Gering PVC snaps slide with comeback win
     2013-06-27      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Gering Platte Valley Companies Senior American Legion baseball coach Rick Kinnaman said the 36ers needed a victory badly to reward their efforts on the field that otherwise had them mired in a 12-game losing streak.

In a Saturday game that featured four lead changes, Gering PVC outlasted the Fort Collins, Colo.-based Poudre Valley Impalas 5-4 when Nick Ferreyra drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the seventh inning to force home Walker Britsch.

"We definitely needed a win," Kinnaman said of the game, played at Scottsbluff's Cleveland Field and completed before storms postponed the scheduled tripleheader's other two games to Sunday.

"The kids kept believing in themselves and believing in what we are doing. The kids believed we could come out of it because of our work ethic."

Britsch led off the game-winning rally by reaching on an error by the Poudre Valley third baseman. Austin Ferguson followed with a single to center field, which put Britsch at second base.
Elijah Timblin then reached on a sacrifice bunt, pushing Britsch to third and Ferguson to second to load the bases. Ferreyra then drew the bases-loaded walk on five pitches, forcing Britsch home for the go-ahead run.

Gering PVC had two fly-outs and one strikeout that left the bases loaded, but left-hander Caleb Geary finished the 36ers' win after allowing two Poudre Valley singles and stranding the base runners at second and third when Britsch pulled in the third-out fly ball to center.

Geary allowed four runs over seven innings. He struck out five, walked one and scattered nine hits.
The game was scoreless until Poudre Valley scored twice in the bottom of the fourth inning. Gering PVC responded with three runs in the top of the fifth, with Dillon DeMott scoring the first run on a passed ball after he had gained base on a one-out single.

Britsch scoring on Timblin's left-field single to tie the game and Ferguson scoring on the throw back to the infield.
Poudre Valley answered two runs in the bottom of the fifth to regain the lead, 4-3. However, the 36ers knotted the score at 4-all in the top of the sixth when Gage Smith, who had a leadoff single, scored from third on DeMott's sacrifice fly to left field.

Ferguson led Gering PVC's eight-hit attack with two hits, while Britsch and Taylor Winkler had doubles.
Gering PVC lost to the Westco Zephyrs 12-2 on Sunday (see story, page B1) in one of the games postponed from Saturday night.

Alliance 14, Gering 5

Alliance took advantage of seven hits, including a pair of RBI doubles, and four Gering PVC errors to score 10 runs in the second inning, all with two outs, en route to scoring the decisive victory at Oregon Trail Park.

On a bright note for the Senior 36ers (7-16), Gage Winkler came on in relief of starter Nick Ferreyra to stop the rush and prevent the same outburst that Alliance posted in downing Gering PVC 20-0 in five innings on June 4. Winkler allowed two earned runs, seven hits and four walks while striking out three over 5 1/3 innings of work.
The 36ers responded to the Spartans' 10-run barrage with three of their own in the bottom of the second inning, with Timblin doubling home Ferguson, who drew a leadoff walk, and Logan Conn driving home Geary with the first of his two singles. Timblin also scored after the throw from center.

Nate Ferreyra scored Gering PVC's next run in the fourth inning after he singled to left field and made third after a wild pitch and Conn's single to right. Ferreyra scored on a fielder's choice hit by DeMott.

Alliance (12-16) responded with two runs on a double by Jeff Heckman to build its margin to 12-4. Geary got the 36ers to within seven when he turned his leadoff single into a run on Smith's groundout.
Conn finished with a 2-for-3, one-RBI night at the plate for Gering PVC, while the visiting Spartans received a combined nine hits and seven RBI from Andrew Garza, Heckman, Kyle Sanders and Mitch Pancost.

Sidney 21, Gering 1

On Thursday at Sidney, Gering PVC was held to three hits by Sidney pitcher Tyson Herrera.
Sidney had six hitters combine for 13 hits, 12 runs batted in and 15 runs scored. DeMott took the pitching loss for the 36ers.

Wheatland sweeps Gering

In a Wednesday doubleheader at Oregon Trail Park, the host 36ers dropped both games to Wheatland, Wyo., 6-5 in the opener and 9-0 in the nightcap.
Ferguson went 2-for-3 in the first game with a walk, triple and one RBI with one run scored. Smith added a double and two walks. Timblin took the pitching loss for Gering PVC.
In the second game, the 36ers were held to one hit by Wheatland pitcher Tyler Pollock, who struck out eight and walked four in getting the complete-game victory. Nate Ferreyra took the pitching loss.
Gering PVC will resume action Friday with its first two games at the Festival in the Hills Tournament in Rapid City, S.D. The 36ers open against Sheridan, Wyo., at 12:30 and then take on Watertown, S.D., at 3 p.m. On Saturday, Gering PVC plays Miles City, Mont., at 4 p.m. and the host Rapid City Post 320 Stars at 8 p.m. Gering completes its schedule in a placement game Sunday.
The 36ers will then play host to Sidney on Tuesday at 7 p.m., have their annual Alumni Game on Thursday, July 4, and play Ogallala at Oregon Trail Park on July 5.
Gering PVC completes regular-season play with a home doubleheader July 7 against the Rapid City Post 320 Stars and a July 11 twin bill at Chappell against the Buckley Bombers.

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