Gering B&C Steel juniors improve performance
     2015-06-25      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering B&C Steel junior Kyle Schroeder takes a swing during a home match up against Sidney last Saturday. The Gering boys suffered a tough 11-1 loss but enjoyed a pair of wins against Ogallala later in the week. 
The Gering B&C Steel Junior Legion baseball team got some wins last week, but struggled against a tough Chadron opponent.
Gering opened the week last Wednesday with a 16-11 road loss to Chadron, getting off to a bad start in the first inning when Chadron racked up 11 runs. Gering did not answer until the third with 4 runs and fourth with 1. Chadron answered in the fourth with 3 more runs of their own for a 14-5 lead. Gering had a big inning in the fifth with 6 runs to Chadron’s 2 to close the gap to 5 runs at 16-11.

Gering was hot at the plate with a total of 11 hits. Chris Palomo led the way with 3 hits while Austin Abbott, Nick Watkins, Dylan Radzymski, Luciano Montanez, and Riley Grote contributed 1 hit each. Watkins earned 2 RBI’s with Palomo, Radzymski, Montanez, and Grote earning 1 RBI each. Two runs each were scored by Gutherless, Dalton Scott, Palomo, and Abbott. Radzymski, Montanez, and Grote each crossed the plate once. Austin Abbott took the loss, recording no strikeouts while allowing 17 hits, 16 runs, and 4 walks.

On Thursday B&C Steel played a doubleheader at home against Ogallala winning both games 9-1. In the first game Gering opened with 1 run in the first inning. Ogallala tied the game in the third with a run of their own. The fourth inning was scoreless and Gering got hot in the fifth inning knocking in 8 runs for the 9-1 win.

Dalton Scott got the full game win on the mound with 5 strikeouts. Scott allowed 5 walks while giving up 4 hits and 1 run. Gering batters racked up 6 hits in the game Radzymski knocked out 3 hits and Scott, Montanez, and Grote each got 1 hit. Gutherless and Grote each scored 2 runs. Contributing 1 run each was Logan Murdock, Quinton Janecak, Radzymski, Brayden Tarr, and Scott.

Gering won the second game against Ogallala by the same 9-1 score but a little different approach. Ogallala scored 1 run in the first but Gering answered with 5 runs of their own and followed up with 1 more run in the second inning and 3 runs in the fifth.

Gutherless made the full game win at the stripe with 2 strikeouts. He also had 1 walk, 1 run, and 2 hits. B&C Steel batters had 10 hits total with Scott getting 3 singles. Abbott, Palomo, Radzymski, Montanez, Grote, Gutherless, and Quinton Onstott each had a hit with Montanez’s being a double. Runs were scored by Scott with 3, Abbott, Palomo, Lance Garcia, Radzymski, Montanez, and Grote scoring once.
B&C Steel opened their home tournament with a 13-1 loss to Chadron. Chadron opened with 2 runs in the first and 3 runs in the second inning. Gering got on the board with 1 run in the third and then made 8 runs in the fourth to get the 10 run rule win.

Gering did manage 4 hits in the contest with Nick Watkins, Tarr, Radzymski, and Janecek making them. Janecek made the 1 run with Radzymski getting 1 RBI. The full game losing pitcher was Montanez despite an impressive 6 strikeouts, he also had six walks, 9 hits, and 13 runs.

Gering started out Saturday morning with a 10-9 win against Bridgeport. Bridgeport started out strong scoring 2 runs in the first and 4 in the second to take the lead. Gering tied in the bottom of the second with 6 runs and added two more runs each in the third and fourth to take a 10-6 lead. Bridgeport made a 3-run attempt to take the lead in the fifth but Gering held them off for the 10-9 win.
It took three pitchers for Gering to get the job done. Nate Blackos was credited with the win. Blackos pitched 1-2/3 innings with 2 strikeouts, 1 walk, 5 hits and 6 runs. Janecek pitched 3 innings with 3 hits and 3 runs. Palomo pitched 1/3 inning with 1 strikeout.

At the plate Gering mustered 8 hits. Abbott and Gutherless had 2 hits while Palomo, Watkins, Radzymski, and Grote nailed 1 each. Gutherless, Grote, and Radzymski had 1 RBI and Abbott had 2. Runs were scored by Gutherless with 3, and Abbott, Palomo, Watkins, Garrett Conn, Radzymski, Grote and Murdock each scored 1.

Gering fell hard in a Saturday afternoon 11-1 loss to Sidney. Sidney took a 6-0 lead in the first and added 2 more in the second. Gering answered with 1 in the third and Sidney added 3 more in the fourth. Radzymski took the loss on the mound in 2 innings with 1 strikeout, 10 walks, 4 hits, and 8 runs. Blackos pitched the final 2 innings with 2 strikeouts, 1 walk, 5 hits, and 3 runs. Kaden Leonard got Gering’s only hit. Motanez had the only RBI and Conn had the only run.

B&C Steel saw a change in their fortunes on Sunday afternoon and they beat Alliance 8-7. Gering opened strong with 6 runs in the first inning. Alliance did not answer until the fourth with 1 run and Gering kept the lead. Alliance scored 4 runs in the fifth and Gering answered with 2 runs to maintain an 8-5 lead. Gering gave up 2 more runs in the sixth to make the score 8-7 giving Gering the win.
Abbott was the winning pitcher going 4-1/3 innings and posting 3 strikeouts, 4 walks, 7 hits, and 5 runs. Palomo pitched 1-2/3 innings with 4 strikeouts, 2 walks, 1 hit, and 2 runs.

Gering made 12 hits with Gutherless, Montanez, and Palomo getting 2 per and Abbott, Tarr, Conn, Radzymski, Janecek, and Grote getting 1 hit. Conn hit a triple with 2 RBI’s. Tarr had a double with 2 RBI’s. Palomo and Grote had 1 RBI apiece. Abbott scored twice, while Palomo, Tarr, Conn, Montanez, and Gutherless each scored once.

Gering B&C Steel Junior Legion team Head Coach Pat O’Boyle agreed that his team had a good week. “Yeah we did, we got a couple of wins and improved a lot in all aspects of the game,” he said. “That is all we can ask for going into the mid-way point of the season. We are trying to build a lot of momentum and a lot of chemistry and I think we got that accomplished.”

B&C Steel is now 8-13 on the season and is facing Alliance at home on Tuesday with the score not available at press time. They will be on the road going to Gordon on Wednesday and North Platte on Thursday. They will play a double header at Spearfish on Monday and close the week at home against Sidney on Tuesday.

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