Zephyrs split games in Casper

CASPER, Wyo. — The WESTCO Zephyrs senior legion baseball team finished the weekend just like it started with a doubleheader split on Sunday in Casper, Wyoming.

After trading wins with Spearfish, South Dakota, on Saturday, the Zephyrs did the same against the Casper Crush. WESTCO rallied for a 7-4 win in the opener, but struggled to get anything going against Crush starter Kyle Guille in a 12-0 loss in game two.

The Zephyrs have won nine of their last 11 games and sport an overall record of 10-4.

“I really like the fight of this team,” WESTCO head coach Jeremiah Luber said. “We swung the bat well for three of the four games this weekend.”

In Sunday’s first game, the Zephyrs’ offense continued to show signs of heating up. After scoring a season high of 18 runs on 18 hit in a win over Spearfish Saturday, WESTCO recorded another double-digit hit total with 14 in its victory over Casper. Five of those were doubles, including two each from Harold Baez and Jack Jones.

“Harold and Jack really had an outstanding weekend. Jerald Ybarra had a really good weekend swinging the bat as well,” Luber said. “It’s good to see those guys doing that at the plate.”

The Zephyrs trailed the Crush 4-3 going into the sixth inning, but erupted with four runs in the top of the frame to earn the come-from-behind win. Baez and Ybarra led the offensive attack with three hits each. Ybarra drove in three runs. Jones and Paul Panduro added a pair of hits each. Creighton Dike finished with a double and Tate Carson drove in two runs.

Baez went the distance to earn the win on the mound. He scattered six hits, struck out seven and walked none. All four of Casper’s runs were unearned.

“Harold pitched outstanding,” Luber said. “It was probably his best performance of the year.”

Casper’s Guille was just too strong on the hill in game two. He limited the Zephyrs to only two hits and struck out seven.

“We faced a really good pitcher in the last game,” Luber said. “He just shut us down.”

Panduro and Hunter McCollum accounted for WESTCO’s pair of hits. McCollum doubled. Carson drew a walk.

The Zephyrs will now turn their attention to North Platte. The First Nationals will visit Cleveland Field for a doubleheader on Wednesday starting at 3 p.m.

“They’ll be tough,” Luber said of North Platte. “They’re a team we haven’t been able to beat the last couple of years. We’re really excited about the challenge and it will be nice to have them for a couple home games.”

The games will be the Zephyrs’ first of the season against a Class A, Area 7 Tournament opponent. The results of the regular-season matchups among the teams will determine the seedings for July’s A-7 tournament, which will be played in North Platte.

Luber said the Zephyrs hope to put together the best record they possibly can against the A-7 opposition.

“These games do determine our seeding in the area tournament, so just based off that they do mean a little bit more,” he said. “They obviously aren’t the be-all end-all, but they are important for what we want to try and accomplish for our season goals.”

 

Game One

Zephyrs 100 110 4 — 7 14 4

Casper 100 030 0 — 4 6 1

WP — Harold Baez. LP — Kyle Halverson.

2B — Zephyrs (Harold Baez 2, Jack Jones 2, Creighton Dike).

Game Two

Zephyrs (10-4) 000 00 — 0 2 1

Casper 342 3x — 12 14 1

WP — Kyle Guille. LP — Creighton Dike.

2B — Zephyrs (Hunter McCollum).

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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