Post 12 suffers similar fate
By Jarann Johnson
At the end of last summer Post 12 was playing for an American Legion state tournament berth and fell to Hazen. This summer they were in similar position but taking on the Beulah Cyclones for an American State Tournament berth.
After losing 3-0 to Velva in the opening round of the Class A West Region Tournament in Makoti, Post 12 fans entered their state-qualifying game knowing Post 12 had a 3-1 regular season record against Beulah. But Post 12 fans also knew that Beulah was a different team now and came into the region tournament as the No.1 seed. And that beating the No. 1 seed for a state tournament berth wouldn’t be easy.
The No. 1 seed held on to win 7-5, but, early on, Post 12 looked poised to grab the upset win. Post 12 led 4-0 after the end of the top of the first inning.
For Beulah starter Alec Battest it was a long first inning, 36 pitches long to be exact. The hurler started strongly by retiring the first two batters but soon faced trouble getting the third out.
Brenden Sweeney hit a one-run single, opening a 1-0 lead for Post 12. But a bases-loaded walk and two errors added damage, allowing three runs to score and giving Post 12 an early 4-0 lead.
A bad start wasn’t how Beulah wanted to start a game that would decide whether they kept playing or not. But the team stayed patient and batted well – Hayden Norton led off the inning with a walk against Hunter Jacobs. Battest followed by getting on base and stealing second.