Errors costly for Juniors at Minden
MINDEN—The Gothenburg Juniors had a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning Friday night when the error bug bit hard and the Melons gave up a pair of runs resulting in a 5-4 loss to Kearney County.
The Melons jumped out to a three-run lead in the first inning on four consecutive singles by Justin Larson, Trey Kolbo, Levi Walker and Chase Ostergard.
Kearney County came back to tie, scoring one run in the first inning and two in the fifth.
The Melons regained the lead in the top of the sixth when Larson got to first on a dropped third strike and then stole his way to third before scoring on an RBI single by Walker.
Walker was stranded as Gothenburg led 4-3.
Kearney County knotted the tally again when Quin Rutt reached on an error by pitcher Trey Kolbo.
Rutt stole second and scored after a pair of wild pitches.
Kolbo redeemed himself with three strikeouts to end the sixth inning in a 4-4 tie.
Gothenburg got Jeff Rod-riguez on first to start the seventh when he was hit by a pitch but the second baseman was stranded as the Melons suffered three straight outs.
With time expired, all Kearney County had to do was get one runner home.
Leadoff batter Isaac Carlson smacked the ball deep into right field where it was bobbled by outfielder Ross Ostendorf.
Carlson took advantage of the error rounding second and taking third. He then scooted home for the win on another overthrow by the Melons.
Walker and Ostergard were each 2-for-3 batting on the night with two singles apeice.
Kolbo took the loss on the mound.
Gothenburg falls to 4-11 on the season and won’t see action again until the Area 6 tournament at McCook beginning July 14. Brackets will be released this week.