Beulah Boys making noise
By Jarann Johnson
Erik Ham and Tyler Schmidt had their fair share of success as athletes at Beulah High School before going off to college. Now both are succeeding at Minnesota State University Moorhead. The Beulah duo helped Minnesota State University Moorhead’s club baseball team reach the Division 2 National Club Baseball Association World Series in Kentucky.
Getting to Kentucky for the mid-May national tournament isn’t easy. There are three divisions in each conference and a team must win its division to advance to the conference tournament or earn the only at-large bid, which is usually given to the top team in the conference, for a spot in the four-team tournament. Schmidt described how a team qualifies for nationals.
“We have district play. So, we play Winnona (State), Minnesota, NDSU, Lakehead (University). So, we play those guys three times – usually a doubleheader and then a one game. Then whoever has the best record goes to our playoff and there’s four teams in the playoff. There’s three other districts and then an at-large bid – that’s a double elimination tournament and, if you win that, you go to the World Series,” Schmidt said.
MSUM made it through to the conference round but faced one team that they knew would be a challenge in Grand Valley State. At the start of the season MSUM was No. 16 in the preseason polls and Grand Valley State was No. 8, but at the end of the year MSUM was No. 6 and Grand Valley State was No. 9.