Hazen sports teams tackle the postseason

June 3, 2011

By Tim Pfarr

Kyle Nelson, a Hazen High School sophomore, crushes a pitch against Kelso High School on May 10. Nelson finished the season with a .419 batting average. By Scott Coburn

Hazen High School’s baseball season came to a bitter end after an extra-innings, 4-3 loss to Capital High School in the second game of the West Central District III Tournament. It was a tough loss to swallow for the 2011 Seamount League champions.

After finishing their season with a 14-0 romp over Foster High School on April 30, the Highlanders took on Enumclaw and Auburn Mountainview high schools in seeding games, dropping the games, 11-1 and 3-1, respectively. Hazen then dropped the first game of the district tournament to Kelso High School, 3-0, putting it one loss from elimination.

Against Capital High School, Hazen got off to a hot start early thanks to back-to-back RBI-doubles by Zac Kolterman and Jeff Beckman in the first inning. Cody Moorhead knocked an RBI-single of his own, giving Hazen a 3-0 lead.

However, Capital crept back in the game, tacking on single runs in each of the first three innings, tying the game 3-3.

Hazen kept Capital’s offense at bay through the seventh inning, thanks to some fine pitching from junior Jimmy Schmidt, who retired 16 batters straight late in the game.

However, a delayed balk call in the top of the seventh inning erased what would have been a game-winning RBI-double by Kolterman.

Hazen lost in the bottom of the eighth inning after a Capital batter sent the ball into the right-field gap for an extra-bases hit. The fielder bobbled the ball and overthrew third base, allowing the runner to cross the plate on the error for an inside-the-park home run.


Soccer team loses first postseason game

Hazen’s soccer team advanced to the postseason, facing off against Auburn Mountainview on May 10. However, the Lions shut down the Highlanders, 3-0, ending their playoff run.

For Hazen, the downfall was giving a hat trick to Auburn Mountainview’s Issac Cardoza — the Lions’ leading scorer. Cardoza sank goals in minutes 16, 26 and 76.

“He’s a good player,” Hazen soccer coach Ken Matthews said. “We let him off the hook a little bit too much.”

In the second half, Hazen changed its formation and managed to slow the Lions’ offense slightly, but the damage had already been done.

“They beat us, but we contributed a lot to the loss,” Matthews said, adding that Auburn Mountainview took advantage of Hazen’s disorganized play in the game. “We didn’t play very well.”

The loss came after a 3-0 shutout win over Highline High School in a tiebreaker game for the Seamount League championship. Matthews said the tiebreaker was the best game the team had during the year.

The soccer team will lose five seniors this year — including midfielder Jonathan Bettencourt — but it will still have impact players, such as forward Samuel Bunnell, and defenders Devin Sando and Conner Hall.

Bunnell — who will be a junior next year — led the team in scoring with five goals and three assists. Sando will be a junior next year as well; Hall will be a senior.

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