Beulah squeezes by Shiloh
By Jarann Johnson
Alec Battest, Beulah starting pitcher, and Dawson Fagerland, Shiloh starting pitcher, both knew what was on the line last week when their teams met for a Region 8 counter in Beulah. The winning team would own sole possession of first place in the Region 8 standings.
The first inning passed as most expected. Both pitcher’s threw scoreless opening frames but Fagerland couldn’t keep pace in the second. Battest made things tough on Fagerland with a leadoff double in the bottom of the second.
Beulah senior Hayden Norton followed with a bunt and safely advanced to first putting Fagerland in a tough situation – base runners on first and third with no outs. Josh Remmick hit a sacrifice fly giving Beulah a 1-0 lead but that’s all Fagerland was relenting in the inning. Fagerland retired the next two Beulah batters.
Beulah kept their lead in the third inning and had a chance to increase it. Norton walked to the batter’s box with two out and base runners on first and third but couldn’t get a hit, leaving the score at 1-0 in Beulah favor.
Battest looked great during the fourth and pitched another scoreless inning but his team couldn’t figure out a way to build on their 1-0 lead and the game entered the fifth inning with Beulah up 1-0. The same stanza repeated itself in the fifth inning and neither team scored.
Finally in the sixth inning there was some drama. Shiloh’s leadoff hitter Zac martin hit a single, then he advance to second on a sac bunt, which put Shiloh in position to tie the game.
Battest walked the next batter, which put Shiloh’s No. 4-batter Fagerland up to bat. Fagerland didn’t let Battest and the Miners defense hold on to their shutout and blasted a three-run homer, completely changing the game.
Shiloh had the momentum and lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. The only thing Shiloh needed to do the rest of the way was play strong defense.
Beulah didn’t let Shiloh stay simple and smooth. Instead, the Miners forced the action in the bottom of the sixth.
Norton reached base on an error to leadoff the bottom frame but the next batter, Remmick, struck out. Shiloh was only five outs away from a critical region win but committed an error on the next at-bat.