Juniors lose a close one to Gibbon
After a tough 2-1 loss at Gibbon last Thursday, the Melons Juniors dropped Monday’s home match up with Minden 8-1.
The Juniors returned to action on Tuesday night at home against Hershland.
Monday’s contest between the Melons and Gibbon was a pitchers duel up until the end.
Braeden Brundage recorded the first hit of the game with a two-out single in the third inning. A fielder’s choice off the bat of Quinn Haynes ended the inning.
Dominic Long did his part on the mound for Gothenburg, holding the home team without a base runner until he walked batters with two outs in the bottom of the third. Both were stranded after third strikeout of the inning.
The bats struggled again until the top of the sixth when the Melons broke the scoreless tie. Brundage reached on an error to open the inning and was sacrificed to third after stealing second. Riley Ostendorf plated Brundage on a single to center.
Long preserved his no-hitter until the sixth inning, but kept the hosts off the scoreboard.
Tyler Tiede was hit by a pitch to open the seventh, but the Melons failed to score in their final at-bat.
Gibbon finally broke through in their last trip to the plate. A walk opened the inning before a single followed. Long retired two batters before a walk-off single ended the game.
Minden mashes Melons
Minden traveled to town on Monday evening and left with a comfortable victory.
With Quinn Haynes starting the game on the mound, the visitors scored one run in the first inning after a hit and an error.
Haynes responded by allowing zero hits in the second and third innings, although the visitors still managed to add a run in the third.
The Melons failed to produce a legitimate scoring opportunity until the fifth inning, the same inning they recorded their first hit off the Minden starter.
After Blake Riley walked and scored on a wild pitch, Radley Shaw kept things going with a double to right field, but the Melons still trailed 6-1 at the end of the inning.
Left-handed pitcher Brady Harrison came on in relief of Haynes for the final two innings. Harrison allowed two hits and two runs in the sixth but kept Minden off the base paths in their final at-bat.
The Melons loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth on a series of walks and a hit batter but failed to capitalize.
Correction: In his start against Ogallala Quinn Haynes struck out six batters instead of three.