Scoring the early lead paid off for the Gothenburg as they defeated the Reds Juniors 6-1 in an as good as advertised Dawson County rival on the diamond on Thursday evening at Muni Park in Cozad.
Attempting to hit the door running were the Melons Juniors during their first at-bat in the top of the first inning. Carlos Magdaleno singled and then Kristopher Pearson was able to gain access to the base paths on a hard-to-handle hit to put runners on first and second base for the Purple-clad Nine. Soon thereafter, Magdaleno and Pearson advance further into scoring position and Magdaleno ventures towards the plate to score on Jacob Barkmeier’s RBI-groundout to make the score 1-0. During the ensuing at-bat, Conner Baker drives a ground ball that sneaks through the Cozad infielders defensive efforts that results in Pearson scoring to make the score 2-0 before the smoke cleared in the top of the first inning.
Cozad’s leadoff batter Maddux Myer was a sparkplug for the Reds offense with a single into centerfield. Myer was able to steal second base and advance another 90 feet on Adam Cole’s ground out. Myer was able to sprint the final leg to score from third base on Christian Timm’s RBI-single into left field. Using the momentum in their favor, Blake Hoffmaster singled as well to put Timm in scoring position in hopes of knotting the score at 2-2. Gothenburg’s defense had other ideas and retired the side on a strikeout with the score being 2-1 at the end of the first inning of play.
With the momentum swinging in the balance, the Gothenburg offense went back to work. Jordan Rossell earned a walk and Bryce Ryker got on base on a hard-to-handle hit.
During the ensuing at-bat, Rossell was able to score on Matt Zimbleman’s RBI-single into centerfield. Soon thereafter, Ryker was able to score on a fielders choice off the bat of Carlos Magdaleno to make the score 4-1.
The Melons weren’t done going back to the well offensively. Vincent Nichols connected on a fielders choice that scored Matt Zimbleman to pust the lead to 5-1 as the first out is notched.
Gothenburg was able to show great patience at the dish with Conner Baker and Brady Harrison earning walks that resulted in Kristopher Pearson being pushed across the plate to make the score 6-1 at the midway point of the second inning.
With the momentum at his back, Brady Harrison started hitting his stride on the mound, as he retired two of the three batters on strikeouts to keep the score at 6-1 entering the third inning.
In the top of the third inning, Matt Zimbleman got on base via an error. He was then able to get into scoring position for the Melons on miscues along with Carlos Magdaleno gaining access on the base path’s with the pair being in scoring position. Cozad’s Adam Cole was then able to thwart off the scoring threat with a flyout to centerfield that was snagged by Jonathan Neill and a strikeout to keep the score at 6-1.
In the bottom of the third inning, Adam Cole tried to help out his own cause after he was hit by a pitch. The threat to score was short-lived as the Melons Juniors got a flyout and a strikeout to end the threat.
After the early fireworks, the defensive units of the Melons and Reds simmered and kept the scoring threats to a minimum. Gothenburg was able to notch the 6-1 win over Cozad.
Brady Harrison etched the mound win for the Melons Juniors by allowing just three hits and striking out nine batters.
Spencer Pleschourt and Adam Cole combined to allow just three hits while pitching for the Reds.
Score By Innings
Gothenburg 2400 000- 6
Cozad 1000 000- 1
Scoring rave reviews for their efforts behind the wheel of their hot rods were Dan Smith, David Murray Jr, Jacob Wolsleben, Mike Nichols, Luke Wassom and Justin Smallcomb on their way to the winners circle during the racing action held at Lexington Raceway on the Dawson County Fairgrounds on Sunday evening.
Grabbing an early lead and never looking back, Dan Smith of Beloit, Kansas was able to cruise to the victory in the NeSmith Late Model Feature. Starting deep in the field, Josh Leonard of Gibbon had to work his way through traffic to be in contention of a podium finish. Leonard tried his best to reel in Smith but he ran out of real estate and was forced to settle with runner-up honors. Aurora young gun Rece Vaught was among the leaders during the initial laps of the feature and he was able to stay among the leaders throughout the event to earn a third place finish for his efforts. Delbert Smith of Wichita and Denton Duncan of Ravenna crossed the finish line in fourth and fifth to round out the top five finishers.
Veteran wheelman David Murray Jr. of Oberlin, Kansas is no stranger to the winners circle and it took him only four laps to garner the lead in the IMCA Modified Feature. Murray worked the top and bottom grooves to his favor to gain the lead and never trail again to claim yet another feature win. Continuing to showcase his skills behind the wheel of his hot rod, Scott Smith of Davenport was able to work his magic to drive into second place and stay in the runner-up position until the checkered flag was waved. Brandon Clough of Wallace started on the front row and battled with pole sitter Chuck Stryker of Eddyville during the first four laps of the feature event until Murray gained the lead. Clough was able to stay heavy on the loud pedal to the tune of a third place finish in the feature. Jay Steffens and Todd Schwanz were able to earn fourth and fifth place honors in the spotlighted feature event.
Starting up front and staying up front for the juncture, Cozad’s Jacob Wolsleben was the winner in the highly contested IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature. Wolsleben was riding ‘high, wide and handsome’ all the way to victory lane for his first open wheel feature win of the season at Lexington Raceway. Jacob Slough of Doniphan had his best finish of the season at Lexington Raceway with a runner-up accolades being earned. Lexington’s Craig Howard was running in second place and was reeling in Wolsleben until a late caution flag bunched the field as the top two drivers at the time had a big cushion over the rest of the field. Howard stayed up on the wheel to earn third place honors. Battling for position during the waning laps was Bryan Herrick of Curtis and Gothenburg’s Jamey Kennicutt crossed the finish stripe in fourth and fifth place overall.
Continuing to hit homeruns was Mike Nichols of Harlan, Iowa in winning top honors in the class too tough to tame, the IMCA Stock Cars on Sunday evening. Nichols drove his way into contention and never looked back after garnering the lead. Finishing strong during the feature was Kyle Clough of Wallace in earning runner-up accolades. Shickley speedster Jed Williams had a stellar night in Lexington with a third place finish.
Luke Wassom of Broken Bow was able to cruise to the feature win in the hobby stock division. Nate Refior of Sutton was a close second when the checkered flag was waved. Tanner Jones of North Platte was third overall.
In a very tight race, Justin Smallcomb of Grand Island was the winner of the IMCA Sport Compact feature. Travis Thelander of Blue Hill was a very close second.
--NESmith Late Model Feature: 1. 92s-Dan Smith; 2. 85-Josh Leonard; 3. 20v-Rece Vaught; 4. 92-Delbert Smith; 5. 83d-Denton Duncan; 6. 6c-Cale Osborn; 7. 23-Jacob Kubicka; 8. 15-Collin Safranek; 9. 14-Bill Kubik; 10. 24j-Dennis Price Jr.
--IMCA Modified Feature: 1. 97m-David Murray Jr; 2. 50-Scott Smith; 3. 20b-Brandon Clough; 4. XII-Jay Steffens; 5. 727-Todd Schwanz; 6. 50s-Kale Smith; 7. 19-Chuck Stryker; 8. 50c-Colton Osborn.
Heat Races: 17j-Frenier
--IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature: 1. 01-Jacob Wolsleben; 2. 15d-Jacob Slough; 3. 68-Craig Howard; 4. 0hp-Bryan Herrick; 5. 15k-Jamey Kennicutt; 6. 12j-Kerry Jones; 7. 15-Herb Slough; 8. 511-Zach Buesing; 9. Tyler Rajdl; 10. 1c-Cole Egge.
--IMCA Stock Car Feature: 1. 63-Mike Nichols; 2. 11k-Kyle Clough; 3. 77-Jed Williams; 4. 45-Mikey Dancer; 5. 31-Darin Racek; 6. 24w-Casey Werkmeister; 7. 90-Allen Zimmerman; 8. 84-James Sheldon; 9. 19-Dana Morgan; 10. 57x-Scott Stoll.
--IMCA Hobby Stock Feature: 1. 2w-Luke Wassom; 2. R89-Nate Refior; 3. 12t-Tanner Jones; 4. 2x-Travis Kernick; 5. 250-Tathan Burkhart; 6. 1-Tanner Clough; 7. 88m-TC McKain; 8. 99m-Allyn Myers; 9. 5-Chuck Ledbetter; 10. 1j-Jakob Egge.
--IMCA Sport Compact Feature: 1. 85-Justin Smallcomb; 2. 55t-Travis Thelander; 3. 71c-Christian Destefano; 4. 07-Merle Johnson; 5. 69b-Casey Bagwell; 6. 93h-Klancey Honeycutt; 7. 73-Quincy Eggleston.
The Cozad Jaycees will be hosting their fourth annual Motorcycle Poker Run on July 8th in conjunction with Bands, Brews and BBQs.
Registration will take place at Collins MotorSports in Cozad from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. with departure at 10:30 a.m. Singles - $25 and doubles -$30 (Cash Only) may be registered and cars are welcome to participate.
Arrival time at the end of the run will be at Big E’s in Cozad at 3:45 p.m. with prizes awarded at 4:00 p.m.
Proceeds will be donated to the Cozad Grand Generation Center.
All participants have the option to purchase a wristband to Bands, Brews and BBQs that evening. The all you can eat BBQ will include a street dance featuring the band, ‘Whiskey Bent’.
For questions or to pre-register, please contact Clint Leffler at 307-631-8722 or Matt Korinek at 308-325-0124.