Bison baseball finishes 2nd
By Jarann Johnson
Jamestown – The Hazen Bison did it this year. Their goal was to make the state tournament and they found themselves there last week. Even though they accomplished their 2014 season goal – the Class B State Tournament – they weren’t content with just being there. The Bison wanted to prove they belonged there and did, earning a championship game appearance.
Hazen came into its opening round game unseeded and facing Thompson, the No. 3 seed. Thompson had a higher seed and also more state tournament experience, having played in the 2013 state tournament. But neither advantage mattered much and the Bison won 10-3.
The Bison started their senior left-handed pitcher, Kolby Metzger, against Thompson senior Ryne Dolleslager. Both teams battled through early threats with runners in scoring position in the first two innings, but the score remained tied 0-0 after two innings.
In the top of the third there was finally a breakthrough. Metzger created his own run support with a two-run homer over the right field fence. Thompson didn’t respond in the bottom frame, and failed to score yet again with a runner in scoring position.
The Bison kept adding runs and didn’t relent the rest of the way. In the top of the fourth, Metzger added a one-run single making the score 3-0. Then Metzger went to work on the mound, retiring Thompson in 1-2-3 order in the bottom of the fourth.