Hazen sweeps doubleheader
By Jarann Johnson
Hazen Post 189’s summer legion season is well underway and the team is performing well. Last Friday Hazen improved their win streak to 11 games with a home doubleheader sweep over Stanley.
Both games were region counter wins for Hazen and moved the team’s regular season record to 16-2 overall. Hazen won the first game 10-0 and the second game 19-1.
Chase Bruner got the start for Post 189 in the first game and started the game strongly, pitching two scoreless innings. In the bottom of the second inning Hazen got their bats going.
Connor Doll was hit by a pitch to start the second inning, then Kyle Monroe followed with a single. Bruner grounded out but moved the base runners.
Hunter Richter didn’t waste the chance to put Hazen in the lead, hitting a two-run single. Brian Sitz was up to bat next and reached base on an error. Stanley’s second inning error allowed two more runs to score, giving Hazen a 4-0 lead.
Bruner kept his strong pitching performance rolling by throwing two more scoreless frames in the third and fourth innings. Even though Bruner made it through the fourth unscathed, it was dramatic.
Bruner gave up a single and double to start the inning, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Bruner recovered with a strikeout for his first out of the inning, but just when it seemed like Bruner was in control he lost his touch – hitting a batter to load the bases.
Bruner didn’t panic in the bases loaded, one out situation. Instead of panicking Bruner threw a strikeout and retired the final batter with a ground ball, preserving his shutout.
The Hazen offense did their part in the bottom of the fourth to support their pitcher, adding two runs. Mason Faut hit a sacrifice fly and Jayden Miller scored on an error, making the score 6-0.
Bruner didn’t run into any trouble in the fifth and sixth innings, retiring Stanley’s batters in 1-2-3 order both times.
Josh Snyder drew a walk to start off the bottom of the sixth for Hazen. Jayden Miller followed with a single, then Mason Faut batted both base runners in with a deep single to center field. Faut’s two-run single made the score 8-0.