- BASEBALL: Waverly Captures True Home Win Over Beatrice
By Jeff Motz
Battling through Mother Nature and illness on the team, Waverly coach Kyle Parker seemed exhausted, yet relieved to be home on Friday.
Home, meaning Lawson Park.
The Vikings played what were supposed to be three home games last week and earlier this week on the road and lost, while winning at Columbus and losing at Nebraska City during the same time span.
Waverly jumped ahead early on Beatrice Friday afternoon and earned a 7-3 victory, to improve to 5-5 on the season in their first home game at Lawson Park since March 20.
Rhett Jordon's one out double in the bottom of the first set the stage. Jordon advanced to third on a single from Jay Adams, then scored on an RBI double from Thatcher Kozal. Adams, meanwhile, was put out in a rundown between third and home.
Kozal then scored from third when Beatrice pitcher Caleb Wallman was called for a balk, which put Waverly up 2-0.
In the second, Viking leftfielder Alex Clifton reached on a Beatrice error, then scored on a single from Trevor Steinmeyer for a 3-0 lead.
Beatrice (4-6) rallied in the top half of the third inning, when Griffen Vater and Bryce Parde recorded back to back singles. After Jacob Pinkerton struck out looking, Brandl Riekenberg reached on an error, allowing Vater to score. Nolan White connected on an RBI single, which scored Parde and the Orangemen trailed 3-2.
Waverly countered for three more runs, when Thatcher Kozal hit a two-out double, then scored off a Tyson Brown RBI single in the bottom of the third.
Then Steinmeyer and Drew Wells collected hits in the Waverly half of the fourth, with Steinmeyer's courtesy runner, Andrew Moylan, scoring on a sac fly to right field from Treyton Kozal. Wells scored off an RBI single from Jordon that gave the Vikings a 6-3 edge.
Beatrice managed one more run in the fifth when Wallman singled home Pinkerton. A lead off single from Steinmeyer set up his courtesy runner, Cole Miller, to score on another sac fly from Treyton Kozal in the Waverly sixth for the final run of the game.
Jordon went six innings on the mound to earn the win, allowing three runs, nine hits, while striking out six Beatrice hitters. Offensively, he went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double and RBI.
Thatcher Kozal was 3-for-3, with two doubles, a triple, an RBI and run scored.
For Beatrice, Pinkerton went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and a strikeout.