Gering PVC Seniors' lead washed out by thunderstorms
     2013-06-20      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
After a struggle of a time over the weekend at a tournament in Crete, the Gering Platte Valley Companies American Legion Post 36 senior baseball team found itself battling two opponents Tuesday night in their first action at home in Oregon Trail Park.

The first was the Chadron First Nationals, and the Senior 36ers scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and three more in the third frame to hold a 5-3 advantage when both teams' biggest enemy of the night made her appearance.

Mother Nature -- all adorned in dark clouds with streaks of heavy lightning, thunder and intermittent downpours -- brought forth a weather delay with two outs in the fourth inning and Chadron having just scored twice in the frame.

The teams held out hope of resuming the game -- which was just one out away from becoming an official contest -- with the severe weather passing, but strong intermittent showers forced suspension of the first game in the scheduled doubleheader about one hour, 45 minutes after the delay began.

Gering PVC coach Rick Kinnaman said a likely resumption and make-up date would come in July, although Chadron has a game early Sunday in Alliance and the possibility of the First Nationals coming back to Gering may be an option for then.

Otherwise, Gering PVC has a pretty loaded week already planned. The Senior 36ers were set to take on the Wheatland, Wyo., Lobos in home doubleheader action Wednesday night The 36ers were to play host to Wheatland, Wyo., on Wednesday night before they head to Sidney for a 7 p.m. game Thursday.

On Saturday, Post 36 plays a split doubleheader at Cleveland Field in Scottsbluff. At 2 p.m., Gering PVC plays Fort Collins Poudre Valley, and then squares off against the Westco Zephyrs with a scheduled start time of 7 p.m.

Kinnaman said his team really hoped to get at least one of Tuesday's games completed before the rash of severe thunderstorms struck the area.
“It was very important. We were only one out away,” Kinnaman said. “The kids have been really conscious of what’s been happening on the field as far as wins and losses. They wanted to get it done. It’s just one of those things. You never go against safety.”
Chadron scored in the top of the first inning on a run-scoring single before Gering PVC took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning. Taylor Winkler hit a one-out single to score Walker Britsch and Dillon DeMott to the 36ers their first lead of the game.

Caleb Geary then settled in on the mound for Post 36 and held Chadron scoreless for the next two innings.
Geary also received some run support in the bottom of the third
inning. When Nate Ferreyra’s grounder was mishandled in the infield, Nick Ferreyra and Elijah Timblin came across to score, thus giving Gering a 5-1 lead.

After Chadron closed to within two before the rains hit, the teams waited out the rain delay until several of the Post 36 players decided to slip and slide on the wet grass during the break in action. No chagrin from the coach for the wet horseplay, either.

" They were out here having a blast together. That's the kind of group they are," Kinnaman said. "We might not be winning a lot of ball games right now, but they have a lot of fun together."
Gering PVC entered Tuesday's date with a 6-11 record and were fresh off a three-game skid suffered at the Thom Stallard Tournament in Crete, where the 36ers scored just one run in three games.

"We had a lot of odds stacked against us at Crete. We had to get up at 4:45 our time and leave very early and then playing the morning after traveling out there. I'm not going to say that is the reason, but it attributed to our lackadaisical play," Kinnaman said.

In a 4-1 loss Saturday to the North Platte junior team, Gering was held to just three hits and committed four errors.
Timblin was 1-for-2 with a double and one walk and scored the 36ers' lone run in the on Geary's sacrifice fly. DeMott took the pitching loss as Gering PVC's starter, allowing all four North Platte runs (just one earned) on four hits going 4-2/3 innings.

On Friday, Post 36 was dealt an 11-0, no-hit loss to Gretna and a 13-0 defeat to Elkhorn Mt. Michael , both in five innings.
Gering PVC had five hits against Mt. Michael, led by Timblin who went 2-for-2. Nick Ferreyra had a double in leading the 36ers' other hitters.

Ferreyra also took the pitching loss for Post 36, allowing 13 Mt. Michael hits and 11 runs, 10 earned, with two strikeouts and one walk.

In its no-hit loss to Gretna, Gering PVC committed two errors and allowed seven fifth-inning runs that ended the game on run rule. Timblin took the pitching loss, allowing 11 hits and all 11 runs, just five of which were earned.

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