RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Gering Platte Valley Companies senior legion baseball team didn’t get much of a bounce after a pair of losses to Sheridan, Wyo., and Watertown, S.D., in the Black Hills Classic, falling 17-9 to Miles City, Mont., before dropping a 12-4 setback to Rapid City Post 320 in the nightcap.
The losses dropped PVC to 9-20 on the season.
After a scoreless first inning, Miles City plated one run in the top of the second to take the early 1-0 lead. Gering, however, erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the frame off of RBIs by Bret Orozco, Nick Ferreyra, Justin Brester and Taylor Winkler to take an 8-1 lead.
The lead was short-lived as Miles City inched to within one run in the top of the third, scoring six runs to cut the Gering lead to 8-7. Miles City finished off the victory in the final two innings, plating three runs in the sixth and seven runs in the seventh.
Elijah Timblin led the Gering offense, going 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Caleb Geary also had a solid performance at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored.
Dillon DeMott took the loss on the mound, giving up seven runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings of work. Gage Winkler worked 1 1/3 innings, while Brester worked one inning and gave up just one hit. The trio combined for six striketouts in the contest.
Gering found itself down 2-0 early against Rapid City Post 320, but found some rhythm on offense in the top of the third inning after loading the bases and plating runs off of RBIs from Timblin, Taylor Winkler, Orozco and Gage Smith to take a 4-2 lead. However, the Post 320 defense found its own rhythm in the final two innings, holding Gering scoreless while watching its offense erupt for seven runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to seal the victory.
Offensively for Gering, Timblin led the way going 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. Walker Britsch finished 2-for-3 with a run scored; Austin Ferguson went 1-for-3 with a run scored; and Brester was 1-for-2 with a run.
Caleb Geary, who registered six strikeouts in the contest, suffered the loss on the mound.
Gering will return to action on Tuesday against Sidney at Oregon Trail Park. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.