Legion seniors fall short in B7 tournament
     2014-07-24      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering Platte Valley Companies senior legion player Justin Brester prepares to throw a pitch during the Ogallala tournament that was held on June 17 at home. The seniors won 11-10. 
The Gering Platte Valley Companies Senior Legion baseball team traveled to Alliance for the Class B area 7 Legion tournament. Gering entered the tournament with Alliance, Sidney, Ogallala, and Chadron. Gering opened on Friday with a 5-2 loss against Ogallala, then a 28-1 victory over Chadron, and finally a 6-5 loss against Sidney.

On Friday Gering started out with a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Brent Barge scored on a wild pitch and Esai Hernandez batted in Nate Ferrerya. There was no scoring in the second inning and Ogallala added 2 runs to tie in the third inning. Ogallala took the lead in the fourth with two more runs making it 4-2. There was no score in the fifth and Ogallala made the final run in the sixth for a 5-2 lead.

Logan Conn and Nick Ferrerya shared the pitching duties with Conn taking the loss. Conn pitched 4.2 innings with 4 strikeouts giving up 8 hits and 3 walks. Nick Ferrerya pitched 2.1 innings with 2 stirkeouts, 2 hits, and 1 walk. In the batters box, Brent Barge, Dillon DeMott, Justin Brester, Nate Ferrerya, and Hernzndez each had on hit for a total of 5.

On Saturday the Gering 36ers bounced way back with a 28-1 win over Chadron. Gering started strong with 14 runs in the top of the first with virtually every player crossing the plate at least once. Gering continued to dominate in the second with three more runs upping the lead to 17-0. Chadron earned their only run in the bottom of the third. Gering picked up seven more runs in the fourth, and four more in the fifth when the game ended with the 10 run rule.

Brester earned the win on the mound with 4 strikeouts and 5 hits. Offense was impressive with Conn and Hernandez getting 3 hits each, Barge, Quentin Timblim, and Elijah Timblin each had 2 hits, while DeMott, Britsch, and Nate Ferrerya followed up with one hit apiece. In the runs made Hernandez and Nate Ferrerya crossed home 4 times, Barge, DeMott, Britsch, and Conn had 3 runs, Elijah Timblin, Quentin Timblin, and Nic Bibb had 2, and Austin Reynolds and Nick Ferrerya contributed 1 run each.

On Sunday Gering took on Sidney in what would prove to be the last game of the season for Platte Valley Companies. Gering took the lead in the top of first with two runs. The first run was made by Barge on a reach by Hernandez. The second run was made by Ferrerya after a single by Reynolds. Gering picked up a third run in the top of the fourth when Britsch scored on an error. Sidney made two runs in the bottom of the fourth but Gering still hang onto a 3-2 lead. Sidney tied in the fifth to make the score 3-3.

Gering snagged two more runs in the top of the sixth when Britsch tripled to right field and batted in Reynolds. Brester reached on a fielder’s choice and sent Britsch across home plate for Gering’s final run of the year and a temporary 5-3 lead. Sidney waited until the top of the seventh to bring 3 more runs across the plate and steal the 6-5 victory from Gering.

Barge took the loss on the hill pitching 6.1 innings with Nick Ferrerya finishing the game. Barge had 3 strikeouts, but gave up 9 hits and 1 walk. Nick Ferrerya had 1 walk and 1 hit. On offense Hernandez, Britsch, DeMott, Barge and Reynolds each had 1 hit.

Gering ended the season with a respectable 23-16 record. The 36er’s showed a lot of improvement this year as they kept us on the edge of our seats many times. The biggest thing Gering baseball needs is fans, as the bleachers are rarely crowded. There will be a new baseball season next summer, so come out and support your Gering baseball teams.

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