Beulah and Hazen collide
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen Astros and Beulah Cyclones met last Friday in a 9-inning rivalry rematch. Beulah did enough to protect their home field and collect an 8-6 win.
During the early stages of the game, Hazen took control. Hazen starting pitcher Peyton Leintz got through the first three innings of the game without giving up a run. The Hazen offense also did their part early in the game.
Hazen got a 1-run single from Dylan Martell in the top of the second and a 2-run double from Chase Bruner in the top of the third. Heading into the bottom of the fourth Hazen was on the verge of taking full control of the game but Beulah came to life.
Leintz retired Beulah’s first batter of the inning then No. 4-hitter Mason Dolbec approached. Dolbec hit a triple. Then Hazen committed an error trying to pickoff Dolbec, which allowed one run to score.
Beulah stayed hot, getting a double from Korey Rueb and took the lead on Shaye Yeager’s 2-run homer. After four complete innings, Beulah was in control of the lead and momentum. Hazen made sure to quickly rally in the fifth.
Hazen loaded the bases with no outs. Beulah turned a double play getting Hazen’s No.4-batter Josh Snyder to pop up and tagging a runner out at third. During the double play, Hazen scored one run to tie the game 3-3.
The score was even and it looked like both teams were headed to the bottom frame with a tie score. But instead of a tied score, Beulah committed an error trying to pick off a Hazen runner at second. The error allowed Hazen to tally one more run.
After the error, Hazen led 4-3. Beulah tried to tie things up again, getting a runner to third in the bottom of the fifth but couldn’t bring him all the way home. Hazen was holding their slim lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.