Beulah and Hazen split Region 8 doubleheader
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.
Alec Battest, sophomore, knew what he was getting into when he got the nod from Beulah head coach Bob Koch in the first game of the doubleheader. Battest knew that beating Hazen required keeping Nate Leintz and Kolby Metzger’s at-bats with a runner in scoring position to a minimum.
Battest faced Metzger after he walked Hazen’s No. 2 hitter sophomore Chase Bruner. Metzger supplied a double putting runners at first and second. Then Hazen’s No. 3 hitter senior Nate Leintz came up to bat.
Leintz didn’t let Battest retire him easily. The senior hit a two-run double. But was eventually called out at third trying to stretch his hit into a triple. Battest didn’t hesitate with two outs and quickly retired Tyler Borlaug, ending the inning 2-0.