah’s No. 9 hitter, approached the batter’s box with base runners on first and second and one out. The favorable scoring situation improved for Beulah on a wild pitch, which allowed the base runners to advance to second and third.
Suter didn’t get a hit but did his job, making contact with the ball and hitting a grounder that allowed one base runner to score. Beulah’s No. 1 hitter, Alec Battest, followed with a two-out single up the middle, making the score 2-0.
The third inning went quickly with both pitchers pitching scoreless frames. The score was 2-0 after three complete innings.
The fourth inning was when Beulah took full control of the game, scoring four runs. Hayden Norton led off the bottom of the fourth by hustling down the base path and beating a throw to first. Norton’s effort paid off when No. 8 batter, Aaron Vallejo, hit a one-run double making the score 3-0.