CHADRON — In dominating fashion, the Gering Platte Valley Companies senior legion baseball team cruised to a 3-0 record during this weekend’s Chadron Wood Bat Tournament.
Gering won its three games by a combined score of 30-6.
After beating Chadron and Sidney on Saturday, Platte Valley Companies wrapped up play with a 10-2 thumping of Valentine on Sunday.
Head coach Rick Kinnaman said Sunday’s result was nothing special.
“It wasn’t a real big win,” he said. “It was important that we beat a team like that, but it wasn’t anything spectacular.”
What impressed Kinnaman more was the fact that his team finished the tournament with a 3-0 mark.
“Our guys are a little better than they think they are,” he said. “That is what we needed to go in that tournament.”
Kinnaman said this weekend’s performance provided a nice bounce back from Thursday’s 3-0 loss to the WESTCO Zephyrs. Gering didn’t have an answer for Zephyrs’ starting pitcher Paul Panduro in that game.
“We did OK there. We were a little overmatched on the mound,” Kinnaman said. “We hadn’t seen anything like that and didn’t respond very well to that. I wasn’t very upset with that loss. We won’t see much better pitching than that.”
Gering will take a 6-2-1 record into a busy week of games. Platte Valley Companies will host Alliance on Tuesday at Oregon Trail Park before traveling to Bridgeport on Wednesday. A trip to Casper, Wyoming, will close out the week on Saturday.
Alliance will bring in a record of 5-3. The Spartans earned a 10-7 win over Gering back on May 23.
“It is always the same thing, we have to throw strikes and we have to put the ball into play when we are at bat,” Kinnaman said. “We just need to let things fall where they may. We have to be smart on the base paths. We played fairly decent against them the first time this year.”
In Sunday’s win over Valentine, Gering pounded out eight hits with multi-hit performances from Brady Radzymski, Riley Schanaman, and Jerod Balthazor.
Balthazor had one of the two extra base hits with a triple. He also had a RBI.
Radzymski had two singles with three runs scored. Radzymski accounted for four stolen bases. Schanaman tallied two singles, while scoring three runs with an RBI. Schanaman accounted for three stolen bases.
Jack Franklin had the other extra base hit with a double.
Gering also received a stellar pitching performance from Quinton Janacek, who went all six innings in allowing five hits and giving up two runs. The recent Gering graduate struck out six, while throwing just 83 pitches.
Valentine 000 200 – 2 5 4
Gering PVC 205 201 – 10 8 2
WP – Quinton Janacek.
2B – Jack Franklin.
3B – Jerod Balthazor.