Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Juniors sweep Hershland to go to 3-3

Busy week ahead with four games scheduled.

Gothenburg’s Juniors evened their season record at 3-3 with two wins and a loss in the past week’s action.

The Melons dropped an 8-3 contest at Holdrege June 1 and then swept a double header against Hershland Sunday. They opened with a 6-5 win as hosts and then played as the visitors in a 4-3 victory.

Gothenburg alternates home and away contests with games at McCook Wednesday (tonight) and at Cozad Tuesday while hosting Ogallala Friday and Overton Wednesday, June 15.

Holdrege rallies to 8-3 win

One bad inning can be hard to overcome in a baseball game. Put it at the end of the contest and it can be insurmountable.

That was the case in an 8-3 loss for the Gothenburg Juniors at Holdrege on June 1.

The damage came in a seven-run sixth inning for Holdrege. The hosts erupted for seven runs against Melon starter Ben Tiedemann, who had allowed just one hit in the previous four innings.

Gothenburg fell behind 1-0 after the first frame. Three singles in Holdrege’s first four trips to the plate pushed one runnner home and had another in scoring position at third. Two pop flies got the Melons out of the jam.

A Gothenburg run in the top of the second tied the score. Tiedemann reached on a fielder’s choice, advanced on a passed ball and scored on a hit to right field by Trent Long.

The Melons gained a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning without the benefit of a hit. Long was hit by a pitch and Jeff Rodriguez walked. Long came home on a ground ball by Brett Mayher and Rodriguez scored on a catcher’s error.

Gothenburg trailed 8-3 going into the final inning. Two batters reached first base in a two-out rally before Levi Walker was forced out at second on a ground ball.

Long’s RBI single was the only hit of the game for Gothenburg.

Melons hold off Hershland

A five-run third inning gave Gothenburg a 6-1 lead, and it was a good thing as Hershland rallied to within one run before losing 6-5.

The Melons got out of multiple jams with minimum damage. Hershland left the bases loaded three times and had two base runners stranded twice.

The Melons never trailed in the game, although the score was tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the third.

Brett Mayher led off the first inning with a single and eventually came home on a single by Adam Speck.

Hershland tied the score with a solo tally in the third on a bases-loaded walk. A strikeout ended that threat.

Gothenburg came up with five runs in the bottom of the third on just three hits, one of which was a run-scoring double by Trent Long. Speck and Chase Ostergard each stroked RBI singles.

Hershland scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings and then made things interesting with two runs in the final inning. The tying and go-ahead runs were on third and second base when the next batter struck out to end the contest.

Speck and Ostergard each had a pair of hits for the Melons.

Trey Kolbo started the game on the mound and received late relief help from Speck and Ostergard.

Larson sharp in 4-3 win

Justin Larson scattered five hits while throwing a complete game victory, 4-3, over Hershland in the second game of a double header.

Larson fanned eight batters and walked just one.

Hershland got on the scoreboard first with a RBI single following a two-out double.

The lead didn’t last long as Gothenburg plated two runs in the second. Trent Long double and then scored on an infield error that left Adam Speck at first. Speck eventually scored on a single by Zach Wolf.

The Melons made it 3-1 in the third after Larson was hit by a pitch to start the rally. A single and a walk loaded the bases before a walk to Long forced Larson home.

Hershland combined a double and two singles for a two-run rally in the fifth.

Gothenburg scored what eventually was the winning run in the top of the sixth. Jeff Rodriguez walked and pinch runner Jett Seimer later scored on a single by Brett Mayher.

Mayher went 2-for-4 to pace the Melon hitting attack.