Gering Seniors douse Torrington, fall in four on road
     2012-06-29      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen
Gering Senior Legion pitcher Danny O’Boyle puts everything behind his pitch during a game against Alliance on June 6. The team enjoyed an impressive 14-6 win over Torrington Wednesday but lost steam for the remainder of the week.
 
Things started out well last Wednesday for the Gering Platte Valley Companies Post 36 Senior Legion baseball team once the Senior 36ers got their bats rolling following a tight start.

After trailing home-standing Torrington after two innings, Gering shut down the hosts and answered with nine straight runs the rest of the way en route to a 14-6 victory.
The PVC 36ers’ winning for the week would stop in Torrington, however.

On Thursday, Gering suffered a pair of one-run losses at Fort Morgan, Colo., 3-2 and 4-3.

And on Saturday, Gering pitchers ran into a buzz saw at Casper Wyo., falling to the Oilers 15-5 and 22-5

GERING 14, TORRINGTON 6
Gering was down 4-2 after the first inning and 6-5 through two frames when right-handed pitcher Colin Chatterton shut down Torrington and the Senior 36ers’ offense started pulling away in the nine-inning contest.

Chatterton threw all nine innings, striking out six and walking four. He got 14 hits of offensive support, with five Gering players recording more than one hit apiece.

Nate Marquez had three hits and scored three runs, and Chatterton had three hits and scored one run.

Grant Rimington and Josh Burgener both had two hits and scored two runs, and Danny O’Boyle had two hits and scored one run. Bryce Burkhardt also did well on the bases, scoring three times.

FORT MORGAN 3, GERING 2
Fort Morgan had its way with Gering on June 8, winning 13-3 in the North Platte Kwik Stop Tournament. In Thursday’s road doubleheader, PVC Post 36 found itself within one in both games but could pull out neither in losing both ends of the doubleheader.

Fort Morgan won the first game by scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh inning, thus spoiling the pitching performance of Rimington. He threw 6 2/3 innings, striking out 10, walking three, and giving up six hits.

“Those were heartbreaking losses,” Jones said. “Grant Rimington threw a great game for us. It’s heartbreaking to see a kid go out there and give that kind of effort and end up on the losing side of it.”
Zach Smith led Gering at the plate, going 2-for-3 with one run scored. Bret Orozco scored PVC’s other run.

FORT MORGAN 4, GERING 3
In the second game, Gering scored right away after Marquez hit a single and scored on Rimington‘s hit. Fort Morgan responded in its half of the first inning, scoring two runs to take the 2-1 lead.
The Senior 36ers returned the favor in the top of the second with two runs, a 3-2 lead that held until Fort Morgan scored twice in the inning.

O’Boyle and Marquez both finished the game with two hits, and O’Boyle also had two RBI. Orozco scored Gering’s other run.
O’Boyle scattered six hits in taking the loss on the mound.
“Rimington and O’Boyle both threw great games,” Jones said. “To come out on the losing side of both was heartbreaking for us.”

CASPER 15, GERING 5
Gering fell to 14-16 on the year with a pair of blowout losses to a solid team.
“Casper has a good healthy ball team, although we score in the top of the first both times,” Jones said.
The Oilers responded to Gering’s opening-inning run with seven in the bottom of the first and went on to outhit the Post 36ers 14-7.
Smith and Chatterton both went 2-for-3 at the plate. Smith’s double scored O’Boyle in the top of the first for Gering’s brief lead.
Walker Britsch had a run-scoring single in the fourth and Chatterton added a two-run single in the fifth. Nick Chitwood took the loss on the mound.

CASPER 22, GERING 5
The Oilers’ offensive assault continued in Game 2, ripping 17 hits in just four innings.
After Gering grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, Casper responded with four runs in its half of the inning before piling on six in the second and eight more in the third.

Chatterton and Austin Ferguson both went 2-for-3 for Gering at the plate. Chatterton, Marquez and Burgener drove in one run each, while O’Boyle, Smith, Burgener, Ferguson and Chitwood each scored one run.
Orozco took the loss on the mound. He allowed 10 runs on six hits and struck out one in two innings.
“We couldn’t keep up with them and we just didn’t play to our full potential,” Jones said. “We just have to bounce back, and hopefully we will this week.”

Gering was to play the Buckley Bombers on Tuesday night, but the Chappell-based Bombers were short-handed and the game will either be forfeited or rescheduled later.
The Senior 36ers then hit the road Wednesday for Panhandle Summer Conference action at Sidney and travel to Alliance for more league action Thursday.

Gering returns home Saturday to play host to Sterling, Colo., in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Oregon Trail Park.

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