Seniors move to 4-1 on the season
The Senior Melons experienced an extreme range of emotions last week that started with an extra-innings win over Minden and ended on a shocking rout by Ogallala with a solid victory over McCook in the middle.
Gothenburg moves to 4-1 on the season as the Melons host Overton Wednesday (tonight) before traveling to Broken Bow Saturday afternoon.
Next week, the Melons are at home two evenings in a row as they host Holdrege on Tuesday and McCook on June 22.
Schwanz hits two homers
Melon center fielder Tanner Schwanz got the Seniors’ scoring started with a home run in the bottom of the first inning and he added another hit over the fence in the fifth to lead Gothenburg batters to a 10-inning 7-6 victory over Minden on June 7.
Minden put three runs on the board in the top half of the first inning on a pair of hits to take the early lead.
Schwanz, Gothenburg’s first batter of the game, knocked the ball over the right field fence to spark the Melons.
It was the only run Gothenburg managed until the bottom of the fifth inning.
Trailing 4-1, Schwanz was again the lead-off batter for Gothenburg in the bottom of the fifth.
He blasted another home run in roughly the same place to bring Gothenburg within two runs at 4-2.
Cody Ostergard followed Schwanz with a walk and then stole second.
Cody Ostergard scored on a hit to right field by first baseman Tré Ostergard, who added an extra base to his double to reach third.
Tré Ostergard scored on a balk by Minden pitcher Craig Driver to tie the score at 4-4.
Neither team was able to get home in the sixth or seventh innings, forcing extra frames.
Minden managed one run in each of the eighth and ninth innings and Gothenburg was able to answer.
In the eighth, Tannor Mroczek hit a triple to right field and scored on a passed ball.
In the ninth, Cody Ostergard singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
He scored on a long single by Tré Ostergard, who was stranded. The score was knotted 6-6 after nine innings.
Minden didn’t get a runner on base in the top of the 10th as two batters were thrown out at first and the other struck out by relief pitcher Tré Ostergard.
It only took two Melon batters to finish off the win.
Mroczek doubled to right field and advanced to third on a passed ball to set up the winning run.
Shortstop Trent Good got his only hit of the game when it mattered most. He singled to right center and brought Mroczek home.
Tré Ostergard earned the win in one inning of relief.
Schwanz led Melon batters with two home runs while Mroczek recorded a triple and a double.
Melons beat McCook 6-2
Tré Ostergard struck out 12 batters and walked only one in a complete game on the road June 8 as the Seniors downed McCook 6-2.
Gothenburg got on the board early with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning.
Cody Ostergard singled to left field and stole his way to second.
A single by third baseman Jeron Seimer sent Ostergard scooting home.
Seimer advanced on a single by Korey Ahlenstorf and scored when Tannor Mroczek smacked a long single to left center.
Ahlenstorf and Mroczek were left on base.
McCook tied the score 2-2 with a run in the bottom of the third and another in the fourth.
Gothenburg regained the lead in the top of the fifth.
Cody Ostergard singled and got to third on a long single by Tré Ostergard.
Cody ran home on another single from Seimer that pushed Tré to third.
Seimer stole second and an errant throw at third allowed Tré to get home but Seimer was thrown out before he could score.
The Melons managed two more runs, one each in the top of the sixth and seventh.
Gothenburg finished with 14 hits, led by Seimer with three singles and a double. Korey Ahlenstorf added three singles.
Ogallala offers shut-out
Despite playing on their home field, Gothenburg batters struggled to get on base against visiting Ogallala pitcher Justin Callihan Friday night.
At the same time, Ogallala scored 20 runs on 11 hits and four Melon errors to pummel the Seniors 20-0 in three innings.
The Melons tried three different pitchers but were unable to stop Ogallala, which scored nine runs in the top of the first, five in the second and six in the third.
Tanner Schwanz took the loss on the mound with Trent Good and Cody Ostergard also trying their hands in relief.
Tannor Mroczek was the only Gothenburg batter to get a hit, a single in the second inning.