Gothenburg Seniors fall to Cozad, Hershland
Gothenburg’s Seniors dropped a pair of games during the past week.
The Melons hosted their first home game of the season last Wednesday and dropped a 10-4 decision to Cozad. Gothenburg was on the road again Saturday and lost to Hershland 12-2.
A scheduled home game against Cambridge on Sunday was cancelled because of too few players for the visitors.
Gothenburg hosts Overton Wednesday (tonight) and McCook on Thursday. The Melons are supposed to travel to Cambridge on Sunday before entertaining Lexington Tuesday and Holdrege Wednesday.
Hitting edge not enough
Gothenburg out-hit Cozad 7-4, but couldn’t avert a loss.
Cozad scored seven runs on just one hit in the first three innings. Three hit batters, five walks and three errors contributed to rallies.
The Melons reached the scoreboard with a single run in the third inning, but the opportunity was there for much more.
Singles by Bryce Kowalewski and Braeden Brundage fueled the inning as the Melons loaded the bases with no one out.
One runner was tagged out at home trying to score on fly out to center field. Kowalewski scored on a wild pitch and two walks again loaded the bases. A strikeout ended the threat.
Cozad added a single run in the fourth and two more in the sixth. Gothenburg was held scoreless during that stretch but rallied with three in the last frame.
Brundage walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Chase Ostergard walked and Jake Matthies was hit by a pitch. Both scored when Ross Ostendorf reached first on a infield hit and ended up at second because of an error.
Ostendorf was stranded when a ground out and two strikeouts ended the game.
Ross Ostendorf started the game on the mound and took the loss. Matthies and Ostergard threw in relief.
Late scores clip Melons
Hershland used a fifth inning rally to end the game early for a 12-2 victory over Gothenburg.
Hershland was leading 6-2 going into the bottom of the fifth. Gothenburg pitchers had trouble throwing strikes and gave six players free passes to first via a walk or hit batter. One hit delivered a pair of runs while the final hit drove in the clincher.
Gothenburg trailed 3-0 after the first inning but scored a solo tally in the second. Jake Matthies singled and later scored on a wild pitch. The Melons loaded the bases but couldn’t get a key hit before the rally ended.
Melon runners reached third base in the next two innings and were stranded.
Ross Ostendorf’s infield hit in the fifth inning provided the final Melon run driving in Zach Wolf who had walked.
Chase Ostergard was the pitcher of record for Gothenburg with relief help from Skyler Schwanz and Bryce Kowalewski.