Gering Juniors keep learning after 2-2 B&C Steel Tourney
     2012-06-29      By Terry Gaston   
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Gering Junior Legion’s Nate Ferreyra tries for the double play after putting an Alliance opponent out. The team beat Alliance 1-0 in the Junior 36ers’ first game of the B&C Steel tourney last weekend.
 
Mike Jones’ Gering B&C Steel Junior American Legion Post 36 baseball team won its first two games Friday in the annual B&C Steel Tournament at Oregon Trail Park, but the Junior 36ers were forced into a split of their four games after losing both contests Saturday afternoon.

On a windy Friday, pitching led Gering to its pair of victories.
In the first contest, left-hander Caleb Geary fired a one-hit shutout and scored the game’s lone run in leading the Junior 36ers to a 1-0 victory over Alliance.

In Gering’s second game, right-hander Elijah Timblin went the distance on the mound and helped Post 36 hold on for a 4-3 victory over Fort Morgan, Colo.

“We had extremely good pitching from Geary and Timblin, and we played excellent defense.” Jones said of Friday’s results.
“We had good pitching (Saturday) night, but we just couldn’t put enough runs on the board.”

While the winds calmed and the temperatures blazed Saturday, Gering found itself on the short end of a 7-1 count against North Platte.
Against Gordon, despite rallying four times and taking a sixth-inning lead, Gering let its short-lived advantage get away in the top of the seventh inning as Gordon took the 8-6 victory.

GERING 1, ALLIANCE 0
In the Junior 36ers’ first game, Geary shut out Alliance’s Junior Spartans by allowing just two hits while striking out seven.
Gering scored the lone run in the bottom of the fifth when Geary scored on a sacrifice fly by Nate Ferreyra.

In addition to leading Gering on the mound, Geary also went 2-for-2 offensively with a double and the run.

Alliance’s Gaige Lehl turned in a strong pitching performance in a losing effort. He allowed Gering just two hits and struck out five in six innings.

GERING 4, FORT MORGAN 3
In Friday’s other game, Timblin went the distance on the mound to earn the win. He allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out eight in seven innings.

Gering scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the third inning, highlighted by Gage Smith’s two-run double and a run-scoring single by Esai Hernandez.

Fort Morgan closed within a single run in the top of the seventh before Gering put down any further rally.

NO. PLATTE 7, GERING 1
In Saturday’s first game, North Platte’s Nationals outhit Gering 10-5, with the Junior 36ers led by Nate Ferreyra going 2-for-4 and Geary’s triple.

GORDON 8, GERING 6
In the tournament finale, Gordon Post 34 led 2-0 after the leadoff inning before Gering scored a run in each of the next two innings. Gordon then led 4-2 after the top of the third, only to have B&C retie the score in the bottom of the frame. Gordon took a 5-4 lead in the top of the fourth and Gering reknotted the score in the bottom of the frame.

Post 36 finally took its first lead in the bottom of the sixth, when Andrew Delcamp’s bases-loaded ground-out scored Logan Conn. But the Junior 36ers left the other two runners, leaving the door open for Gordon.

Right-hander Dillon DeMott, who had relieved right-handed Gering starter Craiger Ebbers to start the fourth inning, had allowed four hits in his first three innings of work.

DeMott, fresh off returning home from a quarterback camp in Denver, got shaken in the seventh when he allowed three straight walks, a game-tying single and Gordon’s go-ahead walk.

Post 34 added another run off reliever Ferreyra, then Gordon reliever Ty Hanson left two Gering base runners stranded to end the game and his victory after throwing three innings.
The Junior 36ers were out-hit 8-5, with Hanson aiding his cause for Gordon by going 2-for-5 with a triple, two runs and two RBI. Smith had a double and two RBI for Gering.

The split results leave the Junior 36ers at 11-10 on the season.
“I am proud of the guys,” Jones said. “They keep working hard and keep learning.”
After a visit to Sidney on Wednesday, Gering travels to Alliance on Thursday and to Rapid City, S.D., on Saturday for a doubleheader against Post 320.
The B&C Junior 36ers return home Tuesday for a 5 p.m. doubleheader against Casper, Wyo.

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