Seniors extend win streak to 12
With three shut-outs and a nine-run victory last week, Gothenburg’s Senior Melons extend their winning streak to 12 games, ending the regular season with a 16-2 record.
The Seniors are off for the week ahead but will hope to maintain their full head of steam as they roll into the American Legion Area 6 Tournament at home next week.
Seeding for the tournament will be done on Wednesday (today).
Teams in Area 6 include Broken Bow, Cozad, Gothenburg, Holdrege, Lexington, McCook and Minden.
Bow limited to 13 batters
Senior pitcher Tré Ostergard had a short night on his home mound against Broken Bow on July 5.
Ostergard limited the number of Broken Bow batters to 13 in four innings before the rescheduled game was called due to lightning with Gothenburg winning 5-0.
Ostergard gave up one hit and one walk while the Melon defense kept Broken Bow from getting past first base.
Meanwhile, the Melons got their five runs on seven singles and three errors.
After going three up and three down in the bottom of the first, Gothenburg scored two runs in the second and three runs in the third.
Tanner Schwanz and Korey Ahlenstorf led the way at the plate. Ahlenstorf was 2-for-2 and Schwanz went 2-for-3.
Melons shut down Lex
Solid Gothenburg pitching and stingy defense kept Lexington from getting on the board as the Senior Melons completed two shut-outs in as many days with an 8-0 win over the Pinnacle Bank team at home on July 6.
Tanner Schwanz faced only 18 batters to throw a no-hitter in the shortened five-inning game.
Gothenburg started off with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning.
After a fly out by Korey Ahlenstorf to open the frame, Tannor Mroczek walked and then worked his way around the bags on an error, a stolen base and a wild pitch.
Brandon Wlasiuk followed up with a double to center field. He advanced on a passed ball and scored when Chase Ostergard managed a base hit.
Gothenburg came back to score four more runs in the third inning on three hits and an error with another pair of runs in the fifth to complete the eight-run rule.
Chase Ostergard, who plays up from the Juniors, went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the Melon batters.
Two wins in double-header
Gothenburg made quick work of the Herhsey/Sutherland combination team in the first game of a double-header at Hershey Sunday afternoon.
Melon bats were hot and heavy from the start with a home run, a triple and a double in the top of the first inning.
Lead-off batter Tanner Schwanz wasted no time with a triple to open the game.
Cody Ostergard followed up with a single to score Schwanz and Tré Ostergard really lit the fire with a two-run home run.
Two batters later, Tannor Mroczek reached on a fielder’s choice which left Korey Ahlenstorf out at second.
Trent Good’s double scored Mroczek to give Gothenburg a 4-0 lead.
Another pair of homers and a triple in the second inning brought Hershland players to their knees.
Cody Ostergard started things off with a single and he scored on Tré Ostergard’s second homer of the afternoon.
Then Aaron Lauer reached on a single and was brought home by a homer from Ahlenstorf.
Not to be out-done, Mroczek popped a triple of his own but he was stranded as the inning ended with an 8-0 Gothenburg advantage.
The Melons slammed four more runs on Hershland’s pitcher, Austin Kelly, to finish the game early on the 12-after-3 mercy rule.
Ahlenstorf earned the win on the mound.
Hershland came back a little stronger in the nightcap and scored six runs on four hits but it wasn’t enough to bring down the Melons as Gothenburg finished the regular season with a 15-6 victory.
Bats were still solid for the Melons as they charted 12 hits including two triples, two doubles and eight singles.
Tré Ostergard tripled to left field in the top of the third inning and Schwanz went for three to start off the fourth inning.
Ahlenstorf smacked his double in the third while Good got his in the fourth.
Cody Ostergard earned the win after 42/3 innings on the mound.