Hazen baseball bounces back
By Jarann Johnson
Hazen Post 189 went into a funk last week. They dropped four consecutive games after starting the season strongly and found themselves with a 3-4 overall record. Hazen got back on the winning side of things by sweeping New Salem at home Monday night 23-4, 18-4.
During the region counter game, things got out of control quickly. New Salem’s starting pitcher Wyatt Hager walked Hazen’s first two batters of the game. Payton Leintz, Hazen’s No.3-hitter, reached base getting hit by a pitch.
Hager and New Salem faced a bases-loaded, no outs situation to start the game. Steve Baardson made New Salem play with a two-run double. Kale Stroup forced a fielding error with a well-hit ball, bringing in two more runs for a 4-0 first inning lead.
New Salem kept the bad start from becoming devastating and left the inning trailing 4-0. But they didn’t have the same luck in the second inning New Salem gave up eight walks in the second inning and let one more Hazen batter reach base by getting hit by pitch.