Gering Senior Legion opens with win
     2013-05-30      By Philip Eckerberg - Special to the Citizen   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering’s Justin Brester tags out Jordan Richardson of Hershland during Sunday’s home contest. The game was called on the 10-run rule, with Gering coming out on top, 15-5.  
The Gering Platte Valley Companies Senior Legion baseball team opened the season Friday night with a win over the Chadron First Nationals. The final score was 13-12. The game was part of the Platte Valley Companies tournament over Memorial Day weekend.

Gering opened with Caleb Geary on the mound. Chadron looked promising in the top of the first as Braxtyn Hespe hit a single and then advanced to second after a throwing error by Gering. The tables turned on Chadron quickly as Falcon Albers struck out and Hespe was tagged out by Justin Brester as he tried to steal third. Chance Bila grounded out and Gering took over the offense.

Walker Britsch was first and was walked by Chadron pitcher Bo Westlake. Dillon DeMott was up next as Britsch stole second andwas able to advance to third. De Mott was hit by the pitch and took his base. Gage Smith was up next but Gering snagged the first score as Britsch stole home on a passed ball. Smith hit a double and sent DeMott home. Nick Ferreyra hit a fly ball and was out, but brother Nate Ferreyra hit a single and sent Smith to home. Gering got two outs and ended the inning in the lead 3-0.

By the sixth inning, Chadron was taking advantage of Gering errors. Bargen singled and so did Dickerson. Hespe and Albers both flied out but with the pressure on Hunn, who singled and drove in Bargen and Dickerson. Deines reached first on an error as Bila and Hunn scored. Julius singled, Deines scored and Westlake grounded out.

Bottom of the sixth Britsch singled and then advanced to second on a balk. DeMott singled on a bunt, sending Britsch to third. Albers balked again and sent Britsch to home for the final score of the game as the two hour time limit had expired.

The next game Gering played was Saturday against Sidney. Sidney jumped to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Elijah Timblin started as Gering’s pitcher but immediately walked Devin Sullivan, who then stole second. Lane Harvey tripled and drove Sullivan in. Tyson Herrera grounded out but Harvey came home for the score. Colton Onstott flied out. Kane McLaughlin singled and Austin Pile walked. Austin Crane line out and Gering took over.

Sidney started Tyson Herrera as pitcher and he immediately walked Walker Britsch. Dillon DeMott struck out and Gage Smith hit a fly to center field and was out. Nick Ferreyra struck out. And Gering ended the first inning behind Sidney 2-0. But by the sixth inning, Gering had tied the game 9-all.

Gering’s Nate Ferreyra was first up in the bottom of the sixth. Ferreyra reached first base on an error and was able to get to second. Orozco grounded out but Ferreyra managed to get to third. Geary hit a single and drove in Ferreyra to make the score 10-9 Gering. The two-hour time limit was up and Gering won.

Gering coach Rick Kinnaman agreed that Sidney is a tough team, saying he tried to teach fundamentals and stick with the basics they never get fancy. Kinnaman said that they are not mature enough as a ball club to understand that we have to do the simple things. He also praised Elijah Timblin’s pitching as quality. He said that on offense the team was a lot more focused even in batting practice it was evident.

The celebration was short lived as Gering was playing back to back with a game against the North Platte First Nationals.It wasn’t pretty for Gering as they went down 14-0 and the game was called on the 10 run rule after five innings.

The game ended on a 10-run rule after five innings with North Platte winning 14-0.

On Sunday, Gering notched its third win of the young season against the Hershland team which is a combination of Hershey and Sutherland 15-5. That one was also called because of the 10-run rule.

Gering ended the tournament 3-1 and also 3-1 on the season. Gering has multiple out of town games before its next home stand which has been a much anticipated first time ever game against the Westco Zephers from Scottsbluff on June 11.

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