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There were a lot of odd things about last Friday’s rivalry doubleheader between Hazen and Beulah. Both games, the afternoon game and night cap, counted as Region 8 games instead of just one game. Another odd thing was that Beulah – the away team – batted in the bottom frame for the first game. Despite the weird quirks it was a typical Hazen-Beulah rivalry matchup with both teams battling hard and splitting the games – Hazen won the first 7-3 and Beulah won the second 17-7.
The sophomore pitcher didn’t start well on Friday, giving up a leadoff single and hitting the second batter he faced. Then things got even more troublesome as the sophomore pitcher gave up two steals, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Even though Remmick was in trouble early, he did have one thing going his way: he was up 0-2 in the count on the third batter, Christian Thompson. Thompson made contact with the ball but it resulted in a grounder to third baseman Landon Battest, senior, for the Miners’ first out of the game. Remmick retired the next batter, Danny Henke, senior, on a grounder and looked like he was going to pull a Houdini escape in the first inning. But before he could get one more magic pitch to result in a grounder it got away and entered the dirt, allowing a Brandon Jenkins, sophomore, score.
Cold baseball is no fun but it’s still baseball. The Miners convinced themselves of the truth in that statement when they had their home-opener against Hettinger last weekend. The Miners picked up a 7-1 win for their first win of the year. Cole Messerschmidt, senior, started at pitcher for the Miners and got off to a great start. Messerschmidt retired the first three batters he faced and recorded a strikeout in the top frame. But the Miners didn’t do much in the bottom frame, only getting one runner on base with a walk. The second frame kept running smoothly for Messerschmidt – he struck out two with no walks and faced four batters in the inning. But the Miner offense continued to struggle – with two runners on base the Miners recorded strikeouts, ending the inning.