April 29, 2015

Beulah trying to get fired up

By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah Miners didn’t end last week the way they wanted to, and that carried over into a disappointing start to the week. The Miners dropped a home doubleheader to Hazen and entered the week getting ready for a Region 8 road faceoff with Kidder County.
The Kidder game resulted in a 9-6 loss and a little bit of worry heading into the Miner’s non-regional games to end the week. A home doubleheader sweep over Legacy seems to have relieved those worries and rebuilt the team’s confidence.
Brandon Elton, junior starting pitcher, broke the bad streak for the Miners against Legacy at home last Friday. But early on Beulah fans may have been thinking, “Uh-oh, here we go again.”
In the bottom of the first inning Legacy loaded the bases with no outs. It looked like Elton’s early pitching mistake, hitting Legacy’s leadoff batter, was going to cost him.
Beulah’s defense stepped up, forcing a double-play. Elton alertly snagged a ground ball that bounced back to the pitching mound and threw it home for a forced out, and starting catcher Alec Battest quickly tagged home base and threw to first to compete the play.
A fly out ended the inning and seemed to move remove any doubt about the Miners’ ability in the dugout. The Miners quickly turned the bottom frame of the first into a two-run lead. Battest, a junior, hit a one-run double and another run came in on a throwing error to first before the end of the inning.


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