Hazen reaches Babe Ruth semis
By Jarann Johnson
Hazen started off well in the District 5 Babe Ruth Tournament hosted by Washburn. They topped Bowman 5-2 in the opener and Mason Wick was credited with the win pitching.
The next day they faced off against nearby rival Beulah. Austin Martell put together a very strong showing, only allowing one hit in the first five innings of play. Hazen’s offense also did their part, getting a one-run single from Garrett Ward and adding two other runs with strong base running.
After five complete innings of play, Hazen led 3-0. Beulah only had two innings left to make their move.
During the bottom of the sixth inning, it looked like Beulah was going to make their move. They finally started hitting Martell and put the pitcher in a tough situation. The bases were loaded with one out. Martell didn’t panic and retired Beulah by forcing a pop-up and catching a liner.
The seventh didn’t start with any offensive fire works. Hazen went up and down, meaning the game was going to be decided in the bottom of the seventh inning. The inning started with Nate Battest reaching base on an error the Kory Rueb hit a one-run double giving Beulah their first run of the game.