Gering takes third at B7 Tournament: Winners in B and C advance to state tourney in Cozad
     2015-07-30      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photos by Frank Marquez/Gering Citizen - Gering pitcher Esai Hernandez gets the win against Sidney in a 6-4 decision Saturday. 
On Friday afternoon the Gering Platte Valley Companies Senior Legion baseball team beat Hershland 4-1 at Legion Park in Sidney. Both teams scored 1 run in the first inning and the tie stayed until the third inning when Gering got 1 more runner across the plate. Gering Seniors kept it up with 2 more runs in the fourth. No further scoring occurred.

Brent Barge pitched all 7 innings for the win. He had 2 strikeouts and gave up 7 hits, 1 earned run, and no walks. The 36ers posted six team hits with one each from Austin Reynolds, Chris Palomo, Dalton Scott, Quentin Timblin, Trace Fulk and Esai Hernandez. Hernandez and Timblin each had a double. Runs were scored by Austin Abbott, Palomo, Dalton Scott, and Barge.

The win kept PVC in the winner’s bracket. PVC took on tournament host Sidney Saturday evening and came away with a 6-4 win. Gering took an early lead with 1 run in the first inning, 1 in the second, and 1 in the third. Sidney shot back in the bottom of the third with 3 runs to tie the game. Sidney took the lead with 1 run in the fourth. Gering made 3 runs in the fifth for the 6-4 lead and held Sidney until the seventh for the win.
Hernandez got the win on the mound lasting, going 5.2 innings with 2 strikeouts, 10 walks, 6 hits, and 4 earned runs. Reynolds finished the final 1.1 innings, but had no statistics to report.
Gering batters made 9 team hits with Timblin leading the way with 3 singles. Hernandez was next with 2 singles. Palomo had 1 double and Abbot, Reynolds, and Barge each had 1 single. Palomo and Barge each had 2 runs, while Timblin and Abbott each scored 1 run.

The 36ers’ luck ran out on Sunday afternoon as Platte Valley Companies faced Ogallala and suffered a 10-7 loss. Gering got off to a bad start as Ogallala scored 1 in the first, 2 in the second, 2 in the third, and 3 in the fifth. Gering finally got some runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth with 4 crossing the plate, but Ogallala still had an 8-4 lead. Ogallala got their last 2 runs in the sixth while Gering only got 1. Gering held Ogallala scoreless in the seventh and got 2 more runs but it was not enough to pull out a win.

Trace Fulk and Palomo shared the pitching duties against Ogallala. Palomo went 4.2 innings and Fulk taking 2.1 innings. Palomo had 6 strikeouts, 1 walk, 6 hits, and 5 earned runs. Fulk had a strikeout, 2 walks, 7 hits, and 5 earned runs. Gering managed 8 hits at the plate with Abbott getting 2 singles. Reynolds and Fulk each got 1 double. Dylan Radzymski, Scott, Timblin, and Hernandez each got a single hit.
Monday evening the Gering Seniors took on Chadron for an elimination game, Chadron got the win 9-5. Chadron drew first blood with a hit in the top of the first. Gering answered with 3 runs in the bottom of the first. Not wanting the game to get away from them, Chadron scored 6 runs in the top of the second as Gering left 2 on base but no runs and Chadron took a 7-3 lead into the third inning. Gering picked up a run in the third, but Chadron got 1 more in the fourth and Gering matched it with 1 of their own. Chadron tacked on 1 more run in the fifth and Gering left several runners on base but could not score.
Gering made 7 hits with Nic Bibb got 2 singles. Hernandez had a single and a double, and Brester had a ground rule double. Barge and Timblin each had 1 single hit.
Brester started the game on the mound and pitched the first 3 innings. He posted 1 strikeout while giving up 1 walk, 6 hits and 7 runs, of which 6 were earned. Barge took over and pitched the last 4 innings. He turned in 1 strikeout and allowed 5 hits, and 2 unearned runs.

The season is now over for the Gering Platte Valley Companies senior legion baseball team and Head Coach Rick Kinaman was disappointed in how the season ended.
“We gave up a big inning in each of our last 2 games which is something we have done off and on all season and it came back and bit us,” he said. “The first game we played really well against a pretty talented Hershland team. They have a couple of trick kids on that team that are as talented as anybody there.”

Kinaman said Brent Barge pitched a really smart game. “They did a great job of keeping the hitters off balance and we were able to get enough to win that one,” he said. “The second game was probably one of the toughest wins we have had this year. It seemed like we had to keep balance with a lot of adversity. We got ahead then we got behind. The calls weren’t going our way, I am not saying the officiating was bad or anything we just weren’t getting a break. If we did hit hard it went right to them. We had to scratch and claw for everything we had and it took a lot out of us.”

Kinaman said the next day against Ogallala, they gave up a big inning. “We showed a little fatigue, and a little lack of focus. I was a little concerned about that being a game of the magnitude. Maybe we just didn’t get enough recovery from the game before. We did show quite a bit of courage because we got down 8-0 and we came back to 10-7. We tried to use that as a springboard for the Chadron game. Once again we kind of had some things go south in the second inning of the Chadron game and gave up a 6 run inning. That was the difference in the game because we pretty much shut them down after that. We made a couple of little runs at them and just could not come up with enough.”

The Gering Platte Valley Companies Senior Legion baseball team finished the year with a winning record of 23-22. They have nothing to be ashamed of; they fought hard all year. Their next game will be in about 10 months sometime at the end of May 2016. Your Citizen sport’s team will be there to cover the action.

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