Senior team improves season to 4-1 after weekend tournament
     2011-06-02      By Gering Citizen   
Grant Remington prepares a swing in a contest against North Platte 
The saying goes, “April showers will bring May flowers,” but with the weather we have had this month, this town has the right to paraphrase and say, “May showers with overflowing rivers will bring June flowers.” One thing that’s for sure is the weather has not caused a problem in the young season for Gering Platte Valley Companies Senior Team.

Last weekend the senior team hosted a tournament which included teams Chadron, North Platte, and Buckley.

Their first match up on Friday, May 27, was a tight game against Chadron. The senior team had a great start going up 4-2 in the 3rd inning and 5-3 in the 4th, but Chadron came back and tied up the game at five runs in the fifth inning. Seth Holthus shut out Chadron in the final two innings, and with a lonely run added in the sixth by the senior team, it was enough for a 6-5 Gering win.

Zach Smith had a good day on the mound in the first five innings of the game, allowing only two earned runs and striking out four. Despite the five errors, three of them converting into runs for Chadron, the senior team kept their composure and got the victory.

Grant Remington, Nathan Marquez, Bryce Burkhardt, and Reggie Reyes all contributed each with an RBI. Danny O’Boyle had two RBI’s in his only hit at bat.

North Platte was the second game of the tournament for the Gering senior team. It was all about Chadron’s pitcher Smidt, as he pitched a complete game allowing only four hits with no earned runs, and striking out 14 batters.

Gering’s senior team went down early in the second inning 2-0. They could not find the surge to spark some runs in and with another run added by North Platte in the fourth, Gering was given their first taste of defeat 3-0.

Remington had good day on the mound as well, pitching five solid innings with three earned runs and striking out five. Unfortunately the run support was not there, and despite Smidt’s 14 strikeouts, the senior team did get four hits and did have an opportunity to bring in some runs.

Sunday’s matchup against Buckley was a completely different story. After a tough loss a turnaround is what the coach, the players, and the fans hope for, and that is exactly what the Gering senior team accomplished.

Behind O’Boyle’s great pitching, allowing just one earned run and striking out seven, four runs in the first inning and one in the fourth is all the team needed to get the win. Reyes finished the job in the final two innings reassuring the fourth win of the season.

Colin Chatterton, Ethan McDaniel, MikahSchmall and Zach Smith all had an RBI on the day, helping lead their team to victory.

The Gering Platte Valley Companies Senior Team is now 4-1 on the season, and with head coach Mike Jones paving the way the team is playing some good baseball right now.

Don’t miss their next home game tonight at 7 pm against Ogallala. The next string of home games after that will be on June 8, 9 and 10, first against Buckley, then a double-header against Casper, and finally another double-header against Fort Morgan. The times scheduled are 7 pm on Friday, 5 pm and 7 pm on Saturday, and 5 pm and 7 pm on Sunday.

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