Gering Platte Valley Companies get second on Crete in tournament
     2015-06-18      By Philip Eckerberg   
Gering Platte Valley Companies Senior Legion Baseball team took second place in the Crete Tournament with an extended road trip for most of the week. Gering started out with a doubleheader Wednesday in Hershey playing the Hershland team which is a combination of Hershey and Sutherland. Gering won the Wednesday night games 10-1 in 5 innings and 8-2.

The winning pitcher was Trace Fulk, who threw only 67 pitches. Gering had l0 hits and one error. Fulk had 2 hits. Esai Hernandez, Chris Palomo and Dalton Scott doubled. Hernandez, Palomo, and Brenden Brester scored twice.

The second game was an 8-2 win. Brenden Brester was the winning pitcher for a complete game with only 64 pitches. Hernandez had 3 hits with a double and a triple. Brent Barge, Brester, Fulk, Palomo had 2 hits apiece. The team had l3 hits and only one error.
On Friday Gering traveled to Crete for a tournament there. Gering opened on Friday beating Malcom 4-0. The game had a slow start and no one scored until Gering scored 2 in the sixth inning. Gering scored two more in the seventh for the win.

Brent Barge got the win on the mound pitching the full seven innings. Barge had 4 strikeouts and no walks while allowing 6 hits. At the plate Gering made 9 total hits with Barge and Fulk each getting 3. Austin Abbott, Austin Reynolds, and Hernandez each had 1 hit.
Hernandez had 2 runs with Barge and Fulk making it home once each.
On Saturday Gering picked up 10-2 victory over Wilbur. Gering opened strong with 7 runs in the first inning, 1 in the third, and 2 in the fourth. Wilbur finally answered with 2 runs in the fourth. No one scored in the fifth.
Hernandez led the way on offense with 3 hits, Mike Gutherless, Fulk, Brester, Quentin Timblin, Scott, Reynolds, and Abbott each had 1 hit each for a total of 10 team hits. Abbott scored 2 runs while Reyonlds, Palomo, Scott, Hernandez, and Gutherless each managed 1 run.
Hernandez got the win on the mound pitching 4 innings. Hernandez had 8 strikeouts, while allowing 4 walks and 3 hits. Palomo pitched 1 inning with 1 strikeout and 1 hit.
Gering broke their 4-game win streak later on Saturday with a 9-3 loss to Lincoln Lutheran. The loss was despite 9 hits made by the Gering seniors to 8 made by Lincoln. No scores were made until Lincoln made 3 in the third and 1 in the fourth. Gering answered with 3 runs in the fifth. Lincoln racked up 2 more runs in the sixth and 3 in the fifth.

Fulk took the loss on the mound in 6-2/3 innings. Fulk made 2 strikeouts while allowing 3 walks and giving up 8 hits. Palomo pitched the last 1/3 inning with 1 strikeout.
On offense, Gering actually out hit Lincoln by 1. Abbott and Fulk had 2 hits each with Palomo, Scott, Timblin, Brester, and Hernandez getting 1 hit each. All were single base hits. Fulk and Abbott each had 1 RBI. The 3 runs were scored by Abbott, Scott, and Timblin.
On Sunday Gering found themselves in the same boat in a 9-6 loss to Pleasant Dale, more hits 7-6, but fewer runs. Gering started in the first inning with a 3-0 lead. Pleasant Dale made 1 in the second and 2 in the third to tie. Gering made 3 runs in the top of the fifth but Pleasant Dale took over the lead in the bottom with 5 runs. Pleasant Dale made 1 more run in the sixth to finish the game.
Brester was the losing pitcher going all six innings. Brester had 2 strikeouts while giving up 6 hits, 3 walks, and 9 runs. Batting was good as Abbott had 3 hits with Reynolds, Palomo, Fulk, and Hernandez each adding a single hit. Runs were scored by Abbott and Hernandez with 2, Barge and Timblin with 1 each.

“I feel pretty good (about the week) we went 4 out of 6, we were on the road for 5 days, sleeping in motels, getting up, and going through a grind,” Gering head coach Rick Kinaman said. “I feel pretty good that the kids were able to stay with it. Even in the losses both of those games we had in the last inning or so we had the tying runs on go ahead runs on. We were always in the game and coming at them.”
Platte Valley Companies was scheduled to play a home game against Torrington on Tuesday night but a miniature hurricane hit Gering and caused the came to be cancelled. Gering is now 11-9 on the season and will be in Chadron on Wednesday and home against Ogallala on Thursday. Gering will play in Alliance for a tournament this weekend with a Friday game against Ogallala, Saturday games against Twin Cities and Buckley, and Sunday games against Cheyenne and Alliance. Gering will travel to Gordon on Wednesday.

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