Tortoise team wins region
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah Cyclones must really love the tortoise and the hare story. After starting the season out as a 3-15 team, the Cyclones finished as West Region Class A champions with a 20-20 record and earned the top seed into this week’s Class A American Legion State Tournament.
Getting the top seed wasn’t easy. In fact, the Cyclones started out the tournament like their early season and fell 2-0 in a pitcher’s duel to the host team, Makoti Mavericks.
There wasn’t much that Patrick Becker could do better in the game. He allowed one earned run but ran into another strong pitcher and future Lake Region State College teammate in Austin Lee.
Lee pitched his team to a 2-0 win and the Cyclones found themselves in an elimination game against the other Day 1 loser, Washburn. The tortoise start continued in the first inning.
Washburn led 4-0 against Alec Battest after the top of the first. Two of Washburn’s runs came on errors, and one came on a walk. Washburn truthfully earned one run in the inning on a Brenden Sweeney single.
Then the Cyclones’ tortoise ways got a shot of energy. The Cyclones tied the game in the bottom frame by scoring on an error and batting in three RBIs.
In the third the Cyclones took control with two singles and held on for a 7-5 win. Next up was Velva, and this time the Cyclones didn’t have a slow start.
After the first two innings they led 6-0 and held on for a 6-4 win. That set up a game against Watford City, a team they hadn’t lost to.