No revenge for Beulah at State Legion Baseball
By Jarann Johnson
The North Dakota Class A Legion state tournament offered the Beulah Cyclones two chances for revenge. Beulah didn’t cash in on either opportunity at the tournament in Grand Forks last week.
Beulah lost to Casselton during the regular season and fell to them 5-1 on the opening day of the tournament. The next day Beulah faced the Bismarck Capitals in a loser-out game.
The Capitals are mainly comprised of Shiloh baseball players, which is basically the team who beat Beulah to go to state during the high school season. Shiloh’s Legion team added some college freshmen to their roster, which meant Beulah faced a bigger challenge than they did in the spring to stay alive.
Beulah started the elimination game up to the challenge. Aaron Vallejo reached base after getting hit by a pitch. Then Vallejo, a speedy base runner, stole second. Next up, Mikey Morris came to bat. Morris did his job, hitting a RBI single.
Beulah got one more run in the bottom of the first because of a Capitals error. Kory Rueb forced the 2-out throwing error by hustling to first base, which allowed Morris to score from third base.
The second inning didn’t have any fireworks for either team. Beulah’s starting pitcher, Mason Dolbec, entered the third trying to pickup another scoreless frame but things unraveled for the hurler. A leadoff walk led to trouble.