Hazen and Beulah meet again
By Jarann Johnson
Last Saturday Connor Doll, Hazen’s starting pitcher, must have been in a Tom Cruise state of mind. Doll was offering his rendition of completing an impossible mission.
The right-handed pitcher wasn’t as successful as Cruise. He pitched 8-2/3 inning but couldn’t get the final out of the game to finish it off. Doll and the Hazen Astros fell 11-6 but before the ninth inning it looked like Doll’s mission was going perfect.
Beulah loaded the bases in the top of the first with two outs, but couldn’t turn the somewhat favorable situation into a run. Hazen didn’t have the same trouble when they got a base runner to third in the bottom frame.
Chase Bruner was walked to first base with Josh Snyder on third and one out. Bruner tried to steal second but collided with Beulah short-stop Mikey Morris on the base path. During the base path collision Snyder came home giving Hazen a 1-0 lead.
Beulah loaded the bases again in the second inning with two outs, but once again couldn’t make a profit out of the situation. Hazen followed in the bottom of the second by capitalizing on a bases-loaded situation when Snyder hit a one-run single, putting Hazen up 2-0.
Finally, in the third Beulah did some damage. Braydon Nelson, Beulah starting pitcher, slapped up his own run support with a leadoff homer, cutting Hazen’s lead down to one run, 2-1. Beulah and Hazen battled until the fifth inning without any scoring.
In the top of the fifth Hayden Norton batted in a run, tying the game at 2-2. With the score tied at 2-2, Doll’s chance to go the complete game looked to be ending but, thanks to timely hitting by the Hazen bats, Doll got his mission back on track.
Doll started the bottom of the fifth with a leadoff single, and Hunter Richter batted in the lead changing run with a single, making the score 3-2. Doll’s lead wouldn’t last long and disappeared in the top of the sixth.
Beulah loaded the bases, then Aaron Vallejo hit a fielder’s choice, bringing in one run. Beulah claimed a 4-3 lead when Morris hit a one-out single and loaded the bases, but Doll quickly closed out the inning to keep his team close.