Beau Brewer makes first season with Sabre Dogs a memorable one
In just his first season as a member of the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs, first baseman Beau Brewer made an immediate impact.
Brewer played his final game for the Sabre Dogs on July 18 before heading back to his native Texas at the Expedition League All-Star Break. In 44 games played, he wrapped up his summer season with a batting average of .416 and totaled 57 runs batted in, both second in the Expedition League at the conclusion of his campaign. The Lone Star State native also stole 20 bases and demonstrated a keen eye at the plate drawing 26 walks against only eight strikeouts.
Unquestionably, the biggest milestone Brewer achieved as a member of the Sabre Dogs was his 31-game hit streak. From May 25 through June 30, Brewer recorded a hit in every game for Souris Valley. During that span, the 6-foot-4 infielder accumulated 21 multi hit games. In addition to his hit streak, Brewer also reached base safely in 34 straight games to start the summer campaign, a streak which came to an end on July 6 in a game against the Badlands Big Sticks.
In the process of this offensive tear, Brewer smashed the Expedition League record for most consecutive games with a hit by an individual player. Previously, the record was 15 games, a mark that was tied by two players. The right-handed hitting standout from Paris Junior College also accumulated a .491 on-base percentage, good for sixth in the league, and totaled 54 runs scored, fourth-best among players at the time of his depature.
During his string of excellence at the plate, Brewer maintained it was the two-strike approach he developed in college which enabled him to produce prolific hitting numbers with Souris Valley.
“I really bought into that approach, and it’s opened up the field and the way I play,” Brewer told The Minot Daily News. “My teammates and I bounce ideas off each other and help perfect each other’s craft. Our coaches have done a great job developing a routine for us, and then if you stick to that routine, so far it’s proved to work.”
Thanks in part to Brewer’s exploits this season, the Sabre Dogs managed to clinch a playoff spot in late June as the first half winners of the Clark Division. With plenty of individual success as well as team success on the field, the infielder states it was his connection with teammates and the fan base at Corbett Field that gave him the most satisfaction.
“With the coaching staff, players and fans being so welcoming, they made this such an easy experience knowing that I didn’t have to come in here and do anything insane. That just took a lot of stress off me and helped me play my best game,” Brewer added.