After leading the Hempstead Mustangs 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning May 23 in Dubuque, Beckman ended up falling 10-3 to even the Blazers early season mark to 1-1.

The Mustangs erupted for four runs in the bottom of the fifth and the sixth to build the insurmountable lead.

Coach Fred Martin added, “Hempstead is a nice team with some really good hitters. We were staying in the game, Shawn (Deutmeyer) was throwing really well. But there were a couple of infield hits, an error, a walk and suddenly we’re down. You can’t give up that kind of stuff to a good team.

“But we’re passing time for a while, waiting for our team to be at full strength. We need to have soccer done and when that happens, those guys will be able to practice with us and get in the swing. I’m really happy with where we are actually right now. I think we have the potential to be pretty good this year, even with the players we lost from last year. We get our pitchers some more reps on the mound, get more guys playing time, we’ll be right there.”

For the game, Deutmeyer took the loss with 4 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on five hits and fanning four. Three other pitchers saw time: Seamus O’Connor for 1 1/3, Matt Stelken for one and Nick Offerman for 1/3. Getting the team’s four hits were Luke Goedken, Brock Marbach, Josh Engler and Carter Petsche. Only Marbach earned extra bases, a double. Goedken stole two bases.