Tough battle with McCook leaves Zephyrs on top
     2014-06-19      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Westco Express player Colby Dike attempts to make a hit during the Gering tournament. 
The Westco Twin City Zephyrrs picked up more wins this week. The first game was against Gering on Wednesday in which the Zephyrs won 4-2. See the Gering story for details. The Zs then enjoyed a rare weekend off and did not play again until Monday night.

Monday saw the Zephyrs take a road trip to McCook. The trip was successful as Twin Cities won the game 3-2 but the win did not come easy. McCook took an early lead 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Zephyrs did not answer until the fourth inning when Jackson Hinze singled to left field and batted in Ty Benson who had previously bunted. The game was tied 1-1.

McCook took the lead again in the fifth inning as one run was batted in. The Zephyrs took advantage of a wild pitch and Benson came home to tie. Trevor Garcia singled and drove Hinze home for what would be the winning and last run of the game.

Beau Lofink earned another win for the Zephyrs. Beau allowed two runs, seven hits and only two walks while striking out five McCook batters. This was Lofink’s second game in a row.

At the plate the Zs batter’s managed nine hits including three from Benson, two from Jacob Schmid, and one each from Hinze, Garcia, Leighton Freeze, and Traceten Halley.

The Westco Twin City Express saw lots of action this last week, starting on Wednesday with the 2-0 loss to Gering. See the Gering story for details. The Express then hosted a tournament on the weekend. The Express opened the tourney with a 17-7 loss to Cheyenne. The Express led through the third inning having a 5-4 advantage; however, a six run fifth inning for Cheyenne spelled defeat for the Express as they never again took the lead.

The Express redeemed themselves in the next Saturday game by beating Laramie 15-0. The lead was taken early as the Express racked up seven runs in first inning. Eight more runs were picked up in the next three innings and the game ended at the top of the fifth on the 10-run rule. AJ Castillo-Powell was the winning pitcher with seven strikeouts, four hits and two walks. Hits were made by Castillo-Powell 3, Braden Lofink 3, Evan Hughes 3, Cooper Buchhammer 2, Colby Dike 2, and Carlos Felix 1.

The Express continued the tournament on Sunday losing to Mullen 12-2 in five innings and beating Chadron 10-3.

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