Westco Teams Sweep Gering
     2015-07-09      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photos by Frank Marquez/Gering Citizen - Gering Platte Valley Companies Sernior Legion players Dylan Radzymski, Austin Reynolds, Nic Bibb, Brent Barge, Quentin Timblin and Trace Fulk line the dugout fence at the start of the game against the Buckley Bombers. 
Last Wednesday night the Westco Zephyrs and Express hosted the Gering Platte Valley Companies and B&C Steel, the Zephyrs edged past Gering 2-1 and the Express won an 8-2 victory over Gering.

The Zephyrs and Gering PVC were tied at zero for the first 2 innings and then both teams scored 1 run in the third to remain tied at 1. The Zephyrs picked up 1 more run in the fifth and that was enough to get the win as Platte Valley Companies remained scoreless.

The Zephyrs winning pitcher was Traceton Halley although Jackson Hinze started the game. Hinze had 4 strikeouts but allowed 1 walk, 5 hits, and 1 earned run. Halley took over in the fifth and had 6 strikeouts with 1 walk, 1 hit, and no runs. Brent Barge was the Platte Valley Companies only pitched and he took the loss. Barge had 5 strikeouts while allowing 2 walks, 6 hits, and 2 earned runs.

There was still plenty of offense as the Zephyrs had 6 team hits, all singles, with 2 of them by Trevor Garcia. Zephyrs getting 1 hit each were Robbie Cantril, Jackson Hinze, Brad Divan, and Cooper Buchhammer. Hinze and Garcia scored the 2 runs.
Gering PVC also had 6 hits with Dalton Scott getting 2 of them both doubles, Quentin Timblin made 1 double, getting 1 single were Austin Reynolds, Nic Bibb, and Trace Fulk. Bibb made the only run for Gering PVC.

Westco Express v. B&C Steel Juniors

The Express and B&C Steel opened the evening with an 8-3 win by the Express. Gunnar Buchhammer was the winning pitcher going for 6 innings, he had 5 strikeouts; however, he allowed 5 walks, 8 hits, and 2 earned runs. Brady Sindt pitched the final inning and had 2 strikeouts with no walks, hits, or runs. Gering B&C Steel’s Chris Palomo took the loss and had 7 strikeouts; however, he gave up 7 walks, 1 hit, and 4 runs with 3 of them earned. Luciano Montanez had 1 strikeout with 4 hits and 4 runs, 2 of them earned.

At the plate the Express had 5 hits with Carlos Felix getting 1 triple. Getting 1 single was Braden Lofink, AJ Castillo-Powell, Alex Gurrola, and Paul Panduro. Scoring 2 runs each were Lofink, and Felix. Single runs were scored by Castillo-Powell, Gurrola, Panduro, and Trent Richter.

B&Steel actually outhit their opponents with 8. The hits were all for single bases, but Scott made 2 while Austin Abbott, Chris Palomo, Brayden Tarr, Dylan Radzymski, Luciano Montanez, and Mike Gutherless each got 1 hit. The 2 runs were scored by Palomo and Mike Gutherless.

“We did not capitalize on the opportunities that we were given, we left too many men on base,” said B&C Steel Head coach Pat O’Boyle. “We walked too many people in pitching and we made too many errors. We made two costly errors in the outfield that they capitalized four runs on. We left in excess of ten runners between second and third with less than one out. That is what got us today and Westco did a good job on capitalizing on our mistakes and that is the way it goes sometimes.”

PVC seniors action

The rest of the week Gering Platte Valley Companies played on Thursday against Fort Morgan in Gering and lost 8-4. Trace Fulk was the losing pitcher. Gering had 13 total hits but only got 4 across the plate.

Gering then took on Ogallala and got a 3-1 win. The winning pitcher was Austin Reynolds with 6 strikeouts. Surprisingly Gering only got 3 hits on offense with their 3 runs. Gering took on Fort Morgan again and suffered a 9-0 loss. Brenden Brester took the loss on the mound with 2 strikeouts. At the plate Gering had 7 team hits. Platte Valley Companies ended the week 19-18 on the season.

“It wasn’t great but we recovered pretty well and finished strong against Ogallala. I was real happy with that,” Head Coach Rick Kinaman said. “We need to eliminate mistakes. Our approach to the plate has been pretty good. We have some fielding errors and mental errors that are costing us.”

The Zephyrs took the win against Gering and turned it into a 4 game win streak. The Zs traveled to Alliance on Thursday and brought home a 12-0 win. The Zephyrs had just 7 hits but were given 9 walks to make their 12 runs with. Trevor Garcia got the win on the bump with 6 strikeouts and just 4 hits.

Zephyrs celebrate holiday with win

The Zephyrs clenched an 18-7 home win against Alliance on July 4th. Thirteen runs and 7 walks got the Zs onto the bases for the 18 runs in the game. The winning pitcher as Alexis Gurrola with 4 strikeouts. The Zephyrs got a 12-1 road win against Wheatland on Sunday. 14 hits and 6 walks gave the Zephyrs the ammunition they needed to shoot 12 runners across the plate. The winning pitcher was Evan Hughes with 8 strikeouts and no runs, Eric Olsen relieved him with 1 strikeout and the only run. The batters were strong with 14 team hits made. The Zephyrs are now 22-15 for the season.

Head coach Mark Moran said “We have done well defensively, we have had a lot of good bats, and a lot of contributions from the guys. We have had a good week. We have played and made wins, we need to keep building on that.”

Gering B&C Steel traveled to Ogallala in Friday but came home with an 11-3 loss. Mike Gutherless took the loss, going for 4 innings with just 1 strikeout, 4 walks, 10 hits, and 10 run 4 of them earned. Brayden Tarr finished the game with no strikeouts, 2 walks, 1 hit, and 1 earned run. The Steel batters made just 5 hits and walked twice.

On Sunday Gering B&C Steel travelled to Bridgeport for a doubleheader and came away with a split, winning the first game 16-3 and losing the second 11-3. Abbott was the only pitcher in the first game and made 4 strikeouts while allowing 2 walks, 5 hits, and 3 runs with 2 earned. At the plate Gering had 9 hits and was walked 11 times with only 1 strikeout to get their 16 runs.

The second game was all Bridgeport as Gering managed just 4 hits and 3 walks on offense. Defense was not much better as Radzymski took the loss. He had no strikeouts while giving up 5 hits, 6 walks, and 9 run with 8 earned. Tarr relieved him and made 2 strikeouts, 7 walks, allowed 1 hit, and 2 earned runs. Gering B&C Steel closed the week at 14-20 with a game at Torrington looming and then the district tournament this weekend.

The Express enjoyed 3 wins this week with including the game against Gering. The only loss was 5-3 in Alliance. On offense, the Express managed 5 hits and 6 walks but only got 3 of them across the plate. The losing pitcher was Lofink with 8 strikeouts, 2 walks, 10 hits, and 5 earned runs.

The Express bounced back on Sunday with 2 road wins against Fort Morgan 12-2 and 7-6. Castillo-Powell got the win on the mound with 1 strikeout, 1 walks, 4 hits and 2 earned runs. The Express bats belted out 6 team hits and was walked 9 times. The Express saw success in the second game as well with Cody Snelling being the winning pitcher with 3 strikeouts, 1 walks, 1 hit, and 1 unearned run. Hever Morales pitched 1 inning and allowed 5 runs from 6 walks and 1 hit. The offense contributed 8 hits and was walked 5 times to get their 7 runs. The Express ended the week 23-5 on the season.

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