B&C Steel Juniors fight to the 10th inning
     2014-07-17      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Kay Grote/Gering Citizen - Gering B&C Steel Junior Conner Pickett makes a hit as team mate Brenden Brester prepares to make a run from third base during a match against Sidney in Chadron on July 12.  
On Tuesday Gering faced Chadron at the Chadron home field with an eye toward state should they prevail twice in the double-elimination tournament against an undefeated Chadron. Gering had not been able to defeat Chadron all season, until Tuesday’s first game, with a score of 3-1. The first four innings of the game were scoreless with the first score from Chadron in the top of the fifth. Gering waited until the bottom of the sixth to score all three of their runs.

Brester broke the scoreless streak by doubling with a ground ball to left field batting Scott in for the tie run. Pickett had advance to third on Brester’s hit and then scored on a wild pitch. Fulk singled and Brester was able to score from third. Gering held Chadron to three up and three down in the top of the seventh to win the first game and half to the area championship.

Pickett got the win and pitched all seven innings. Pickett made an impressive 8 strikeouts, allowing only 1 hit, and 2 walks. Gering batters had six players make one hit each: Pickett, Radzymski, Fulk, Hoffman, Brester, and Abbott.

Gering had to take another shot at Chadron in a 10-inning game but came up 1 run short and lost 5-4. Gering opened the game with the lead when Scott crossed home plate on a throw. Chadron took over the lead in the bottom of the first with two runs of their own.

Gering took the lead back in the second when Scott reached on an error allowing Snelling to score. Rogers then scored on a wild pitch. Chadron was 3 up and 3 down and Gering closed the second inning with a 3-2 lead.

Gering’s lead held until the bottom of the fifth when Chadron brought two more across the plate for 4-3 lead. Gering tied the game at 4 in the top of the seventh when Hoffman singled and batted in Rogers. Chadron did not score in the seventh and extra innings were ordered.

Neither team scored in the eighth or ninth innings, Gering failed to score in the top of the tenth. Chadron was finally able to end the game in the bottom of the tenth with a single run. Chadron will now advance to the state tournament.

Gering had three pitchers on the mound during the game with Rogers pitching 2.1 innings and making no stirkeouts, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks. Brester pitched 4.2 innings with 3 strikeouts, six hits, and 2 walks. Pickett pitched 2.2 innings with 3 strikeouts and 1 hit. Offensively Gering had 6 total hits with 2 from Hoffman and Pickett and 1 from Fulk and Brester.

Unless a wildcard berth is awarded Gering will end their season 24-16-1. The record is one to be proud of as the boys played hard this year. The B & C Steel team had a good showing in the area tournament too, starting as the #2 seed and ending as the runner up while giving Chadron a run for their money. Be looking for these boys not only on the baseball diamond next year, but on the gridiron this fall, the court and mat this winter, and the track next spring.

Regular season ends

The Gering B&C Steel Junior Legion baseball team ended their regular season in North Platte last Wednesday with a 5-1 loss. The game lasted just three innings due to bad weather. Gering started the first inning with a run after Chris Palomo singled and batted in Dalton Scott. This would prove to be Gering’s only score.

The North Platte team scored a run in the bottom of the first for a 1-all tie. Neither team would score in the second. Gering did not score in the third inning while North Platte racked up 4 more runs. The weather would turn bad and the game was not continued.

Brenden Brester and Trace Fulk shared the pitching duties with Brester pitching 2 innings and Fulk getting one. Brester had no strikeouts, 2 hits and 1 walk. Fulk gave up 5 hits and one walk. Batting yielded only two hits one by Palomo and the other by Dylan Radzymski.

The Steel began its area tournament as the number 2 seed on Friday losing to Alliance 10-2. Alliance opened the scoring in the top of the first with 1 run. Gering answered and tied at 1 in the third inning when Scott was able to advance to home on a throw. Alliance got their second run in the fourth inning and 2 more in the fifth to make the score 4-1.

Alliance came alive in the sixth inning with 6 more runs and a 10-1 lead. Gering added one more run in the seventh when Scott singled to short stop and sent Christian Rogers home. Gering lost the game 10-1. Fortunately for Gering this is a double elimination tournament and Gering would live to play another day.

The losing pitchers were Conner Pickett and Luciano Montanez. Pickett, despite the loss, had an impressive 8 strikeouts but also gave up 4 walks and 8 hits in 5.2 innings. Montanez pitched 1.1 innings, had no strikeouts and gave up 1 hit. In the batter’s box Scott had 3 hits while Rogers, Brester, Austin Hoffman, and Fulk had 1 hit each.

On Saturday Gering made a quick appearance at the Oregon Trails Days Parade and then traveled to Chadron to face Valentine, redeeming themselves with a 9-6 win. Gering did their best to see to it that this was an exciting game as they did not bother to score a run until the fourth inning when Montanez scored on a balk tying Valentine who had scored one run in the first. Valentine answered in the bottom of the fourth with four more runs to retake the lead 5-1.

Gering scored again in the fifth inning when Pickett singled to right field and allowed Hoffman to score from second base. Valentine did not score in the fifth and the game went to the sixth inning with Valentine enjoying a 5-2 lead.

Gering got their game on in the sixth inning as Rogers singled and sent Radzymski across the plate. With bases load Hoffman was hit by a pitch and allowed Cody Snelling to score. Picket hit a single and scored Rogers and Scott. Brester flied out but Pickett tagged up and ran home. Radzymski reached on an error and Austin Abbott scored the last run of Gering’s game. Valentine managed to score one more run in the seventh but was not able to overcome Gering’s sixth inning runs and Gering won the game 9-6.

Brester got the win on the bump making 8 strikeouts and gave up 7 hits and 4 walks. Montanez finished the game in the seventh giving up 1 hit. Gering had a good game at bat with Abbott, Picket, and Rogers each getting two hits, while Snelling, Scott, Hoffman, and Radzymski contributed one hit apiece to the total.

On Sunday the B&C Steel continued to win with a 6-3 victory over Sidney. Sidney started the game with two runs in the top of the first. Gering answered with 3 runs in the bottom of the first. Scott scored first after a wild pitch. Pickett singled to second and Hoffman was batted in from third. Abbott grounded out but Pickett took advantage and scored. Gering had a 3-2 lead after the first inning.

No runs were scored in the second and Gering picked up one more run in the third when Radzymski reached on an error and Brester crossed the plate to extend Gering’s lead 4-2. Gering picked up its last two runs in the fourth inning when Fulk singled to right field batting in Scott and Pickett. Sidney got one more run in the seventh but Gering did not need to play the bottom of the seventh and won 6-3.

Rogers got a complete game win on the mound with 5 strikeouts, 3 hits, and 5 walks. Offensively Gering batters Picket and Fulk had 2 hits. Abbott, Scott, and Hoffman had 1 hit.

On Monday Gering avenged their Friday loss to Alliance with a 12-7 win against Alliance. Gering started strong making 6 runs in the top of the first. Pickett grounded out allowing Scott to score from third. Fulk singled batting in Hoffman and Brester. Abbott was able to steal home for run 4. Fulk scored on a wild pitch, and Mike Gutherless stole home himself for the sixth run.

Gering grabbed one more run in the second when Fulk singled and Pickett crossed the plate from third. Gering increased the lead in the third inning when Gutherless stole home for the second time. Hoffman singled to center field allowing Scott to score. Gering took a 10-0 lead to the fourth inning.

Gering sored their final runs in the fourth inning when Fulk grounded out to short stop allowing Brester to cross the plate. Radzymski grounded out to short stop; however, Abbott was able to score and gave Gering a 12-0 lead. Alliance began to fight back picking up 4 runs in the bottom of the fourth, 1 run in the bottom of the sixth, and two runs in the seventh. Gering was able to hold on for a 12-7 win.

Monantez was credited with the win pitching 5 innings for 4 strikeouts, 4 hits, and 3 walks. Fulk pitched 2 innings with 2 strikeouts, 4 hits, and 1 walk. In the box Gering racked up 6 hits with two from Hoffman and Fulk, and 1 apiece from Brester and Radzymksi.

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