Late in the Ogallala game, Coach Bruce Peterson takes a time out to gather the Imperial Juniors on the mound for a pep talk. (Johnson Publications photo)

Tysen Lempke makes a good decision to swing at this pitch in the Ogallala game last week. (Johnson Publications photo)

Bennett Bauerle checks the signs from Coach Peterson as he bats against Ogallala. (Johnson Publications photo)

Bracket and current schedule for the Junior Legion Baseball tournament. (Johnson Publications graphic)

Juniors hosting area district tourney here starting Saturday

Imperial drops final regular season game after late Ogallala score

    Imperial’s juniors won’t have to travel far for their district area tournament this summer.
    In fact, Imperial’s Campbell field will play host to the baseball tournament set to start this Saturday.
    Tournament coordinator Brad Moline was still confirming the bracket with state Legion officials early this week, but Imperial will be the No. 2 seed team behind top-seeded Alma.
    Imperial is set to play No. 3 seed Overton
Saturday at 5:15 p.m. in their first round game.
    The three-day tournament is double elimination with the winner advancing to the state tournament July 14-18.
    Moline said a fourth team was scheduled to compete at districts here but dropped out of the tournament, creating problems with finalizing the tournament games.
    Check the Imperial Republican website for the bracket later this week.
Ogallala game
    In their final regular season game June 26, Imperial suffered a 13-14 loss after a three-run inning by Ogallala put the home team behind the eight ball as they came to bat in the bottom of the seventh.
    After trailing, Imperial scored three runs in the sixth, tying the game at 11.

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