Gering Seniors have busy week before hosting Zephyrs
     2013-06-06      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
The Gering Platte Valley Companies American Legion Post 36 Seniors baseball team will entertain the Scottsbluff-based Westco Zephyrs on Tuesday at Oregon Trail Park, but the 36ers have a busy week scheduled in advance of the long-awaited valley showdown —one of two meetings between the teams this summer.

The 36ers began this week with a 5-3 record heading into action Tuesday night at Alliance. Gering plays in the North Platte Tournament starting Friday against Ogallala and continuing Saturday against Valentine and North Platte J.C. Brager before finishing play Sunday against Hays, Kan.

Gering entered the week coming off a 2-2 weekend in which PVC Post 36 went 2-1 in the Hershey Tournament. The 36ers opened play at Hershey with a 4-3 win Saturday over Sidney, then they lost to host Hershland 8-5 on Saturday before taking their finale Sunday against Overton, 7-6.

In their win over Sidney on Saturday afternoon, the 36ers won the game in the bottom of the seventh when Elijah Timblin, who gained base after being hit by a pitch with one out, scored on an error after Nick Ferreyra had been caught trying to steal home. Ferreyra had singled to gain base.

Caleb Geary held Sidney to five hits and three earned runs while striking out four and walking two in gaining the complete-game pitching victory. Walker Britsch led Gering’s offensive attack by going 2-for-4 with a third-inning single and a fifth-inning double.
In its tournament finale, PVC Post 36 was outhit 7-5 by Overton and committed six errors, but the opposition left seven base runners stranded.

A three-run fifth inning put Gering ahead 7-1, and the 36ers held on after Overton scored three in the sixth and two in the seventh. PVC Post 36’s rally began when Geary doubled home Austin Ferguson to start the inning. Brent Barge had a two-run single for Gering.
Nick Ferreyra recorded the win for Gering even though he allowed six runs over seven innings. Ferreyra struck out six, walked none and gave up seven hits.

Against Hershland, the 36ers were limited to five hits in suffering their second loss to the Hershey-Sutherland squad. Gering led 4-0 after two innings before Hershland rallied for five runs in the bottom of the second and three in the third to take command.
Taylor Winkler had two runs batted in after hitting a single to score Dillon DeMott in the first inning and then he scored on a passed ball. Winkler then tripled home in the fourth to score Justin Brester.

On the mound, Brester allowed two hits and no earned runs in four innings, taking the loss for Gering.
Before the 36ers went to Hershey, they went west to face Wheatland, Wyo., on Friday and took an 8-5 loss.
Gering got seven hits, including two by Brester, who drove home one run and scored another. Ferreyra had a two-run single in the 36ers’ four-inning seventh inning. Britsch added a double to PVC Post 36’s offensive attack.

Timblin took the loss, allowing all eight runs, only two of which were earned, in four innings of work. He struck out two and walked three, while Ferreyra had two strikeouts in two innings of hitless relief.
PVC Post 36 and Westco will square off at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Oregon Trail Park. The teams will meet again on June 22 at Cleveland Field.

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