Beulah wins rivalry game
By Jarann Johnson
Beulah and Hazen are rivals. Last week the rivals met in Hazen for their first summer Legion ball matchup of the year. Beulah came out on top in the homerun derby 11-9.
Most Legion baseball games are 5-innings or 7-innings. But this matchup was different and scheduled for 9-innings of baseball. The game didn’t count in region standings.
Hazen started the game by pitching Chase Bruner and he didn’t start well. Beulah’s first four at-bats went – single, walk, 1-run double and hit batter. Mikey Morris hit the 1-run double.
Bruner cleaned up his rough start, retiring the next three batters.
Beulah’s defense backed up Brayden Moore, their starting pitcher, strongly with a double-play to end the first. Hazen’s base runners got caught trying a one-out delayed steal. Payton Leintz got caught trying to steal second and Jayce Zuern got called out trying to steal home.
The second inning started with Bruner and the Hazen defense once again struggling. The first three at-bats were unfavorable – error, 1-run single and walk. Matt Schnabel hit the 1-run single, putting Beulah up 2-0. A few batters later Morris recorded his second RBI of the game, moving Beulah ahead 3-0.