Student-Athlete is a term that gets tossed around a lot with college and high school players, but Bismarck Larks pitcher Micah Beyer lives to up the name.
“Definitely the competition here has been a step up from NAIA,” Beyer said.
And Micah has risen past the better the competition. The rising senior from Biola University has pitched 22 scoreless innings.
“That’s the first time I’ve ever done that in my life,” Beyer said.
On June 22, the undersized pitcher wowed the home crowd. He had franchise record 14 strikeouts.
“I never go out and try to strikeout a bunch of guys,” Beyer said. “I was just throwing strikes and they were swinging and missing.”
So how did Bismarck land such a talented prospect?
“Micah was No. 5 in the NAIA in strikeouts this year,” Field Manager Sean Repay said. “So when I saw Micah Beyer’s name and that he went to Biola University, I contacted the coach.”
However, Micah’s time in a Larks’ uniform has come to a close. Over the weekend, he left for an accounting internship in Southern California.
“I applied for that and got that like nine months ago in October,” Beyer said. “So, I’d already had that before coming out here.”
Well, the rest of the Northwoods League just breathed a sigh of relief. Micah went 4-1 and pitched at least seven innings in each start. Coach Repay understands and supports his best pitcher’s decision.
“That kids got a future,” Repay said, “and not just in baseball, but outside of it.”
As Micah prepares for life after baseball, he’ll miss his teammates most.
“Our team is hilarious,” Beyer said. “It’s been really great hanging out and rooming with everyone.”
Coach Repay has brought in three fresh arms to replace Micah.