Hazen baseball stays in the lead car
By Jarann Johnson
Everyone likes a rematch, and that’s what they got last Friday night: a rematch of the 2014 Region 8 championship game. The rematch lived up to fans hopes between Beulah and Hazen with Hazen grabbing two one-run road wins.
The first inning of the game went nothing like the rest of the game. Both starting pitchers were clean and crisp getting three easy outs and making fans believe a defensive battle was imminent.
Both teams answered each other in the second inning, producing one run each. But in the third, the Bison grabbed an important chunk of momentum.
Hazen Bison junior Chase Bruner smacked a two-run homer, putting the Bison up 3-1. Beulah answered by getting their first three batters on base but only got one run out of the bases loaded, no outs chance – a sacrifice fly by junior Hayden Norton made the score 3-2 heading into the fourth.
Hazen senior Brian Sitz brought in a runner on a fielder’s choice, then a throwing error by the Miners allowed another run in, making the score 5-2 in Hazen’s favor midway through the fourth.
Connor Doll, starting Hazen pitcher, loaded the bases again for the second consecutive inning without any outs. Doll almost danced his way out of danger again, getting a force out and a lucky out at the plate after throwing a wild pitch that Beulah junior John William Suter appropriately and analytically attempted to score on, but was called out.