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