12 runners left on base in Juniors’ 10-2 loss
Missed opportunities kept the Gothenburg Juniors from keeping pace with Ogallala Wednesday on the road.
Ogallala, meanwhile, continually pushed its runners home particularly in the third and sixth innings, en route to a 10-2 victory.
The Melons ended the game with 12 runners left on base. Three of the rallies, though, began after two outs.
Gothenburg reached the scoreboard first with a single run in the opening inning. Quinn Haynes singled with one out, advanced when Bryce Kowalewski was hit by a pitch and then scored on a single by Riley Ostendorf. Haynes and Kowalewski were stranded after two strikeouts.
Ogallala answered with a pair in the bottom of the inning.
The Melons scored another solo run, and their final tally, in the third inning. After a pair of ground outs, Dominic Long was hit by a pitch and then stole second base. He raced home on a single by Tyler Tiede
Ogallala exploded for four runs—all without the benefit of a hit—in the bottom of the third. Three errors and four walks kept the rally going.
Gothenburg missed its best chance at scoring in the fifth inning when three straight walks loaded the bases with no outs. Two strikeouts and a ground ball to second ended the threat.
The hosts added a single run in the fourth and then scored three more in the sixth with just one hit.
Long and Haynes split the action on the mound for Gothenburg with Long taking the loss.
The Melons are on the road again this week. They travel to Lexington on Wednesday (tonight), to McCook Thursday, to Holdrege on Friday and to Minden Sunday.