In the second round of the state baseball tournament, the Hazard Bulldogs took on the Simon Kenton Pioneers. The game would turn into a marathon event as it took two days and 10 innings for the Pioneers to drop the Bulldogs 0-1.
The two teams battled back and forth throughout the first day, with neither being able to break the other’s defense. With the game still tied at zero, the rain came and postponed the game in the seventh inning.
Day two would follow the same pattern as the first, with neither team being able to crack their others’ defense. The game would go into the tenth inning with no score on the board.
Hazard would not be able to put a run across in the top of the frame, leaving the outcome in the hands of the defense. Simon Kenton would get a man aboard with two outs with a hit batter. A misplayed ball in the field would then allow the runner to score from first base, ending the game and Hazard’s run.
Ryan Smith pitched 6.67 shutout innings with 4 hits, 5 walks and 8 strikeouts. Coby Cumbow got the loss with 3 innings, with 1 run, 2 walks and 1 strikeout.
Hazard (0) Griffin Wells 1 hit; Cole Ratliff 2 hits; Jacob Roll 1 hit; and Coby Cumbow 1 hit.
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