Juniors ride bit of roller coaster
There were enough high points for the Gothenburg Juniors last week to keep the team hopeful.
A seventh-inning scoring blast at Cozad allowed the Melons to come from behind to avenge an earlier loss and solid defense combined with strong hitting gave the Melons an easy win on the road at Broken Bow.
Had it not been for a dip in the road against Overton, the Juniors would have had a perfect week.
The Junior Melons move to 4-7 on the season and have plenty of opportunities this week to keep the wins rolling.
After hosting Holdrege Tuesday afternoon, the Melons will see McCook at home Wedensday (today) and travel to Ogallala Saturday before returning to host Aurora on Sunday afternoon.
Seventh inning rally
The score was tied 11-11 in the bottom of the sixth inning at Cozad on June 14.
The back-and-forth battle was nearing the time limit when Cozad’s Jake Paulsen singled to left field to score Dillon Budd and put the home team in the lead.
Time may have been ticking but it didn’t matter to the Melons, who took the field in the top of the seventh inning and finished with a seven-run rally to come from behind and win 18-12.
After a strikeout to start the inning, Gothenburg rolled six straight base runners home.
Justin Larson reached on an error and Trey Kolbo was hit by a pitch.
Catcher Levi Walker singled to right field scoring Larson and pushing Kolbo to second.
Kolbo scored on a single by Chase Ostergard and Walker got home on a throwing error to put the Melons up 14-12.
Ben Tiedemann walked and Trent Long singled to left field to load the bases.
Ostergard scored when Jeff Rodriguez walked and a base hit by Zach Wolf earned the left fielder a pair of RBIs as Tiedemann and Long made it home.
Rodriguez was thrown out at third on a ground ball by Noah Tripp but Wolf scored the final run when Larson reached first again on another error.
The Melons allowed one hit in the bottom of the seventh but kept Cozad from scoring.
Larson earned the win on the mound throwing six strikeouts against 42 batters faced.
Walker led the way in the batter’s box with four hits including three singles and a triple.
Plenty of hits but not runs
Gothenburg managed three doubles from three different batters when the Melons hosted Overton on June 15 but the Juniors struggled to score as they lost 14-5.
Tied 2-2 after three innings, Gothenburg battled until Overton broke loose in the top of the fourth and scored eight runs on four hits and two errors.
The Melons scored one run in the bottom of the fourth as Noah Tripp doubled to left field and then scored after two passed balls.
Gothenburg got another pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Trey Kolbo started off with a double to left field. He advanced on a single by Levi Walker and scored on a sacrifice out by Chase Ostergard that pushed Walker to third.
Walker scored on a single by Ben Tiedemann but that was all Gothenburg could get.
Kolbo suffered the loss on the mound but he was the leading batter with a double and two singles.
Ostergard and Tripp hit the other two doubles.
Bats swinging at BBow
Ten hits from seven Melon batters gave Gothenburg plenty of offense at Broken Bow Saturday, enough to win on the road 13-4.
The Juniors scored two runs in the first inning and came back with five in the second to take a 7-0 lead.
Jett Seimer walked and advanced when Trent Long was hit by a pitch.
Trey Kolbo walked as well to load the bases and Seimer scored when Levi Walker walked.
A wild pitch allowed Long to scoot home and Kolbo scored as well on a passed ball.
As Broken Bow’s pitcher struggled, Chase Ostergard took first on a walk followed by Ben Tiedemann doing the same.
A single to right field by Jeff Rodriguez scored both Walker and Ostergard.
Tiedemann and Rodriguez were both stranded to end the inning.
The Melons came back with four more runs in the third for an 11-0 lead before Broken Bow got on the board finished off the game with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning.
Tiedemann pitched a complete game for the win.
Leading batters were Long, Rodriguez and Adam Speck with two each.
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