Beulah starts legion season
By Jarann Johnson
Sometimes a pitching dual is a game that fans can’t wait for. Well, last week Beulah fans had to wait it out for their pitcher’s dual.
Velva thought the doubleheader was going to be played on their home field and didn’t realize the game was being played in Beulah until about 2-3 hours before the game. Velva’s Legion team hopped in the bus and got to the ball park about one hour later than the original game time, but made the wait worth it.
The Beulah Cyclones got a nice game pitching from Alec Battest early in the week and picked up a close win in the counter game, 3-2. Battest and the Cyclones looked like they were in trouble early on against Brady Engebretson, a pitcher with plenty of state tournament experience.
A wild pitch by Battest gave Velva a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Things looked worst in the bottom frame when Engbretson struck out two batters, showing that he was on his game.
Beulah had a chance to create some trouble in the bottom of the second inning with the bases loaded, but didn’t cause any damage. Heading into the top of the third, Velva was still holding on to their 1-0 lead.
Velva gave their ace pitcher even more support with another run, making the score 2-0. The insurance wouldn’t matter though.
Hayden Norton blasted the tying run through with a one-run single in the bottom of the third. From there the game stayed tied as both ace pitchers tried to outlast each other.
Battest outlasted his counterpart at home in the sixth, though. Brayden Nelson drove in a run giving Beulah the lead and the Cyclones held on for a 3-2 win in the region counter. Beulah couldn’t grab the home sweep and lost the nightcap game.
Head Coach Tyler Schmidt reflected on his team’s first week of action. He said the team did well, but that he wants to see more motivation and belief in the team’s ability to beat tough teams.