Hazen tops Lindbergh in extra innings

Junior Nolan Hoover picked up the game-winning hit in the bottom of the eighth inning on Friday as the Hazen Highlanders beat the Lindbergh Eagles 4-3 Friday in extra innings.

Hazen jumped on Lindbergh starter Enrique Martinez early, picking up a run in the first, But the Eagles answered back in the third with two runs of their own off Hazen starter Drew Santana to take a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the third, the Highlanders posted two runs of their own, however to retake the lead 3-2.

The score stayed that way until the top of the sixth when Lindbergh tied it up.

In the bottom of the eighth, Lindbergh reliever Ryan Hoover plunked senior Zack Hill to give Hazen a bserunner right off the bat. Junior Ryan Gayte then laid down a bunt, advancing Hill to second and giving the Highlanders two men on with no one out.

Junior Eli Azcueta then bunted into a fielder's choice and Hill was forced out at third base , though Gayte advanced to second on the play. Senior J. Crosby then hit a fly ball to deep right for the second out of the inning.

With two out and two men on, Nolan Hoover cranked a single to left field, scoring Gayte to win the game.

Neither starter got the decision. Santana finished with six innings pitched, having given up three runs, all of them earned, on six hits with five strikeouts and zero walks for the Highlanders.

Lindbergh's Enrique Martinez countered with seven innings, three hits, oneĀ  earned run, eight strikeouts and three walks.

Ryan Hoover picked up the loss for the Eagles. He finished with 2/3 inning pitched, two hits and one earned run.

Mitchell Hard got the win for Hazen for his two scoreless innings of relief work.

Hazen moved to 4-4 overall, 4-1 in the Seamount with with the win. The Highlanders play today, Monday at Kennedy Catholic.

Lindbergh falls to 3-3 overall, 3-2 in the league. They host Renton today, Monday.

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