Monday, September 24, 2018
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Seniors beat Cambridge, 9-7

The Senior Melons celebrated a victory Sunday for the first time this season.

Gothenburg rallied late to take the lead and then held on for a 9-7 win at Cambridge.

Earlier in the week, the Melons fell to McCook 10-0.

The Melons’ game last Wednesday against Overton was suspended due to lightning after seven innings with an 8-8 score. The game will be completed July 1 when Gothenburg travels to Overton.

The Melons host Holdrege on Wednesday (today) and Ogallala on Friday. They travel to Cozad Sunday for a makeup game and to Overton on Tuesday.

Cambridge falls 9-7

In a tight game, extra runs scored late in the contest can make the difference between winning and losing. Gothenburg got key runs late and then held Cambridge to solo tallies in the sixth and seventh innings leading to a 9-7 Melon win.

Neither team led by more than one run until Gothenburg scored a pair in the top of the sixth to take a 7-5 lead. Cambridge cut the lead to one in the bottom of the sixth, but the Melons regained a two-run edge in the top of the seventh.

Gothenburg limited the damage from a couple of errors in the seventh and held on for the win.

Chase Ostergard singled to start a two-out rally for the Melons in the first inning. Several wild pitches and passed balls led to two runs scored.

Cambridge answered the rally with three runs in the bottom of the inning.

The Melons went up 4-3 in the top of the second. Adam Speck’s single got it started.

The hosts tied it up in the bottom half of the inning.

After a scoreless third inning Cambridge edged ahead with a solo run in the fourth. Gothenburg answered in the top of the fifth when Chase Ostergard doubled and then scored on a two-out single by Jordan Lauer.

Gothenburg added two more runs in the sixth. Adam Speck singled and later scored when Ross Ostendorf reached first on an error. Ostendorf came home on a wild pitch.

A walk and a single gave Cambridge a run in the bottom of the sixth cutting the Melon lead to one run, 7-6.

Gothenburg stretched the lead back to two when Skyler Schwanz and Zach Wolf scored in the seventh. Schwanz was hit by a pitch and later scored on a sacrifice bunt by Riley Ostendorf. Wolf singled and then came home on a wild pitch.

Ostergard double and singled to lead the Melon batters.

Ross Ostendorf gave up three earned runs while going six innings for the victory.

Sitzman sizzles

Gothenburg saw too much of McCook’s Kaden Sitzman last Thursday.

The McCook National Bank team’s 10-0 win over the Melons pretty much mirrored an earlier game at McCook except for the score.

Sitzman, McCook’s ace, tossed a no-hitter matching his June 5 effort. He fanned 12 Melons.

Five singles fueled a three-run first inning for McCook.

Chase Ostergard walked for Gothenburg in the bottom of the first to spoil a potential perfect game bid by Sitzman, but he was stranded there.

Sitzman hit a two-run triple in the second inning and then scored on a sacrifice fly to put McCook up 6-0 after two.

MNB loaded the bases with two outs in the third inning, but a fly to center ended the threat.

Ostergard coaxed a second free pass from Sitzman in the fourth inning and again couldn’t advance.

McCook padded its lead with a four-run fifth inning. A pair of doubles did the damage.

Gothenburg’s only other chance for a run came in the bottom of the fifth. Zach Wolf reached base on an error with one out before two strikeouts ended the game.