Beulah takes counter over Hazen
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah Miners knew last Friday’s doubleheader in Hazen was important. The doubleheader was a rivalry matchup and featured a region counter.
A win would leave Beulah in sole possesion of first place but a loss could muddy the waters and put Beulah in danger of a first place tie.
Beulah won the region counter 7-4, leaving their Region 8 record perfect. But couldn’t pull off the bragging rights sweep, losing the second game 7-6.
Jayce Zuern, a sophomore, started the game well for Hazen retiring the first two Beulah batters he faced. The next at-bat against Mikey Morris ended in a walk.
Once Beulah got someone on base they took advantage. Matt Schnabel, Beulah senior, got hit by a pitch, moving Morris to second base. Then a costly error hurt Hazen.
Korey Rueb, Beulah freshman, hit a grounder to Hazen shortstop Jeremy Leintz. Leintz committed an error and Morris came in for Beulah’s first score of the game.
Zuern got out the inning by retiring Beulah senior Tyrell Mellmer. After one inning Beulah led 1-0. Beulah quickly pushed their lead to 4-0 in the third inning capitalizing on a Hazen error, Rueb RBI double and Mellmer RBI single.