Bison start baseball season
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen Bison got an early start on their season this year. Last year the Bison’s first game was April 12, in the Shiloh Invite. The Bison started about two weeks earlier this season with a home double-header against Minot Ryan last Saturday.
The Bison split the double-header, which shouldn’t alarm fans because the Bison started last year’s state runners-up campaign with a 1-3 showing at the Shiloh Invite. The Bison were also without standout senior Connor Doll because he hasn’t had enough spring practices to participate in a game.
Both games were five-inning games because they were non-regional contests. The first five-inning game started well for the Bison but didn’t end that way.
The Bison were up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, but things turned in the top of the second. A defensive error by Hazen let one batter get on base, then a walk put two players on base. But the real damage came next.
Minot Ryan senior Tanner Sanders hit the first home run of the season at John Slinde Field and pushed Ryan to a 3-1 lead. The Bison didn’t counter in the bottom frame and saw Ryan add two more runs to their lead in the top of the third, making the score 5-1.
Hazen couldn’t overcome the deficit and fell 8-2. Mason Wiedrich, Hazen starting pitcher, had an impressive number of strikeouts (7) in three innings of action, but gave up 6 hits and 6 runs. Part of the reason Wiedrich gave up 6 runs was his team’s four errors.