Justin Scott’s complete-game performance on the mound helped lead Gering Platte Valley Companies to a 5-2 win over visiting Chadron in senior legion baseball action on Friday night at Oregon Trail Park.
Scott struck out seven and limited Chadron to just two runs in the opening inning.
“Justin came out fine today,” Gering head coach Rick Kinnaman said. “He came out Tuesday and had a very poor start and he will be the first to tell you that. We talked before the game how to get focused for the game. He still had a rocky start, but got stronger and stronger as the game went along.”
With Chadron holding a 2-0 lead into the fifth inning, Platte Valley Companies ignited with four runs in the bottom of the frame to surge into a 4-2 lead. The way Scott was performing on the hill, that was all Gering needed to notch its 18th victory of the season.
Despite the loss, Chadron head coach Bruce Parish said his squad continues to improve as the season progresses.
“We played really well. We have been working on fundamentals and it showed off tonight a little bit that we are doing a lot of things,” Parish said. “Gering is an excellent ball club, well coached, and they have a solid program. So, when you come here and have a chance to win the game, that is a credit to your kids. Our kids played really hard. With a couple breaks and a couple more plays, we probably would have won the game.”
Chadron also got a strong pitching performance from Cole Madsen and Colton Olson, who combined to allow just four Gering hits while combining on four strikeouts.
“Our pitching is as good as anybodys,” Parish said. “We have a lot of pitching depth and our catchers are as good as anybodys. Every time we come out on the field we expect to win.”
Chadron finished the game with three hits. Two came in the first inning as Olson and Dan Dunbar singled to lead off the game. Both later scored on an error and a sacrifice fly for the 2-0 lead.
The lead stayed that way until the fifth as Nationals starter Madson was cruising along. Gering finally got to Madsen in the fifth by scoring four times on three hits. Anthony Walker led off the inning reaching on an error. After two outs, Jerod Balthazor walked. Quinton Janecek then drove in one with a double and then Brady Radzymski scored a pair with a single. Radzymski later scored on a error for the 4-2 lead.
Gering added an insurance run in the sixth as Jack Franklin scored on a Scott double.
Gering will have Saturday off before heading to Chappell for a triangular with the Buckley Bombers and Lexington on Sunday.
Chadron will next be in action Tuesday when the Nationals travel to Sidney before playing at WESTCO on Wednesday.
Chadron 200 000 0 – 2 3 3
Gering 000 041 x – 5 4 4
WP – Justin Scott; LP – Cole Madsen.
2B – Gering (Quinton Janecek, Justin Scott).
Gering, Chadron juniors finish with a 4-4 tie
The Gering B&C Steel and Chadron juniors earned a 4-4 tie in action on Friday at Oregon Trail Park.
Gering score four times in the second inning to grab a 4-0 lead but couldn’t hold it as Chadron plated one in the fifth and three in the seventh to force extra innings.
Gering’s four runs in the second came on three hits. Chris Snelling led off with a single and scored the first run of the game on a Michael Rico single. Jarrod Beamon scored the second run of the game on a Camelo Timblin base hit. Rico added the third run while Ryan Johnston scored the fourth run on a Blake Green single.
Chadron added a single run in the fifth as Daniel Wellnitz smacks a triple to score Ryan Vahrenkamp.
The junior Nationals scored three in the seventh to tie the game. All three runs crossed home plate with two outs. Wellnitz scored on a passed ball followed by Zander Province scoring Colin Brennan on a triple. Province scored on an error for the tie.
Chadron finished with seven hits. Cobie Bila and Vahrenkamp each had two hits.
Gering tallied eight hits. Beamon led the way with two doubles with a run scored.
Gering, 6-17-1, will next be in action Sunday when they host Torrington.
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Gering 040 000 00 – 4 8 2
2B – Gering (Jarrod Beamon 2).
3B – Chadron (Zander Province, Cobie Bila, Daniel Wellnitz).