Melons still eyeing first victory
The Gothenburg Juniors are still looking for their first win of the season after a busy week on the road.
Perhaps the Melons’ luck will change this week with a few home contests. Gothenburg hosts Broken Bow Wednesday and Cozad comes to town on Thursday. On Saturday, the Juniors play at Hershland before they entertain Broken Bow again on Sunday. Gothenburg hosts Overton on Wednesday, June 18.
Early lead carries Lex
The Gothenburg Juniors couldn’t battle back from an early deficit in an 11-5 loss June 4 at Lexington.
The Melons scored a solo run in the first inning, but trailed 5-1 after three. Their first run came after Bryce Kowalewski was hit by a pitch. He later scored on a ground out by Tyler Tiede.
Gothenburg sliced into the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Braeden Brundage walked and then stole a pair of bases. He raced home on a single by Jordan Wenger, who later scored on a single by Radley Shaw.
Lexington answered in the bottom of the third with three runs for an 8-3 lead.
The Melons scored single runs in the fifth and seventh. Back-to-back hits by Dominic Long and Riley Ostendorf earned a run in the fifth. Long singled again in the seventh and, after stealing second and third, came home on a sacrifice fly by Ostendorf.
Leading the team with a pair of hits each were Long, Ostendorf, Wenger and Shaw.
Long started on the mound and suffered the loss. Shaw and Quinn Haynes both threw in relief.
McCook limits Melon hits
Gothenburg was held to just one hit in a 13-1 loss at McCook on Thursday.
The Melons scored a single run in the first inning. Braeden Brundage reached on an error that left him at second base. Eventually he came home on a ground out by Quinn Haynes.
Bryce Kowalewski followed with Gothenburg’s only hit of the game, a single, and he was stranded at second.
Another McCook error gave the Melons their only other base runner, but Jordan Wenger was left on base in the second.
McCook sent 15 batters to the plate in the first frame and nine eventually scored. The hosts added three more runs in the second before finishing with a single tally in the third.
Kowalewski was the starting pitcher and took the loss. Relief help came from Wenger and Brant May.
Melons fall in delayed game
Holdrege scored all the runs it needed in the first inning of a 9-2 victory Friday over Gothenburg.
The game had been postponed from an earlier date because of rain.
A double and four singles sparked a seven-run rally for Holdrege in the first inning. Just one hit produced two more runs for the hosts in the second frame.
Gothenburg threatened to score in the fifth inning. Consecutive walks loaded the bases with two outs before an infield pop fly ended the rally.
The Melons did put two on the scoreboard in the sixth inning. Bryce Kowalewski hit a one-out single. Riley Ostendorf lived on an error before Dominic Long drove in Kowalewski with a single. Ostendorf later scored on an error.
Kowalewski had a pair of hits to lead Gothenburg.
Quinn Haynes was the pitcher of record for Gothenburg with support from Brant May and Radley Shaw.
Minden breezes to win
Minden followed up a good first inning by blowing the game apart with a 10-run second. When everything settled, the AgVenture Juniors won 17-4 over the Melons on Sunday.
Bryce Kowalewski’s single combined with Braeden Brundage’s sacrifice bunt for a single run for Gothenburg in the second inning.
Zander Paulsen and Blake Riley reached base in the third inning and both scored on a single by Riley Ostendorf.
Gothenburg’s final run came in the fifth inning when Ostendorf walked and eventually came home.
Kowalewski had a pair of hits for the Melons.
Dominic Long and Radley Shaw pitched for Gothenburg.