Zephyrs’ 3-1 weekend lifts record to winning mark
     2015-06-18      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Westco Twin Cities Zephyrs Senior American Legion baseball coach Mark Moran has said that the Zephyrs’ early record does not matter as long as the team continues to get better for postseason play in late July.
But something has to feel good in the Zephyrs, who after winning four of five games last week, have a winning record for the first time this season at 10-9.

After downing Gering Platte Valley Companies 14-4 last Tuesday at Gering’s Oregon Trail Park, Westco Twin Cities went 3-1 on a weekend trip to Colorado.
The Z’s began their successes in Denver on Saturday, sweeping D’Evelyn 8-1 and 10-7.

The Zephyrs had lost to Greeley 9-1 and 10-2 on May 30, and Greeley scored a 9-6 win in Sunday’s opener. But Westco Twin Cities took advantage of three Greeley errors in the second game and scored a 7-2 win.
The Z’s took command in Sunday’s victory with a five-run, third-inning rally that included two hits and a fielder’s choice. Trevor Garcia added a second RBI to his effort with a run-scoring triple in the fifth inning that put Westco Twin Cities ahead 6-2.
Greeley, which answered the Zephyrs’ five runs in the top of the third with two of its own in the bottom of the inning, had a 6-5 edge in base hits and recorded 11 pitching strikeouts but stranded 10 runners on base.
Eric Olsen scored the pitching victory for the Z’s, holding Greeley to all six of its hits and its two runs while striking out two and walking three in 5-1/3 innings. Alexis Gurrola held Greeley hitless in the final 1-2/3 innings in picking up the save.

“We did play better in the second doubleheader against Greeley,” Moran said. “That’s a very good opponent, it’s a team made up of all-conference and all-state players. For us to come out of there with a split was very good for us.”
In the teams’ first game, Greeley took command with a six-run spot in the second inning and held on for the three-run victory.

“We played well all four games, with the exception of one inning,” Moran said. “So it was a good weekend for us. Other than that, we played pretty good defense, we pitched pretty well and we swung the bat pretty well in all four games.”

For Westco Twin Cities, Ty Benson went 2-for-3 at the plate with a fifth-inning triple, three runs scored and one RBI.
Jackson Hinze started on the mound for the Zephyrs, fresh off his Most Valuable Player performance in Saturday night’s West Nebraska All-Star Football Game in Scottsbluff. But Hinze struggled from the hill, going four innings and allowing seven runs and four walks with one strikeout.

In sweeping D’Evelyn in Golden, Colo., on Saturday, Westco Twin Cities had six runs in the first three innings, including three in the second frame, as part of a 12-hit attack.
Garcia drove home the Zephyrs’ first-inning run with a triple, and an RBI triple by Benson and a two-run single by Jason Amateis gave Westco Twin Cities its 4-0 lead after two stanzas.
In the third inning, a double by Robbie Cantril drove home Garcia in the Zephyrs’ two-run rally.
Amateis was the pitching standout, going all seven innings and holding D’Evelyn to the run on three hits with seven strikeouts and just two walks. Amateis also had an RBI single in the sixth inning that plated Benson.
In the nightcap, the errorless effort between both teams in Game 1 went awry, with D’Evelyn committing five miscues and Westco Twin Cities three. Combined with D’Evelyn’s errors, the Zephyrs’ out-hit the hosts 7-4 en route to the win.

Both teams scored three runs in the first inning and the Z’s added two in the second before D’Evelyn took a 6-5 lead with three more scores in the bottom of the third frame.
But a five-run rally in the top of the fourth put the Zephyrs ahead to stay. The eventual winning run was scored by Cantril on Cooper Buchhammer’s single.

Benson had a first-inning double and a second-inning triple with an RBI and two runs scored.

Evan Hughes survived his complete-game effort of scattering seven runs, seven walks and four hits to earn the pitching victory. Hughes struck out four along the way.
“Getting complete games from Hughes and Amateis were big for us and gave us a lot of options available for Sunday,” Moran said.

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