Beulah qualifies for state
By Jarann Johnson
The last time Beulah earned an automatic berth in the Legion state tournament, Washburn hosted the regional tournament. Beulah didn’t back into the tournament though, instead the Cyclones earned their way into the tournament.
The Cyclones faced a similar situation this year, automatically earning a spot in the tournament as host. Beulah once again proved they can host and play in a state tournament by taking second place at regionals last week.
Beulah Cyclone fans were a little worried before the start of the tournament by what they saw. Head Coach Tyler Schmidt made a regular-season bet with his team.
The bet was simple: win 10 consecutive games and you can practice warm-ups without a ball. The boys held up to their end of the bargain, earning the right to have an unconventional warm-up.
Some fans thought going against convention might flip the delicate balance of karma that baseball superstitions protect, and bring bad luck. Those Beulah fans appeared to be right early on.
Josh Remmick, Beulah starting pitcher, gave up a single to start the game. Then Hunter Neether, the No. 2 batter, reached base when a throw was off, putting two base runners on with no outs.
Remmick didn’t give Beulah fans much of a chance to say “I told you so” though, retiring the next three batters. In the bottom frame Alec Battest led off with a walk and advanced all the way to third after a steal and balk.
No. 2 batter Mikey Morris drew a walk and No. 3 hitter Braydon Nelson recorded the first RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly, putting Beulah up 1-0. Beulah didn’t score any more runs in the bottom of the first, but they truly proved that they were in control the rest of the way.
Remmick pitched a scoreless frame in the top of the second, and Beulah scored seven runs in the bottom of the second. Battest hit a two-run double, Morris hit a two-run single, Derek Ferebee hit a two-run double, and Braydon Nelson added a one-run sacrifice fly.
Up 8-0 at the end of two made it clear Beulah was well on their way. At the end of three the offense was still going strong, Remmick had one RBI and Ferebee added two more, bringing his game total to four RBIs.
The only question left for Beulah fans to ponder was if their team was going to stay up by at least 10 to end the game early and get out of the hot sun. The answer was “yes.”