MINOT – To say the Bismarck Reps have the Beulah Cyclones number would be like calling the Grand Canyon a hole in the ground. The Reps defeated the Cyclones twice in extra innings at the 2016 Class A West Region American Legion Baseball Tournament, including 6 to 5 in eight innings in the title game. The Reps are the only team in North Dakota to have downed the Cyclones this summer, having done so four times.
The Beulah Cyclones entered the last weekend of the regular season on a 15 game winning streak, and a matchup with the Bismarck Reps on their home field. That winning streak was snapped. The Cyclones entered the West Region as the number one seed. After early game struggles, they downed Mandan 7 to 4. The Cyclones seemed to put it together in their next round with a 12 to 1 five inning win over Velva Post 39. The Reps stayed calm and played fundamentally sound to pick up wins by scores of 2 to 0 over Dickinson, and 7 to 2 over Williston. That set up a Friday night matchup between tourney unbeatens. The Reps and Cyclones played a classic game into extra innings, with the Reps winning 5 to 4 in 8 innings. Both teams won on Saturday to set up a Sunday rematch.
The Cyclones went up four nothing early only to see the Reps claw back to take a 5 to 4 lead. Beulah rallied to tie the game in the 6th on an RBI single by Matt Schnabel. Each team was held scoreless in the 7th inning to send the game to extra innings again. Beulah went scoreless in their half of the 8th, and despite an amazing defensive play to retire Ben Weber at the plate in the 8th, the Reps won on a bases loaded walk. However, the silver lining for the Cyclones is that they are headed to the Class A State Tournament along with Bismarck, Velva, and Dickinson. The double elimination state tourney starts Wednesday in Dickinson. Bismarck will be the #1 seed from the west, while Beulah will be the #2. The state champion will be crowned Sunday, and it could be another matchup for these two teams. Should be great!