Hazen trying to overcome rough week
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen Bison didn't have the type of week that they wanted. They dropped two important Region 8 games and lost their lead in the race to get the top seed for the Region 8 tournament.
The Bison's first game of the week was against Kidder County, a team trying to avenge an early season sweep. The Bison swept Kidder County in their first meeting in Hazen earlier this month, but Kidder repaid the favor 5-3 in the counter and 13-3 in the five-inning game.
At the start of the region counter things appeared to be going well for Hazen. Chase Bruner, junior, hit a one-run double giving his team a 1-0 lead, then the junior pitched a scoreless inning in the bottom of the first.
In the second inning it looked like Kidder County pitcher Kyle Monroe was finding a rhythm. Monroe retired the first three batters he faced. Kidder used that momentum to take the lead in the bottom frame.
Bruner's second inning showing didn't get off to a good showing. Bruner started with back-to-back walks and a wild pitch that put runners on third and second with no outs.
Bruner didn't escape the tough situation, but limited the damage to two runs. Kidder's lead held at 2-1 until the bottom of the fifth.
The bottom of the fifth was one of those innings where things again didn't fold into a neat crease. The Bison committed two defensive errors, and Bruner hit one batter with a pitch.
Each mistake seemed to hurt and cost the Bison a total of three runs, which put them in a 5-1 deficit heading into the top of the sixth.
The Bison showed why they are so dangerous, producing a two-run inning. Bruner hit his second one-run double of the game and Hunter Richter drove in Bruner – making the score 5-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth.