Beulah sweeps Hazen on Veterans night
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen Bison and Beulah Miners met last week in Beulah. The doubleheader was dedicated to veterans and featured two highly competitive games.
Beulah won both games 6-4 and 3-2 to collect their second sweep of the season over Hazen.
Hazen struck first in the top frame of the Region 8 counter game. Josh Snyder reached based on an error and Mason Faut was walked putting two base runners on with only one out.
Chase Bruner bunted in the fourth at-bat of the inning and Beulah committed a throwing error to first base, which allowed Hazen to score their first run of the game.
Moments later Hazen had runners on first and third with one out. Bruner tried to steal second base and got caught in a run down but Faut alertly ran home during the chase down giving Hazen a 2-0 lead.
Beulah’s starting pitcher senior Josh Remmick retired the last batter of the inning with a strikeout to get his team back on track.
Hazen didn’t have any defensive miscues or walks in the first inning. Chase Bruner worked through the top of the order smoothly – no hits, no runs, no errors.
Hazen led 2-0 after one complete inning but Beulah was ready to make a push in the bottom of the second. Hazen’s starting pitcher, Bruuner, committed a pitching faux pas by walking Beulah leadoff hitter Devin Sardelli.
The walk quickly turned into a dicey situation. Mikey Morris beat a throw to first, putting two runners on and no outs and then Hayden Norton safely bunted on, loading the bases with no outs.
Remmick didn’t let the great chance go to waste and hit a two-run single, tying the game. The game was tied but not for long.
Beulah’s No. 8-hitter, Brandon Elton came up and hit an RBI to take the lead. The Hazen defense tried to record an out at third but the ball went in the dirt, giving Beulah a 3-2 lead.
The third inning was when the game’s momentum seemed to fully turn Beulah’s way. Hazen hit into a double-play in the top frame and the Miners added three runs to their lead in the bottom frame.