Gering seniors down Renegades, 9-1
     2016-06-03      By Frank Marquez    editor@geringcitizen.com
Frank Marquez/Gering Citizen Gering’s Trace Fulk, the winning pitcher in the second game of the double-header against Gordon-Rushville on Tuesday, notched two strikouts, and got good support from his teammates with seven groundouts and three flyouts. 
Gering’s American Legion Post #36 Platte Valley Companies seniors team got off to a solid start in the second game of a double-header versus the Gordon-Rushville Renegades on a chilly Tuesday night at Oregon Trail Park, downing the visitors 9-1, and ending the game in the fifth inning.

The Renegades took the first game, 15-10.

Gering Legion Head Coach Rick Kinnaman was pleased with the result. With just two juniors, Brayden Tarr and Quinton Janecek, in the seniors’ lineup, he feels the team is solid defensively, as evidenced in this game, while he also likes to work in a lot of designated hitters.

Kinnaman said he’s building up depth with the younger players to surround the team’s leaders Esai Hernandez, Brent Barge, catcher Austin ‘Red’ Reynolds, Quentin Timblin, and third baseman Mike Gutherless. “This group of players understands what we’re trying to get done,” he said. “They are probably the best group of seniors I’ve had as a coach, and I’ve been doing this since the early ‘80s. Add my assistant coaches and what they bring to the table, the whole staff, brothers Danny and Pat O’Boyle, Carlos Palomo, and Zach Smith, all played at the next level and know what it takes.”

Splitting the double-header, the Gering Legion juniors (0-3) and seniors (6-1) collected two runs in the first inning, and stayed the whole game with starting pitcher Clayton Schultz, who shut down the Renegades’ bats in order.

One of Gering’s scoring runs was by shortstop Barge who advanced on a stolen base and pitching error. Second in the batting order, Gutherless made it on board with a single. Fifth man up, Reynolds walloped one to center for a RBI sac fly, sending Barge and Gutherless across home plate for the seniors’ first runs. Notably in the inning, Tarr gave Renegade pitcher Morgan Hurlburt fits during one of the longest at-bats which ended in an outfield hit, and a double for Tarr.

At the top of the second inning, the Renegades answered with first a double by Taylen Pieper who launched one to deep center. Next up, Coy Wolken followed with a double of his own, with Pieper galloping around third base for Gordon-Rushville’s only score of the game.

Gering collected two more runs in the bottom of the second.
Dalton Scott jump started Gering’s bats with a single, followed by double by Timblin. The bats kept roaring as Barge smacked an RBI double to score Scott and Timblin. Gering’s seniors led, 4-1, after two innings.

After a scoreless third inning for both teams, PVC again made short work of Gordon-Rushville in the top of the fourth frame.
Schultz capped the top of the inning for the third out by striking out Brady Bohlender. The low hitting night for the Renegades was thanks to stellar support from Gering’s defense.

In the bottom of the fourth, Gering picked up where it left off. Barge and Gutherless hit back-to-back singles. After Esai Hernandez, who was having an unusual off night at the plate, popped out, Dylan Radzymski was aboard with a single. Almost a replay of the first inning, Reynolds hit a sac fly to score Barge. The fourth man up, Abbott hit a line drive past third pushing Gutherless home. The score at the end of four innings was 6-1.

The Renegades gave a last-ditch gasp at the top of the fifth. First up, Wolken singled, but was tagged out at second after a hit by Seth Elses. Matt Johnson hit to the pitcher Schultz for the second out. Morgan Hurlburt grounded to Gering’s third baseman who failed to get a handle on it, putting runners at the corner, but it was for not. Bohlender hit a fly ball to center, stranding both runners, and effectively sealing the Renegades’ fate.

In the bottom of the fifith, Abbott grounded to first and was tagged out. Scott grounded to third, making safely to first, when Gordon-Rushville’s first baseman failed to control the low toss from third. Timblin tapped a perfect bunt down the first base line for the second out but advanced Scott. Next up, Barge hit a line drive to left field. Scott scored from second. Renegade pitcher Hurlburt struck Zimmerman, putting runners on first and second. Waking his bat, Hernandez launched one to deep leftfield adding two runs, and ending the game, 9-1.

Gering played Laramie Thursday in a double-header at Oregon Trail Park. The seniors then hit the road to face Martin, South Dakota, at Chadron’s tourney on June 1, Friday. The B&C Steel juniors team was scheduled to play Sidney on June 1, Wednesday. These results will be printed in next week’s June 10 issue of the Gering Citizen.

Kinnaman said, “This year, the entire league is tough, with Alliance, and Chadron. Ogallala is pretty salty. There also those guys (Scottsbluff) across the river. Earlier this season, Gordon-Rushville beat Chadron – it’s a pretty rugged schedule.” It’s also a long road as Gering will play 40-plus game schedule, including tourneys, will face a mix of non-conference foes including Fort Morgan, Casper, and teams from South Dakota.

Grdn 0 1 0 0 0 – 1 6 3

PVC 2 2 0 2 3 – 9 8 0

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