Cyclones start summer
By Jarann Johnson
Monday was a special day for the Beulah Cyclones. Not only was it the season opener for Legion baseball but it was also a day to honor Paula Goldmann’s fight with Breast Cancer. Players, fans and umpires wore Pink for Paula during the game in support of her battle.
Alec Battest got the start for the Beulah Cyclones and was off to a good showing, retiring the first batter with a ground ball. But the next three at-bats didn’t fall his way and he was in dangerous waters. The bases were loaded with one out.
Battest didn’t let the stressful situation equal easy runs, though. He popped up the next batter, putting himself in a strong position to keep the game scoreless after the top frame. He came through on his end of the deal, forcing a grounder near second baseman Hayden Norton. But Norton couldn’t complete the play and two runs scored.
Battest got out of the inning on his own power, taking the next batter out on swings. But the Cyclones couldn’t get anything going in the bottom of the first or second. Going into the third, Velva was still ahead 2-0.
Battest and the defense managed another strong inning, keeping the deficit at two runs and got a run back the bottom frame. Hunter Eslinger took a leadoff walk to get on base and Mike Morris followed with a walk.
Norton made up for his previous error with a sacrifice bunt, putting runners on second and third. Devin Sardelli almost came away with a big two-run hit, but it landed in foul territory. Instead the Cyclones’ top hitter sent a fly ball to deep center for a sacrifice fly, making the score 2-1.