Kraushar: Foley draftee Drew Beier shines as Buckman rallies past Waconia

By Eric Kraushar

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Photo via: Michael Mingo/Twin Cities Photography

Drew Beier was ready to go, just in case he was needed. Instead, the draftee from Foley just sat back and relaxed over the first two weekends of the 99th annual Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament as Buckman’s Matt Tautges spun back-to-back complete games Aug. 20 and 27 in 7-1 and 4-0 wins over Cannon Falls and Buckman.

Tautges allowed just one unearned run on eight hits and five walks with eight strikeouts over 18 innings.

The Billygoats, the third seed from Region 8, were one of five non-region champion teams to advance to the final weekend, among the last 16 teams playing in Class C. 

Beier knew his time was coming to help Buckman. After Waconia scored five early runs, three on a blast from Jake Hendricks, Beier was called into duty in the fourth inning.

“The Buckman guys told me to be ready this weekend. They told me to go get loose there in the third inning. The guys said they were going to get some runs, so I knew if I could just hold them, I felt pretty good with the bats we have,” Beier said.

Five runs are what Waconia finished with. Eight strikeouts over six innings, including two in the ninth frame, from Beier was enough for Buckman to win 8-5.

The Billygoats finished with 16 hits, scoring in six of the final seven innings, Noah Boser’s two-run blast part of a mid-game rally that swung the momentum in favor of Buckman.

Beier allowed just two hits and one walk in recording outs on 18 of the 21 batters he faced.

Numbers that resembled his season at St. Cloud Technical Community College where he was an All-American, finishing with a 9-0 record with five complete games and 72 strikeouts in 69 innings pitched. He set a single-season wins record with nine, while also batting .433 with four home runs, 34 RBIs and a program-record 64 hits. 

Beier will play at St. Cloud State University next season.

“My arm feels good. I feel good about the team we have, to keep winning and make a run,” Beier said.

If the Beier name sounds familiar, it’s because baseball in Foley is synonymous with Beier.

Mike Beier, longtime baseball coach in Foley, is also a draftee for Buckman. Even at 50 years old, he remains effective on the mound. He threw five scoreless innings versus Randall in the playoffs.

“He’s the brains and I guess I’m the physical part,” Drew said of his father. “This is awesome. Baseball is something we bond with. Being able to get his input to help me is pretty special.”

Originally, Drew Beier was drafted by Avon, but because a college coach cannot coach their players during the summer, Beier was sent to Buckman, joining his dad as draftees.

Buckman will play Dumont at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday in Faribault. A spot in the state semifinals is on the line.

“It’s just a go out and just play time of year. These guys are great. They don’t pout, they just play their hearts out and leave it all out there,” Beier said.

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