Legion boys hitting season stride
     2014-06-26      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering Legion’s Quentin Timblin returns safely to first base after an unsuccessful attempt to steal to second during last week’s home game against Ogallala.  
The Gering Platte Valley Companies Senior Legion baseball team has seen success this week, beginning with Tuesday’s marathon 13-inning, four hour game against Ogallala at home. Gering started out leading 2-0 at the end of the first inning after three walks with bases loaded. Esai Hernandez singled and batted in Brent Barge and Dillon DeMott. Ogallala had a quick answer for that as they scored three runs in the second inning. Ogallala added to their lead in the fifth as two more runners came across home plate and Ogallala lead 5-2.

Gering came back to tie the game in the sixth with three runs. Barge was on third base and scored on a wild pitch. The bases were loaded when Logan Conn was walked and DeMott scored. Walker Britsch sacrificed and Hernandez crossed home.

No one scored in the seventh and extra innings were in order. There were no more runs until the 11th when both Ogallala and Gering scored three and maintained a tie at 8. The bases were loaded from walks when Nate Ferrerya singled and batted Reynolds home. Hernandez then singled and allowed Quentin Timblin and Barge to score.

After a scoreless 12th inning Ogallala had two runs come in in the 13th. Gering had an answer for that as Conn grounded out but allowed Nate Ferreyra to score. Reynolds singled and sent Timblin and Britsch home game over 11-10.

Justin Brester pitched for an amazing 10 innings with three strikeouts, two walks, and 11 hits. Elijah Timblin took over and had one strikeout, three walks, and seven hits. Gering made 10 hits with Hernandez 4, Barge 3, Nate Ferrerya 1, Quentin Timblin 1, and Reynolds 1.

Gering continued to win on Wednesday night after a double headersweep at home 10-8 and 12-3 against Buckley. In the first game Gering took charge early with three runs in the first by Barge, DeMott, and Nate Ferreyra.

Buckley shot back with three runs in the second and two in the third. Gering responded in the bottom of the third with four runs by Nate Ferreyra, Hernandez, Timblin, and Britsch, putting the score at 7-5. Buckley scored a run in the fourth score now 7-6 Gering. Buckley scored two in the sixth with Barge stealing home to tie the score at 8. Gering got two more runs in the seventh by Reynolds and Britsch to win the game.

Three pitchers shared the mound for Gering, Conn, Hernandez, and Elijah Timblin. They combined for six strikeouts, six walks, and seven hits. In the box Gering combined for 10 hits Barge 2, Brester 2, Reynolds 2, Nic Bibb 1, Britsch 1, Nate Ferrerya 1, and Elijah Timblin 1.

The second game of the double header saw Gering on top again. Gering dominated Buckley 12-3. Gering scored two runs in the first, by DeMott and Hernandez, one run in the second by Barge, and one run in the third by Bibb. Gering brought five runs home in the fifth by Barge, DeMott, Nate Ferrerya, Hernandez, and Timblin. In the 6th inning the final three runs for Gering were scored by DeMott, Ferrerya, and Barge.

Gering had 13 hits with every player getting at least one. The winning pitcher was Nick Ferrerya with a complete game giving up seven hits and 1 walk, with three strikeouts.

On Thursday Gering traveled to Sidney and lost 4-2. The Gering pitcher was Barge with eight strikeouts, five hits, and 2 walks. Batting there were three hits by Hernandez, and one each by Austin Reynolds, DeMott, and Nate Ferrerya. Demott scored both runs.

Gering traveled to Alliance over the weekend for a tournament. Gering lost the first game against the Twin Cities Zephyrs 8-0. Logan Conn took the loss, giving up seven hits and two walks, and two strikeouts. Batting was weak the only hit being made by Nate Ferrerya.

Gering followed up on Friday with a 13-6 win over Torrington. Austin Reynolds was on the mound, with 10 hits, two walks, and two strikeouts. A total of 10 hits were made with Hernandez and DeMott getting two each, and Bibb, Quentin Timblin, Conn, Nate Ferrerya, and Elijah Timblin each getting one.

On Saturday Gering lost 13-5 to Rapid City. Justin Brester and Elijah Timblin each pitched three innings with Brester giving up eight hits and getting two strikeouts. Timblin had two walks, and nine hits with no strikeouts.There were 10 hits recorded with Herenandez getting three. Bibb, Barge, Ferrerya, and Timblin each getting two hits. Reynolds and Quentin Timblin had one.

On Sunday Gering faced home team Alliance and lost 10-6. Nick Ferrerya and Hernandez shared the pitching duties. Ferrerya had two strikeouts and gave up 13 hits. Hernandez had two strikeouts, two walks, and one hit. In the box Nate Ferrerya had two hits, while Conn, Britsch, Brester, Barge, and Bibb had one each.

Gering played a double header against Rapid City at home on Tuesday. Results of the first game was 12-7. The second game was 7-6. Gering is Now 13-13 on the season and will play Alliance and Chadron at home on Wednesday and Thursday and will play a tournament in Sidney on the weekend.

The Juniors were also busy this week beating Ogallala 4-3 on Tuesday. On Thursday they defeated Sidney 16-8. The Juniors suffered a loss 6-4 to Chadron and won 10-7 over Alliance on Saturday. On Sunday they beat Torrington 8-2. The Juniors are now 14-10 on the year and will face Alliance and Chadron on Wednesday and Thursday and play the Express in Scottsbluff on Tuesday.

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