Miners softball gets big win
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah Miners softball team had their biggest game of the season on Monday. The stakes were high against Heart River.
If the Miners collected a win they would avoid the play-in round and be two wins away from the school’s first Class B softball state tournament berth. A loss would push the Miners all the way down to the last seed for the tournament and mean a very challenging path to the state tournament.
Not only were the Miners facing pressure, but they also had to overcome two mental hurdles against Heart River. The first time the teams matched up this season Heart River dominated, winning 17-5 on a neutral field. Heart River’s coaches also elected to show bunt a lot, which puts pressure on a young team and makes them nervous.
Beulah didn’t have a flashback or any negative thoughts and won the big game 9-4, which assured the Miners at least the No. 7-seed. But if things played out perfectly with other West Region games, Beulah would earn the No. 6-seed.
Beulah Head Coach Michelle Brouwer discussed what she focused on before the big game.
“I started the game by saying, ‘Win or lose, get 10-runned, get 15-runned – it doesn’t matter, you still need to be here to play.’ I just want them to hit the ball and they did that today. They had a lot of hits and I was really impressed with that. They were aggressive on the bases,” Brouwer continued.
“I think it was their own mindset, it wasn’t mine. We pushed the limits a little bit on a couple of plays where we got burned, but then they just answered back the next inning with a couple more runs.”