Zephyrs ride 4-game streak into Gering game
     2013-06-13      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen - Zephyr pitcher Eric Moreno winds up for a fast one against Wheatland during an early season home game. The Zephyrs are on a winning streak as they move into the middle part of the season. 
In the week leading up to Tuesday night’s long-awaited matchup between the Gering Platte Valley Companies Post 36 and Westco Zephyrs American Legion baseball teams, the Zephyrs turned in a 4-0 week while Gering PVC got just one win in five games against some strong competition.

Gering PVC Post 36

Gering (6-7) went 1-3 in the North Platte Quik Stop Tournament, with the 36ers scoring their lone win of the weekend against Valentine, 16-2, on Saturday.
PC Post 36 scored nine runs in the bottom of the first inning to take command against Valentine and ended the rout with its other seven runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Walker Britsch led Gering’s 12-hit attack by going 3-for-5 with a double, three runs batted in and two scored. Austin Ferguson was 2-for-3 with a walk, a triple, one RBI and two runs scored. Dillon DeMott scored three runs, while Justin Brester, Gage Smith and Taylor Winkler also scored twice apiece.

Nate Ferreyra got a hit in each of his two at-bats and drew two walks. He scored two runs and had one RBI. Ferreyra also recorded the win for PVC Post 36. He allowed two runs over five innings, struck out two, walked none and scattered nine hits.

PVC Post 36 opened tourney play with an 8-7 setback to Ogallala on Friday before pounding Valentine. Gering had a 10-9 advantage in hits but trailed 8-3 after six innings after committing six errors.
A four-run rally in the seventh drew PVC Post 36 to within one, led by RBI single by Taylor Winkler, a wild pitch, an error, and an RBI single by Nick Ferreyra.

Britsch led the 36ers’ offensive attack by going 2-for-4 with three runs and one RBI. Ferreyra also went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Caleb Geary took the pitching loss despite striking out seven and walking three.

After defeating Valentine on Saturday, Gering was handed a 17-3 loss to North Platte J.C. Brager and then lost a 4-0 shutout to Hays, Kan., in Sunday’s finale.
J.C. Brager ended its victory by scoring six runs in the top of the fifth inning and outhit PVC Post 36 17-7.

Geary 3-for-3 at the plate, including an RBI double in the 36ers’ three-run third inning, and later scored. DeMott was Gering’s starting pitcher and took the loss after allowing nine hits and 11 runs (four earned) with two strikeouts and two walks in 2-1/3 innings.

Hays held Gering to four hits while scoring all four of its runs in the fourth inning. Ferguson had a triple for PVC Post 36. Elijah Timblin took the pitching loss, scattering eight hits while striking out four and walking four.

Before going to North Platte, PVC Post 36 suffered a 20-0, three-hit setback last Tuesday at Alliance. Ferreyra had a triple for Gering in a game where the Spartans struck out seven hitters in their shutout win.

Following Tuesday’s game, Gering will return to action this weekend in the Crete Tournament. PVC Post 36 plays Gretna at 8 a.m. Friday and Elkhorn Mount Michael at 10 a.m. The 36ers then play North Platte on Saturday morning before playing in their final game Sunday against an opponent determined by other pool play.

Gering then plays host to Chadron in a doubleheader Tuesday starting at 5 p.m., then will have Wheatland, Wyo., visit Oregon Trail Park on Wednesday in another twin bill also beginning at 5 p.m.

Westco Zephyrs

The Zephyrs (12-7) began their sweep of their week’s action with a 20-1 rout of Chadron on Wednesday. Westco then downed Wheatland, Wyo., 18-8 on Saturday before sweeping a Sunday doubleheader at Windsor, Colo., 10-4 and 16-7.

Against Chadron, the Zephyrs rode an 11-run, first-inning rally and tacked on eight more in the fourth to win the road contest in five innings. Westco had just five hits but drew 15 walks.
Austin Murphy drove in three runs and scored thrice, while Ty Benson and Ty Dunkel also scored three runs apiece. Eric Moreno, Tharyn Curtis and Ty Wilson added two runs each.

Beau Lofink recorded the four-hit win, striking out 11 while walking two.
In defeating Wheatland, the Zephyrs recorded 19 hits and took a 12-5 lead with six run in the third inning. The rally included Murphy’s two-run home run, an RBI single by Curtis, an RBI single by Wilson and a two-run single by Lofink.

Jacob Schmid had three hits and four RBI for Westco. Andres Morales got the win on the mound as the second of four Zephyrs pitchers.
On Sunday at Windsor, the Zephyrs broke the game open with a five-run rally in the fourth inning that put them ahead 6-2. The rally included an RBI single by Wilson, walks earned by Murphy and Leighton Freeze, a sacrifice fly by Benson and a passed ball. Curtis also had a solo home run.

Dunkel had three hits on four at-bats, including a double in the fourth inning, and gained base four times. Benson was 2-for-4 with his sacrifice RBI.
Lofink got the pitching victory by striking out 11 with seven walks and seven hits allowed.
In the second game, Westco had 17 hits that aided a seven-run rally in the fifth inning, and the Zephyrs scored six more in the sixth frame that put them ahead 14-6.

Westco’s fifth-inning rush was fueled by an RBI single by Lofink, a sacrifice fly by Schmid, a two-run double by Dunkel, an error, an RBI double by Morales and an RBI double by Rogelio Gurrola.
Curtis went a 5-for-5 with a third-inning double at the plate for Westco.

Dylon Busskohl got the pitching win for the Zephyrs. He struck out seven, walked seven and scattered eight hits and six runs over six innings.
After Tuesday’s game at Gering, Westco was headed to Alliance on Wednesday before the Zephyrs travel to Ogallala for a doubleheader on Saturday.

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