Beulah downs Nighthawks in regional matchup

Beulah downed Hettinger-Scranton 10-2 on April 30.

Senior Mason Stang winds up to throw from center field after catching a fly ball.  [PHOTO BY COLE BENZ | The Herald]
Senior Mason Stang winds up to throw from center field after catching a fly ball. [PHOTO BY COLE BENZ | The Herald]
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON | FOR THE HERALD

Beulah downed Hettinger-Scranton 10-2 on April 30.  Although Damon Mellmer was the losing pitcher for the Nighthawks, his pitching is steadily improving.  Sporadic control got him into trouble in the second inning.  After setting down Beulah batters in order during the first inning,  he gave up three runs in the second as an error and three walks hurt him.  Beulah only had one hit for a single in the second.  He gave up a solo home run to Haden Norton in the third.  He really looked good in the fourth inning as he set down three batters in order, all via the strikeout route.  With two outs in the fifth Mellmer gave up two runs. Brandon Pierce relieved him.  Pierce had his own control problems, walking four and hitting two batters until being relieved by Jarad Mattis with two outs in the seventh.

I had Beulah with seven hits for the game and four for the Nighthawks.  Beulah pitching gave up two walks, hitting one batter and striking out seven.  Nighthawk pitching allowed 10 walks, hit two batters and striking out seven.  Braydon Nelson picked up the pitching victory for Beulah going the first five innings.  Adam Becker finished the last two innings.

The Nighthawks had a heads up defensive play with two outs and two on in the seventh when a Beulah batter lofted a high fly ball to left center.  Nighthawk Ty Norby called for the ball with center fielder Mason Stang hustling nearby for back up.  The ball hit Norby’s glove but bounced out and the alert Stang was close enough to catch the ball before it hit the ground saving two runs.

In the non-region second game the young Nighthawks lost 16-0.

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