Propelled by quality pitching performances by Hunter Heath and Brooks Richards, Bethel captured a Class 4A district championship Thursday with a 6-2, 2-0 sweep of Harrah.
In the 6-2 opener, Heath permitted three hits in seven innings, including a run-scoring triple in the sixth. Heath didn’t surrender a walk and fanned two.
Matt Watson of Bethel cracked an RBI double as part of a four-run second. Heath also had a double in the game while Clint Simmons went 2-for-2, including a run-scoring single in the second. Teammate Nate Milliman registered a two-run single in the second.
Richards then silenced Harrah on a two-hitter, both singles, in evening his record at 5-5.
Richards issued two walks and fanned five. Stephen Turner of Harrah gave up only five hits.
Heath led Bethel’s five-hit attack with two doubles, one of which produced the first run in the top of the sixth. Heath then scored on a safety squeeze by Watson.
“Harrah is a good, well-coached team,” Bethel coach Todd Brown said. “Both teams had just one error in 14 innings. I am proud of my pitchers. I can’t say enough about the job they did.”
Bethel, while upping its record to 21-6, advances to next week’s regional action. The regional pairings are set to be released Monday.
Note: Report compiled by Fred Fehr.