Hernandez strikes out 11 in win over Gordon
     2015-07-02      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - At left, Platte Valley Companies senior Legion player Brenden Brester keeps his focus just before knocking it out of the park. At right, pitcher Essai Hernandez is ready to unleash a ferocious pitch, one of many this season. Hernadez is hitting his stride. 
The Gering Platte Valley Companies Senior Legion baseball team opened the week with a 6-4 road loss to Gordon. The Seniors started out strong with a 2-0 lead after the first inning but Gordon made single runs in the second and third to tie the game. Gering crossed the plate with 1 more in the fourth to retake the lead but Gordon answered with 3 in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. Gering managed 1 run in the sixth and Gordon matched it to make the score 6-4. Gering did not score in the top of the seventh and Gordon got the win.

Platte Valley Companies only managed 4 hits in the game with Dalton Scott making 2 of them, Brenden Brester and Esai Hernandez got 1 hit each. Runs were scored with 2 by Scott, 1 by Hernandez, and 1 by Austin Reynolds. Brester had the lone RBI. Trace Fulk pitched the first 5 innings with 5 strikeouts but gave up 12 hits and 5 runs. Reynolds finished with 2 strikeouts, 1 hit, and 1 run. Neither pitcher had any walks.
Things continued to go south for Gering as on Thursday as they lost 6-3 to the North Platte First Nationals. North Platte scored all their runs in the first 2 innings with 4 in the first and 2 in the second. Gering started trying to catchup in the third with 1 run and the fifth with 2 but it was not enough and Gering fell to North Platte.

Brester took the loss on the mound going for 3.2 innings with 1 strikeout, 5 walks, 5 hits, 6 runs, and 2 earned runs. Reynolds finished going 2.1 innings with 3 strikeouts and 1 hit.
On offense Gering managed 11 hits with Reynolds nailing 4 singles. Hernandez made 2 hits, Abbot, Palomo, Timblin, Brester, and Fulk each had 1 hit. Abbott, Fulk, and Hernandez each got an RBI. Abbott scored 2 runs and Mike Gutherless scored 1.

Gering faced Hershland in the Sidney tournament on Saturday and suffered another loss 8-7. Hershland scored 1 in the first and 3 in the second. Gering answered with 2 in the third and 2 in the fourth, 1 in the fifth, and 2 in the sixth. Hershland came back with 3 in the sixth to tie and 1 in the seventh for the win.

Brent Barge took the loss on the mound going 6 innings with 6 strikeouts, while allowing 12 hits, and 8 runs. The batters mustered 8 hits with Quentin Timblin getting 3 of them including 2 triples and 3 RBIs. Scott had 2 hits, Hernandez, Barge, and Abbott managed 1 hit.
Gering broke their losing streak in a big way with a 14-1 win against Gordon in Sidney on Saturday afternoon. Gering took a 2-1 lead in the first inning and tacked on 5 more in the second, and 2 more in the third. Gering added some insurance in the fifth with 5 more runs.

Hernandez pitched all five innings and had an outstanding 11 strikeouts, with only 2 walks, 4 hits, 1 run, and 1 earned run. At the plate Gering hit early and often with 17 total hits. Hernandez, Brester, and Abbott had 3 hits each. Scott and Barge had 2 hits apiece. Reynolds, Nic Bibb, Timblin, and Fulk contributed 1 hit. Barge, Abbott, and Hernandez had 3 runs, Brester had 2, Palomo, Scott, and Timblin each scored once.
On Sunday morning Gering dropped a close one losing to Sidney 4-3. Sidney scored all four runs in the second. Gering answered with 2 in the third and 1 in the seventh but fell 2 runs short of the win. The Gering batters still managed 9 hits the Bibb, Hernandez, Barge, and Abbott getting 2 hits each and Reynolds made 1. Abbot, Barge, and Timblin made the runs. The losing pitcher was Fulk, who pitched all seven innings with 1 strikeout, 10 hits and 4 runs.
Sunday afternoon Gering fell to the Buckley Bombers from Chappell 14-5. Buckley scored 1 in the first and 4 in the second. Gering managed 4 runs in the second but Buckley made 6 in the top of the third. Gering got 1 more across the plate in the sixth but Buckley nailed 3 more in the seventh and finished the game 14-5.

Gering again scored making plenty of hits with 9 team totals. Barge had 3, Reynolds had 2, Abbott, Scott, Fulk, and Radzymski made 1 hit. Brester had the loss on the mound pitching 2.2 innings with no strikeouts 3 walks, 11 hits, and 11 runs. Reynolds had 4.1 innings with 1 strikeout, 7 hits, and 3 runs.

“We were 2-7 this last week so it was kind of a rough week.” Gering head coach Rick Kinaman said.

Speaking of Hernandez’s game against Gordon he said “We had some bright spots, our schedule is tough and everybody we play is at our level. When it comes down to district time it will be whoever is hot will win that thing because we are very even in the district right now. That is what we reflected this weekend is that we were down a little bit and the other teams weren’t.”


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