Zephyrs rebound from losses to drill Sidney
     2015-06-04      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Terry Gaston/for the Citizen - Members of the 2015 Westco Zephyrs Senior American Legion baseball team are: (front row, from left) Andy Van Amburg, Eric Olsen, Josh Sturgeon, Brad Divan, Jason Amateis, Ty Benson, (back row) Terrell Koch, Cooper Buchhammer, Alexis Gurrola, Evan Hughes, Trevor Garcia, Robbie Cantril and Assistant Coach Eric Moreno. Not pictured are Traceten Halley and Jackson Hinze. 
The Westco Twin Cities Zephyrs Senior American Legion baseball team jumped out to an early lead on Sidney and rolled to a 13-1 victory on Tuesday at Scottsbluff’s Cleveland Field.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak the Zephyrs (4-5) endured last week with setbacks to Cheyenne Post 6 at home and a doubleheader sweep to Greeley, Colo., on Saturday.

With 12 runs in the first three innings against Sidney, the Zephyrs left no doubt about Tuesday’s eventual outcome.

An RBI single by Trevor Garcia, a groundout by Cooper Buchhammer and a groundout by Evan Hughes during the first inning, and three Sidney errors followed by an RBI groundout by Hughes and in the second inning helped Westco Twin Cities take a commanding 9-0 lead.

Ty Benson boosted his batting average thanks to a single in the third inning. Benson also drew two walks.
Garcia struck out six Sidney batters en route to getting the pitching win. Garcia allowed no earned runs on three hits and two walks over four innings.
While Sidney gained one run back in the top of the third, the Zephyrs followed with three more runs to build a 12-1 advantage. Jackson Hinze drove home one run on a sacrifice fly, with other runs coming home on an RBI single by Ty Benson and an error.
Westco Twin Cities had just four hits to Sidney’s three, while the visitors aided the Zephyrs’ effort with five errors.
The win helped take some of the sting off the Zephyrs’ hard doubleheader sweep to Greeley, Colo., on the road Saturday.

Greeley won the first game 9-1 and completed the sweep with a 10-2 victory.
“Playing a team like Greeley is always a huge challenge,” Zephyrs coach Mark Moran said. “They load up from a bunch of different high schools and they’ve already played a high school season.

“It’s a big challenge for us, and our guys really played well the majority of the day. We just couldn’t muster enough offense and stop them when they had their chances.”

Westco Twin Cities was to play at Fort Morgan, Colo., on Sunday. However, a morning thunderstorm washed out the doubleheader, and the Zephyrs – already about halfway to Fort Morgan – were called to turn around and save the trip.
While Westco Twin Cities hung tough on Thursday, Cheyenne pulled away late for the 10-2 victory at Cleveland Field.
Garcia baffled Cheyenne, striking out three batters. Garcia allowed no earned runs on five hits and one walk over five innings.
Benson was charged with the loss. He lasted just two innings, walked two, struck out one, and allowed four runs.
Cheyenne put the game away with three runs in the top of the seventh inning and added three more runs in the top of the eighth.

Juniors 3-1 in home tourney, top Sidney 11-4

After winning three of their four games in the Express’ Nebraska Transport Company Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, the Express continued their winning ways Tuesday behind a strong two-way performance from Paul Panduro in defeating Sidney 11-4.
Panduro led the Westco Twin Cities Juniors’ offensive threat, getting on base three times in the game. He scored two runs and had one RBI and had singles in the fifth and sixth innings.

Panduro worked out of five tough situations on the mound. He pitched five innings and allowed no earned runs and four hits.
The Express beat Sidney thanks to five hits, including one extra-base hit. Westco Twin Cities scored four runs in the fifth on a walk by Brady Sindt, a passed ball and a wild pitch.

The game was back-and-forth heading into the third, and the Express finally grabbed the lead after a strong third inning. Westco Twin Cities went up for good on an RBI single by Jackson Hohnstein, bringing home Trent Richter.
The Express survived Sidney’s three-run, third-inning surge and put up four runs of its own in the second. Westco Twin Cities scored on a two-run double by Max Mason and a pair of wild pitches.
The Juniors brought home one run in the fourth inning, and matched that run total in the sixth. In the fourth, the Express scored on an error, bringing home Braden Lofink.
In the NTC Tournament, the Express scored two wins over D’Evelyn, Colo., dropped one to Alliance and finished with a 9-7 victory over Torrington, Wyo.
“For us offensively, we didn’t get a whole lot of good pitches to hit,” Jones said following the win over Torrington, in which the Express led 7-0 but saw the Tigers come to within twice. “But when we do, we put some good swings on them.”
The tournament’s schedule was reshuffled by Friday’s thunderstorms, forcing action to start late Saturday afternoon and putting the Express up against D’Evelyn twice.
In the Express’s 9-5 tourney opener over D’Evelyn on Saturday, Mason got singles in the third and sixth innings.

Gunnar Buchhammer‘s 11 strikeouts helped Westco Twin Cities to the victory. Buchhammer allowed one earned run, two hits and five walks over five innings.
Westco Twin Cities never trailed after scoring two runs in the first on an RBI double by Lofink and an RBI single by Richter.
The Express added three more runs in the bottom of the third. A ground out scored Mason for the inning’s first run. That was followed up by Carlos Felix‘s double, bringing home Sindt and A.J. Castillo-Powell.
Westco Twin Cities posted a four-run inning of its own in the sixth thanks to two wild pitches and a hit by pitch.
In Sunday’s 6-2 win over D’Evelyn, the Express were out-hit 6-5 but kept 13 D’Evelyn base runners stranded.
Castillo-Powell recorded the win for Westco Twin Cities. He allowed one run over 4 1/3 innings. Castillo-Powell struck out none, walked five and gave up four hits.
Westco Twin Cities posted three runs in the sixth. The Express scored on Mason’s double and and a two-run double by Lofink.
On Saturday night, Alliance scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning to score a 13-7 win over the Express, which had defeated Alliance a week earlier in its tournament.

Mason did his best for the Westco Twin Cities offense, reaching base three times. He scored three runs and had one RBI. He doubled in the first inning and singled in the fourth inning.
Felix was the game’s losing pitcher. He allowed six runs in two innings, walked three and struck out one.

Westco Express 16U quickly matched Alliance’s strong inning with a two-run inning of its own in the first. Westco Express 16U scored on an RBI single by Buchhammer and an RBI single by Cody Snelling.
“They got one from us and played really well against us,” Jones said. “They put up a good battle against us. That’s good for us to experience close ball games.”
Jones said of the Express players’ positives include “their ability to learn, their ability to pay attention, their ability to take practice and implement into games. Our ability to be aggressive on the bases is going to be huge for us in using our team speed.”

Jones said the players need to also improve on learning game situations.
“We need to put ourselves in better situations offensively and then being able to put ourselves in better situations offensively and then being to handle all the situations that get thrown at you defensively.”

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