Juniors on another 3-game skid
The Gothenburg Juniors found themselves in a tough spot time and time again last week as the younger Melons team lost three straight games, each by 12 runs.
It’s the third three-game skid of the summer as the Juniors fall to 4-10 on the season with only one matchup in the week ahead.
Gothenburg travels to Minden for a 5:30 p.m. game on Friday. The Juniors won’t be in action again until they play on the road at Overton on July 8.
Pair of rough innings
The Junior Melons allowed the Holdrege First Nationals to take an early lead on June 21 but the game didn’t get out of reach for Gothenburg until the last two innings.
Holdrege went home with a 19-7 victory.
The First Nationals led 2-0 heading into the bottom of the second inning.
The Melons scored three runs to take their only lead of the game.
With one out on a fly ball to right field by Ben Tiedemann, Trent Long walked and Jeff Rodriguez was hit by a pitch.
When Adam Speck reached on an error, Long took third and headed home on the existing error.
Speck and Rodriguez stole their way second and third, respectively. Rodriguez ran home on a wild pitch and Speck scored when Justin Larson reached on an error.
Larson was stranded to end the inning with a 3-2 Gothenburg advantage.
The Melons scored another four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning but it was too little too late to make up an already widening gap.
Holdrege had seven runs in the fourth inning and eight in the fifth.
Larson took the loss on the mound throwing 41/3 innings with Speck and Long in relief,
Rodriguez, Speck and Levi Walker had one hit each. Walker’s was a triple to right field in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Home run not enough
Against another opponent, four singles, two doubles and a home run might be enough for a Melon victory.
The seven hits weren’t enough, though, against McCook at home on June 22 as the First Central Bank Juniors defeated the Melons 17-5.
Gothenburg scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and maintained a 3-2 lead after two innings.
In the bottom of the first, Justin Larson led off with a single to right field. He stole second and scored when Trey Kolbo hit an RBI double on a full count.
Catcher Levi Walker followed with a long single to score Kolbo.
Walker stole second and took third on a wild pitch before scoring when Ben Tiedemann hit a ground ball.
Tiedemann was thrown out heading to second.
McCook then had eight consecutive batters score with Kolbo on the mound giving up a pair of walks and five hits with four errors in the field.
The Melons struggled to score after that, earning only two more runs, including a home run by Larson in the bottom of the fourth.
Larson finished with two hits, as did Levi Walker and Ben Tiedemann.
Kolbo took the loss.
Ogallala hammers Melons
Gothenburg batters had a tough time getting on base against Ogallala’s pitcher Saturday.
At the same time, the Melons struggled to keep Ogallala from scoring as Gothenburg fell 13-1 on the road.
The Melons’ only run came in the top of the third inning after they’d already fallen behind 6-0.
Brett Mayher doubled to right-center field and took third on a passed ball.
The Melon third baseman scored on a sacrifice fly by Chase Ostergard.
Ben Tiedemann took the loss after three innings on the mound.