Zephyrs end winning streak
     2014-07-10      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/Sheila Weber Photography - Westco Zephyrs’ Jackson Hinze tags opponent Jared Chick out during the Kelley Bean Tournament held in Scottsbluff on June 29. The Zephyrs ended a 13-game winning streak with a tough series of losses on the road last week.  
It was a rough road trip for the Westco Zephyrs as the team headed to Montana to compete in the Cody Legg Memorial Superman Classic last Friday through Monday.

Coming off a 13-game winning streak, the Zephyrs first stop was July 3 in Cody, Wyo. Their only run came on a steal for home in the first inning as Cody came away with a 16-1 win.

Pitcher Jason Amateis took the loss for the Zephyrs, allowing 11 runs in three innings. He also walked one and struck out one.

It was on to Billings, Mont. for the Zephyrs as they opened the tournament with a July 4 matchup against the Billings Scarlets. Westco grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning when a single by Traceten Halley brought in Jackson Hinze.

But the Scarlets answered quickly, scoring two runs of their own in the first inning and adding a third in the third. The game wasn’t in question after the fifth inning as Billings went on to beat the Zephyrs 8-3.

Pitcher Matt Mickey took the loss for the Zephyrs, allowing seven runs in five innings, walking five and striking out two.

On Saturday, July 5 the Zephyrs make a two-hour bus trip to Bozeman, Mont. for a game against Helena. Again, Westco got on the board first and took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.

But after the second, Helena scored 13 runs on a two-run double, two errors, a groundout, three singles and a two-run triple. Helena’s Brad Tiefenshaler, Nick Wrigg and Eric Emanuel combined for six hits and six RBIs.

The Zephyrs took a 15-3 loss to Helena as pitcher Leighton Freeze took the loss. He allowed 13 runs in 1 2/3 innings, walked none and struck out none.

Sunday, July 6 turned into another loss for the Zephyrs, this time against the Bozeman Bucks in eight innings. It was a close one, 14-13, despite Westco racking up 17 hits and 13 runs.

Again, the Zephyrs took an early 4-0 lead in the first inning They brought in another two runs in the second and matched that run total in the eighth.

However, Bozeman countered with two runs in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings.

Eric Olsen took the loss for the Zephyrs, allowing seven runs in 3 1/3 innings, walking seven and striking out two.

Also on Sunday, the Zephyrs took a 6-0 loss to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Regina pitcher Brody Strocen tossed 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball, striking out 10 and walking two while surrendering two hits. Five of the Regina runs came in the fifth innings.

The Zephyrs’ Brad Lofink took the loss, allowing six runs in six innings, walking seven and striking out five.

Westco’s only win of the tournament came on Monday, July 7 as they beat the same Regina team, 11-7.

The Zephyrs never trailed in the seven-inning game, starting with one run in the first and adding five more in the second. Regina closed the gap to 6-3 in the third inning, but Westco increased their lead with another three runs in the fourth.

Regina brought across three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but were unable to close the gap as the Zephyrs scored another two in the top of the seventh.

Traceton Halley took the win for the Zephyrs, despite allowing six runs over 5 2/3 innings. He also struck out four, walked eight and gave up five hits.

The Zephyrs are at home for their next three games. Chadron is in town for a Wednesday, July 9 game. On Friday, July 11, they take on Alliance and Canon City, Colo.

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