Senior team goes on six game slide, bounces back with three straight
     2011-06-30      By Gering Citizen   
The beginning of the season is always up in the air for a team. It will either be a great start where you jump off to a winning streak and hold a great record, it can be a roller coaster where the team is streaky with wins and losses, or it can be a total disaster. The type of disaster where most of the team wishes the season didn’t start for another two weeks.

Fortunately the Gering Platte Valley Companies senior team got off to a great start in their season. They had not lost back to back games as of yet and they found themselves in great position with a 14-3 record.

Unfortunately for them, as fast as they were up, it was just as fast to find themselves on a bad slide down.

It all started at home in a doubleheader game last Tuesday, June 14, against Laramie. The games were high scoring and the senior team could not find a way to defeat Laramie in two tries. It was the first time the team had lost back to back games this season.

The next string of games was a three day road trip in Omaha against Fort Smith, Natural Red, Chaparral and Rockport.

Back to back losses became a six game slide as the senior team went 0-4 in Omaha.

Some might agree that baseball is a game where it is difficult to maintain a winning streak, but somewhat easy to find yourself on a losing one.

Experience is a key factor for the senior team, because when a team finds themselves on a skid, it is that very same experience that brings the team back on track.

Last Friday, June 24, showed a lot of composure, ease and toughness. It was the first game of a doubleheader against Sheridan.

The senior team got off to a fast start going up 2-0 in the first inning and adding another run in the third to make it 3-0. It was nothing but zeroes on the scoreboard the rest of the way for the senior team. Sheridan capitalized, scoring a run in each the fourth and sixth inning making it a one run game. After great pitching by Seth Holthus the team brought in Colin Chatterton for the last couple of outs in the final inning to help secure a very close 3-2 win. Nate Marquez became an important factor in the game going two for four in hits and getting on base to score two crucial runs.

The win would snap a six game losing streak.

Grant Rimington had two RBI’s for the day and Bret Hutchison pitched in with one. Holthus pitched for six and two-thirds innings with one earned run and two strikeouts.

In game two of the doubleheader senior team struck in the first inning once again going up 1-0. They added another score in the fourth and again in the fifth. Chatterton brought the heat and continued game two right where he left off in game one. He pitched all seven innings allowing no earned runs with only three hits and striking out seven. Marquez also continued finding a way to get on base going two for three and scoring two runs.

Sheridan was not able to create any damage and the senior team defeated them 3-0.

The next day featured two games for the senior team, one against Beatrice and the second against North Platte.

In the first contest the senior team quickly jumped out in front establishing a 5-2 lead after three innings of play. The team then put in the dagger in the fifth inning when they scored three runs to open the lead, 8-2. Beatrice scored a run in each the sixth and seventh innings but it would not be enough to scare for a rally. The final score was 9-4.

Zach Smith, Danny O’Boyle, Reggie Reyes, Marquez, Rimington and Hutchison each had an RBI for the day. Holthus came away with three RBI’s.

Rimington also had a solid day on the mound pitching all seven innings allowing three earned runs and striking out five.

Game two of the senior team’s doubleheader would be a tough one against North Platte. In a very close contest North Platte claimed the lead scoring one run in the first inning. It was deadlocked until the top of the sixth when the senior team finally scored a run tying the game at one a piece. Without much scoring by either team the game went into extra innings.

After two scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth, it was the senior team up to bat at the top of the 10th.

They scored a run to take the lead in extra innings 2-1. Being the visiting team, it was all up to the pitching and defense to pull off the late rally. Unfortunately for the senior team, it would be North Platte making a late rally, not only scoring the tying run, but the game winning run to win the game 3-2.

It was a tough loss but most importantly, the senior team was able to shake off the slump they were in and find themselves back on the road they began the season in.

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