Melons’ summer ends in McCook
The Junior Melons saw their season come to an end over the weekend after they dropped a pair of games in the B-6 Area tournament.
Saturday, the Juniors fell to Cozad 13-5 before McCook ended Gothenburg’s season on Saturday by a 9-3 margin.
Cozad rides early lead
The Melons quickly fell behind in their opening game of the tournament.
Two walks and three base hits resulted in four first-inning runs for Cozad.
Riley Ostendorf singled and scored in the bottom of the first to cut the lead to three.
Cozad put four more on the board in the second. The visitors earned four walks and hit two singles in the inning.
Now trailing by seven, nine outs into the game, Gothenburg needed offense. Brant May and Radley Shaw drew consecutive, one-out walks before scoring on passed balls. The Melons would load the bases later in the inning before the threat ended with a strikeout.
Each team advanced runners into scoring position in the third, but both sides failed to score.
Cozad added two more runs off May in the fourth.
Gothenburg continued to fight, scoring a run in the bottom of the inning. Ostendorf doubled for his second hit of the day and scored his second run.
Brady Harrison came on to pitch the final three innings with his team trailing 10-4. Harrison didn’t allow a run until the sixth inning when Cozad managed three singles and two runs.
After adding a run in the seventh, Cozad led 13-4 heading into the Melons’ final at bat.
Shaw opened the bottom of the seventh with a single before Zander Paulsen walked. A double play halted the momentum, and the game was over soon after.
Braeden Brundage and Riley Ostendorf combined for four of the Melons’ five hits, while Shaw scored a pair of runs.
McCook ends Melons year
On Sunday, Gothenburg faced elimination from the tournament at the hands of the host.
The home team scored once in the first and twice in the second. Gothenburg put a runner on second in each of the first two innings but failed to capitalize.
Trailing 3-0 after two, the Melons broke through. Blake Riley and Riley Ostendorf both walked to start the inning. Bryce Kowalewski followed with an RBI single. Ostendorf then scored on a wild pitch. Kowalewski scored the third run later in the inning, but the Melons also left two men on base.
McCook retook the lead in the bottom half of the third and added two more runs in the fourth and fifth frames.
The Melons saw two men reach third base in the fourth inning, but neither scored. The trend of leaving men on base continued in Gothenburg’s final three at-bats.
McCook scored one run in the sixth and pushed the lead to six runs.
Brundage and Kowalewski each finished with a pair of singles for the Melons.