… But then lose state hopes to Beulah

Beulah came to town with an older and bigger overall team than the Hettinger-Scranton’s (HS) Babe Ruth team and defeated HS in two games.  Beulah now advances to the State Tournament in New Rockford, 1-5 August.

By Sheldon Christenson | For The Record

Beulah came to town with an older and bigger overall team than the Hettinger-Scranton’s (HS) Babe Ruth team and defeated HS in two games.  Beulah now advances to the State Tournament in New Rockford, 1-5 August.

Brayden Nelson started on the mound for Beulah and held the Nighthawks in check by allowing only one run and two hits in a 13-1 win.  Along the way he struck out four and walked two.

The defense behind him was solid as only one HS runner reached base due to an error.    Aaron Vallejo did most of the hitting damage for Beulah as he went four-for-five with three doubles and drove home four runners.

Tate Resner started for HS and was relieved in the 4th by Jacob Dix.  HS pitching combined to give up 11 hits, five walks and hit three batters while striking out only one.

The outcome of the second game looked better for HS as they struck for three quick runs in the first and had their ace Jarad Mattis on the hill.  He was keeping the scoring down by Beulah as the score was tied after four innings at 3-3.

Unfortunately, HS would not score again until the 7th inning.  They had a chance to pick up more runs in the 3rd but ran themselves out of the inning and came up with nothing.  Meanwhile Beulah picked up three in the 5th and three more in the 6th.

HS opened the top of the 7th with the first four batters reaching base via two hits, a walk and a Beulah error while scoring two of those runners.  That brought on a quick pitching change by the Beulah coach as he brought in first game winner Nelson who retired in order the next three HS batters to secure a 9-5 win.

The Nighthawks have a relatively young team as they lose only three players, albeit all three are starters with two of them having pitching experience.  If they can develop some better pitching and catching they could advance to the next level next year.   Too many walks, wild pitches and passed balls allowed too many runs this year.

I was talking to one of the Beulah fans who has a grandson playing and he mentioned that Beulah’s league only consists of Beulah, Washburn, Hazen and a younger Beulah team.

He thought their league and HS’s league, which only has Lemmon and Bowman along with HS, should combine into one league.  It is an idea that should be examined.

Better competition should improve the Nighthawks.  This year they managed to get into a Dickinson tourney for five games and also played two double headers at Dickinson which gave them nine games they didn’t have last year.

I believe HS only had seven games under their belt last year before the District tournament.

 







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