Baseball is a daily game. Each inning can change, every pitch could be different than the last. That’s what head coach Mike Lorenzano is banking on as the Hazen American Legion team needs to make a few adjustments. After a little schedule rearranging last week, the Astros move their record to 1-5, after dropping a pair at home to Washburn last Thursday.
Last year Mike Lorenzano faced several headaches in his first year as head coach of the Hazen American legion team. Short on available players, the Astros were forced to forfeit a few too many games coming down to the end of the regular season because their roster was stretched too thin between legion and Babe Ruth leagues.
Brothers Brent and Brian Sorensen are creatures of the same habits. When it comes to track the pair run almost identical patterns, from the way they warm up to the way they cross the finish line. But now the younger sibling can finally have his name one place higher in the school record books. Brian, who graduated in 2008, set the 400-meter dash record for Hazen High School during his senior season as he crossed the finish line in 50.13 seconds. Last Saturday, with near perfect sprinting conditions, Brent thrust his chest over the finish line one-tenth of a second faster than his brother to set a new standard for Bison sprinters. The new record to beat in the 400 is 50.03.
The first year Leland Opp was the head track and field coach in Hazen he learned a tough lesson as the Bison took second in the region in 1990. He didn’t care much for the taste of defeat. Nineteen years later, Opp hasn’t been reminded of that day as the Lady Bison claimed their 19th Region 5 team championship last Saturday.
Weather and injuries have plagued the already worn nerves of the Beulah-Hazen baseball team this spring. Their greatest enemy however, has not been the team in the different colored jerseys, but that elusive strike zone. With a depleted pitching staff of mostly first-timers, the Miners haven’t found much consistency in the strike column.
Beulah-Hazen baseball coach Bob Koch may not have read the novel “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” recently but the title might have had a short residence in the back of his mind. In the Miners two contests this week, two separate teams showed up at the field, strangely wearing the same jerseys.
The Hazen Bison boys’ track team kicked off a busy and balmy week of competition last Tuesday at home sweet home, enjoying spring temperatures in the mid-60s while taking part in the Beulah Miner Classic at the Hazen Bison Track and Field Complex. In a competitive field versus teams both inside and outside Region 5, the Bison staked their claim to fourth place overall with 78 points, finishing behind Beulah, Linton and Dickinson Trinity.
It was a long winter. Harsh temperatures and blowing snow caused the rescheduling and cancellations of numerous games in numerous sports this past winter, keeping teams, coaches and athletic directors on edge.