Gering Seniors open season with three wins in home PVC Tournament
     2014-05-29      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering Platte Valley Companies Senior Legion second baseman Nate Ferreyra (No. 29) turns to throw to first base after forcing out Chadron base runner Dylan Zeller (No. 19) for the first out of an inning-ending double play in the top of the third inning Friday night of the teams’ season-opening game in the PVC Tournament at Oregon Trail Park in Gering. PVC won the contest 19-9 in five innings and completed the tournament with a 3-1 record.  
Gering Platte Valley Companies American Legion Post 36 Seniors coach Rick Kinnaman called his team’s 3-1 record in the 36ers’ season-opening PVC Tournament a solid team success, despite having a few bugs that always loom in early competition.

In its season opener Friday night at Oregon Trail Park, Gering PVC broke open a high-scoring, 9-all deadlock with 10 fifth-inning runs to take a 19-9, run-rule win over Chadron.

On Saturday, the Senior 36ers got complete-game pitching victories from Logan Conn and Austin Reynolds in respectively scoring wins of 5-1 over Sidney and 10-0 over Gordon.

Hershland spoiled Gering PVC’s three-game winning streak Sunday by finishing the tournament with a 6-3 win over the Senior 36ers.

“When you go 3-1 you’re happy,” said Kinnaman, beginning his second season of coaching the Gering PVC Seniors. “The kids are working extremely hard. They work together as a group. They all understand how to support each other, so we’re getting some good life lessons out of this.”

In its season and tourney opener against Chadron, Gering PVC fell behind 4-0 before scoring three runs in its half of the first inning. The Senior 36ers then scored five times on one hit, Nate Ferreyra’s two-run single, in the third inning to take a 9-4 lead.

Chadron knotted the score at 9-all with five fifth-inning runs, but the tie was short-lived after Gering scored 10 runs to end the game via run rule. The Senior 36ers had four hits in the fifth inning, with Walker Britsch hitting two run-scoring singles.

In PVC’s opener, Gering came back from an early 4-0 deficit to score runs in four of the five innings for the run-ruled win.

PVC went in front 9-4 led in the third by scoring five times on just one hit. Gering sent 10 batters to the plate. Chadron came back to tie the game with five runs in the fifth on two hits, but Gering put the game away in the bottom of the frame by scoring 10 runs on four hits. Walker Britsch had two run-scoring singles.

Gering was led at the plate by Ferrerya, who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. Britsch drove in the two runs and scored three of his own. Also with multiple hits were Reynolds with two singles, a run scored and two RBI; and Elijah Timblin with two singles, two runs scored and three RBI.

In addition, Conn scored three times and drew three walks, while Quentin Timblin scored three runs, and Nic Bibb and Justin Brester scored two runs. Bibb also drew three walks, and Brester earned the pitching victory.

On Saturday, the Gering PVC defense came up big, both on the mound and at the plate, allowing just one run in its two victories.

“We did have two complete games by Logan Conn and Austin Reynolds, and that was big to keep our pitching staff fresh,” Kinnaman said. “There was nothing really special with what they did; they just threw strikes.”

In beating Sidney, Conn went seven innings in allowing two hits and striking out seven in powering PVC to the 5-1 win.

Reynolds then followed by striking out 10 in just five innings of work while scattering five hits in leading the Senior 36ers to the 10-0, run-rule win over Gordon.

Gering PVC jumped on Sidney early, scoring two runs in the first highlighted by a Ferrerya double that scored Conn for the 2-0 lead. PVC added a single run in the third 3-0 lead. Sidney stopped the shutout with a run in the fourth.

Post 36 added two insurance runs in the fifth. Conn led off with single followed by Esai Hernandez reaching base on an error. Reynolds and Bibb each had run-scoring singles to make the score 5-1.

The Senior 36ers had just six hits, led by Ferrerya’s 2-for-3 game.

Conn picked up the win on the mound, facing just 27 batters in seven innings of work. Conn tossed 101 pitches, while allowing two hits, walking five and striking out seven.

Lane Harvey took the loss on the mound for Sidney, allowing six hits, walking six and striking out six.

Gering controlled the win over Gordon from the start. PVC scored five times in the first on just one hit, a run-scoring single by Reynolds. Gering made it 6-0 with another run in the second. After PVC scored a single run in the fourth, Reynolds had a two-run scoring single in the fifth to put Gering up 9-0.

PVC ended the game in the sixth on the run rule after Ferrerya singled to score Quentin Timblin for the clinching run.

Gering finished the game with just seven hits, led by Ferrerya and Reynolds each with two hits. Ferrerya scored three times, while Reynolds had three RBI. Timblin also had two RBI in the win.

Reynolds was masterful on the mound with his 10-strikeout performance in facing just 23 batters.

On Sunday, Hershland scored two runs in the top of the first inning and never trailed. Landon Maassen struck out eight on the mound, while Justin Wier hit a home run and drove in two runs to pace the Hershland offense.

Gering scored single runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings. Four players finished with singles to account for Gering’s four-hit total. Collecting hits were Brester, Britsch, Dillon DeMott and Hernandez. DeMott scored a pair of runs. Brester finished with a run batted in. Nick Ferreyra had a stolen base.

DeMott took the loss on the mound. He allowed just one earned run on three hits and struck out two in four innings of work. Hernandez struck out three and allowed seven hits in three innings of relief.

“We had some kids do some good things, but we made some mistakes too,” said Kinnaman, whose team played at Chadron on Tuesday. “Everything we did was pretty much a team effort.”

The Senior 36ers will return to Chadron for tournament action Saturday and Sunday.

Next week, with both the Gering Seniors and Juniors’ rosters depleted by activities, the B&C Steel and PVC teams will combine units to play a doubleheader Tuesday at Torrington, Wyo., and at Oregon Trail Park on Thursday against Guernsey, Wyo.

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