WAVERLY – The Waverly Empire Netting and Fence 18-and-under senior legion baseball team is off to a fast start this summer.
The Vikings moved to 8-2 on the year with two more wins on June 2 in a tournament in Grand Island.
The Empire Seniors opened the legion season by splitting a pair of games in a doubleheader played in Bellevue on May 24.
The Vikings defeated Lincoln Pius X 3-1 and were beaten by Bellevue West by a score of 7-6.
The Empire Seniors beat the Millard Black Sox 6-3 on May 25, Omaha Roncalli 7-1 on May 26 and split games with Norfolk on May 29, winning 2-1 and losing 9-4.
The Vikings opened play in the Grand Island tournament on June 1 with a game against Kearney.
Kearney scored four runs in the first two innings, but the Empire Seniors rallied for the five run win behind an efficient 10-hit attack.
Treyton Kozal earned the win on the mound, working six innings, scattering three runs on six hits while striking out seven.
Ian Steinmeyer led the Vikings at the plate with two hits and four RBI.
Thatcher Kozal added two RBI and teammate Nolan Brown finished 3-for-4 with a double an RBI and a run scored.
The Vikings returned to the field for their second game of the day against host Grand Island.
The Empire Seniors
scored three runs in the fifth inning and added three more in the sixth to pull away for an 11-8 win over G.I.
Viking Jay Adams led a 13-hit attack with three hits in five at bats.
Easton Hovelsrud cleared the bases with a triple and lead Waverly with four RBI.
Sawyer Schroeder and Ethan Kastens combined to finish with three hits and three RBI.
Adams earned the win in relief while working four solid innings.
On Sunday, the day started with a 7-0 win over Seward.
The story of the game was the pitching performance turned in by Empire Senior Rhett Jordon.
Jordon pitched a seven
inning shutout for the Vikings, allowing just four hits, no walks and striking out nine Bluejay hitters.
Jordon also drove in a run at the plate and teammates Jay Adams, Steinmeyer and Hovelsrud added two hits a piece against Seward.
The Empire Seniors capped the tournament with a come-from-behind 10-8 victory over Hastings.
The Vikings combined to scored five runs in the sixth and seventh innings to pull out the two-run win.
Kastens delivered the game winning hit in the top of the seventh inning.
Treyton Kozal finished 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and four RBI.
Brown earned the win in relief for the Empire Seniors.