Crush defeats Kimball, completes regular season this weekend
District tournament set
for Imperial Aug. 8-9
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Imperial Crush improved their record to 3-4 with a 19-6 win over Kimball in action there Sunday.
The Crush sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning but couldn’t get any past second base.
Kimball jumped to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first but couldn’t add any more in the bottom of the second.
The bats came to life for the Crush in the top of the third.
Dustin Weiss led off with a single and came home on a round-tripper by Scott Way to make the score 2-3.
After Way’s homer, Eric McDaniel followed up with a double and came home on a double by Jerel Fortkamp.
Fortkamp scored on a single by Sean Munger as the first five batters all got on base before the inning ended.
Kimball tied the game 4-4 in the bottom of the third and went back ahead 5-4 after putting the Crush down in order in the fourth.
After a scoreless fifth, the Crush’s Matt Jablonski walked and was able to score on errors in the top of the sixth.
The Crush added four more runs when Munger and Jeremy Mathews both crossed the plate. Munger reached base on a walk and Mathews on an error.
Weiss reached base on a fielder’s choice and Way added a single, with both scoring before the side went down.
The Crush rattled the bats again in the top of the eight, scoring a total of 10 runs.
Fortkamp hit two singles in the inning while Mathews, Jablonski, Lance Milner, Weiss, Way and Munger each added singles of their own in the rally.
Kimball couldn’t answer in the bottom of the eighth, ending the game on the 10-run rule, 19-6.
The Crush will conclude their regular season this week with a doubleheader at Scottsbluff. The first game will be played Saturday night with the other to follow Sunday afternoon.
District tourney here Aug. 8-9
Imperial will be the host site for one of the Class B district tournaments of the Nebraska Baseball Association Aug. 8-9.
The Haxtun Bombers grabbed the top seed with a current record of 5-1. They will face Kimball whose current record is 1-4.
The Crush comes in as the number three seed and will face Sidney’s Clausen Bros., who have a 3-2 record at the time of seeding.
Four games will be played on Saturday, Aug. 8 with the remainder being played on Sunday, Aug. 9.
Volunteers sought for tourney
Local organizer Matt Jablonski said they are seeking volunteers to help run admission gates during the tournament.
Admission will be $2 for adults with kids under 12 free.
Volunteers can reach Jablonski at 882-6805.