Cyclones fall in semifinals
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah Cyclones had a state tournament with a little bit of everything. There were wins, losses, close games, pitching duals, combacks and even a suspension. The Cyclones went 2-2 at the Class A American Legion baseball tournament in Wahpeton last week.
The cyclones looked strong in their first game of the tournament. After the first inning they were ahead 7-3 but the lead wouldn’t hold. Valley City added two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth, giving themselves an 8-7 lead.
Beulah tied it in the bottom of the sixth at 8-8 but couldn’t hold on and faltered in the top frame of the first inning. Valley City scored two runs and Beulah failed to rally in the bottom frame, falling 10-8.
Next up Beulah faced off against Grafton in an elimination game. Beulah’s starting pitcher and Grafton’s starting pitcher agreed to wage a pitching war against each other.
Hunter Baldwin gave up two hits, 1 run and struck out six batters in six innings on the pitching mound. His counterpart Alec Battest pitched seven strong shutout innings for Beulah and had his own impressive state line – nine strike outs, two walks and five hits given up.
The lone run of the game was a single by Evan Mellmer that sliced through two infielders and scored Haden Norton. The Cyclones committed zero errors in the game, which might have been the difference in the game.
The Cyclones next game was an elimination game against Casselton. The game looked like it was headed for another defensive showdown after a scoreless first inning but Mellmer changed that with a great leadoff at bat in the bottom of the second.