Fan appreciation night a success for the Zephyrs

Baseball fans at Cleveland Field were treated to free hot dogs and hamburgers Wednesday night, and to an outstanding performance by the home team. The WESTCO Zephyrs mowed down Alliance 7-1 behind the pitching of Ty Benson and the hitting of Eric Moreno.

That last phrase has been turned around most of the season. Benson has been the Zephyrs leading hitter by average all season, while Moreno, of course, is the ace pitcher.

On this night the roles were reversed. Benson still got a hit and scored the games first run, but it was his arm and Moreno's bat that paced the Z's to their 24th win of the season.

Benson, who is getting more time on the hill down the stretch, hurled five strong innings of five hit ball and Moreno ripped a three-run first inning home run that capped a four run frame.

WESTCO built their lead to 6-0 with two more runs in the third. Beau Lofink knocked in Tharyn Curtis, who had singled, with a sacrifice fly and Moreno followed with an rbi single to score Ty Dunkel who had doubled.

Alliance scored their lone run in the fourth. Ty Wilson pitched two innings of one hit relief for the Zephyrs.

Next action for Mark Moran's crew will be Friday at home against Cody, Wyoming.

The WESTCO Express warmed up the crowd Wednesday night with a five-inning 10-0 no hit win against Alliance. Mathew Mickey, Colby Dike and Traceton Halley combined to toss the gem. Mickey went the first two innings, striking out four. Dike went the next two, fanning five batters and Halley pitched the final inning, striking out two.

Those three also carried the team at the plate. Halley was the leadoff hitter for the Express getting four hits and scoring four runs. Dike was second in the order with four hits and four rbi and Mickey batted third getting two hits and two rbi.

The win moved the Express record to 25-5 on the year.

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