VFW mounted a 6-run second inning to take a 7-1 lead early on Pinamonti DDS but almost let it slip away during the first game of the season-opener of the Don Gutteridge League at JayCee Ballpark Tuesday.

VFW mounted a 6-run second inning to take a 7-1 lead early on Pinamonti DDS but almost let it slip away during the first game of the season-opener of the Don Gutteridge League at JayCee Ballpark Tuesday.

Pinamonti, behind six walks, scored six runs of their own to cut the VFW lead to 8-7 but could not get any closer.

“We had a few errors,” said VFW head coach Steve Angermayer. “It’s the first game and the kids have to get up to game speed.”

VFW (1-0) took charge in the second after Leonard Barton capped the 6-run inning with a three-run single down the left-field line.

But, Pinamonti stormed back in the bottom of the third after being saddled with an 8-1 deficit.

C.J. Russell led off the inning with a single, then VFW gave up five consecutive walks to score five runs.
Christian Cedeno hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored the sixth run of the inning.

“We gave it right back to them,” Angermayer said. “The kids [pitchers] arms were just not as strong.”

VFW added three more runs in the fourth after Austin VanBecelaere led off with a walk and advanced to second on a throwing error.

Joe Wimmer hit into a fielder’s choice but, Pinamonti was not able to put anyone out on the play.
Another error allowed the third run of the inning to score for VFW.

Bryan Wade came up in the bottom of the inning and slapped a single that allowed two runs to score — with help of a fielding error on VFW.

“We had more hits but, we also had more defensive lapses than they did,” said Pinamonti head coach Steve Wade.

Christian Cedeno added another run in the fifth after belting a triple to right field an scoring on an overthrow on the same play.

But, Wimmer, who started and came back in to pitch, retired the last three batters to preserve the win for VFW.

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140. Follow Morning Sun sports at twitter.com/mssports.

JL Hutchinson baseball
Don Gutteridge League
Tuesday, May 26
VFW 11, Pinamonti 10
VFW    161 30 — 11 6 3
Pinamonti    106 21 — 10 7 4
Joe Wimmer, Brent Koehn (3), Joe Kolarik (3), Wimmer (5) and Koehn, Leonard Barton (3). Jake Brewer, Christian Cedeno (5) and Bryan Wade, C.J. Russell (3). WP — Kolarik. LP — Brewer. S — Wimmer. E — Koehn, Taylor Brinegar, Drew Casey; Cedeno 2, Hayden Parks, Brewer. 3B — Cedeno. SB — Wimmer, Barton; Wde, Brewer, Blake Barto. CS — Wade.