Hazard scores state tourney bid


By Tony McGuire - cpsports@gmail.com



Photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Hazard’s Blake Nidiffer tries to skirt past the tag at home during the All “A” sectional tournament. The Bulldogs defeated Middlesboro 3-0.


Hazard’s Cole Ratliff explodes through the bag in an attempt to beat the throw.


Hazard’s Devin Morris beats the through to third, and goes home on the errant throw.


Bulldog pitcher Griffin Wells struck out 14 in Hazard’s 3-0 win over Middlesboro in the All “A” sectional.


On Monday, the Hazard Bulldogs hosted the Middlesboro Yellow Jackets in the sectionals of the All “A” state tournament. The winner of the game would earn a berth to the finals in Lexington next month.

After a fast first inning, the Bulldogs began to make some noise. The Bulldogs were able to break the ice with a run in the second inning. Andy Baker reached base on a fielder’s choice and quickly made his way to third. Baker would then score on a Bailey Blair single (1-0).

Hazard continued to peck away at Middlesboro in the third inning, adding another run to their tally. This time Blake Nidiffer reached the plate after a walk, balk, and single by Griffin Wells (2-0).

The Bulldogs rounded out their offensive performance in the 6th inning as Devin Morris put Hazard up 3-0. Morris opened with a single, and stole his way to third. He then scored when the throw went a rye giving him home.

The three runs would be sufficient as Griffin Wells was stellar on the mound, going the distance with no runs scored, and 1 hit, 6 walks and 14 strikeouts.

Hazard (3) Griffin Wells 1 hit and 1 RBI, Ryan Smith 3 hits, Bailey Blair 1 hit and 1 RBI, Devin Morris 1 run and 1 hit, Andy Baker 1 run and 1 hit and Blake Nidiffer 1 run.

Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

Photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Hazard’s Blake Nidiffer tries to skirt past the tag at home during the All “A” sectional tournament. The Bulldogs defeated Middlesboro 3-0.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_thumbnail_IMG_0086.jpgPhotos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Hazard’s Blake Nidiffer tries to skirt past the tag at home during the All “A” sectional tournament. The Bulldogs defeated Middlesboro 3-0.

Hazard’s Cole Ratliff explodes through the bag in an attempt to beat the throw.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_thumbnail_IMG_0094.jpgHazard’s Cole Ratliff explodes through the bag in an attempt to beat the throw.

Hazard’s Devin Morris beats the through to third, and goes home on the errant throw.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_thumbnail_IMG_0131.jpgHazard’s Devin Morris beats the through to third, and goes home on the errant throw.

Bulldog pitcher Griffin Wells struck out 14 in Hazard’s 3-0 win over Middlesboro in the All “A” sectional.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_thumbnail_IMG_0196.jpgBulldog pitcher Griffin Wells struck out 14 in Hazard’s 3-0 win over Middlesboro in the All “A” sectional.

By Tony McGuire

cpsports@gmail.com

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