Senior Melons jump to 12-2
Strong hitting propels team in pair of wins.
Big bats late in the game at Lexington and strong hitting throughout at Minden thrust the Melon Seniors to a pair of road victories last week as Gothenburg moves to 12-2 on the year with three matchups left on the regular-season schedule.
After a makeup game with Broken Bow on Tuesday, the Melons have only a rematch with Lexington at home Wednesday (today) and a double-header at Hershland on Sunday remaining before the American Legion Area 6 tournament begins in Gothenburg on July 21.
Tonight’s game with Lexington is set for 7 p.m. with Sunday’s double-header to begin at 1 p.m. at Hershey.
Ahlenstorf gets big hits
With a 4-2 lead heading into the seventh inning at Lexington on June 29, Gothenburg needed a solid finish to put away the game.
The Melons got just that as they recorded a triple and a pair of doubles to score two runs and put victory out of reach for the pesky Pinnacle Bank team that hung around the whole game.
Gothenburg third baseman Tré Ostergard whacked a triple into center field to open the seventh inning.
He scored when Aaron Lauer followed up with a right-field double.
Lexington replaced pitcher Tim Sikes with Morgan Ansbach to try and slow the Melons but his first batter, Korey Ahlenstorf, knocked a double deep into left field to score Lauer.
Gothenburg ended the inning on afly ball out, a strikeout and a ground out.
The Melons allowed two Lexington runs on one hit and two errors in the bottom of the seventh but it was not enough for the Pinnacle Bank team.
Cody Ostergard earned the win on the mound with Tré Ostergard in relief.
Tré Ostergard was 2-for-3 hitting with a double and a triple. Tannor Mroczek also hit a triple in the top of the third inning.
Two triples against Lex
The Senior Melons used 12 hits including two triples and two doubles to cruise past Kearney County 13-3 on the road Friday.
Gothenburg jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings using a pair of base hits and a double from Tannor Mroczek to get ahead.
The Melons continued to roll in the third inning as Tré Ostergard turned a Kearney County error in right field into a pair of bases.
He scored when lefty Aaron Lauer followed up with a triple to center field.
Lauer later scored on a single from Trent Good.
Kearney County scored a run in the bottom of the third for a 6-1 Gothenburg advantage.
The Melons continued to add to the tally with a pair of runs in the fourth powered by a two-RBI triple from Tré Ostergard.
Leading 9-2 in the top of the sixth, Tré Ostergard earned another RBI with a double to left-center scoring Cody Ostergard, who had reached on an error and stole second.
Lauer moved Tré Ostergard to third with a base hit but both runners were stranded as Kearney County closed out the inning catching a fly ball and throwing two ground outs.
Gothenburg added another three runs to the board in the top of the seventh on three hits.
Tré Ostergard went 3-for-5 only a home run shy of hitting the cycle. He gathered five RBIs.
Lauer was 4-for-5 with a triple and three singles.
Tanner Schwanz earned the win on the mound throwing six innings with Mroczek and Korey Ahlenstorf also throwing pitches.
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