The Gering B&C Steel junior legion baseball team rode the arm of Caleb Geary and the bat of Dillon DeMott in a 6-1 win in the first game of a doubleheader against Wheatland, Wyo., on Thursday night at Oregon Trail Park in Gering.
Wheatland, however, stormed back in the second game to pick up the 8-3 road win and drop Gering’s record back to .500 at 4-4 on the season.
Geary, who picked up the win in game one, allowed only one run on four hits and recorded nine strikeouts to shut down a powerful Wheatland offense in the first contest of the night.
The B&C juniors pounded out nine hits, five of them going for extra bases.
Gering’s DeMott had a stellar night at the plate for the B&C Steel juniors going a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Gage Smith also made his plate appearances count after going 1-for-2 with three RBIs, two on a double in the first inning.
Also collecting hits for Gering were Nick Ferreyra, Nate Ferreyra, Logan Conn, Esai Hernandez, and Quentin Timblin.
Gering hit the ground running in the nightcap, leading 3-2 after the first three innings. However, Wheatland got the bats going in the fourth and in fifth innings, tying the game at 3-3 in the fourth before erupting for four runs in the fifth to blow the game open, 7-3. Wheatland plated one more run in the seventh and shut down the Gering bats from there on.
Defensively, the B&C Steel juniors committed six errors in the contest and were only able to muster five hits on offense.
Pacing Gering in game two was Hernandez and Travis Trauernicht, each going 1-for-3 with an RBI. Additionally, Nick Ferreyra was 1-for-2 with a run, while Elijah Timblin was 1-for-1 with a run and an RBI in the loss.
Elijah Timblin took the loss for Gering, giving up seven runs on nine hits and recording one strikeout in 4 innings pitched. DeMott also saw mound time giving up one hit in 2 innings.
The Gering B&C Steel juniors will next be in action on Tuesday when they host the Alliance Spartans at Oregon Trail Park. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.
Wheatland .......... 000 010 0 — 1 4 1
Gering ........... 201 021 x — 6 9 1
WP — Geary, LP — Hollister
2B — Smith, Nate Ferreyra, Hernandez, Conn
3B — Nick Ferreyra
Wheatland .......... 020 140 1 — 8 10 1
Gering .......... 120 000 0 — 3 5 6
WP — Sticka, LP — E. Timblin
2B — Nick Ferreyra, Hernandez, Trauernicht