Melons off to a rough start
Seniors lose first two games.
The Gothenburg Melons didn’t get the kind of start on the 2012 baseball season they would have liked.
The Seniors’ season opener with Kearney fell through due to a miscommunication and then the Melons suffered back-to-back losses to Cozad and Broken Bow at home.
Gothenburg can get back on track this week as they hit the road for three games.
The Seniors are at Holdrege for a double-header Wednesday (today) and then travel to Shelton-Gibbon on Sunday and play at Overton Tuesday.
Batters, defense struggle
The Seniors struggled in the batting box against Cozad pitchers Logan Klapperich and Micah Neill as they combined for 14 strikeouts and allowed only three Gothenburg hits in the Melons’ 11-3 defeat Friday night.
At the same time, four Gothenburg errors along with four wild pitches and two passed balls allowed Cozad five unearned runs of the 11 on the board.
The Melons’ only runs of the ball game came in the bottom of the third inning as Gothenburg went to bat trailing 4-0.
Bryce Eggleston opened the inning with a strikeout but Klapperich followed with a pair of walks putting Justin Larson and Trey Kolbo on the bags.
Chase Ostergard scored both when he hit a long double to center field for a pair of RBIs.
Another strikeout by Levi Walker left Ostergard at second base but he cruised home on another double by Trent Good, closing the gap to 4-3.
Good was left standing on second when Ben Tiedemann’s fly ball to left field was caught.
The only other Gothenburg hit of the night was a double by Walker in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Kolbo took the loss on the mound after 32/3 innings with Tiedemann in relief.
Melons manage two hits
Gothenburg got only two batters on base in six innings Saturday afternoon as Broken Bow shut out the Melons 10-0.
Visiting pitchers Michael Coleman and Grayson Minnick held the Seniors to only two hits in 20 at-bats with 12 strikeouts.
At the same time, Broken Bow racked up 7-of-10 earned runs on 10 hits against Gothenburg’s losing pitcher Justin Larson.
Chase Ostergard’s single in the first inning and Brandon Wlasiuk’s base hit in the fifth were the only highlights of the offense.