Bison come close to grabbing upset
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen Bison are still fighting and trying to push bad luck into a corner and punch it out. The quest to overcame bad luck featured a tough challenge last week – a Parents’ Night home doubleheader Shiloh Christian.
Shiloh is currently in second place in the Region 8 standings and have 20 wins. The Bison only have 10 wins on the season. So, on paper it appeared like Shiloh was the favorite and early on the game played to the paper statistics.
Shiloh led 8-0 after four complete innings then the game looked as if is was headed for a 10-run game. Shiloh added a run to their lead in the fifth inning but couldn’t get two runs, which would have ended the game via mercy rule.
Surviving the mercy rule in the top of the fifth inning seemed to motivate the Bison to steal the game. Hazen started off the inning with Lawson Babb drawing a walk.
The leadoff walk turned into trouble for Shiloh starting pitcher Dawson Fagerland. Fagerland found himself facing a bases loaded/one-out at-bat against Hazen senior Mason Faut.
Faut made Fagerland pay with a one-run RBI, ruining Fagerland’s shutout attempt. Fagerland’s next bases loaded at-bat was against another talented Hazen senior.
Chase Bruner approached the batter’s box intent on keeping Hazen’s momentum flowing but struck out swinging, giving Fagerland hope of only giving up 1 run. Hazen wouldn’t do anymore damage with their bats but an error at first base and a wild pitch would allow two more runs, giving Hazen more upset momentum.