Hazen home rally falls short late
By Jarann Johnson
Hazen and Hettinger met up for an American Legion Class B West District classic. Both teams fought hard but Hettinger came out with the win late in the seventh inning, winning a wild game 12-8.
Payton Leintz, starting pitcher, and the Hazen defense started the game off roughly. They gave up two runs and trailed Hettinger 2-0 after the first inning of play.
Hazen head coach Nate Leintz decided to switch pitchers in the top of the third, hoping the pitching change would stop Hettinger’s early game momentum. Isaac Doll moved to the pitching mound and gave up a one-run single to Josh Dix, putting Hettinger up 3-0.
Hettinger didn’t get any more runs but felt strongly about their control of the game. Hazen worked hard to change the game’s momentum in the bottom frame.
Hunter Keller converted a two-out at-bat into a hustling man’s single for Hazen’s first run of the game. Keller kept on hustling once he reached base; taking second base on a passed ball and advanced to third on a defensive error and finally coming home on another defensive throwing error.