Gering juniors plagued by 10-run rule against Casper
     2015-06-18      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering B&C Steel’s Luciano Montanez steals third base with a dramatic chest slide during a June 10 doubleheader against Casper. The Steelers lost 20-10 and 12-5. 
The Gering B&C Steel Junior Legion baseball team opened the week on Wednesday with a doubleheader against the Casper Roughnecks, losing both games, 20-10 and 12-5.

The first game lasted six innings and ended on the 10-run rule. Casper started hot with 7 runs in the first inning with Gering answering with only 1 run. Casper scored 1 run in the second, 3 runs in the third, and 1 run in the fourth. B&C Steel heated up the bats in the bottom of the fourth with 6 runs closing the deficit to 6 runs at 12-6. Each team scored 1 run in the fifth and Gering’s fourth inning postponed a 10-run rule ending in the fifth. Casper crossed the plate with 7 more runs in the sixth and Gering managed just 2 which ended the game 1 inning early.

Three pitchers took the mound for Gering with Brayden Tarr taking the loss. Tarr pitched 3 innings with 1 strikeout. Tarr allowed 7 hits, 4 walks, and 11 runs, with 6 errors. Quinton Janecek pitched 2 innings with 2 strikeouts, 1 hit, 4 walks, and 9 runs. Kaden Leonard pitched 1 inning with no strikeouts, 1 walk, 1 hit, and no runs.

Gering managed 10 hits on offense with Garrett Conn, Riley Grote, and Jerald Ybarra each getting 2. Kaden Leonard, Nick Watkins, Luciano Montanez, Quinten Onstott each contributed a single hit. Montanez and Conn made 2 runs with Onstott, Ybarra, Logan Murdock, Grote, and Janecek each getting 1 run.

The second half of double header saw Gering losing 12-5. Casper opened with 2 runs in the first and 1 in the second before Gering answered with 2 runs in the second and 2 in the third to take the a 4-3 lead. No one scored in the fourth and Casper scored 1 in the fifth to tie. Casper took the lead in the sixth with 2 runs to Gering’s 1. Casper’s bats exploded in the seventh with 6 runs and Gering had none for a 12-5 final.
Gering still mustered 10 hits in the game with Janecek, Montanez, Ybarra, and Kyle Schroeder getting 2 hits apiece. Lance Garcia and Dylan Radzymski contributed 1 hit each. Crossing the plate saw Janecek getting 2 runs, with Kaden Leonard Grote, and Schroeder picking up two runs.
Three pitchers were on the mound again with Garcia taking the loss. Garcia pitched 1 inning with 1 strikeout, 2 walks, 3 hits, and 6 runs. Montanez pitched 3 innings and earned 2 strikeouts, 2 walks, 3 hits and 3 runs. Ybarra pitched 3 innings and had 1 strikeout, 1 walk, 1 hit, and 3 runs.

On Thursday Gering played Casper again and lost 19-8. Casper opened the game with 6 runs in the first. Gering answered with 3 runs in the second. Casper made 2 more runs in the third and Gering answered with 3. Casper made 5 runs in the fourth to Gering’s 1. No one scored in the fifth but Casper earned 4 more in the sixth. The game was originally scheduled to be a nine inning game but in the seventh Casper made 2 more runs to Gering’s 1 bringing the score to 19-8 and triggering the 10 run rule.

Gering threw three pitchers at Casper again with Radzymski taking the loss in 3 innings of pitching. Radzymski had no strikeouts, 9 walks, 2 hits and 8 runs. Leonard pitched 2 innings with no strikeouts, 3 walks, 8 hits, and 6 runs. Blackos made 1 strikeout and gave up 3 walks, 8 hits, and 6 runs.
Offensively Gering had 7 hits with Watkins getting 2 and Blackos, Tarr, Radzymski, Janecek, and Grote getting 1 hit each. Tarr had 2 runs, Leonard, Garcia, Blackos, Radzymski, Montanez, and Schroeder made 2 runs.
On Friday B&C Steel got a 6-4 win over Columbus. Columbus took the lead with 2 runs scored in the second inning. Gering tied with 2 runs in the third. Gering took a 3 run lead by outscoring Columbus 4-1 in the fifth. Columbus tacked on 1 more run in the bottom of the eighth but Gering held them off for the win.

Montanez was the winning pitcher and pitched for 7 innings. Montanez had 9 strikeouts with just 2 walks and 5 hits. The batters were good too with Radzymski, Janecek, and Montanez each getting two hits and Tarr had 1. Runs were made Grote with 2 and Ybarra, Montanez, Radzymski, and Blackos each crossing the plate once.

Gering then fell hard in their second game Friday losing 8-1 against Hastings. No one scored until the fourth inning when both teams scored 1 run for a tie. Hastings had a big fifth inning scoring 6 runs with 1 more in the sixth.
Tarr took the loss on the mound. Tarr pitched for 4 innings, had no strikeouts, 6 walks, 3 hits, and 4 runs. Ybarra pitched 1 inning and had no strikeouts, 1 walk, 5 hits, and 4 runs. Gering batters managed 4 hits by 4 batters: Radzymski, Grote, Ybarra, and Quinten Onstott. Tarr had the 1 run.
Gering fell again on Saturday with a 9-2 loss to Blair and an 18-0 loss to Creighton Prep. Gering opened the game against Blair with a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Blair shut Gering out of the rest of the game with 2 runs in the second, 2 in the third, and 5 in the fourth. Janecek was the losing pitcher going for 4 innings. Janecek had 1 strikeout, 2 walks, and 8 hits while giving up 7 runs. Gering had no hits and 1 run made by Montanez.

Things went from bad to worse for B&C Steel as they lost to Creighton Prep 18-0 in 4 innings. Creighton scored 1 in the first, 4 in the second, 7 in the third, and 6 in the fourth. Gering threw pitchers at Creighton with Blackos taking the loss pitching for 3 innings. There were no strikeouts Blackos had 2 walks, 10 hits and 12 runs. Montanez pitched 2/3 inning with 2 hits and no runs. Kaden Leonard pitched 1/3 inning with 4 walks, 3 hits, and 6 runs.

“We played really well against Columbus. Luciano Montanez pitched really well,” Head coach Pat O’Boyle said. “We played good defense. We hit the ball. The rest of the games we went in the lacksadaisical mode. We didn’t play as well as we did the first game. We definitely got some quality innings, we got some guys in that needed it, and we saw some good pitching from some other kids. We took a couple steps forward this weekend, obviously there is still a lot of work to do. We are definitely making strides to get better.

B&C Steel was scheduled to play a game against Torrington on Tuesday night; however, that game was rained out. Gering is currently 4-10 on the season and is scheduled to play in Chadron on Wednesday and home games against Ogallala on Thursday, Chadron on Friday, Bridgeport and Sidney on Saturday, Alliance on Sunday and Tuesday and at Gordon on Wednesday.

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