Zephyrs win in blowout against Fort Morgan
     2014-06-12      By Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski    kaitlynk@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/Sheila Weber Photography - Westco Twin Cities Zephyr Matt Mickey makes a hit during Monday night’s game against Fort Morgan. Mickey scored the most runs during the first game. 
Westco Twin Cities Zephyrs faced off with Fort Morgan in a doubleheader on June 9. Zephyrs had a dominating night taking control of their two games and winning the first game 18-3 and the second 17-7.

Head coach Mark Moran was pleased overall with how the team performed during both of their games played Monday night.

“Going up against Fort Morgan was good for us. I thought we played well, swung the bat well, and hit like we knew we could,” Moran said.

During the first game no runs were scored between the first two innings. However, the action quickly got started after Jackson Hinze made a diving catch to end the top of the second inning before leading into the bottom of the third where Ty Benson made a score after Matt Mickey’s hit. The right fielder for Fort Morgan made an error which led to the first run of the game scored by Benson.

During the top of the fourth, a Fort Morgan player scored a two run homerun and, by the end of the inning, they were ahead of the Zephyrs 3-2. It didn’t take long for the ground to easily be made up though and, as the game reached the bottom of the fourth, Beau Lofink hit a double to put the Zephyrs ahead once again with Jackson Hinze getting the score.

The scoring didn’t stop there, though, because Tristan Donelson stepped up to the plate and fired back at Fort Morgan with his own two run homerun. Brad Divan continued after that to hit a double resulting in two RBIs. By the end of the inning, the Zephyrs made 16 runs scored to put them well ahead of the opposing team.

As the first game finally came to a close, the Zephyrs had made 16 total hits. The hits were led by Andy Van Amburg, whose total amounted to three, as well as 15 total RBIs that led to the 18 total runs the team scored. Mickey scored the most runs with three while Divan and Trevor Garcia led the way in RBIs having earned three each.

“Throughout the doubleheader I thought there were contributions that stood out to me from a lot of the guys. In particular, Traceten Halley hit a big home run in the first game and Eric Olsen contributed many hits in game two,” Moran said.

As the second game progressed, the Zephyrs once again made a huge victory over Fort Morgan with a total of 17 runs scored. Garcia led the way with four runs while Jacob Schmid and Halley followed closely behind him, each getting three of their own. Olsen stood out in total hits, however, getting four out of the 11 total hits. Jason Amateis stood out with RBIs receiving three of the total 11.

“During the second game Traceten Halley gave a good pitching performance and Jackson Hinze did a really good job of closing the game out,” Moran said.

Zephyrs will face Gering Platte Valley Companies team in Gering on June 11, and then will be back in action on June 12 for a game against Rushville in Rushville at 6 p.m.

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