Hazen baseball blazes through March

April 2, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

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The Hazen baseball team rounded out the first month of the season with a 5-1 record.

“We’ve seen a little bit about what we can do, but we’ve still got some of our toughest games ahead,” head coach Gary Jacobs said, adding that the team has not yet faced Mount Rainier, Highline and Lindbergh high schools, which have strong programs.In the first game of the season, the team took down Sammamish on the road 10-6. The game was tied at 5 through the fifth inning, but Hazen came out strong the top of the sixth inning, scoring four runs. Sammamish added one more run the bottom of the sixth, but Hazen countered with yet another run in the top of the seventh inning, securing the win.

Anthony Pina, Hazen senior, rises to his feet after stealing home on a wild pitch in the sixth inning against Issaquah. Hazen batter Brenden Campbell (left) stepped back as Issaquah pitcher Spencer Rogers and catcher Devin O'Donnell tried to make the play. By Greg Farrar

For its second game, Hazen traveled to Issaquah High School. Both teams started out slow defensively, but Issaquah’s offense caught fire in the bottom of the fourth inning, giving the Eagles a 4-0 lead. Issaquah added on two more runs in the fifth inning.

Hazen struck back in the top of the sixth inning, thanks to Anthony Pina stealing home and an RBI-single by Brenden Campbell. However, it was too little too late, and the team was unable to recover.

Next, Hazen took on Renton, Evergreen and Tyee high schools, rocking each and bringing the mercy rule into effect after five innings in all three.

Against Renton, Campbell and John Wall hit grand slams, and Chadd Garton pitched three innings without giving up a hit.

Against Kennedy, Hazen gave up three runs in the top of the second, but managed to bounce back in the bottom half of the inning with seven runs, including a two-RBI single by Campbell, a two-RBI double by Jeffrey Beckman and a two-run home run by Pina.

Hazen packed on five more runs in the bottom of the third inning and two more runs in the sixth, bringing the mercy rule into effect once again. Garton, Jimmy Schmidt and Patrick Ward took the mound in the game, each pitching two innings, respectively.

Jacobs said Schmidt, a sophomore, will be one player to watch in the coming games. Against Kennedy, Schmidt struck out two and gave up two hits.

“He’s going to be one of the guys that we count on quite a bit in some of the tougher games,” Jacobs said.

In April, Hazen will take on Mount Rainier, Cedarcrest, Highline, Lindbergh and Foster high schools. It will also face off with Renton, Evergreen, Tyee and Kennedy again.

Early season results

  • March 15: Hazen at Sammamish (W, 10-6)
  • March 17: Hazen at Issaquah (L, 2-6)
  • March 19: Hazen vs. Renton (W, 21-0)
  • March 22: Hazen at Evergreen (W, 14-3)
  • March 24: Hazen vs. Tyee (W, 25-0)
  • March 26: Hazen at Kennedy (W, 14-4)
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