Senior Legion team faces defeat against Westco Zephyrs
     2014-06-19      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering Legion player Logan Conn pitches during the tournament on June 11.  
Last Wednesday the cross town senior Legion baseball teams faced off at Oregon Trail Park in Gering. The Westco Twin City Zephyrs emerged victorious 4-2 over the Gering Platte Valley Companies. There was a good crowd on hand to watch the athletic contest in what has become a new tradition in baseball of having the class A Zephyrs play class B Gering; however, the rivalry between teams from opposite sides of the North Platte River is certainly nothing new, it has been going on for many generations.

Beau Lofink earned the win for the Twin Cities Zephyrs. Lofink allowed two runs over seven innings. He struck out 13, walked three and surrendered four hits. The Zephyrs defense allowed just two Gering runs across the plate. Logan Conn took the loss on the mound but by no means did a bad job. Conn struck out seven, while walking four and allowing eight hits and no earned runs.

Gering took an early 1-0 lead in the game as Nate Ferrerya doubled and drove in Brett Barge. The Zephyrs would answer in the top of the second as Jason Amateis ground out to first but allowed Leighton Freeze to score to tie the game.

In the top of the third Robbie Cantril reached first on an error with two outs which allowed Traceten Halley and Jacob Schmid to score giving a lead to the Zephyrs that they never gave up. Gering answered when Elijah Timblin hit a sacrifice fly and Barge scored bringing the score 3-2. The Zs scored an insurance run in the top of the fifth when Tristen Donelson reached on fielder’s choice and Cantril scored.

Gering had four players earn one hit Austin Reynolds, Brent Barge, Justin Brester, and Nate Ferrerya. The Zephyrs had two players pick up two hits: Halley, and Eric Olsen. Cantril, Ty Benson, Schmid, and Freeze each earned one hit.

On Friday Gering traveled to Crete and took on Pleasant Dale. By the top of the seventh Gering had a 5-0 lead and it looked like an easy win. Things fell apart in the bottom of the seventh as Pleasant Dale scored seven runs to take the lead away from Gering. Gering tied in the top of the eight adding two more runs. Pleasant Dale got the game winner in the bottom of the eighth and won the game 8-7.

Nick Ferrerya took the loss with three strikeouts, eight hits, and no walks. Nate Ferrerya had three hits, Esai Hernnadez and Nic Bibb had two, and Brent Barge, Quentin Timblin, Nick Ferrerya, Walker Britsch each had one hit.

The Gering B&C Steel Juniors also faced their cross town rival on Wednesday winning 2-0. Conner Pickett would love for every outing to go as good for him as he tossed a shutout to carry Gering B&C Steel to a 2-0 victory over Twin Cities at Gering in seven innings. Pickett kept Twin Cities off the scoreboard for all seven innings. Pickett pitched a shutout, allowing no runs on three hits while striking out six.

Dalton Scott had a good night at bat for Gering. Scott went 2-3, drove in one and scored one run. He doubled in the first inning and singled in the fifth inning. Dylan Radzymski and Pickett added a hit apiece.

Gunner Buchhammer couldn’t get it done on the mound for the Express, taking a loss. He lasted just six innings, walked one, struck out one, and allowed two runs. Express hitter Terrell Koch had two hits and AJ Powell had one.

“We had great pitching to start off,” Coach Pat O’Boyle said. “Pickett did a great job on the mound, got on top early with strikes to get ahead in the count. We did well with our approaches at bat. We played solid defense, pitching and defense are where we won the game.”

The Gering Juniors went on to play a tournament in Newhaka. Gering beat Lousiville 9-7 on Saturday. Trace Fulk got it done pitching for the win. Fulk allowed four runs over five innings. Fulk struck out three, walked one and gave up six hits. Austin Hoffman and Pickett each had two hits, while Cody Snelling, Chris Palomo, Brendon Brester, Radzymski, and Riley Grote each contributed one hit.

B&C Steel next took on Millard losing 12-6. Brendon Brester ended up on the losing side of the game, charged with the loss. Brester gave up 12 runs in six innings, walked five and struck out four. The top of the first saw Gering take the lead 1-0. Scott doubled to start Gering before Chris Palomo doubled and batted home Scott. Gering quickly lost the lead as Millard scored 5 in the first. Gering came back in the top of the third 6-5 but Millard posted three more runs in the bottom of the fifth and took over a permanent lead.

On Sunday Gering defeated Norris 6-5. B&C Steel and Norris exchanged the lead four times, but Gering ended up with a 6-5 win over Norris. Palomo earned the win for Gering. Palomo allowed three runs over 5, struck out seven, walked three, and gave up six hits.

The last game on Sunday Gering lost to Syracuse 10-2. Christian Rogers took the loss on the mound. Rogers allowed seven runs in five innings, walked four and struck out three. Gering Juniors are now 10-9 on the season.

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