Gering Platte Valley Companies wins two
     2015-06-11      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Angie Hernadez/for the Citizen - Scottsbluff Zephyr Ty Benson heads back to first after a steal attempt off the Gering Senior Legion’s Eric Olsen on Tuesday at Oregon Trail Park. While the Gering Legion seniors saw success last week, Tuesday’s match up with Scottsbluff was tough loss.  
Gering Platte Valley Companies Senior Legion baseball team split their week on the road after opening last Wednesday with a 6-0 win at Sidney. Gering got the first run in the first inning against Sidney to take the lead. But Gering made a fifth inning score and 2 more in each the sixth and seventh.

On the way to the win, Gering mustered 10 total hits with Quentin Timblin, Brenden Brester, and Esai Hernandez getting two apiece, Austin Reynolds, Nic Bibb, and Trace Fulk each got 1. Runs were scored by Timblin and Hernandez with two, Bibb and Barge had 1 run each. Pitching was by Barge for a full seven innings. Barge had 5 strikeouts, with 7 hits, 2 walks, no runs or errors.

The weekend was not kind to the seniors as they competed in the Chadron Tournament. The first game on Saturday was against Alliance and Gering fell 3-0. Alliance scored a run in the fourth and 2 in the sixth. The bats were relatively quiet as only three hits were made by Fulk, Barge and Brester.

Fulk took the loss at the mound pitching for six innings earning two strikeouts but giving up 10 hits, 3 runs and 3 errors, he had no walks.

The 36ers made a comeback Saturday afternoon with an 8-6 win over Gordon. Gering opened with 2 runs in the first and four in the second. Gordon scored 1 in the third and 2 in the fourth. Gering answered with 1 in the fourth. Gordon scored three in the fifth with Gering picking up 1 more. Gordon did not score in the sixth and that ended the game 8-6.

Gering came back when Luciano Montanez got the win on the mound pitching 3 1/3 innings with 5 strikeouts while giving up 4 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks and 2 errors. Austin Reynolds pitched 2 2/3 innings and made 3 strikeouts and allowed 6 hits, 2 walks, 3 runs, and 3 errors. On offense 9 hits were scored with 3 by Dalton Scott, 2 by Palomo, and 1 each by Austin Abbott, Barge, Fulk, and Mike Gutherless.

On Sunday morning Gering Platte Valley Companies faced a strong Chadron team and came away with an 8-4 loss. Chadron drew first blood with 1 run in the first. Gering scored one in the third but Chadron answered with a run of their own. Chadron scored 2 in the fifth and 4 in the sixth with Gering getting three in the seventh but they fell short. Taking the loss at the strip was Brester pitching for all six innings. Brester had 2 strikeouts and just one walk but allowed 10 hits, 8 runs, and 5 errors.

The Gering bats were active with 7 hits made by Reynolds and Barge with 2 each, and Abbott, Scott, and Montanez had 1 apiece. Runs were scored by Abbott with 2, Scott, and Barge with 1 each.
Gering closed the tournament with an 8-6 loss to Hershland. Gering got their first score in the first inning, Hershland answered with 4 in the second, 2 in the fifth, and 2 in the sixth. Gering tried to rally in the seventh with 5 runs but it wasn’t enough fora win.

There were 6 hits made with Montanez and Barge getting 2, while Reynolds and Palomo got 1 each. Reynolds scored 2 runs, with Scott, Brester, Fulk, and Gutherless contributing 1 each. Barge took the loss on the mound for all seven innings. He had 3 strikeouts, 3 walks, 8 hits and runs, and 3 errors.

“We started out strong against Sidney and Gordon, the kids performed real well,” Gering Head Coach Rick Kinaman said. “This weekend we were short a few players, not to make excuses because the other players need to step up to the plate. Our pitching was still pretty strong, our approach to the plate was good, but we had some fielding problems.”

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