Gothenburg Juniors on 3-game skid
The Gothenburg Juniors are looking to end a three-game losing streak this week after falling to Minden, McCook and Ogallala.
The Melons face Overton at home Wednesday (today) before traveling to Broken Bow on Saturday and returning for a pair of home games against Holdrege and McCook on Tuesday and June 22.
Melons fall behind early
Gothenburg got in a hole early against Minden on June 7 and despite five runs on five hits couldn’t recover. The Melons fell 9-5 in their sixth game of the season.
Gothenburg’s first hit came from Justin Larson, who singled with one out in the bottom of the third inning.
Larson advanced on another single by Levi Walker and took third on an error by Minden’s shortstop.
Larson scooted home on another shortstop error that allowed Trey Kolbo on base and gave Walker the opportunity to score.
At the end of three innings, Minden led 5-2.
Gothenburg didn’t score again until the bottom of the sixth.
Second baseman Jeff Rodriguez led off with a walk and advanced on a passed ball.
A double from left fielder Zach Wolf pushed Rodriguez home.
Wolf took third when Brett Mayher reached on an error and Wolf extended the error for the score.
Mayher earned the final Gothenburg run after stealing second and scooting home on a double to right field by Walker, who was stranded.
Trent Long took the loss with 31/3 innings on the mound. Mayher pitched in relief.
Walker and Wolf had two hits each to lead Melon batters. Wolf’s were both doubles.
27 total runs scored
Scoring seemed to come easy for both Gothenburg and McCook when the Melons hit the road on June 8 with 27 runs scored on 17 hits between the two teams.
It was McCook, though, that came out on top with a 16-11 victory.
It took the Melons a while to get rolling, trailing 12-0 before putting five runs on the board in the top of the third inning.
Ross Ostendorf led off with a single and advanced when Justin Larson walked.
Both scored on a triple to right field by catcher Levi Walker.
Walker added a run when Chase Ostergard singled over the shortstop’s head.
Trey Kolbo followed up with a double to push Ostergard to third and both scored on a single by Adam Speck.
Gothenburg held McCook to three-and-out in the bottom of third inning and put a couple more runs on the board in the fourth.
Jett Seimer walked and scooted to second on a passed ball. Larson also walked to set the field for Walker, who smacked another triple to right field, scoring both runners.
With two outs, Walker was stranded at third when Chase Ostergard was thrown out at first leaving the score 12-7.
Gothenburg managed another four runs in the top of the fifth inning but it wasn’t enough to make up the difference.
Ostergard suffered the loss on the mound giving up seven earned runs.
Walker led the Melon batters with a pair of triples and a double.
Ogallala pounds Melons
Gothenburg struggled to stop Ogallala’s scoring Friday night as the Melons fell at home 14-4.
After allowing two Ogallala runs in the first inning, the Juniors tied the score in the bottom half of the frame on a two-run homer by Trent Long.
Justin Larson led off, reaching first on an error at shortstop before Long slammed the ball over the fence at left-center field.
Those were the only Gothenburg runs until Levi Walker scored in the third inning.
Walker took first after being hit by a pitch. He advanced on an error and scored when Chase Ostergard singled to left field.
Trailing 8-3, the Melons managed one more run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Zach Wolf singled to right field and took second when Larson was hit by a pitch.
Wolf used his speed to score on a single by Long but both Larson and Long were left standing on base.
Wolf’s was Gothenburg’s last run while Ogallala brought in six in the final frame.
Pitcher Ben Tiedemann recorded the loss with Trey Kolbo in relief.
Long led Gothenburg batters with two hits including his homer and a single.
The Juniors move to 2-6 on the year.