By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
After a local pitch, hit and run baseball contest, four youths advanced to the state level last weekend, all from the same Imperial family.
Josie, Trevor, Morgan and Jaret Peterson were in Omaha Sunday for the Nebraska State Sectional Pitch, Hit & run Competition held at the Creighton University field.
Three of the four Peterson siblings won their divisions, while a fourth took second.
Winning their divisions at state were Josie Peterson, 13-14 girls; Trevor Peterson, 11-12 boys; and Morgan Peterson, 9-10 girls. Jaret, competing in the youngest 7-8 boys’ division, was runner-up.
The three first place state winners are now waiting to see if their scores were high enough to qualify for the Team Championships at Coors Field in Denver.
According to the rules, their scores from last Sunday will be compared with other Sectional Champions’ scores in their respective Major League Baseball Market. The top three in those comparisons will qualify to compete at Coors Field in this area.
Josie Peterson, an eighth grader, has competed in the Sectionals at Coors Field the last two years and won her division both years.
Youths’ scores recorded at Coors Field will be compared with age group winners in all 29 other MLB markets, and the top score overall will advance to the national finals.
In the pitch, hit and run competition, youths are tested for accuracy in throwing strikes at a target, hit a ball off a stationary tee for distance and accuracy and then run from second to home for time. All events are individually scored and converted to a total point score.
Thirty youths took part in Imperial’s local contest May 5 at Schroeder Park, sponsored by the Imperial Jaycees.
First place winners from the local contest advanced to state. If first did not attend, second could go. Third could compete if second place winner was unable to travel to state.
Here are the full results from the local event.
First place—Addison Robinson 7-8 girls; Ashton Robinson 7-8 boys; Morgan Peterson 9-10 girls; Tyson Lempke, 9-10 boys; Nicole Dewey, 11-12 girls; Landis Beverly, 11-12 boys; Josie Peterson, 13-14 girls; Caleb Weiss, 13-14 boys.
Second place—Carter Leibbrandt 7-8 boys; Jordan Hopp, 9-10 girls; Emmitt Zuege 9-10 boys; Trevor Peterson, 11-12 boys; Macy Coleman, 11-12 girls; Cade Francis, 13-14 boys.
Third place—Jaret Peterson, 7-8 boys; Ethan Clermont, 9-10 boys, Logan Jussel, 11-12 boys; Kora Weiss, 9-10 girls; Sydney Mastin, 11-12 girls; and Matthew German, 13-14 boys.