Beulah wins region 8 opener
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen Bison fell to reigning Region 8 champion Beulah Monday. Beulah got a strong pitching performance from senior ace Alec Battest, but it was Hazen’s six errors that caused the Bison to suffer a huge 11-0 home loss.
Beulah started the game with a one-run inning in the first. Hazen starting pitcher Chase Bruner, senior, started the game well, striking out Beulah leadoff hitter Mikey Morris.
Beulah’s No. 2 batter, John Suter, quickly erased any momentum Bruner gained from the strong start with a 3-2 single. Once Suter got on base, he stole second base by alertly advancing on a wild pitch.
Beulah’s No. 4 batter, Devin Sardelli, didn’t waste any time pushing Suter across home plate for a run. Sardelli hit the first pitch of his at-bat for a one-run RBI.
Bruner didn’t let the first inning run foil his team’s hopes of beating their rival, and ended the inning retiring the next two batters. Hazen and Bruner had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the first.
Bruner batted with one out and base runners on second and third but hit into a double play, eliminating a great scoring chance and giving Beulah a 1-0 lead at the end of one inning of play.
The second inning went smoothly for both pitchers and the score stayed 1-0 in Beulah’s favor. The third inning was anything but smooth for Hazen’s starting pitcher and defense. Beulah’s leadoff batter of the inning – No. 3 batter Battest – reached on an error.
From there things got tougher. Sardelli walked and Hayden Norton safely bunted to load the bases with no outs. Beulah senior Josh Remmick hit a two-run single, then junior Braydon Nelson followed with a one-run single and the Hazen defense committed an error, giving up two runs on the play, making the score 5-0.
The damage kept coming for Hazen during the inning and ended with Beulah leading 8-0. Beulah scored seven runs and Hazen committed three errors during the third inning.
Beulah’s starting pitcher, Battest, didn’t have any problems in the third frame and kept his shutout going, making the score 8-0 after three complete innings. Bruner and Hazen’s defensive woes continued in the top of the fourth frame.