The Hazard Bulldogs (30-11) rolled into the second round of the Sweet Sixteen baseball tournament behind a stellar shutout of the North Laurel Jaguars. The Bulldogs’ opponent in the second round would be the Campbell County Camels, who entered the game with a 27-10 record.
Hazard opened the game strong as Griffin Wells went yard from his lead off position (1-0). The Bulldogs, however, were not through as they posted another run in the frame.
Cole Ratliff kept the rally going with a single, and took advantage of the defense to move into scoring position. Ratliff then crossed the plate on a single off the bat of Blake Nidiffer (2-0).
Campbell County started their comeback in the second innings as they cut the lead in half (2-1). The Camels completed the comeback in the third inning, and went ahead 2-3.
Hazard wasted little time getting a comeback of their own going as they tied the scored in the bottom of the inning. Rudy Akemon was able to reach on a throwing error, and moved around the bases via the error. Akemon would complete his journey on a wild pitch (3-3).
At this point, the Bulldog offense would stagger. Hazard would place only three runners in scoring position the rest of the game.
The Camels’ offense would go on a tear down the stretch, going up 4-3 in the fourth inning, jumping out to the 8-3 lead in the fifth, and ending the game 14-3 in the sixth inning. The loss, ended the Bulldogs’ season with a 30-12 mark.
Hazard (3) Griffin Wells 1 run, 1 hit and 1 RBI, Rudy Akemon 1 run and 1 hit, Cole Ratliff 1 run and 1 hit, Blake Nidiffer 1 hit and 1 RBI and Bailey Blair 1 hit.
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