The Gering senior legion baseball team earned a third place finish at its Platte Valley Companies Classic last weekend. Gering earned a 9-1 win over Sidney in the third place game on the heels of a 10-strikeout performance from pitcher Jack Franklin.
Franklin was the hero of the day for Gering, allowing just one run on four hits. Franklin struck out 10 in six innings.
Gering also pounded out nine hits in the contest. Ryley Hoke led the way with two hits. Hoke also scored twice and had two stolen bases.
Quinton Janecek had the only extra base hit with a triple. Janecek also had two RBIs and a run scored. Brady Radzymski had three RBIs in the win.
Sidney had just four hits in the contest. Jackson Witt had a double and a RBI, while Tommy Ellwanger scored their only run.
Gering struck first with a run in the first, only to watch Sidney knot the game with a run in the third. Gering opened the game after that, plating five in the fourth and then put the game away with a single run in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Gering’s five in the fourth came on just three hits. Radzymski led off with a single. Jerod Balthazor then came through with a run-scoring double before Janecek tripled to score Franklin and Balthazor. Gering led 6-1 after four.
In the championship game, the Buckley Bombers scored five runs in the late innings to rally for a 5-3 win over the Alliance Spartans to win Classic.
The championship game proved tight throughout. Alliance jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Bombers scored a single run in the fifth and three more in the sixth to take the lead. Buckley added an insurance run in the seventh to complete the come-from-behind win.
Buckley’s three pitchers limited Alliance to just two hits, while striking out four. Alliance got to starter Brayden Nichols with three in the fourth for a quick 3-0 lead. JJ Garza started the fourth with a two-out double. Five walks later, Alliance had a 3-0 lead.
Alliance couldn’t hold the lead, allowing a single run to the Bombers in the fifth and then surrendering the lead with three in the sixth on three hits and all the runs coming with two outs to lift the Bombers to a 4-3 lead.
Alliance had just two hits in the contest. Garza had a double with a run scored while Joel Baker had the other hit. Garza also had a stolen base.
Peyton Pinedo went 5 2/3 innings in giving up three runs and allowing three hits. Pinedo also struck out five. JJ Garza finished off the game in allowing four hits and two runs. Garza struck out one.
The Chadron Nationals hammered out 11 hits to cruise to a 15-4 win over the Bridgeport Bombers in the fifth-place contest.
Bridgeport opened the game with three in the first. Chadron came right back to plate four for a 4-3 lead. Bridgeport tied the game at 4-4 with a single run in the second as Jake Wallesen singled in Dawson Kriha.
Chadron put the game away in the bottom of the second in sending 16 batters to the plate, scoring 11 runs on six hits.
Chadron had four players finish with two hits each. Colton Olson, Dan Dunbar, Cole Madsen, and Pat Rust all had two hits. Dunbar and Madsen each had a double. Dunbar finished with three RBIs and two runs scored, while Rust scored two runs and drove in another. Sam Rischling had two RBIs, while Olson scored three runs and drove in another two.
Haag recorded the win on the mound, going three innings in allowing three hits, four runs and striking out six.
Buckley 000 013 1 – 5 7 1
Alliance 000 300 0 – 3 2 1
WP – Dillon Harshman; LP – JJ Garza.
2B – Alliance (JJ Garza), Buckley (Sam Uyemura).
Sidney 001 000 – 1 4 4
Gering 100 512 – 9 8 1
WP – Jack Franklin, LP – Kyler Lenzen.
2B – Sidney (Jackson Witt).
3B – Gering (Quinton Janecek).
Bridgeport 310 – 4 3 2
Chadron 4(11)x – 15 11 0
WP – Sawyer Haag: LP – Brandon Neiger.
2B – Chadron (Dan Dunbar, Cole Madsen), Bridgeport (Josh Kruse).