Zephyrs top seed , host for Senior Area A-7 tournament
     2013-07-18      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen - The Westco Zephyrs’ Ty Wilson pitches throws a pitch, while teammate Leighton Freeze gets down and ready for action during a July 3 game against Alliance. 

Express earns favorite's role for Junior A-7 tourney in Kearney

How a team responds to its first loss in 12 games, much less to suffer that defeat in the form of a no-hitter, might offer a strong indication of how the rest of the season may play out.
In the case of the Westco Zephyrs Senior American Legion team, the Zephyrs rebounded nicely in earning a split of its final doubleheader Saturday in Denver.

The host Mullen team rode Ty Kellett’s no-hitter to an 8-0 victory in the first game, and Westco rebounded in the second contest in taking a 9-4 win.

The split followed the Zephyrs’ sweep of D’Evelyn of Denver on Friday, 8-1 and 12-1, and their 5-0, 11-2 sweep at home over Laramie, Wyo.

The Zephyrs added a single game at Cheyenne, Wyo., against Cheyenne Post 6 on Tuesday. Westco entered that game with a 33-12 record.
“We won three out of four which is pretty good,” Zephyrs coach Mark Moran said of the weekend’s action in Denver. “We lost to a really tough pitcher that we just never really solved. But it was good to see somebody of that quality right before our postseason.”

The Zephyrs are the No. 1 seed and host team for the Class A Area 7 Tournament, which begins Friday at Cleveland Field and continues through Monday. The Zephyrs play No. 4 seed Hastings Five Points Bank at 7:30 p.m. Friday, after No. 2 Kearney Runza and No. 3 North Plate First Nationals open play at 4 p.m.

“It’s good to have it at home,” Moran said. “The No. 1 seed really doesn’t really mean much. I don’t think anybody really cares about the seeding. I’m sure none of the guys in Hastings are scared of us because we’re the No. 1 seed. We just need to go out there and get it done.”

Saturday’s games will be at 4 p.m. for Friday’s losers and 7:30 p.m. for Friday’s winners. The victor of the winners’ bracket game will get a berth in Monday’s 4 p.m. championship game, while elimination action continues Sunday at 1 p.m.

“Our pitchers have to throw strikes, defensively we have to make all the routine plays, and offensively we need to have good at-bats and make the most out of the chances we get to score,” Moran said. “We’ve had a very good regular season, and now we have to see what we can do in the postseason.”

Zephyrs split with Mullen


Kellett struck out six Westco batters and overcame walking four others in holding the Zephyrs hitless in winning the opener.
“I think the guys were disappointed that the streak was broken,“ Moran said. “But then again, we had about 15 or 20 minutes to bounce back and get ready for that second game, and our guys did a nice job in Game 2.”

In the 9-4 win, Westco’s defense stranded nine Mullen base runners and Dylon Busskohl recorded three RBI on two hits, including a seventh-inning double.

Beau Lofink scored the pitching win for the Zephyrs, allowing one run over six innings. Lofink struck out two, walked two and scattered seven hits.

Westco sweeps D’Evelyn

In the 8-1 opening victory, the Zephyrs scored four runs in the sixth inning on a groundout by Robbie Cantril, a two-run single by Tharyn Curtis, and an RBI double by Ty Wilson.

Busskohl got the win for Westco, allowing just one run over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out four, walked six and surrendered four hits.
In the 12-1, Game 2 win, the Zephyrs scored five runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Jacob Schmid, an RBI single by Ty Benson, a two-run single by Busskohl, and a groundout by Ty Dunkel.

Eric Moreno racked up three RBI on a fourth-inning double.
Leighton Freeze got the win for Westco, allowing one earned run on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks.

“ We played pretty well in that doubleheader and we’ve beaten them four times pretty easily.”

Zephyrs sweep Laramie

In their final home doubleheader, the Zephyrs rode Moreno’s 13-strikeout, one-hit pitching performance to the 5-0, first-game victory.

Westco scored three runs in the third inning via a fielder’s choice, a single by Cantril and a hit by pitch. In the fifth, Austin Murphy scored on an RBI double by Ty Wilson.

In the second game, the Zephyrs scored six runs in the first three innings, with Moreno going 2-for-2 with a double at the plate.
Benson got the win, allowing two runs over five innings, striking out six, walking one and giving up four hits. Wilson held Laramie hitless over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out four.

Express top seed in Kearney

The Westco Express Junior Legion team is the top seed in the five-team Area A-7 Tournament in Kearney, which starts Friday and continues through Tuesday.

The Express (27-7) starts play on Saturday, against the winner of Friday’s first-round game between the No. 4 seed North Platte First Nationals and No. 5 Pinnacle Bank. Friday’s other first-rounder pits No. 2 Johnson Imperial Homes of Hastings against No. 3 Kearney Post 52.

A win puts the Express into Sunday’s 8 p.m. winners’ bracket game against the Hastings-Kearney winner; a loss would put Westco into losers’ bracket action Sunday at 5 p.m. The Class A Juniors State Tournament is July 27-31 in North Platte.

The Express had been on a 10-game winning streak after sweeping Alliance 17-4 and 8-3 last Monday. On Sunday, the Express were swept by Rocky Mountain (Colo.), 7-3 and 9-7.
Prior to that doubleheader, Westco had won 19 of its last 20 games and 24 out of 26.

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