Beaver baseball looks to add to recent success
The Minot State baseball team is coming off a stellar 2019 season, where they collected a school record of 36 wins and a run in the conference tournament where they fell one win short of making it to the Regional NCAA Championship tournament. Even though the team lost 16 seniors, hopes are that a big off-season in signings will keep the team at the top of the Northern Sun Conference and give them a shot at a regional tournament bid.
Scott Eul, head coach of the Beaver baseball team, has his sights set on this season and looks to continue his winning ways with another impressive spring campaign. Hired in 2016, Eul has personally overseen a dramatic transformation of the baseball team and is coming off two straight seasons where the team has set the school record for wins. In 2020, he expects more of the same and hopes to continue his success.
“I think our expectations the last couple of years have been pretty high and nothing really changes this year,” Eul explained. “I think we’ve got a team that’s pretty talented so our expectations are to go compete and win a conference and get into a regional to see if we can make some noise from there.”
Replacing the talent lost this off-season has been a question for the Beavers, but with 18 new signings and leadership from senior captains Trevaun Smith and Nolan Monthei, the team is clicking and seems to be in a good position to make a run.
“Our new guys and returners have been great; this is probably the best team we’ve had getting-along-wise,” Eul said. “We’ve got some new guys doing some really good things and the old guys showing them the ropes. It’s going to be a pretty fun blend to go see our style of baseball evolve into what it’s going to be this year.”
One new signing is infielder/pitcher Blake Gallagher from New Brunswick, Canada. Over the off-season, Gallagher was voted to the 2019 Canadian Baseball Network All-Canadian College first team as shortstop and looks to bring a dynamic style of play to the Beavers.
“I’m excited to get started and see how all this hard work will pay off,” Gallagher said. “Everyone’s excited to get going, and I feel like the moment we hit the field all the work we put in will show.”
With all that goes into an off-season, the team is ready to go and share a similar goal: winning the conference and reaching a regional tournament.
“Everyone wants to win a conference championship; I think that is goal number one, but it’s only a stepping stone to going to the next level,” Gallagher noted. “I think we have a great core of old and new guys that are ready to show what we’re all about here at Minot State.”
The Beavers begin the 2020 campaign Saturday as they travel to Missouri to face Missouri University of Science and Technology. The season launches with road games all the way until April, when they play their first home game against Concordia University.