Friday, May 25, 2018
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Runs aplenty for Melon foes

The Gothenburg Seniors allowed 13 or more runs in each of the two games they lost over the past week.
    The good news for the Melons is that they also ended the week with a rare tie. The plan to resume the weather-shortened game with Overton on Tuesday was foiled, as umpires were not available when the game was to resume. With the end of the season approaching, the two teams will not be able to finish the contest.
    Final statistics from Monday’s contest with Minden were unavailable at the time of publication.
    After Tuesday’s home game against Hershland, the Melons will have more than a week to prepare for the area tournament.
    Ogallala roughs up Melons
    The Gothenburg seniors squandered a chance to take an early lead against visiting Ogallala on Wednesday and instead endured a 26-5 drubbing.
    Chase Ostergard retired the visitors in order to start the game. Singles from Bryce Kowalewski and Ostergard helped load the bases with one out in the bottom of the first, but the Melons failed to manufacture a run.
    The next time Gothenburg came to the plate, they trailed 7-0. Four second-inning errors allowed Ogallala to take control.
    Although the visitors loaded the bases with one out in the third, the Melons held Ogallala scoreless thanks to an unassisted double play by second baseman Jake Matthies.
    The home team used the momentum and  got on the board in their next trip to the plate. Dominic Long reached on an error to start the bottom of the third. A series of two-out walks from Riley Ostendorf, Skyler Schwanz and Zach Wolf plated the runs.
    Ogallala extended its lead to seven again in the top of the fourth. Ostergard was relieved by Schwanz at the end of the inning.
    Each team added a run in the fifth. Ross Ostendorf drew a walk to start the inning and later scored.
    Errors again hurt the Melons in the sixth. Two botched plays resulted in two more runs for the visitors.
    Gothenburg scored its final run in the bottom of the sixth. Adam Speck singled and  scored, as the Melons strung together singles.
    The visitors ended things in emphatic fashion, scoring 13 runs on eight hits and chasing two pitchers from the game before recording an out.
    Ogallala’s pitcher struck out the Gothenburg side to end the game.
    Ostergard finished  2-for-3 with one run scored and one driven in, while Ross Ostendorf ended the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
     Melons spoil after hot start
    After a disappointing performance on Wednesday, the Seniors traveled to Gibbon in hopes of a better result on Thursday but left with a 13-6 defeat.
    Things looked good after a three-run first inning. Following consecutive singles, Adam Speck and Chase Ostergard scored on Ross Ostendorf’s two-run double. Ostendorf then scored on a Riley Ostendorf single.
    Gibbon saw six of its first seven batters reach safely against starting pitcher Jake Matthies, and the game was quickly tied heading into the second.
    Gothenburg was kept off the board, while Gibbon added three more runs on a series of defensive miscues.
    The Melons threatened in the third with a pair of singles but failed to score. The hosts tacked on two more runs, giving them an 8-3 advantage.
    The Melons got back into the game in the fourth with another three-run frame. Kowalewski and Speck reached with two outs and scored on Matthies’ single. Riley Ostendorf later earned a bases-loaded walk for his second RBI of the game.
    With Gothenburg squarely back in the game, Gibbon produced another run following a leadoff single.
    Gothenburg was unable to get a man on base in its final three at bats. Eight of the final nine Gothenburg batters  struck out.
    Gibbon continued to pad its lead the rest of the way, tallying three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth.  
    Gibbon scored at least once in every inning and sent the Melons home with a 13-6 defeat.
    Ross Ostendorf finished 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and one run scored. Matthies was the only other Melon with multiple hits.

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