Plattsmouth rally bests Gering
     2016-08-05      By Media Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
Angie Hernandez/Special to the Gering Citizen Gering pitcher Brent Barge throws toward home plate in state tourney action against Plattsmouth on Sunday, a game in which the 36ers gave up 14 runs in a losing effort. 
Gering Legion #36 Platte Valley Companies Seniors led by six runs in the fifth inning, but Plattsmouth put together a furious comeback to steal the victory, 14-11, on Sunday.

Prior to Gering’s run in state competition at Plattsmouth, Head Coach Rick Kinnaman liked his team’s chances. About the B-7 Area title, he said It was “Quite an accomplishment for our guys. They trailed in all three games (against Chadron, Alliance, and Ogallala), but managed to find a way to win each of them. We pulled ahead in all of them in the later innings, and then played really solid in the field to close the games out. Our starting pitchers all threw complete games which tells you they were throwing strikes, and keeping batters off balance. I knew we were good enough to win the title at the start of the season, but the game of baseball has so many ups and downs, you just hope you’re solid enough to win even if you’re not playing your best baseball.”

Kinnaman credited the players’ work ethic. “Because of the way we practice and commit ourselves to representing Gering in the right way,” he felt the team had an excellent chance at state, but admitted, “everybody there is an area champion,” which meant every team was coming in to the tourney just as focused as Gering. After two straight losses, first to Seward on Saturday, the Plattsmouth, Gering’s season was over.

Gering was led by a flawless day at the dish by Trace Fulk, who went 3-3 against Plattsmouth’s pitching. He singled in the third, fourth, and sixth innings.

Zach Brandt, Richard Hasty, Josh Aho, and Draven Ray helped boosted Plattsmouth’s offense. They combined for eight hits and six RBIs.

The 36ers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first. A single by Dylan Radzymski, scoring Austin Abbott, started the inning off. The seniors then tacked on more runs when Hernandez scored on a wild pitch, Radzymski scored on an error, and Fulk scored on an RBI single by Dalton Scott.

Gering matched its two-run third inning with two more in the fourth. In the third, the 36ers scored on a two-run double by Quentin Timblin, bringing home Mike Gutherless and Scott.
It didn’t take long for Plattsmouth to answer as it scored two runs of its own in the third. Plattsmouth scored on a walk by Aho and a hit by pitch.

Plattsmouth never surrendered the lead after the sixth inning, scoring seven runs on a groundout by Ray and three singles.


PVC 4 0 2 2 0 3 0 – 11 11 4

PLTS 0 0 2 0 5 7 x – 14 10 4

The bats went quiet in the 2-1 loss to Seward on Saturday. Austin Reynolds allowed just two runs, but Gering couldn’t get the offense going.

Chris Palomo was hot from the plate for the 36ers. He went 2-3, with a single in the fourth inning and a triple in the seventh inning.

Brady Fitzke got the win for Seward. He allowed one run over six innings. He struck out one, walked one and surrendered five hits.

Reynolds took the loss for Gering.

The gam’s last lead went to Seward thanks to a fourth inning rally, in which two runners came across the plate on a groundout by Taryn Dredge and an RBI single by Riley Lewis.

In the seventh inning, Gering’s seniors scored its only run on the day on an error.

PVC 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 – 1 6 0
SWR 0 0 0 2 0 0 x – 2 5 4

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