WWCS can’t stop Bison
By Jarann Johnson
There are many common sense lessons learned in life. The first lesson is to never step in front of a large moving object – usually a bigger and stronger older sibling.
Sports don’t follow life’s common sense lessons, and last week Washburn-Wilton-Center-Stanton had to step in front of a Region 8 team on a nine-game win streak. WWCS ran into the Region 8 leaders, Hazen, last Tuesday on the road and dropped two games, 11-0 and 6-3.
Chase Bruner, Hazen starting pitcher, had no trouble in the first inning of the Region 8 counter. The junior pitcher didn’t allow a hit, giving his team a strong defensive start.
The Hazen offense returned the favor by turning two WWCS errors into a two-run lead. The same pattern repeated in the second inning – WWCS failed to get a hit and the Hazen knocked in runs.
At the end of two Hazen led 5-0, two of the runs were batted in by Bruner and two more runs were batted in by fellow junior Mason Faut. The third inning appeared a bit more dangerous -- Hazen committed their lone error of the game and Bruner walked a batter, making it appear that WWCS had a chance to get a run in.
But, once again, Bruner showed a ready and steady composure. The junior didn’t give up a run or hit, keeping his early no-hitter going.
Bruner didn’t have any trouble again in the fourth and looked like he was closing in on a no-hitter. In the bottom frame the Hazen offense did their part to make sure that their pitcher would have a chance to grab an early decision no-hitter.