Alliance juniors win, Gering and Sidney fall | Local

By BRYANNA WINNER Star-Herald

On day two of the Class B7 tournament, Ogallala defeated Gering B&C, then Alliance defeated Sidney to advance to the tournament on Saturday.

With the loss to Ogallala, Gering was knocked out of the competition after losing to Chadron on Friday and finished the season 17-11.

“Overall it’s been a growing season,” coach Grant Rimington said. “We’ve learned a lot about ourselves, we’ve definitely matured and still have a lot of maturity to go, but overall a pretty good season for these guys.”

Ogallala and Gering were neck and neck as B&C eventually fell 8-7.

“I don’t think we played up to our standards,” Rimington said. “We had very high expectations and we just didn’t play our best baseball this weekend.”

Ogallala scored three goals in the top of the first inning on two singles, one to pitcher Bo Gable and the other to Dominic Mendez in center field.

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With two goals and two outs, Gering scored two runs to cut Ogallala’s lead to one. Singles from Barron Williams and Mendez brought Isaiah Murillo and Gable in as they trailed 3-2.

Ogallala scored two more on a brace in the second set before holding a 5-2 lead heading into the third set. They scored one more on a single before Gering made a run late in the third, taking the lead.

Kelan Dunn started the inning with a double as Williams was hit by a pitch to put the runners on first and second base. Mendez doubled to bring Dunn in, a Dawson Elsen single scored two more.

The bases would be loaded two batters later on an error and walk before Murillo singled to Elsen and Lukah Schwery to take a 7-6 lead going into the fourth. That would be all B&C could score as two in the top of the fourth inning gave Ogallala the 8-7 lead and the win.

Mendez led the team, going 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a run, followed by Murillo who went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run.

Gable started, going two innings, allowing six hits, five runs, one walk and two strikeouts. Knight then went in for the next 2.1 innings and allowed seven hits, three runs and a walk while recording two strikeouts. Murillo went the final 2.2 innings, allowing four hits and two strikeouts.

“We did what we could and they hit the ball,” Rimington said. “We played in defense and sometimes the team can just beat you.”

The second game of the day saw Sidney take a 4-0 lead before Alliance came back to win the game 6-4 after two 3-run sets.

Sidney’s first run came on a double to center field from Conner Hurt to bring in Reid Fiscus. An error in second put the first runner on base, then two batters later entered on a Patrick McCartney single to right field.

Fiscus picked McCartney for the 3-0 lead, then with two outs, Landon Riddle made it simple in the final inning for Sidney.

The bottom of the fourth inning saw Alliance load the bases on a single, walk and pitch hit. Two runs came on a Tony Escamilla single at center, then a sacrifice fly by Ethan Little Hoop cut Sidney’s lead to 4-3.

Neither team made it through until the sixth inning when the Spartans scored three goals, two with two outs. Escamilla scored the first run on a passed fly ball, then with two outs, singles from Jonah Amill and Seth Morrison sealed the 6-4 victory.

Little Hoop and Amill each went 2 for 3 for the Spartans as Little Hoop recorded an RBI and Amill scored a run. Cody Galles got off to the start allowing three hits, four runs (one earned) and a walk in 1.1 innings. Kaden Ferguson took the win after 3.2 innings, giving up one hit and two strikeouts.

Fiscus and Riddle went 2 for 4 with an RBI as Fiscus also recorded a run. Hurt suffered the loss, going 5.2 innings while allowing nine hits, six runs, four walks and five strikeouts

Alliance will face the Chadron Nationals at 2 p.m. in the winners’ group while Sidney will face Ogallala at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 10.

2B-Kelan Dunn, Dominic Mendez

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