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Stiff pitching lifts Beulah past Thompson in Class B softball state quarterfinals – InForum

By Vaseline May30,2024

JAMESTOWN – Beulah pitcher Addison Dale-Geiger fired a gem to propel the Miners to the state semifinals.

The No. 2 Miners topped the Thompson Tommies 2-1 in the Class B state softball quarterfinals Thursday afternoon at Lyle “Trapper” Lawrence Field.

Dale-Geiger worked all seven innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits and striking out thirteen.

Despite her off-speed pitches working effectively in the circle, the sophomore said she never really felt comfortable during the game.

“Very stressful,” Dale-Geiger said. “It took a lot of work.”

Beulah head coach Kyle Christensen said while Dale-Geiger may not have been as sharp as in previous games, she performed well in tough situations.

“She was definitely dominant and she stood up for us in some crucial situations,” Christensen said.

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Thompson’s Fiona Hendrickson watches as Beulah’s Clara Hager (10) slides home safely during the Class B Girls State Softball Championship on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at Lyle “Trapper” Lawrence Field in Jamestown.

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Beulah put on a pair of runners in the second inning and led 2-0. The Miners’ Ellianah Weidner and Clara Hager had back-to-back singles and a wild pitch allowed Weidner to score from third base. Daviney McKay laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Hager from third base.

Thompson cut the lead in half to 2-1 in the sixth inning. Cynthia Eliason hit an RBI triple into the alley in right-center field, scoring Syndey Schwabe from second base. Schwabe reached base on a missed third strike.

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Thompson’s Claire Kolling denies a Beulah batter a home run by making a catch over the left field fence during the Class B Girls State Softball Championship on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at Lyle “Trapper” Lawrence Field in Jamestown.

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Dale-Geiger finished off the Tommies in the seventh with back-to-back strikeouts. The Miners had four hits in the game and Weidner went 2-for-3.

Thomson’s Mya Warcken and Schwabe both finished 1 for 2 with a walk. Schwabe pitched all six innings in the circle, allowing two earned runs on four hits with one strikeout.

“It was a tight start to the finish,” Christensen said. “Well played game and well played defensively by both teams.”

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Thompson’s Dru Schwab makes a catch for the third out as Buelah’s Cali Steffan makes a sprint to second base during the Class B Girls State Softball Championship on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at Lyle “Trapper” Lawrence Field in Jamestown.

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Beulah will face No. 2 Central Cass in the semifinals on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. The Tommies will face Renville County in the consolation semifinals Friday morning at 11 a.m.

The Miners found themselves in a similar situation last season, going on to win the program’s first state title. Christensen hopes some of the pre-match nerves have calmed down.

“Hopefully we play a little better tomorrow,” Christensen said. “Central Cass won’t give us an inch.”

“We have to work hard,” Dale-Geiger added. “We shouldn’t get down on ourselves… and stick together.”

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Beulah’s Cali Steffan connects with the ball during the Class B Girls State Softball Championship on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at Lyle “Trapper” Lawrence Field in Jamestown.

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Andreas Haugland

After graduating from North Dakota State University, Haugland joined the Forum in January 2023. Readers can reach him at 701-241-5508 or by emailing [email protected]

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