Miners win Region 8 crown against Shiloh
By Jarann Johnson
Every single boy on the Beulah Miners’ baseball team has heard the lyrics to Drake’s popular hip-hop song “Back to Back,” but last week the Miners got to live it, winning back-to-back region 8 championships.
The Miners went undefeated at the double-elimination tournament and took down Shiloh in extra innings 5-4 to raise the crown.
The Miners didn’t waste time grabbing control of the game. Alec Battest, senior, hit a one-run double to left field in the first to give his team a 1-0 lead.
Beulah cruised along in control of the game for most of it, adding another run in the third inning. The Miners’ third inning run was scored on a Josh Remmick single, making the score 2-0.
The game looked just about over in the fourth inning when Beulah added two more runs to their lead on a Battest triple, which made the Miners lead 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth. Shiloh didn’t care what the scoreboard looked like and battled back with a 3-run rally.
Shiloh got their first run of the game when Jared Baumiller stole home plate. After Baumiller’s steel, Dawson Fagerland hit a two-run double, cutting Beulah’s lead to 4-3. Even though the Miners gave up some runs they didn’t give up the lead and survived the scare.
The Miners went into the seventh inning nursing their 4-3 lead and hoping to close the game out. In came ace pitcher Alec Battest to close the game out.
Battest, the co-Region 8 senior of the year, couldn’t do it. Zac Martin led off the inning by reaching base on an error; then, with one out, Matt Fettig hit a single, delivering the tying run for Shiloh.
Beulah failed to break the tie in the bottom of the seventh, but broke it down in the bottom of the eighth. Ironically, the game-winner came from Hayden Norton. Norton, who scored the game winning run in Shiloh’s first loss of the tournament, hit a single to win the game for his squad 5-4 in the eighth this time.
Norton honestly recalled both of his high-stress at-bats against Shiloh which caused their defeat.
“I was just really nervous both times – hoping I don’t strike out. That’s my main thing -- don’t strike out, and whatever happens, happens” Norton said.