Wauneta edges Imperial in rain-shortened Pee Wee game
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Wauneta won a Pee Wee baseball game in Imperial last week, edging Imperial Black 12-10 in a rain-shortened game at Schroeder Park.
Coach Bruce Peterson said Imperial held the lead most of the game until the fifth inning when Wauneta went ahead 12-10.
In the bottom of the sixth, two Imperial players reached base with no outs when a thunderstorm moved in and halted the game, leaving Wauneta the winners as the required number of innings had been played.
Imperial tallied nine hits in the game. Recording two singles each were Mason Nordhausen, Logan Jussel, Bennett Bauerle and Mikael Kuhlmann, while Hayden Bahler scored a double.
Trevor Peterson started on the mound for Imperial and finished four and two-thirds innings, striking out six and walking three.
Tell Richardson finished the last inning and a third, striking out two and walking one.
Coach Peterson said his team played its best game of the season Monday night to hang with a good Paxton team on the road.
While Imperial Black lost the 9-6 game, they forced Paxton to use three different pitchers to hold onto their lead. He credited his team’s fundamentals in Monday’s close game.
Imperial had its chances, Peterson said, loading the bases in the top of the final inning, but couldn’t bring in the game-tying runs against Paxton’s ace pitcher.
Jussel went the distance from the mound for Imperial, keeping Paxton hitters off balance, Peterson said. He also contributed by fielding grounders and fly balls to make a few routine outs, as well.
Imperial tallied four singles in the game from Jussel, Peterson, Bauerle and Kuhlmann.
Next game on the schedule is July 9 at Ogallala Orange, followed by a July 11 game at home against Ogallala White.