The Gering Platte Valley Companies senior legion baseball team surrendered 11 runs to WESTCO in the second inning on Tuesday night at Cleveland Field, falling to the Zephyrs 17-5.
After finishing the Clair Conley tournament with two wins and a loss last weekend, the setback to WESTCO puts Gering at 16-8-1 this season. Gering is right in the middle of another busy week, with a game against Chadron on Wednesday, a double-header against Casper on Thursday and another action packed weekend.
Gering coach Rick Kinnaman said his team didn’t play well but did try to come back somewhat after a disastrous second inning.
“We played pretty poorly. We let some balls drop in the outfield, didn’t make smart plays in the infield,” he said. “We gave a team that was pretty hot at the plate tonight a lot of extra chances and extra outs and you find yourself in the hole that we were in.”
What Kinnaman did say, though, is his team just needs to put this game behind them and move on.
“We play tomorrow. We play Thursday. We play this weekend,” Kinnaman said. “We are right in the grind of things, so we can’t let this get us down too much. We just need to put it behind us and roll.”
The second inning for WESTCO was the difference where they scored 11 runs with two outs. The first run came across on a Jerrett Richter single that scored Jack Jones.
The Zephyrs, in posting their 18th win of the season, finished the five-inning contest with 15 hits including five doubles.
WESTCO coach Jeremiah Luber said his team swung the bat well.
“I thought we did a pretty good job tonight. We kind of struggled on the mound, but at the plate we did a good job. The second inning we had good approaches of the guys swinging at good pitches and not helping out their pitchers.”
The offense in the second-inning was the difference, where WESTCO plated 11 runs on nine hits. After that, The Zephyrs then came back with one run in the third and five in the fourth.
“We might have missed some opportunities there in the third inning, but we extended the lead in both innings and that is what you have to do after you put up an 11-spot after a big inning,” Luber said. “That is good to see from our guys. They maintained focus.”
While it was a big win against cross-town Gering, it was even bigger coming off a doubleheader defeat to Hastings on Saturday.
“We had two close games against a real quality opponent [in Hastings] and coming into this rivalry game with Gering with a packed house was good to see the guys go out there and play pretty well,” he said.
After that Paul Panduro and Creighton Dike each had doubles to score two runs each to make the score 5-0. After a Tate Carson singled to score Dike, Harold Baez and Jones had run-scoring doubles to make the score 8-0. Richter followed with a 2-run single and then Panduro finished off the scoring with a run-scoring single.
Gering did mount a comeback in the third, scoring three runs all with two outs. Jerod Balthazor started the hit parade with a single. Riley Gaudreault followed with a 2-run triple followed by a Riley Schanaman’s run-scoring single to cut the lead to 11-3.
WESTCO added one in the third for a 12-3 lead. Gering added two more in the fourth on just one hit.
The Zephyrs put the game away with a five-spot in the fourth. Hunter McCollum had the big hit with a 2-run double.
All nine starters for the Zephyrs finished with at least one hit. Panduro and Jace Heimerman each had three hits. Panduro had a double, three RBIs, and two runs scored, while Heimerman had three singles, two RBIs, and two runs scored.
Gering had just five hits in the contest. Gaudreault had the only extra base hit for PVC with a triple. Gaudreault had two RBIs with a run scored. The other four hits were singles from Schanaman, Jack Franklin, Ryley Hoke, and Balthazor.
Panduro picked up the pitching win, going four innings in striking out 11, allowing four hits and five runs. K.J. Hartline tossed the final inning, striking out two and allowing a hit.
Gering PVC 003 20 – 5 5 2
Zephyrs 0(11)1 5x – 17 15 1
WP – Paul Panduro; LP – Justin Scott.
2B – Zephyrs (Harold Baez, Creighton Dike, Jack Jones, Hunter McCollum, Paul Panduro).
3B – PVC (Riley Guardrenault).
Express earns walk-off win over Gering B&C Steel
The WESTCO Express earned a walk-off win over Gering B&C Steel 4-3 in a game that saw a lot of defensive plays.
The Express struck first with two in the first inning on singles by Izaiah Torrez and Riley Strauch for a 2-0 lead. WESTCO added a single run in the fourth for a 3-0 lead.
Gering kept battling and had a seventh-inning comeback that saw B&C score three times to tie the game. Dalton Wiese scored the first run with a run-scoring single. Karsen Ryan than had a run-scoring single to cut the deficit to 3-2. Wiese later scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.
WESTCO wasted little time in scoring the winning run. Abel Garcia lead off with a single. Pinch runner Tristan Garcia than came around to score on a throwing error for the winning run.
The Express outhit Gering 10-5. Keegan Nation and Abel Garcia each had two hits for the Express.
Cameron Meyer picked up the win, tossing two-thirds of an inning in relief of Porter Robbins. Meyer struck out one. Robbins allowed five hits and three runs while striking out 10.
Gering B&C 000 000 3 – 3 5 1
Express 200 100 1 – 4 10 2
WP – Cameron Meyer; LP – Dalton Wiese.
2B – Express (Keegan Nation).