Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Seniors roll to 10-2 record

Picking up a rained out game in mid-stream with new conditions and a new lineup of players threw the Senior Melons for a loop last week .

Gothenburg’s first game against Holdrege on the road was called due to weather.

When the Melons resumed play at home on June 21, they had a tough time getting into the swing of things and lost to the First Nationals.

Gothenburg pulled it together for the nightcap as well as the next two games to win three in a row, including avenging an earlier rout by Ogallala.

The Melons are now 10-2 and hit the road this week playing at Lexington on Wednesday in a 7 p.m. game before traveling to Minden on Friday.

The Seniors face Lexington again on July 6, this time at home in another 7 p.m. game.

Frightful finish

When Gothenburg started a game at Holdrege on June 1, the Melons were missing three key players who were involved in an all-star football game.

The ballgame was called due to weather and finished when the First Nationals came to Gothenburg on June 21.

Those three previously absent players were available when the game picked up in the bottom of the second inning with Holdrege leading 1-0 but coach Mark Bartels knew if he put them in the lineup, he would limit his substitution possibilities later.

The Melons struggled to get on track as Holdrege built a 7-0 lead before Gothenburg scored a run in the top of the third inning on an error.

Gothenburg put three more runs on the board in the top of the fourth inning but it was a little too late as Holdrege already had a 9-1 advantage.

Brandon Wlasiuk and Chase Ostergard each walked. Both advanced on a wild pitch and the Melons loaded the bases when Aaron Lauer also walked.

With two outs, Tanner Schwanz smacked the ball into left field where it was bobbled by the Holdrege defender. That allowed both Wlasiuk and Ostergard to score and sent Lauer to third.

Lauer got home on a wild pitch and the inning ended with Schwanz stranded at third.

Gothenburg got another run in the top of the seventh inning but it wasn’t nearly enough to make up the deficit.

Cody Ostergard took the loss on the mound.

Melons split

The second game against Holdrege on June 21 was a different story for the Melons.

After falling behind 2-1 in the first inning, the Melons allowed only one more Holdrege run in the game to split with a 10-3 win.

Gothenburg had strong batting that included a home run by Tré Ostergard to start the bottom of the third inning and doubles from Tanner Schwanz, Korey Ahlenstorf and Ostergard.

The Seniors’ big surge came in the third when they scored four runs.

Tré Ostergard sparked the rally with his home run.

Ahlenstorf followed with a double. He then took third on a wild pitch and stole home for the run.

Tannor Mroczek walked and stole second. Brandon Wlasiuk also walked. Both advanced to load the bases when Aaron Lauer was hit by a pitch.

Mroczek stole home and Wlasiuk followed to complete the scoring.

Lauer was thrown out headed to second to end the inning.

Tanner Schwanz finished with three hits while Cody Ostergard, Tré Ostergard and Ahlenstorf had two each.

Tré Ostergard earned the win pitching seven strikeouts against 31 batters faced.

Ahlenstorf gets big hits

Seniors catcher Korey Ahlenstorf managed three doubles in three at-bats against McCook at home on June 22 to help lift Gothenburg over the Reds 5-3.

Ahlenstorf racked up four RBIs with his solid hitting and scored one run.

Gothenburg led 4-0 with one run in the first inning and three in the third before McCook got on the board in the top of the fifth inning.

Ahlenstorf’s double knocked in Tré Ostergard in the first inning.

In the third, Tanner Schwanz reached on an error and advanced when Tré Ostergard walked.

Ahlenstorf’s second double scored both base runners. He then advanced to third on a wild pitch and ran home when Trent Good reached on a ground ball.

Jeron Seimer finished the scoring in the bottom of the fifth when he walked and then rounded the bags on Ahlenstorf’s final double of the night.

Tré Ostergard was also 2-for-2 hitting with a pair of singles.

Schwanz got the win as pitcher.

Avenging a loss

Ogallala stunned Gothenburg with a 20-0 three-inning loss a couple of weeks ago.

That made Saturday’s 9-4 victory by the Melons a whole lot sweeter.

Gothenburg got on top right away in the first inning with a pair of base hits.

Tannor Mroczek led off, getting to second on an error in right field.

He stole third and slipped home on a throwing error at third.

Cody Ostergard then singled and scooted to third on a Tré Ostergard single.

Cody Ostergard scored on a passed ball and Tré Ostergard gathered a pair of bases also on passed balls but he was thrown out trying to get home.

The Melons steadily gained momentum against Ogallala, capping the night with a pair of runs in the seventh inning.

Brandon Wlasiuk walked and took second on a throwing error at third that resulted in Aaron Lauer reaching first.

Both base runners scored on a long double by Brett Mayher to left field.

Mayher was thrown out trying to steal third and the inning ended with a strikeout and a line drive out.

Korey Ahlenstorf and Mayher each went 2-for-3 with a single and a double apiece while Tré Ostergard was 2-for-4 hitting a pair of singles.

Ahlenstorf pitched a complete game for the win.