Cardinals drop two to Beulah
By Jarann Johnson
Karson Backer, Washburn/Wilton/Center-Stanton junior, started for the Cardinals at pitcher and was focused on getting a confidence-building win for his squad. Adam Becker, Beulah senior, started as pitcher for the Miners and was put in charge of keeping his team’s unbeaten Region 8 record going.
WWCS had an early first inning chance to go up on Beulah on the road. Sophomore Trevor Schreiner approached the plate with runners on first and second with two outs. Becker closed the door on WWCS’ early chance to score, retiring Schreiner.
Backer would also face a dangerous point in the first inning. Beulah loaded the bases with one out and Alec Battest, a senior, approaching the plate. Battest, the No. 5 hitter, failed to bring the run in, pushing Backer closer to escaping WWCS’ dangerous predicament without giving up any runs.
Backer’s next challenge was getting Hayden Norton out. Norton, a senior, stayed patient in the box and forced a walk, which gave the Miners a 1-0 lead.
Backer didn’t let his struggle with pitching command impact his next battle. Backer retired Josh Remmick to end the inning.
WWCS’ ideas of tying the game in the top of the second were quickly alleviated by Becker. Becker struck out WWCS’ No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8 batters in consecutive order to preserve the lead.