Zephyrs’ week leads to mixed results
     2014-06-12      By Philip Eckerberg   
The Westco Twin City Zephyrs saw mixed results as they made a road trip this week winning three games and losing two. A week ago Tuesday night the Zephyrs took a road trip to Chadron. The Zephyrs ignored the home field advantage by beating Chadron 13-0.

On the mound and credited for the win for Westco was Tracten Halley. Halley completed 8 strikeouts while giving up on three hits and no walks. Batting was good for the Zs as Jacob Schmid and Jackson Hinze each made two hits including a triple by Hinze. Eric Olsen, Tristan Donelson, Andy VanAmburg, Matt Mickey, and Beau Lofink each picked up one hit. The second inning was the most decisive for the Zephyrs as they scored seven runs taking the lead and never looking back.

The Zephyrs hosted Laramie at Cleveland Field last Wednesday and continued to dominate the Diamond with a 12-6 win. Pitching duties were split between Hinze who was credited with the win and Ty Benson. Each pitcher had two strikeouts and three walks. Hinze gave up eight hits to Benson’s one. In the batter’s box the Zs put up good numbers with Robbie Cantril, Leighton Freeze, and Lofink slugging for two hits each. Trevor Garcia, Caleb Geary, Mickey, Olsen, and Hinze each picked up one hit. Cantril crossed home plate an impressive three times and Geary made his one hit, a triple fly to right field in the bottom of the third, count.

On Saturday The Zephyrs hosted Spearfish for a double header and suffered the humiliation of losing both games at home 5-3 and 7-6.

In game one Freeze took the 5-3 loss for the Zephyrs earning five strikeouts but giving up six hits and three walks. Only three hits were recorded in the playbook with Hinze, Schmid, and Trevor Garcia each getting one. Garcia upsized his hit to a triple earning him one RBI. Hinze and Jason Amateis earned the only two stolen bases for the Zephyrs.

In game two the Zephyrs had more hits than Spearfish 10-7 unfortunately all that counts on runs and the Zs fell short on that most important stat losing 7-6. Lofink took the loss for the Zephyrs giving up five hits, five runs, four walks, and five strikeouts in five innings. Donelson took over for the last two innings earning one strikeout but giving up two hits and two runs. On the bats Mickey grabbed 3 hits with Cantril, Hinze, Amateis, Schmid, Olsen, Garcia, and Freeze each getting one hit. Hinze took the only stolen base of the game. The Zs doubled their score from 3 to 6 in the sixth inning but left two men on base in the seventh and were unable to score.

On Sunday the Zephyrs traveled to Fort Morgan for an unusual game that started in Fort Morgan but ended in Scottsbluff with the Zs winning 6-4. The weather halted the game in Fort Morgan so it was finished the next day in Scottsbluff prior to the previously scheduled double header between the two teams.

Cantril was the hero of the game picking up a grand slam homerun with his only hit in the fifth inning in Fort Morgan just before the rain delay. Mickey was given the win on the pitcher’s mound. Mickey had 5 strikeouts and gave up seven hits, one walk, and four runs, in four innings, Amateis finished the game in the fifth with two strikeouts and three walks. On offense Cantril contributed 4 RBIs with his one game winning hit. Hinze, Schmid, and Freeze each had two hits with Lofink getting on the board with one hit. Schmid, Donelson, and Freeze each stole bases to contribute to the overall offensive effort.

The Zs ended Sunday with a record of 11-6.

The Westco Twin City Express saw action last week too as they played seven games with three victories.

The Express started last Tuesday with a 12-1 win over Chadron. Gunnar Buchhammer earned the win with eight strikeouts and only four hits and one walk. Carlos Felix and Cooper Buchhamer each had three hits, Genaro Gurrola, Evan Hughes, and G. Buchhammer got two, and Braden Lofink, Colby Dike and Terrell Koch had one hit each. Lofink contributed stolen bases and Dylan Lucius had one.

On Thursday the Express took on Fort Morgan in a double header and emerged victories 8-2 and 11-1. In the first game Evan Hughes got the win for the Express with 4 strikeouts, three hits, and no walks. Max Mason, Dylan Lucius, Lofink, Josh Sturgeon, and Brady Sindt each earned single base hits. Buchhammer picked up two base hits.

In the second game AJ Castillo-Powell got the win allowing six hits and one strikeout. On offense the Express batters Colby Dike and Hughes each had two hits, Castillo-Powell Carlos Felix, Lofink, and Cooper Buchhammer each had one hit. Felix added a stolen base. The Exrpress did not score until the fourth inning when they got 5 runs and 6 in the fifth.

On Saturday the Express pounded Rawlins 15-0 with 11 runs in the first inning and 4 in the second. Dike earned the win with six strikeouts, two hits, and one walk. Impressive batting with three hits by Brady Sindt two each by Lofink and Dike, and one each by Genaro Gurrola, Hughes, and Terrell Koch.

The luck ran out in the second game Saturday as the Express lost 4-2 to Ralston Valley. Cooper Buchhammer took the pitching loss making four strikeouts, five hits, and four walks. Hitting was decent with Cooper Buchhammer making three, Hughes, Sindt, and Dike each getting one.

Sunday saw the Express playing two more games both losses. The first game was an 11-6 loss to Cheyenne. Three pitchers were on the mound with Lofink going seven innings and giving up 11 hits, and six walks, with one strikeout. Josh Sturgeon and Dike finished out the game. Dike had three hits, Lofink had two and Max Mason, Felix, Sindt,, Hughes, and Cooper Buchhammer each had one.

The last game of the week was against Laramie as the Express fell short in the 13-11 slugfest loss. Cooper Buchhammer had four hits, Hughes, Sindt , Sturgeon, and Lofink had two, Lucius, Dike, and Koch had one.

The Express is now 5-11 and will play Gering on Wednesday night.

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