Zephyrs fall to Gillette in tourney opener

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The WESTCO Zephyrs senior legion baseball team couldn’t make an early lead stand up in a 5-2 setback to Gillette in the first round of a tournament on Thursday night in Gillette, Wyoming.

WESTCO plated a pair of runs in the top of the first inning to grab a 2-0 lead, but Gillette answered with three in the bottom of the frame and never trailed the rest of the way. Gillette added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth.

The Zephyrs totaled eight hits in the contest. Paul Panduro led the way by going 3-for-4. Tate Carson followed with a pair of hits. Also finishing with a hit for WESTCO were Jack Jones, KJ Hartline and Jerrett Richter.

Panduro and Carson scored one run each.

Creighton Dike tossed all six innings on the mound for the Zephyrs. He allowed just two earned runs on six hits, struck out two and walked none.

WESTCO committed five errors in the contest compared to two by Gillette.

The Zephyrs, who are now 18-13 on the season, will continue play in the tournament today at 5 p.m. against Rock Springs. WESTCO will then close out pool play on Saturday at 8 a.m. against Greeley, Colorado.

 

Zephyrs (18-13) 200 000 0 — 2 8 5

Gillette 300 002 x — 5 6 2

WP — Brady Richardson. LP — Creighton Dike.

2B — Gillette (Kaleb Lewis, Garret Lynde).

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Jeremy Woznick is the sports editor for the Star-Herald. He can be reached at 308-632-9048 or by emailing jwoznick@starherald.com.

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