Beulah survives, headed to state
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah Twisters went up, down, and all around during the Section 5 tournament. The tournament featured a whirlwind of emotions, but the Twisters figured out how to overcome their emotions and win the tournament.
Beulah’s path to a championship victory started out strongly in Hettinger. Beulah knocked off Lemon, S.D., in dominant fashion in the opening round, but the path’s smoothness quickly changed.
Beulah found themselves in a classic pitcher’s duel in the second round. Brayden Moore started for Beulah and pitched well – six innings, 10 strikeouts, and one earned run.
Hettinger’s starting pitcher also had a great day – seven innings, nine strikeouts, and one earned run. In the top of the seventh Moore walked the leadoff batter, causing Beulah Head Coach Lucas Senske to call in a closer to end the top frame.
Senske chose Mason Dolbec to close out the frame. Dolbec and the Beulah defense quickly ran into trouble, allowing Hettinger to record back-to-back bunts.
After the bunts the Beulah defense committed an error, allowing Hettinger to score a run and go up 2-1. Once Hettinger gained the lead, Beulah struggled to close out the frame.