Legion’s Hernandez throws no hitter
     2015-06-04      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering Legion senior Esai Hernandez hits his stride with an outstanding performance Tuesday night against Gordon. Hernandez threw a no hitter to defeat Gordon 11-0. Hernandez had 12 strikeouts while giving up 4 walks, no hits and no runs. 
The Gering Platte Valley Companies’ senior Legion baseball team enjoyed success this week.

The action started on Wednesday last week with Gering’s seniors getting a 3-0 win in Alliance. Gering scored two runs in the 4th and one in the 5th. Trace Fulk pitched all seven innings for the win. Fulk made 11 strike outs while only giving up one hit no runs and four walks. Gering’s three runs were made by Quentin Timblin, Brenden Brester, and Brent Barge. Gering made six hits by Austin Abbott, Dalton Scott, Nic Bibb, Barge, Timblin, and Hernandez.

Gering traveled to Fort Morgan, Colo. on Thursday for a doubleheader. Unfortunately, Gering lost both 5-3 and 4-1. It was not for a lack of effort in the first game as Gering summoned up 8 hits and 3 runs. Barge made 2 hits, Austin Reynolds, Timblin, Brester, Fulk, Dylan Radzymski and Hernandez each had 1 hit. Barge had 2 runs and Fulk had 1. Hernandez and Reynolds took turns pitching, Hernandez for 4.1 and Reynolds for 1.2 innings. Hernandez gave up 5 hits and runs, 8 walks and 1 strike out. Reynolds had 1 strike out.
The second half of the doubleheader saw Gering falling 4-1 to Fort Morgan. Gering batters mustered 4 hits with Reynolds, Chris Palomo, Barge, and Fulk each getting 1 hit. Barge got the 1 run in the fifth. Brester took the loss on the mound 3 strike outs, 6 hits, and 4 runs.
Coach Rick Kinaman said Fort Morgan has high school baseball, giving their boys a leg up on the competition. “Not that I will use that as an excuse but they have had a few more at bats this year than we have, obviously, and you could see that they were a little more seasoned with their plate approach and the way that the pitchers worked hitters.” Kinaman felt his team played tough, appreciating the strength of the Fort Morgan team this early in the season as a good experience for his team.

Gering hosted a tournament on the weekend with Platte Valley Companies getting third place. Gering opened on Saturday with a 6-5 win against Hershland. Gering scored runs in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th innings for the extra inning win. The lead changed 7 times throughout the game.

Barge started the game at the strip with 6 innings and Reynolds finished with 2. Reynolds was credited with the win. Barge had three strikeouts while giving up 2 walks, 4 runs, and 7 hits. Reynolds had 2 strikeouts and gave up 1 hit and no runs. At the plate Gering had 9 hits Hernandez getting 3, Barge 2, Palomo, Dalton Scott, Nic Bibb, and Brester getting 1. Barge made three runs with Fulk and Hernandez getting 1.

Gering played Chadron on Sunday and lost 8-5. Gering started with a 3-1 lead in the 1st inning but Chadron made 4 runs in the 3rd and never fell behind again. Gering scored 1 run each in the 5th and 7th innings. Barge made 2 hits with Austin Abbott, Palomo, Barge, Brester, and Hernandez getting 1 each. Runs were made by Hernandez with 2, and Barge, Bidd and Brester each with 1 run.
Fulk took the loss on the mound going 5 innings and Palomo with 2 innings. Fulk had 3 strikeouts with giving up 8 hits, 7 runs, and 4 walks. Palomo had 4 strike outs giving up 2 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run.
Coach Kinaman said “we have played a lot of baseball in a short period of time and they were a little flat and out of gas, needing a day off.”
Gering followed up the loss with an 8-3 win over Alliance. Gering racked up 11 runs with Mike Gutherless, Barge, Bibb, and Reynolds getting 2 and Abbott, Timblin, and Hernandez getting 1 hit. Runs were scored with 2 in the 1st, 1 in the 2nd, 2 in the 4th and 3 in the 5th. Scott, Bibb, and Gutherless scored 2 runs each with Barge and Abbott getting 1.

Brester and Reynolds were on the mound with Brester getting six innings and the win. Brester had 2 strikeouts while giving up 3 runs, 8 hits, and 1 walk. Reynolds had 2 walks.
On Tuesday Hernandez threw a no hitter to defeat Gordon 11-0. Hernandez had an astounding 12 strikeouts while giving up 4 walks, no hits, and no runs.

Gering scored 1 run in the 1st, 4 runs in the 2nd, 5 runs in the 3rd, and 1 run in the 4th. The game ended after the top of the 5th on the ten run rule.
Gering’s batters were hot as 12 hits were made with Barge, Brester, and Fulk getting 2 and Reynolds, Scott, Bibb, Radzymski, and Gutherless getting 1 hit each. Runs were made with Barge getting 3. Abbott and Bibb got 2 runs. Reynolds, Scott, Fulk, and Hernandez each made it home once.

Coach Kinaman was impressed with Hernandez’ efforts. “We are continuing to get better, we ran the bases as smart or smarter than they have this year, very aggressive. We made good decisions out there and took a few chances and I am okay with that,” he said. “Esai was lights out on the mound, I don’t think there was a ball hit past the infield and he had a bunch of strikeouts.” Kinaman said that Hernandez has struggled with control in the past, so it was good to see him excel and build confidence.

The seniors are now 5-3 on the season. Gering will have been in Sidney on Wednesday and will travel to Chadron for a tournament playing Alliance and Gordon on Saturday, and Chadron and Hershland on Sunday. On Tuesday Gering will face the Twin Cities Zephyrs at home.

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