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Beulah drops Thompson

MANDAN -- Beulah got started off on the right foot in defense of its Class B baseball state championship Thursday.

Behind 15 hits and eight runs in the sixth inning, Beulah cruised past Thompson High 14-3 in the opening round of the Class B state tournament at Veteran's Memorial Ballpark.

Karson Hintz hit 2-for-4 with four RBIs, while Cody Nelson was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Hintz and Mark Muscha each supplied home runs for the Miners.

The Miners (17-1) move onto the semifinals to play the Grafton Spoilers -- a rematch of last year's state title game -- today at 7 p.m. (MDT).

Beulah edged Grafton 5-3 in eight innings to win the 2012 Class B state championship.

The Spoilers blanked Minot Ryan 5-0 in the opening round.

Beulah 301 116 0 -- 14 15 0

Thompson 100 020 0 -- 3 7 4

Patrick Becker, Logan Behm. Brandon Walsh, Thomas Nistler. HR-- B, Hintz, Muscha.

W-Becker. L-Walsh.

Highlights: B, Cody Nelson 3-for-3, 2 RBIs; Karson Kintz 2-for-4, HR, 4 RBIs; Mark Muscha 3-for-4, HR, RBI; Brett Koch 3-for-4. T, Thomas Nistler 2-for-2; Ryne Dolleslager 1-for-2, RBI.

Records: B, 17-1.