Miners open baseball season
The first game was cold and windy. But it was a rare game in early April and a way for the Beulah Miners to see where they were at against a good team. Unfortunately the Miners found out they were on the rough and inexperienced side of things, falling 8-1 and 9-5 in Bismarck to Shiloh Christian.
The Miners started out the game well, taking an early 1-0 lead in the first inning and held onto their lead until the bottom of third inning. Alec Battest gave Shiloh their first run of the game on a double by Seth Losos, but Battest quickly regained his composure by striking out the next batter.
Battest’s composure couldn’t overcome Shiloh’s home field confidence though. With batters in scoring position, Shiloh added three more runs to their lead. Two runs were scored on singles and another was scored on a sacrifice fly.
Battest ended the inning by getting out of a dangerous two-outs bases-loaded situation with a pop-up. The Miners seemed to have a little momentum from the big out during their lead off at-bat during the top of the fourth. Devin Sardelli hit a lead-off single and advanced to second base on a steal. But the Miners couldn’t do anything with Sardelli in scoring position and ended the top frame down 4-1.
Battest was mechanical in the bottom of the fifth, taking Shiloh out in 1-2-3 order. Battest struck out the first batter and got the next two out with help from the defense. The Miners once again had some momentum going into another inning.
In the top of the fifth Josh Remmick hit a lead-off single, beating the throw to first base. Remmick looked like he barely grazed the bag with his front toes but it was enough for the umpire to call him safe.
Chase Fernandez made a successful sacrifice bunt, pushing Remmick into scoring position on second base. Then the momentum had a break, Mike Morris failed to advance Remmick, giving Shiloh two outs. Hayden Norton did put his team in a nice spot in the next at-bat with a single, putting base runners on third and first.
Evan Mellmer came up with a chance to put a run in, but couldn’t take advantage for the base runners and the Miners ended another strong inning without scoring. The Miners didn’t let their scoring struggles influence them in the bottom frame.