Seniors’ 14-2 win caps Wyoming road trip
     2016-07-22      By Media Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
Brenda Fulk/Special to the Gering Citizen Quentin Timblin dodges at a tag out at second base during a 14-2 victory over the Laramie Rangers on Sunday. 
After two narrow losses to Casper and Smokey Hill on a road trip through Wyoming, and one-run difference in one game, Gering Legion Post #36 Platte Valley Companies Seniors jumped out to an early lead on Laramie and captured a 14-2 victory last Sunday, July 17.

On Saturday, Gering, 31-19 on the season, lost to Smokey Hill, 13-12 in the early game, and in the evening, came up short against Casper, 8-5. Gering had been on a seven-game losing streak until that victory. The slump included double-header losses to the Laramie Rangers on July 11.

“The win over Laramie was quite a statement for us,” said Gering Head Coach Rick Kinnaman. “Not only did it end a seven-game slide, we were able to get back to playing Gering baseball: getting on base, putting pressure on their defense, playing small ball to move runners and score runs. Besides that, we lost 2 games to the same team 6 days earlier at their place under very controversial circumstances. Our guys got back to getting mentally ready for a game and executing.”

Kinnaman added, “Our overall effort this season is above and beyond any other teams we’ve faced. We get up early in the morning, go to weights, and if there’s no game we practice in the mornings. We’ve had practices as early as 5:30 a.m. to accommodate all the other activities that go on in the summer. Not too many teams can say that.”

The game against Laramie was decided quickly as the Gering seniors exerted its will early with eight runs in the first three innings.

Brent Barge led the 36ers’ offensive threat, as he got on base three times in the game.

Trace Fulk got it done on the rubber on the way to a win. He allowed two runs over six innings. He struck out one, walked one and surrendered five hits.

Marshall Stuart took the loss for Laramie. He lasted just one inning, walked none, struck out two, and allowed no runs.

PVC 4 4 0 0 0 6 – 14 5 1

LRM 0 0 0 2 0 0 – 2 5 5

In the loss to Casper, Esai Hernandez both hit and pitched well for Gering, but it wasn’t enough as 36ers fell to Casper 8-5 at Casper.

Hernandez racked up two RBIs on two hits for Gering. He singled in the third and seventh innings.

Casper couldn’t get anything going so long as Hernandez was on the hill. Hernandez held Casper hitless over 1-1/3 innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out one.

Carter Young got the win for Casper despite allowing five runs over seven innings. Young struck out three, walked one, and gave up eight hits.

Brent Barge took the loss for Gering, allowing eight runs in 4-2/3 innings work, walked two, and struck out two.

Casper jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Casper got things going when Ethan Leech doubled.

Casper went up for good in the fifth inning, scoring seven runs on an error, a fielder’s choice, and two singles.

Two runs in the top of the seventh helped Gering close its deficit to 8-5. An RBI single by Hernandez and a groundout by Chris Palomo sparked the 36ers’ rally. Finally, Young got Barge to ground out to end the game.

PVC 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 – 5 7 7

CSPR 0 1 0 0 7 0 x – 8 8 3

In a shoot-out against Smoky Hill, 11 hits weren’t enough for the 36ers in the 13-12 loss in five innings at Casper.

Austin Reynolds got a hit in each of his three at bats. He singled in the second, fourth, and fifth innings.

Ayden Grimble recorded the win for Smoky Hill. He allowed one run over two-thirds of an inning. Grimble struck out one, walked one and gave up two hits.

Jesse Bakersky, Grimble, Trevor Gattin, and Chance Snyder helped lead Smoky Hill. They combined for five hits and nine RBIs.

Gering pitcher Mike Gutherless took the loss for the seniors. He lasted just two innings, walked two, struck out none, and allowed three runs.

Smoky Hill jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. A double by Bakersky, scoring Mark Brann started the inning off. Smoky Hill pushed more runs across when Eckhardt scored on an RBI single by Grimble, Bakersky scored on a sacrifice fly by Trevor Gattin, and Grimble scored on an RBI single by Colton Brown.

Smoky Hill went up for good in the fifth inning, scoring four runs on a two-run error and three singles.

PVC 0 6 0 2 4 – 12 11 4

SMKY 4 0 5 0 4 – 13 10 1

Area Legion Scores - July 15 - 17

Gering American Legion Post #36 Platte Valley Companies Seniors (31-19)

v. Jackson, 7-6 loss at Casper on July 15

v. Billings, 8-0 loss at Casper on July 15

v. Smoky Hill, 13-12 loss at Casper on July 16

v. Casper, 8-5 loss on July 16

v. Laramie, 14-2 victory on July 17

Gering B&C Steel Juniors (9-24-1)

Season ended

Westco Zephyrs (31-21)

v. Kearney, 17-5 loss at Hastings on July 16

v. Lexington, a 12-0 victory on July 17

v. Hastings, a 6-4 loss on July 18

Westco Express (25-19)

v. Kearney, a 5-0 loss at Lexington on July 16

v. North Platte, a 13-3 loss on July 17

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