July 7, 2015

Hazen drops two games on Monday

By Jarann Johnson

The Hazen Astros didn’t start their week off strong, dropping an away doubleheader to the Bismarck 15s. The Astros were close in the first game, falling 3-2, but couldn’t recover in the nightcap, falling 12-4 in five.
The opening game started with the Bison taking the lead in the first inning. Josh Snyder forced a two-out walk.
After reaching base, Snyder advanced to second on a passed ball. Then Chase Bruner, the team leader in RBIs (16) this season, hit a one-run double putting Hazen up 1-0.
Being up 1-0 looked like the perfect boost for Snyder as he started the game on the mound pitching. Snyder retired the first three batters he faced in the game in 1-2-3 order, but the Astros offense didn’t do their job in the second.
The Astros failed to score when they put two batters on base with walks in the bottom of the second. Even though the offense couldn’t build the lead Snyder had no problem maintaining it, retiring three more batters in 1-2-3 order in the bottom of the second.
Snyder tried to keep his strong performance going in the third but lost the no-hitter and the lead. Bismarck’s leadoff batter in the bottom of the third reached base on a hard-hit grounder. Snyder got the next batter out, but getting the No. 9 batter out proved to be tougher than expected.
With two on and one out and the top of the order coming up, Snyder knew he was going to need some great pitching. Snyder couldn’t get past Bismarck’s leadoff hitter and the game was tied at 1-1 after three.


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