Gering Legion team builds momentum
     2014-06-12      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Jeff Timblin - Senior Legion pitcher Justin Brester drives a pitch at the Chadron Tournament held on June 1.  
The Gering Platte Valley Companies Senior Legion Baseball picked up more wins this week. The week started with a loss to Torrington 9-8 last Wednesday. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was delayed a day by bad weather.

Gering pitchers for the night were Logan Conn and Austin Reynolds. Reynolds took the loss for the game but only pitched three innings. Reynolds allowed two hits, three walks, and three runs. Conn pitched five innings allowed seven hits, one walk, six strikeouts, and six runs.

Better times were coming as they took on Hershland on Saturday. Justin Brester got the win while giving up eight hits, one walk, four runs and one strikeout. Brent Barge, Dillon DeMott and Nick Ferrerya each got two hits while Nate Ferrerya and Elijah Timblin each picked up one. Reynolds, DeMott, Nick Ferrerya, and Elijah Timblin each earned one RBI. Barge crossed the plate three times, DeMott ran home twice including one steal, Easi Hernandez and Timblin each earned one run.

The Gering Seniors continued to roll on Sunday beating Fort Calhoun 12-11 and Cambridge 6-0. DeMott and Timblin split the pitching duties against Fort Calhoun with Timblin being credited with the win. Barge led the hits with three, Nate Ferrerya had two, Reynolds, Nic Bibb, DeMott, Brester, Walker Britsch, Hernandez and Timblin each had one.

Gering was behind 11-10 in the bottom of the seventh when Bibb hit a line drive single to right field. Bibb earned two RBIs with this hit as Timblin and Reynolds scored and gave Gering the win.

Gering took on Cambridge in the second game of the day on Sunday. Nick Ferrerya got the win on the mound while only giving up two hits and earning seven strikeouts. DeMott picked up two more hits while Nate Ferrerya and Britsch each earned one.

Gering Seniors head coach Rick Kinnamon spoke of the keys to success at the weekend tournament. “Everybody was doing their part, we didn’t have anybody stand out really. Our pitching was very good as far as getting the pitch count down and throwing strikes; that was as key as anything. We ran bases extremely well. We didn’t walk a lot of guys and didn’t make a lot of errors.”

Gering Platte Valley Companies ended the week 8-3 on the season. Gering will face Twin Cities on Wednesday at 7:30 and will play in the Crete Tournament this weekend.

The Gering B and C Steel Juniors saw some success this last week as well. The Juniors played a doubleheader against Guernsey on Thursday winning both games 9-5 and 14-4. Dalton Scott earned the pitching win with help from Christian Rogers and Skylar Mueller. Scott, Brendan Brester, and Conner Picket each had two hits with Austin Abbot, Chris Palomo, and Trace Fulk each contributing one hit. Gering runners combined for eight stolen bases.

The second game saw Fulk get the win on the mound with pitching help from Abbot, Brester, and Austin Hoffman. Runs were scored by Abbott, Cody Snelling, Scott, Brester, Hoffman, Pickett, Riley Grote, and Mike Gutherless. Gering scored seven runs in the first inning alone in a game that was stopped after the fifth inning on a 10 run lead rule.

The Gering B and C Steel juniors went to Laramie on the weekend for a tournament. The juniors started out big on Friday winning 16-0 over Rawlings Wyoming with Abbott and Dylan Radzymski doing the pitching honors. Gering scored 14 runs in a long second inning with the game being called for time limit after the first half of the third inning.

The Steel’s luck would run out in the second game of the day as they lost 8-5 to Cheyenne despite outhitting Cheyenne 13-10. Lesson learned: runs count more than hits.

On Saturday the Juniors returned to Laramie and lost to Ralston Valley 11-0 and Laramie 14-11. Brendon Brester took the loss for Gering and was relieved by Christian Rogers. The third inning killed the Juniors as Ralston scored nine runs. Gering never managed to get a run across home plate.

Gering dominated the diamond in the first three innings of the game against Laramie racking up 11 runs to Laramie’s three. A big 11-run fourth inning for Laramie doomed Gering to a 14-11 loss. Chris Palomo took the loss with Abbott helping. Despite the loss Gering batters racked up 10 hits including a triple by Palomo.

The Gering B and C Steel Juniors are now 6-7 on the year and will play Twin Cities on Wednesday at 5 p.m. and will play in the Nehawka tournament this weekend.

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