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Legion recap: Zephyrs fall in Rapid City, Platte Valley Companies wins at home

Legion recap: Zephyrs fall in Rapid City, Platte Valley Companies wins at home
Beautiful Floyd Fitzgerald Stadium in Rapid City before first pitch on Tuesday afternoon.

Both senior legion teams in town were in action on Tuesday night with the WESTCO Zephyrs on the road and Gering Platte Valley Companies at home.

Here’s a recap from both those games as the regular season starts to wind down.

WESTCO Zephyrs drop two in Rapid City

On Sunday the Z’s wrapped up a 10 day stretch that included 13 games. They had Monday off but were right back at it on Tuesday with a three plus hour bus trip to Floyd Fitzgerald Stadium in Rapid City to play games against Post 22.

In the opener they lost 13-3 in six innings to the Post 22 Expos JR’s squad.

Offensively the Zephyrs were paced by Creighton Dike and Nate Blackos. That duo combined to go 4-6 with two RBI’s.

On the mound a shaky start from Paul Panduro, who walked seven hitters in his outing and was saddled with the loss.

Game two was a step up in competition as they played the 38 time South Dakota state champion Hardhats. Post 22 entered at 37-8.

The Zephyrs did push this game for the entire seven innings, falling by the final of 10-2.

Ty Corr got the emergency start and was tagged for 10 runs, but he threw strikes for the most part and Assistant Coach, Cooper Buckhammer, after the game said he thought Corr did an admirable job considering the opponent.

Harold Baez, who was a little under the weather, was expected to start one of the two games but he was relegated to two innings of relief. Baez pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three.

Trent Richter collected two hits in the loss and the lone RBI came off the bat of Jack Jones, who ripped a two out run scoring single to right field in the sixth inning.

With the losses WESTCO fell to 13-31 on the season and they now prep for a big doubleheader on Friday at Alliance.

***In juniors action last night the WESTCO Express split a home doubleheader against Buckley. The Express won game one by the score of 12-2.

The trio of Jerret Richter, Tate Carson, and Kyle Henderson combined to go 6-12 at the plate with 5 RBI’s.

Hunter McCollum had a 8 strikeout complete game effort on the mound to pick up the win.

Buckley came back to win game two 19-4.

Gering PVC wins on a walk-off over Ogallala

In a make-up game from a rainout a couple Saturdays back it was the Gering SR’s picking up a 7-6 win over Ogallala at Oregon Trail Park Stadium in Gering.

Seven different players for Gering all recorded single base hit tallies in this one and none bigger than Dylan Radzymski’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to send Gering to their 18th win of the year.

Austin Abbott started and pitched five innings allowing five runs (just three earned) on six hits with three strikeouts. Chris Palomo pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief, he struck out three. And the win went to Brayden Tarr, who recorded the final out of the seventh.

At 18-11 the Gering seniors head to Chappell to play Buckley in a doubleheader tonight starting at 5 o’clock.

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