Gering heads to tourney seeded third
     2015-07-23      By Philip Eckerberg   
The Gering Platte Valley Companies baseball team finished its regular season last Thursday with a doubleheader against the Buckley Bombers in Chappell. Gering split the games, suffering a 2-7 lost, but turning around to take the night cap, 8-7. In the first game, Buckley scored two runs in the first inning. Gering made a run in the third inning, but Buckley answered with two runs for a 4-1 lead. Gering added a run in the fourth, while Buckley tacked matched that effort with a run in the fifth, and two more in the sixth for the 7-2 win.

“We split the games with them and going up against a Buckley team that is real good,” Head Coach Rick Kinaman said. “They’re about as good a competition as we have faced this year. We had nine errors in the first game. We just hadn’t played for a while, and we struggled with our pitching. I used all my starters in both games trying to get them some pitching before the area tournament this weekend. They all struggled their first inning and then settled in. I think a lot of it was just a matter of just getting back in the groove.”

Brent Barge and Brenden Brester split the game on the mound with three innings each. Barge started and had one strikeout and no walks. Barge gave up seven hits and four runs with two earned. Brester gave up two walks, seven hits, and three runs with two earned. Gering’s batters collected only four hits with Austin Abbott, Austin Reynolds, Brent Barge, and Quentin Timblin each getting a single. Abbott and Nic Bibb were the only two to cross home plate.

Platte Valley Companies fared better in the second half of the doubleheader. Buckley opened by scoring one run in the first inning. Gering’s seniors answered with 2 runs in the second. Then, Buckley tied the game at 2-2 with one more run in the second. Buckley took a 3-2 lead with one run in the third. Gering heated up with four runs in the fourth. Buckley answered, tying it again 6-6 with three runs of their own. There was no scoring in the fifth and Buckley took a 7-6 lead into the sixth with one more run. Gering took the lead in the seventh with two runs and held Buckley to no runs for the 8-7 win.
Gering leaned on three pitchers to get the job done. Reynolds pitched two innings, Trace Fulk was in for three, and Esai Hernandez took the mound for two. Reynolds gave up two walks, one hit, and one unearned. Fulk had one strikeout, three walks, five hits, and three runs, two earned. Hernandez had five strikeouts, four walks, four hits, and three earned runs.
At the plate, Gering tallied 11 hits. Reynolds and Timblin each made two hits, both with a single and a double. Getting singles were Abbott, Chris Palomo, Dalton Scott, Bibb, Barge, Dylan Radzymski, and Mike Gutherless. Barge and Timblin each scored two runs while Reynolds, Palomo, Scott, and Hernandez scored one.

Gering is seeded third in the area tournament scheduled to be played in Sidney this weekend. “I think we are going to win,” Kinaman said. “I expect to do well, our kids work harder than anybody else’s. We are going to coach it like we only have two games left in the season because that is what we are. If we do get a loss we are going to coach it like there is no tomorrow. We are going to do what we have to do in order to get the chance to come out on top.”

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