Hazen sweeps Kidder County
By Jarann Johnson
The last time Hazen and Kidder County faced off Connor Doll was trying to close off a high school regional playoff win last spring. Jayden Miller and Kyle Monroe made sure Kidder County kept playing and rallied their team for a crucial win.
This time, when the teams matched up, Miller, Monroe and Doll were all wearing Hazen green and yellow. Doll started at pitcher for Hazen and Dalton Jangula got the start for Kidder County during the first game.
The weather was hot, humid and hellish for the game, which oddly didn’t seem to bother Doll. Doll pitched a scoreless first frame and struck out three batters in the second inning.
When it was Hazen’s turn to bat in the bottom of the second inning they made sure to grab the lead. Hazen scored three runs in the inning. Hunter Richter and Jayden Miller hit one-run singles and Head Coach Scott Leintz called a perfect double-steal, making the score 3-0 after two complete.
Doll quickly got out of the heat with another strong inning and Hazen’s offense put together a 6-run inning to gain full control of the game.
Doll led off the frame with a single, then Chase Bruner safely bunted, which put runners on first and third with no out. Kidder County’s catcher checked the runner at third but the third baseman didn’t catch the ball.
While the Kidder County defense was scurrying for the ball Doll came in for a run. Monroe doubled to the outfield wall for an RBI and Peyton Leintz made a sacrifice bunt to bring in a run.
The inning featured one of the weirdest at-bats next. Miller faced off against Jangula and a passed-ball allowed one more Hazen run to score.
Jangula managed to strike Miller out but the catcher failed to catch the ball. Miller beat the throw to first but instead of stopping, Miller turned the corner to draw the Kidder County defense’s attention.