Senior Melons win three straight
The Gothenburg Seniors put together a three-game win streak last week to extend the Melons’ record to 7-1 on the season.
It’s the best start for a few years and the Melons would like to keep the wins rolling.
They have a busy week to close out the month of June. Gothenburg hosts McCook on Wednesday (today) before traveling to Ogallala Saturday to avenge their only loss.
Aurora comes to town on Sunday afternoon and Gothenburg finishes out the month in Lexington June 29 for a Seniors only matchup.
Melons hammer Cozad
After slipping past Cozad during a pitching duel in the second game of the season, Gothenburg players knew they’d need a solid start to defeat the Reds in their second matchup.
The Melons opened the game June 14 with six runs in the first inning on four hits and a pair of errors and they never let up on the pressure winning 12-4 on the road.
With a 6-3 lead after the first inning, Gothenburg added to the tally in the second.
Cody Ostergard led off with a single to left field. He advanced to second when Tré Ostergard was thrown out at first and scored on a long single by Jeron Seimer.
Melon catcher Korey Ahlenstorf turned a 3-0 count into a home run over the left-center fence for two RBIs and a 9-3 advantage.
Cozad managed one more run in the bottom of the second and that’s all they could get.
Gothenburg added a trio of runs in the top of the fourth on no hits and a couple of errors.
Tré Ostergard earned the win on the mound.
Ahlenstorf and Aaron Lauer had two hits each while Trent Good added a double.
Slow start against Overton
It took Gothenburg until the bottom of the fourth inning to get rolling against Overton on June 15 but the Melons had plenty of time to muster a 4-2 win.
Trailing 2-0 in the fourth, Gothenburg started the inning with a ground-ball single by Cody Ostergard.
He advanced on a balk and took third base when Tré Ostergard was thrown out at first.
Cody Ostergard scored on another balk by the Overton pitcher.
With two outs, catcher Korey Ahlenstorf singled to left field. He stole second, scoring on a single and ensuing error that got Tannor Mroczek to second.
Mroczek stole third, then got Gothenburg’s final run of the inning on an error at second base.
The Melons added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning to finish off the scoring.
Ahlenstorf was hit by a pitch and advanced a pair of bases on a single by Jeron Seimer.
Ahlenstorf was able to score on a sacrifice by Brandon Wlasiuk.
Aaron Lauer and Tanner Schwanz combined for a no hitter as Overton’s runs came after three walks and a sacrifice fly in the second inning.
Schwanz earned the win.
Seventh inning lifts Melons
Broken Bow and Gothenburg battled back and forth throughout their game on Saturday keeping fans in suspense until the seventh inning when the Melons pulled out a 10-6 victory.
Broken Bow took an early 3-1 first-inning lead and held onto a one-run advantage heading into the sixth inning.
Trailing 6-5 in the top of the sixth inning, Cody Ostergard set up the tying run with a double to left field.
The shortstop advanced on a ground ball by Tré Ostergard and ran home on a single by Jeron Seimer, who took second on a throwing error.
Seimer zipped to third on a wild pitch and attempted to get home for a Melon lead but he was tagged out.
Tied 6-6, Gothenburg held Broken Bow out in the bottom of the sixth inning for another chance to open a lead.
The top of the seventh inning started with Trent Good being hit by a pitch. A fielder’s choice by Broken Bow sent Good to the dugout but allowed Brandon Wlasiuk on base.
Wlasiuk advanced to third on a double by Aaron Lauer and both Wlasiuk and Lauer scored on a bunt from Tanner Schwanz followed by a throwing error.
Schwanz rounded second and landed on third when Cody Ostergard singled to left field and advanced on an overthrow.
Tré Ostergard smacked a 2-RBI single to score Schwanz and Cody Ostergard.
A line drive by Seimer allowed Broken Bow to tag Tré Ostergard out on the way to third to end the inning.
Broken Bow managed a pair of hits in the bottom of the frame but couldn’t score.
Ahlenstorf earned the win pitching a complete game.
Cody Ostergard led all Melon hitters with two doubles and two singles. Tannor Mroczek and Lauer also hit doubles.