CHADRON — The Gering Platte Valley Companies senior legion baseball team claimed a pair of wins during the Chadron Wood Bat Tournament on Saturday at Maurice Horse Field in Chadron.
Quinton Janecek drove in five runs in Gering’s 13-4 win over Chadron. Jack Franklin tossed seven shutout innings with 12 strikeouts in a 7-0 victory over Sidney.
Platte Valley Companies, which improved to 5-2-1 on the season, will return to Chadron on Sunday to face Valentine at 3 p.m.
In Saturday’s first game, Gering broke open a 1-1 tie by scoring seven runs in the top of the fifth inning. Platte Valley Companies tacked on five more runs in the seventh.
Janecek tripled and doubled to account for his five runs batted in. He also scored twice and drew a pair of walks. Riley Gaudreault finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored for Gering. Janecek also led the team with two stolen bases.
Just Scott earned the win on the mound. He allowed just one earned run on six hits, walked two and struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings of work.
Dan Dunbar led Chadron offensively in the contest with two hits. Sam Rischling had a two-run double.
Gering’s Franklin needed little help in Saturday’s second game against Sidney. In addition to striking out 12, he allowed just three hits and walked only one over seven innings.
Janecek had a three-run triple to highlight the Platte Valley Companies’ nine-hit attack at the plate. Franklin helped his own cause by going 2-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in. Finishing with doubles for Gering were Jerod Balthazor, Gaudreault and Franklin. Riley Schanaman and Adreick Conn scored two runs each. Schanaman finished with a team-high two stolen bases.
Grant Campbell led Sidney offensively with a pair of hits, including a double. Paul Houser accounted for Sidney’s other hit in the game.
Tommy Ellwanger struck out four in six innings on the mound for Sidney.
Gering 010 070 5 — 13 8 3
Chadron 100 000 3 — 4 7 3
WP — Justin Scott. LP — Trevor Berry.
3B — Gering (Quinton Janecek). 2B — Gering (Janecek). Chadron (Sam Rischling).
Sidney 000 000 0 — 0 3 3
Gering (5-2-1) 021 013 x — 7 9 2
WP — Jack Franklin. LP — Tommy Elllwanger.
3B — Gering (Quinton Janecek). 2B — Gering (Jerod Balthazor, Jack Franklin, Riley Gaudreault). Chadron (Grant Campbell).