Gering PVC Legion senor team ready to play tough this season
     2015-06-04      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - The combined Legion seniors and juniors baseball teams this year are front row from left, Gerald Ybarra, Kyle Shroder, Logan Murdoch, Nick Walkens, Quinton Onstott, Caden Leonard; second row, Austin Abbott, Dylan Radzymski, Dalton Scott, Chris Palomo, Riley Grote, Michael Gutherless, Nate Blackos, Lance Garcia, Braden Tarr; third row, Quinton Yonocheck, Brendon Brester, Luciano Montanez, Brent Barge, Nic Bibb, Trace Fulk; fourth row, Quentin Timblin, Austin Reynolds, Esai Hernandez; fifth row, Coach Kinneman, Coach Danny O’Boyle, Coach Grant Rimington, and Coach Zach Smith. Not pictured are Patrick O’Boyle and Garret Conn. 
Despite the recent inclement weather, it is summer sports season. Nothing says summer like the oldest summer sport, baseball. Baseball season got underway last week as the Gering Platte Valley Companies Senior Legion baseball team, nicknamed the "Thirtysixers," hit the diamond.

Coaching for the senior Legion team is Rick Kinaman, who’s more than ready for the season to begin. "We have actually had quite a few practices this year in spite of the weather,” he said. “We probably need to be playing a game. I think we have enough things in place to be competitive this season."

Kinaman talked about his go to players this year. "Anybody that returns is going to be familiar with how we do things and that is going to be pretty much the ones that we lean on. Esai Hernandez, Brent Barge, Quintin Timblin, Nic Bibb, Austin Reynolds, Trace Fulk, and Brenden Brester will make up the core team to learn on this season.”

Kinaman says it’s working on the small stuff that makes the difference. "Understanding that the game can be broken down, and understanding the game can be broken down into little things,” he said, is key. “I don't think that we have anybody that has blazing speed, throws exceptionally hard or hits the ball 10 miles but we do understand that the game can be broken down and that is the stuff that we have to do right."

Players for the Legion seniors this season are:#1 Austin Abbott, #3 Austin Reynolds, #5 Chris Palomo, #6 Dalton Scott, #7 Nic Bibb, #8 Brent Barge, #13 Quentin Timblin, #18 Brenden Brester, #24 Trace Fulk, #25 Dylan Radzymski, #32 Esai Hernandez, and #38 Mike Gutherless.

Season schedule (subject to change)

Saturday June 6 home vs Alliance
Saturday June 6 home vs Gordon
Sunday June 7 home vs Chadron
Sunday June 7 home vs Hershland
Tuesday June 9 home vs Twin Cities
Wednesday June 10 away at Hershland
Wednesday June 10 away at Hershland
Tuesday June 16 home vs Torrington
Wednesday June 17 away at Chadron
Thursday June 18 home vs Ogallala
Friday June 19 vs Ogallala in Alliance
Friday June 19 vs Rapid City 320 in Alliance
Saturday June 20 vs Chadron in Alliance
Sunday June 21 vs Cheyenne in Alliance
Tuesday June 23 home vs Alliance
Wednesday June 24 away at Gordon
Thursday June 25 away at North Platte
Tuesday June 30 home vs Sidney
Wednesday July 1 away vs Twin Cities
Thursday July 2 home vs Fort Morgan
Thursday July 2 home vs Fort Morgan
Tuesday July 7 Buckley at Chappell
Wednesday July 8 away vs Torrington
Thursday July 16 away vs Buckley in Chappell


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