Earlier this spring Brett Beyer was watching his St. Cloud State teammates play baseball while shagging fly balls during practice.
Sunday he was in a different uniform and with his Rapid City American Legion Post 320 teammates, the Stars swept the Cheyenne Mustangs of the Colorado Connie Mack league 4-3 and 7-6.
Beyer had a solid weekend at the plate. He record four RBI including going 3-4 Sunday during the second game of the doubleheader.
"It takes some adjusting to," Beyer said of the difference between NCAA and American Legion pitching. "Pitching later on is going to get better but at the start it's not quite as fast as I'm used to so it's going to take some time."
Beyer said he has been chomping at the bit to get back on the field for the last few months. He redshirted this past season which meant that he hasn't played a baseball game since the end of the last legion season.
He's still taken batting practice and said pitching at the collegiate level is different than legion baseball.
"You can definitely be patient with your pitch because pretty much every at-bat you're going to get a pitch you can handle pretty well," he said. "That's what I do for the most part, just wait for a pitch that's over the inner or outer half of the plate that I can drive somewhere."
The first game of Sunday's doubleheader wasn't dominated by the bats however, but by Brady Larson being on the mound for the Stars.
Larson faced all but the final batter, giving up three runs, seven hits and striking out seven.
In the top of the first inning it was Cheyenne that struck first. Post 320 came back with two runs in the bottom of the first.
In the bottom of the fourth Zane Salley singled home Carter Stonecipher, and scored later when Seth Brewer singled.
Cheyenne made things interesting in the top of the seventh when Parker Hamann singled and scored Logan Cline and Tanner Weekly to make it 4-3.
Keegan Kast came in and shut the door for the Stars. Still, in the second game of the Sunday doubleheader the Stars also gave up two runs in the top of the seventh to bring the Mustangs to within one run.
Still, Post 320 coach Paul Pool said the late inning runs aren't a concern.
"It's just part of the game," he said. "When you play people that are well coached, and you can tell that those kids are, they aren't going to give up. You're going to have to earn wins and fortunately we did enough to come through and earn two of them."
The second game was when Beyer and the Stars were able to find their bats and come back for a win.
Cheyenne started with three runs in the top of the second inning, Post 320 responded with a run in the bottom of the second.
Beyer scored a run along with Brewer when Ian Krump hit a triple to tie the game in the bottom of the third.
Post 320 added a run another run in the third and a run in the bottom of the fourth to go up 5-3.
Beyer blew the game open in the fourth by hitting a double that scored Stonecipher and Connor Burgess to make it 7-3.
Cheyenne scored a run in the top of the fifth and two in the seventh, but Post 320 was able to hold off Cheyenne for the sweep.
The wins improved the Stars to 8-2. They committed three errors in both games which Pool said he knows the team needs to address, but overall he was happy with the results from the weekend.
"I felt like during the weekend we improved in our approaches at the plate, our hitters looked more comfortable and for the most part we were hard outs," Pool said. "We played pretty good defense again, we made some errors that we probably shouldn’t have made but as a whole I felt like we gained some ground this weekend, we’re moving in the right direction."
Beyer agreed, the weekend saw four wins and he said the team is feeling confident.
"We're feeling good, feeling energetic and ready to go," he said. "This is going to be a fun rest of the season and I'm excited to see where it takes us."
Post 320 will head west to take on Gillette, Wyo. for a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.