Wessel's Finishes in Top 20 at NAFA World Series

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Published on August 15 2012 6:45 pm
Last Updated on August 16 2012 11:06 am
Written by Millie Lange

Wessel's Coors Light finished in the Top 20 at the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) A-Major World Series in Topeka, Kansas recently.

Wessel's blanked IW's 8-0 in the series opener. Neither team scored until the fourth when Wessel's brought home three runs. Wessel's had a 10-hit attack led by Chad Buehnerkemper with a single and a double, Marcus Millsap with two singles and two RBI and Josh Pruemer with a solo homer. Gary Niebrugge pitched a three-hitter with no walks and nine strikeouts.

In the second game, Wessel's fell to Dragons Rage 8-7. Dragons Rage led 5-3 after three innings but Wessel's came back to take a 6-5 lead in the fourth. Dragons Rage tied in the top of the fifth then took an 8-6 lead in the seventh. Wessel's rallied in the bottom of the inning but fell short. John Niebrugge had a single, three home runs and four RBI.

In the third game, Wessel's fell to CI Knights 8-6. Millsap had a single, home run and three RBI.

The final game went to Fort Collins over Wessel's 2-0. Single runs came in the second and third. Wessel's could muster on three hits in the game, all singles.

Wessel's finished the season with a 21-16 record and as Teutopolis League Tournament champions. Gary Niebrugge led the team in pitching wins with 11. John Niebrugge led the team in average with .403. Jaden Widdersheim led in home runs with 13 and RBI with 43. Brent Bohnhoff was on the All-Tournament Team for the ASA Wood Bat State.

At NAFA World Series

Game One

Wessel's      000  332  --  8-10-0

IWS              000  000  --  0-  3-0

G. Niebrugge and Zalman; Yates and Melchiuli

Wessel's Coors Light -- J. Niebrugge, double, 1 RBI; Lee, single, 1 RBI; Schumacher, double; Buehnerkemper single, double; Millsap, 2 singles, 2 RBI; Koester, double, 1 RBI; Pruemer, home run, 1 RBI; Bohnhoff, single; Widdersheim, 1 RBI

Game Two

Dragons Rage      302  010  2  --  8-9-2

Wessel's                021  300  1  --  7-9-0

Marquaidt and Sandoval; Mersman, G. Niebrugge (4) and Zerrusen

Wessel's Coors Light -- J. Niebrugge, single, 3 home runs (third, none on; fourth, one on; seventh, none on), 4 RBI; Lee, single; Schumacher, single; Millsap, double; Koester, single; Zerrusen, single 1 RBI

Game Three

CI Knights      142  001  0  --  8-16-0

Wessel's         200  013  0  --  6-  8-2

Deleon, Delmasso (6) and Booth; G. Niebrugge, Mersman and Zerrusen

CI Knights -- Spears, single, 1 RBI; Goodwin, 2 singles, 1 RBI: Schweighart, 3 singles, home run (first, one on), 1 RBI; Hopkins, double, 2 RBI; Ring, single, 1 RBI; Booth, 2 singles; Ring, 2 singles; Arnold, single, 1 RBI; Beninati, 2 singles, 1 RBI

Wessel's Coors Light -- J. Niebrugge, double; Lee, 2 singles, 1 RBI; Millsap, single, home run (first, one on), 3 RBI; Pruemer, 2 singles; Widdersheim, single, 1 RBI

Game Four

Wessel's       000  000  0  --  0-3-1

Fort Collins   011  000  x  --  2-5-0

Zerrusen and Zalman; Kosorok and McCaffery

Wessel's Coors Light -- Schumacher, single; Lee, single; Millsap, single