By Lauren Brant
The Regulators baseball team traveled to Alliance for a three-day tournament over the weekend. They went 2-1 at the tournament.
Their first game was against Alliance. The Regulators were able to score two runs early in the game. They entered into the 5th inning tied with 2 runs but were unable to limit their errors and stop the Alliance offense. Alliance scored 3 runs in the fifth inning and then 4 runs in the sixth. They lost 9-2. Trace Beguin pitched for the Regulators and struck out five batters while giving up only 2 earned runs. Trent Reed was 1 for 3 with a double, which led to the Regulators’ two runs during the game.
In the second game, the Regulators faced Martin and won 7-6. Morgan Hurlburt was on the mound for the team and went 4 for 4 at the plate. He had 2 triples and a double-scoring twice. He drove in one baseman. Reed went 2 for 4, scoring one run and had 2 RBIs. Harley Bayne also made it to home plate for the team as he went 2 for 3 and had an RBI.
The final game of the tournament was against Sidney. Morgan Hurlburt was 1 for 3 and scored one run and Trace Beguin went 2 for 2 with an RBI. Broc Black Calf led his team on the mound, giving up no earned runs and collecting 10 strikeouts. He threw 98 pitches during the game and of those, 80 pitches were strikes. The Regulators defeated Sidney 2-1. “It’s hard to lose when your pitcher is locating the ball like that,” wrote Coach Rob Close. “Sidney can hit; Broc was just that good today.”
While the Regulators ended the tournament with a winning record, Coach Close said the team struggled at the plate. “We really need to shore up our bat control and stop striking out so much,” he said.
He shared that the team is strong at the plate but they need to trust themselves and be selective when swinging.
The Regulators next game will be on Tuesday, July 10 at 7 p.m. in Martin.