It was a busy night of legion baseball across the region and that included two games on the Rural Radio Network with both Gering and WESTCO in action on the road.
Let’s start with a great pitching performance from Gering’s Jack Franklin as Platte Valley Companies shutout Bridgeport 10-0 in five innings. Franklin tossed the complete game shutout getting 13 of his 15 outs via the strikeout, he allowed just one hit on the night.
“That’s probably the best we’ve seen Jack look in quite some time. And that’s not a knock to him, I just think he kind of elevated his performance tonight. He kind of forced us to go away from our gameplan a little bit because he got into a groove. We didn’t plan on throwing him that much, just wanted him to get some work because he hadn’t thrown in a little while. He settled into a groove, he had great command of his fastball and his off-speed”, assistant coach Danny O’Boyle said.
Gering managed just three hits on the night but they didn’t need many as Bridgeport pitchers combined to walk 13 in the game. Brady Radzymski led Gering at the plate with two hits and two RBI.
With the win Gering is now at 5-1 on the season. In the JR’s game last night B&C Steel beat Bridgeport 11-1.
Gering is home for JR/SR doubleheader tonight and we’ll have coverage on 106.9 The Trail and KHYYfm.com with Jeff Kelley starting at approximately 6:45, first pitch is on the scheduled for 7 pm.
Z’s fall in Cheyenne
Anytime you head to Powers Field in Cheyenne to play Post 6 you know you’re going to be in for a tough ballgame and that was the case once again on Tuesday as the WESTCO Zephyrs lost to the Sixers by the final of 8-1.
This one was tight into the bottom of the fifth inning.
The two starting pitchers, Wyatt Haught (Z’s) and Colter McAnelly (Sixers) both put up zeros in the first two and a half innings. Post 6 then got the first two runs of the night in the bottom of the third on a wild pitch from Haught and then a RBI groundout.
WESTCO would answer back in the top of the fourth as Porter Robbins came up with a clutch two out RBI single scoring Dario Rodriguez. That hit nearly tied the game but the second running trying to score, Jerrett Richter, after being called safe to start, was then called out after a discussion by the two umpires.
A great throw from CF Ben Bohlman beat Richter the plate but Z’s coach Jeremiah Luber thought he got in there safely, “That was disappointing for me, I thought Jerrett did an outstanding job of avoiding the initial tag. Field umpire said he got him in the leg. I didn’t necessarily agree but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”
Robbins and Rodriguez each finished with two hits in the loss.
Starting pitcher Wyatt Haught was solid, he gave his team a chance. Haught worked four innings allowed three earned runs while walking three and striking out four.
The Zephyrs return home for a two day, three game series with Kearney starting with a doubleheader on Thursday. We’ll have both games on 106.9 The Trail and KHYYfm.com starting at 4:45.