Bauer maintains Reds perfect season with late hit

From Herald Staff Reports

With their appearance in the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas rapidly approaching, the Jasper Reds are hoping to maintain their perfect season into the tournament.

While the Reds found themselves trailing to the Owensboro Hardball team for the majority of Sunday’s game at Alvin C. Ruxer Field, a late base hit by Northeast Dubois standout Reece Bauer proved to be all the difference as the Reds remained perfect on the season at 13-0 with a 4-3 victory. The Reds have now won 34 consecutive regular season contests.

Tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the seventh, Southridge grad Colin Smith got things started by drawing a walk. After Smith moved up to second base on a wild pitch, Bauer drove Smith home with a single to continue the Reds perfect season.

Jasper grads Noah Luebbehusen and Austin Simmers both had two doubles on the day while Bauer added a double and a single — these three players had six of the seven hits for the Reds in the game.

Pitching wise, it was Bo Daves who earned the victory in relief to improve to 4-0 on the season. He gave up just one run in two and a third innings as he left seven Owensboro runners stranded during his time on the mound, including one big moment where he escaped a bases-loaded jam.

While it’s possible Jasper could schedule one more opponent before they head to the NBC World Series this Friday, it’s looking as if the Reds will once again finish with an undefeated record in the regular season. This would be the second consecutive season Jasper has finished with an unblemished record before tournament time.

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