Zephyrs sweep 3 games Sunday after storm postponement
     2013-06-27      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
SCOTTSBLUFF — A tripleheader Saturday that included two games for the Westco Zephyrs Senior American Legion baseball team fell victim to a severe thunderstorm that left Cleveland Field unplayable after the Zephyrs had jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

The postponed games, which included the resumption of the suspended game started against the Poudre Valley Impalas of Fort Collins, Colo., forced a tripleheader Sunday with two games against the Impalas and what was to be Saturday's nightcap against Gering Platte Valley Companies.

The Zephyrs responded by not only getting the field ready for play Sunday morning but by stepping up to end all three games by run rule with fifth-inning rallies.

After downing Poudre Valley 10-0 in completing the suspended game, Westco again blanked the Impalas 10-0 in a game originally scheduled for Sunday anyway.
The Zephyrs completed their tripleheader sweep with a 12-2, five-inning win over Gering PVC.

"It was a tough day Saturday with all the rain," said Zephyrs coach Mark Moran, whose team's three-game sweep and gave it a 5-1 record for the week. Westco (18-10) then added a 4-3, come-from-behind win Tuesday night at Gillette, Wyo.

"Our kids got up early Sunday morning, helped out to get the field ready to go," Moran said. "We had a great day Sunday, and so it was a good deal for us."

Zephyrs score twin 10-0 wins over Poudre Valley

In the game resumed after being started Saturday but suspended with the Zephyrs ahead 2-0 after one inning, Westco went back to business Sunday
Westco scored its first two runs on a Poudre Valley error before the storms interrupted action until Sunday. But the Zephyrs erupted for five runs in the third inning and added three more in the fourth, enough to end the game early.

Leighton Freeze kept the Impalas off the board by allowing just three hits and striking out five in getting the complete-game win for Westco.
Beau Lofink had a third-inning single and a fourth-inning double and racked up three RBI for the Zephyrs. Jacob Schmid also went 2-for-3, scoring twice with one RBI.

In the teams' second game, Westco launched its offense with three runs in the second inning and four more in the third, and the Zephyrs scored its three other runs in the bottom of the fifth to close out the shutout sweep.

"We pitched very well in both games and played very good defense," said Moran, whose team had just one second-game error in the doubleheader sweep. "When we got chances to score, we made the most of them. Our kids played very well in those games."

An RBI single by Rogelio Gurrola and a groundout by Dylon Busskohl in the second inning got the Zephyrs started. Gurrola went 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI.

Jackson Hinze drove home two runs in the fifth inning with a single, bringing home Jacob Schmid and Robbie Cantril. Ty Benson scored the game-ending run when Ty Wilson was safe after an error at third base.
Busskohl added three RBI for Westco. Lofink pitched a five-inning, two-hit shutout in which he struck out nine.

Zephyrs overcome Gillette

A trip to Gillette, Wyo., on Tuesday night proved a much more daunting task for the Zephyrs on Tuesday, but they rode Benson's 3-for-5 hitting effort that included one run driven home in Westco's four-run, seventh-inning spree that stood up as the game-winning, 4-3 rally.
Gillette had scored in each of the first three innings, chasing two Zephyr pitchers before Benson came to the hill in the fourth and kept the Gillette bats quiet over the next four innings. He struck out five batters and scattered four hits in his four shutout innings of work.
In the top of the seventh, Westco sent 12 hitters to the plate and methodically turned its three-run deficit into a one-run advantage. Eric Moreno hit a one-out double and scored on Wilson's ensuing double to left for the Zephyrs' first run.

Schmid singled to left and advanced to second on the throw, while Wilson moved up to third, before Dylon Busskohl loaded the bases with a single. Cantril then hit a single that brought Wilson across, cutting Gillette's lead to 3-2.

Busskohl was awarded home after a balk was called, giving Westco the tying run. Benson followed with a single to center that brought home Busskohl for the go-ahead score and advanced Cantril to third.

Westco sweeps Wheatland

In a Thursday doubleheader at Wheatland, Wyo., the Zephyrs rolled up 33 runs while holding the host Lobos to 10 to gain the sweep, 16-7 and 17-3.
In the first game, Westco scored five runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Hinze, a two-run double by Ty Dunkel, an RBI single by Lofink, and an RBI single by Gurrola.

Tharyn Curtis went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate for the Zephyrs. He singled in the first inning and doubled in the fourth and fifth innings.
Dunkel had four RBI by going 2-for-4 with a walk and scoring twice. Gurrola went 2-for-5 with two RBI, while Lofink was 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI.

Benson got the pitching win for Westco despite allowing six runs over 3 2/3 innings. He struck out two, walked four and gave up five hits.
In the nightcap, the Zephyrs scored five runs in the top of the first inning and five more in the fourth to roll past the Lobos in five innings.

A two-run single by Freeze and a three-run home run by Wilson during the first inning helped Scottsbluff NE Zephyrs 18U put some runs on the board early.

Wilson racked up five RBI on three hits for the Zephyrs. Austin Murphy added three RBI on 2-for-3 hitting with three runs scored.
Benson was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, while Dunkel went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and one RBI. Curtis added a 2-for-2 outing with one walk, two runs and two RBI.

Gurrola got the pitching win allowed three runs over four innings. He struck out one, walked three and gave up five hits.

Zephyrs, North Platte split pair

Westco took the first game 5-2 before the host First Nationals held off the Zephyrs for a 9-8, second-game win to earn the split of Wednesday's twin bill at North Platte.

In the opener, Murphy singled in the second inning and doubled in the fifth inning on his way to a 2-for-4 outing.

Busskohl earned the win on the mound, allowing one earned run, four hits and five walks while striking out five over seven innings of work.
In the second game, the Zephyrs had 12 hits but found themselves down 9-4 after North Platte posted seven runs in the fifth inning. Westco got four runs in the top of the seventh but fell one run short.
"We won the first game and Game 2 kind of got away from us," Moran said. "We did a great job of coming back in the game, we were swinging to win the game at the end and we couldn't quite get it done. A split is OK, but we were hoping to get the sweep."

Murphy rolled up four RBI on three hits, including a two-run double in the seventh inning. Murphy also scored two runs. Gurrola was 3-for-4 with one RBI, and Eric Moreno scored twice.

Andres Morales took the pitching loss for Westco, allowing five runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings of work.

Westco was scheduled to play two games Wednesday on the road against the Rapid City Post 22 Hardhats before entertaining Sidney on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Field, a game that will be followed with Fireworks Night.

The Zephyrs will be off after Thursday's game until Monday, when they will play at Laramie, Wyo. That action was postponed one day because of a scheduling conflict in Laramie.

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