Beulah Cyclones shut out Hazen
By Jarann Johnson
Hazen Post 189 and the Beulah Cyclones matched up in a non-regional 9-inning game last week. Beulah protected their home turf with an 8-0 win in the bragging rights-only game.
Beulah started one of their younger pitchers for the game. Derek Ferebee earned the start and tossed a scoreless frame to start the game.
Jayden Miller, a newcomer to the Hazen-Beulah rivalry, started at pitcher for Hazen and got off to a great start, mirroring Ferebee’s scoreless frame. At the end of one inning, the teams were tied 0-0.
Both pitchers kept their strong starts going and shredded through the next four innings without giving up a run. There was a slight scoring threat in the third inning when Aaron Vallejo stole second base but Beulah couldn’t break through, which pushed the game into the fourth inning tied at 0-0.
Neither offense mustered any magic in the fourth and the game remained scoreless. But the fifth inning featured a scoring threat by Hazen.
Jeremy Leintz reached base with a single and Hunter Richter followed with an outfield single. Ferebee and the Beulah defense were facing base runners on first and second with one out, which meant Beulah needed near flawless defense to keep Hazen scoreless.
Payton Leintz approached the plate hoping to deliver a game-changing hit. Leintz made contact with Ferebee’s pitch, hitting the ball deep to left field. But Josh Remmick caught it and gunned the ball to Adam Becker in the infield for a double-play, which ended the inning.
The double-play gave Beulah’s dugout positive momentum and excitement.
The momentum kept going Beulah’s way in the bottom of the fifth inning. Brandon Elton reached base on a throwing error, allowing him to advance to second base. Miller didn’t let the mistake ruin his strong performance and retired a batter, giving the Hazen defense two outs.