WNCC baseball splits doubleheader with Miles
     2016-02-26      By Media Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
Austin Michaud makes a take on a pick-off play at first base during the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday against Miles Community College. 
The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team split a doubleheader on Feb. 21 at Cleveland Field against Miles Community College.

In the first-game of the double-dip, Miles scored seven times in the final two innings to register the 9-6 win. The second game saw Isaac Block, Nate Giefer and Beau Lofink combine in a strong pitching performance to pick up the 3-2 win.

WNCC coach Mike Jones said they got some good pitching performances in the second game.

We had a really good pitching performance from Isaac Block in going five innings and only walking one batter,” he said. “That was a huge performance from what he had done the previous weekend. That is what we had to do to succeed because we made the mistake in the first game by walking too many batters and making errors.

Giefer and Lofink also came in to mirror Block’s five-inning pitching performance to shut down the Pioneers’ bats.

The Cougars, 3-5 on the season, took three of four from Miles over the weekend. “Getting the three wins will allow us to get some confidence going and build some momentum going into this weekend, where it will be a big weekend again,” Jones said.

The second game saw Block get the win by striking out four in allowing two runs. But it was Giefer and Lofink that shut the door on the Pioneer bats. Giefer tossed the sixth with one strike out and then the former WESTCO standout pick up the save in striking out three in the seventh.

The Cougars did enough offensive damage in one inning, plating three in the third. Ty Benson started the inning with a single and then stole second. Stuart Eurich followed with a single. With one out, Oscar Perez drove in one with a single and then Alex Achtermann doubled to score another for the 2-1 lead.

WNCC made it 3-1 as Perez advanced on a balk.

Miles made it 3-2 with a single run in the fourth as Tristan Shockley doubled and scored on an error. After that, the Cougar defense stepped up as the two relief pitchers, Giefer and Lofink, had two 3-up and 3-down innings to close out the game.

WNCC had just five hits in the contest. Achtermann had the only extra base hit with a double.

The first game, the Cougars managed seven hits and were in control for the first five innings, holding a 6-2 lead. Miles came back with three runs in the sixth and four in the seventh to steal the win.

WNCC returns to action Feb. 26 in a doubleheader against Northeastern Junior College before taking on Barton Community College in a four-game set in Great Bend, Kansas.

First Game

Miles 020 003 4 – 9 11 3

WNCC 014 010 x – 6 10 2

WP – Ryan Absher, LP – Alex Achtermann; 2B – WNCC (Brandon Bachar, Jonathan Bermudez), Miles (TJ Booth, Cameron Guevara).

Second Game

Miles 001 100 0 – 2 6 1

WNCC 003 000 x – 3 5 1

WP – Isaac Block, LP – Ian Empey; S – Beau Lofink; 2B – WNCC (Alex Achtermann), Miles (Tristan Shockley).

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