Late Scoring Surge Powers Lex Past Cozad Nine
Swinging a hot bat when it mattered most was the Lexington Pinnacle Bank Seniors as they edged Dawson County-foe Cozad 6-4 in a diamond showdown under the lights on Friday evening.
The Reds Seniors got off to a blazing fast start with three runs being scored in the opening frame. Sam Cole was hit by a pitch and then he moved into scoring position on a single off the bat of Brendan Molden. Soon thereafter, Tysen Werner belted an RBI-single into the outfield grass to score Cole. On an ensuing pitch, Molden sprinted to score from third base on a passed ball. Werner had then worked his way into scoring position and he was able to score as well on Kaleb Gibben’s sacrifice to give the Cozad Nine a 3-0 lead at the midway point of the opening inning of play.
The Orange and Black did their best to answer the scoring surge when Tyson Block hit a double into the gap in left field. After singling, Brian McMahon was thrown out attempting to steal second base and in the process, Block used elite speed to score and cut into the deficit.
Trailing by the count of 3-1, the Lexington hitters were able to find the rhythm in the bottom of the second inning to knot the score at 3-3. Danny Antonio and Seth Soderlund got on base as a result of tough-to-handle hits. In the process of miscues by Cozad, both Antonio and Soderlund were able to score and made the score deadlocked at 3-3 at the end of the second inning.
Throughout the third and fourth innings, the defenses had settled in and with the assistance of great pitching, the score remained knotted at 3-3 through the fifth inning of play.
Cozad again found the rhythm in the top of the sixth inning when Kaleb Gibbens led off with a single. As a result of passed balls, Gibbens advanced to third base and eventually scored on Mitchell Fischer’s hit that was mishandled. Jason Finnegan had been hit by a pitch in the process and he stood on second base, seeking to score. The Lexington defense was able to retire the side on a double-play, not before Cozad had taken a 4-3 lead at the halfway point of the sixth inning.
The Orange and Black-clad Nine got off to a fast start in their half of the sixth stanza when Caleb Lauby got on base as a result of an error. Soon after, Schuyler Salem got on base on a fielders choice, hustle play. Doing what needed to be done for Lexington was Tyson Block in driving a two-RBI double deep into centerfield to bring Lauby and Salem in to score and give Lexington their first lead of the contest at 5-4. During the ensuing at-bat, Block used his great baseball instincts to score on a passed ball to add an insurance run and make the scoreboard shine a 6-4 lead for the Orange and Black.
Down to their final three outs of regulation, the Cozad hitters took to the plate with gumption. Their eagerness to get a hit was trumped by the pitching prowess of Lexington Ace Morgan Ansbach, who closed the door on the comeback attempt with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout to the shortstop forced. The Lexington Nine etched out a 6-4 win over Cozad.
Morgan Ansbach was a workhorse on the mound to earn the win for Lexington. Ansbach allowed just three hits while striking out 10 batters in the seven innings of work.
Jason Finnegan and Brendan Molden were stellar on the hill for the Reds Seniors as well.
Offensively, the Lexington Nine was led by the efforts of shortstop Tyson Block with a 3-4 effort at the plate that included two doubles, two runs scored and a pair of RBI’s.
First baseman Brian McMahon was 2-3 with a pair of singles to his credit for the Orange and Black.
Cozad Seniors catcher Tysen Werner finished the contest 1-3 at the plate with one run scored and an RBI.
Kaleb Gibbens also had a run scored and an RBI for the Reds.
Sam Cole and Brendan Molden also circled the sacks to score for Cozad.
Score By Innings
Cozad 3000 010- 4
Lexington 1200 03x- 6
REDS SENIOR Brendan Molden (right) slides safely into third base just before Lexington’s Caleb Lauby was able to apply the tag during the first inning on Friday evening.
Lex Edges Reds Juniors In Diamond Showdown
The Lexington Pinnacle Bank Juniors grinded out a 9-3 victory over Dawson County-foe Cozad on Friday evening by scoring in each inning at the Optimist Fields in the Plum Creek City.
The Reds of Cozad got off to a fast start when Matt Menagh doubled into left field and then scored on Ben Wetovick’s RBI-single to make the score 1-0 after the first half of an inning.
Lexington was able to respond to the scoring effort in their half of the opening inning when Eddie Morales got on base via a mishandled hit. Morales then used his speed to advance into scoring position and finally scored on a sacrifice fly to right field off the bat of Easton Young to knot the score at 1-1 at the end of the first frame.
Cozad was again in business when Dillon Geiser and Hank Gibbens got on base as a result of Lexington miscues. The duo of Geiser and Gibbens would then score the easy way when Klint Gill, Matt Menagh and Ben Wetovick were all walked before the final out was recorded and the Reds now led 3-1.
The Orange and Black again responded with their own scoring surge. Tanner Rowe was walked and then advanced into scoring position. Rowe circled the rest of the sacks to score on Andrew Saiz’s RBI-single into the gap of left field. Soon thereafter Saiz circled the sacks to score as well to deadlock the score at 3-3 at the end of the second inning.
Staying on the offensive, Bennie Kuefner singled and then scored on Jonas Martin’s RBI-single into right field to give Lexington their first lead at 4-3 in the third inning.
After retiring three of the first four batters, the Lexington offense went back to the grindstone. Clay Hernandez got on base as a result of a fielders choice with two outs already recorded. Hernandez would work his way into scoring position and then snare insurance on the scoreboard for the Orange and Black when Eddie Morales connected on a hard-to-handle hit to make the score 5-3 at the end of the fourth inning.
Cozad threatened to score in the top of the fifth inning when Blake Osborn and Adam Cole were walked to open the stanza. Osborn and Cole worked their way into scoring position, but it was there that they would be stranded, as Lexington recorded three straight putouts to keep the score at 5-3 at the midway point of the fifth inning.
The offensive efforts of Lexington heated up during the bottom of the fifth inning. Walks were issued to Ethan Woerhle and Tony Stewart to go along with a Bennie Kuefner hard-to-handle hit to load the bases with socks. The trio then all scored during the process of Cozad recording the three outs in the inning to make the score 8-3.
The Reds were in business early in the sixth inning when Klint Gill led off with a single and a pair of stolen bases, but that is as far as he would make it as Lexington retired the next three batters to keep their lead on the scoreboard, 8-3.
Lexington was able to add an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Eddie Morales earned a walk and then worked his way into scoring position on a passed ball and a stolen base. Morales would then score from third base on a sacrifice fly into left field off the bat of Easton Young to make the score 9-3.
The Cozad offense took to the batters box with gumption, but it was the Lexington defense that stood tall and shutdown the offensive efforts of the Reds. The Orange and Black would notch the 9-3 hard-fought victory as a result.
Easton Young of Lexington earned the mound win in relief for the Orange and Black. Young helped out his own cause with a pair of RBI’s.
Bennie Kuefner led the Orange and Black offense with a 1-3 effort at the plate that included a pair of runs scored and two stolen bases.
Eddie Morales scored a pair of runs for Lexington as well.
Cozad infielder Matt Menagh finished the day 1-3 at the dish with a walk, double and a run scored.
Along with Menagh, Dillon Geiser and Hank Gibbens scored for the Reds.
Ben Wetovick chipped in with a 1-3 effort that included an RBI-single.
Score By Innings
Cozad 1200 000- 3
Lexington 1211 31x- 9 b
STAYING IN front of the ball to field a grounder is Reds Junior shortstop Klint Gill during the bottom of the second inning in Lexington on Friday evening.
SPORTS REWIND: A look back at 30-years from the TRIBUNE files
5 YEARS AGO
Entering the final day with a two-stroke edge was just the breathing room that Doug Mitchell of Kearney needed, as he increased his lead during the final round to shoot a score of 130 and win the Haymaker Open. Greg Ernst of Kearney and Jeff Jarvis of Kansas were second and third overall. Cozad native Greg Davis of Kearney rounded the course with a score of 66 to shoot the low round score of day two and win the First Flight by three strokes.
10 YEARS AGO
The Cozad Classics 14U dominated the Rebels of McCook 11-0 in the first round of the Angels State Prep Tournament in Gothenburg. Laura Beth Hock and Vanessa Ramirez combined to throw a no-hitter. Brittany Hunke was 2-3 at the plate with a pair of runs scored.
Scoring when it counted, Gothenburg plated four runs in the top of the sixth and seventh inning to down the Hershland Seniors 14-9. Evan Clark was a triple away from hitting for the cycle in the contest for the Melons.
In the opening round of the Class A State Softball Tourney in Hastings, the 18U Belles defeated the Kearney Miracles 4-0. Kelsey Roberts pitched a complete game two-hitter, sitting down seven Miracles batters. HaLea Messersmith was the leading hitter with a trio of hits.
15 YEARS AGO
Etching his name in the record books, David Cumming hurled a perfect game as Cozad defeated Alma by the count of 11-0 in Juniors baseball action. In route to his feat, Cumming struck out 15 batters.
Showcasing their power hitters, the Melons pounded out five homeruns in winning an 11-6 decision in Juniors diamond action against Cozad. Travis Barkmeier and Shayne Larson, both had a pair of dingers. Doing his part, Cozad’s Brandon Ross hit a home run also.
Kara Hueftle of Eustis/Farnam has been selected to be a member of the Nebraska Selects team that will travel to play in the Down Under Hoops Classic Basketball Tournament
20 YEARS AGO
The North Platte Nationals earned a hard-fought victory over the Cozad Midgets 6-4. Leading all Cozad hitters, Matt Nelson hit a single, a double and scored a run.
As a result of their fourth place finish at the State Rodeo Finals, team ropers Riley Rhone of Lexington and Cody Gracey of Dunning, qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyoming.
Getting off to a fast start, the Cozad Juniors bombarded Elwood 12-3 on the diamond. Cozad scored seven runs in the first inning. Andy Weismann and Bill Brell, both had solo home runs for Elwood.
25 YEARS AGO
The cream of the large crop competing at the Cozad-Eustis Swimming Invitational was Cozad’s Jamie LaBrayere in scoring 54 points and Mike Loshonkohl of Eustis, who scored.
Bringing home the hardware, a trio of Cozad pole vaulters fared quite well at the Junior Olympic meet in Columbus. Zane Malcom won the gold, followed by Todd Linke and Travis Irish finishing fourth and sixth overall, respectively.
In Hi-Line pony baseball action, Eustis won a rivalry game over Elwood 10-8. Bill Dutton picked up the win on the hill, with seven strikeouts recorded..
30 YEARS AGO
In a diamond thriller, Cozad edged Bermis (Bertrand/ Loomis) 7-6. Picking up the win on the hill was Dave Cornelius, scattering seven hits while striking out 13 batters.
Lexington ace pitcher Mike Neben was dominate on the mound in the Orange and Black’s 6-3 win over Holdrege. Neben allowed a mere four hits in the contest.
The Cozad swim team racked up 16 first place finishes, to finish runner-up in the team race at the Cozad B-C Invitational. Chuck McCain was nearly a one-man wrecking ball in winning five events, the 100 free, 200 IM, 100 fly, 100 back and 200 free.
Melons Defeated By Hot Hitting Ogallala Seniors
Strong pitching and stellar defensive play was the name of the game for much of the Ogallala and Melons diamond showdown that was held on Wednesday evening in Gothenburg.
In the top of the first inning, the Tribe’s Justin Corfield earned a walk and then advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch and a sacrifice, but it wasn’t meant to be as the Gothenburg defense was up to the challenge and kept the game scoreless.
The Melons had their own chance to break the ice on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning when Patrick Messersmith walked and then hustled his way to third base on Skyler Schwanz’s sacrifice bunt. Ogallala pitcher Connor Merrill then recorded two straight strikeouts to thwart off the scoring efforts.
The Indians offense was able to break through in the top of the second inning when Mitch Sutherland walked and then scored on Chance Moreland’s RBI-double. Soon thereafter, Moreland scored on Cody Blackwell’s sacrifice to give Ogallala a 2-0 lead at the halfway point of the second inning.
In the top of the third inning, the Tribe were back in business with a leadoff single by Connor Merrill being combined with a pair of stolen bases. Gage Christensen was issued a walk and with a stolen base, Ogallala was knocking on the door of scoring a cushion on the scoreboard. The Gothenburg defense flexed their muscle with a ground out at first base and a line drive that Bryce Kowalewski snared extinguishing the scoring threat with the score remaining 2-0.
Gothenburg had a two-out spark in the third inning when Patrick Messersmith doubled deep into centerfield. That spark wasn’t fueled, as Ogallala’s Connor Merrill recorded a strikeout to end the inning and keep the score at 2-0 in favor of the Tribe.
In the Melons half of the fourth stanza, Bryce Kowalewski was walked and then advanced to second on a Connor Schwanz sacrifice bunt. The Gothenburg threat was short-lived as Ogallala forced Tanner Borchardt into an infield ground out to end the inning.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Ogallala offense found their firepower. The Tribe plated seven runs in the stanza with much of the damage coming on a bases clearing double off the bat of Cody Blackwell and a two-run home run by Austin Mack.
The Melons had their work cut out for them to thwart off the run-rule being put into effect. Braeden Brundage got it started with a single past the shortstop and then Levi Tripp was walked. Soon thereafter Noah Larson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Ogallala was up to the challenge once again, as they forced a ground out to end the inning and power the Tribe to a 9-0 victory over Gothenburg.
Ross Ostendorf scattered five hits over 4.33 innings with a trio of strikeouts for the Melons in the contest.
Braeden Brundage was 1-2 at the dish with a single.
Melons infielder Patrick Messersmith finished the contest 1-3 at the dish with a double and a walk to his credit.
Score By Innings
Ogallala 020 07- 9
Gothenburg 000 00- 0
Haymaker Open Scheduled For July 11th, 12th At Cozad Country Club
A full field is expected to compete for top honors in the 2015 Haymaker Open Golf Tournament at the Cozad Country Club on Saturday July 11th and Sunday, July 12th.
All contenders will complete 18 holes in qualifying rounds on Saturday and again on Sunday, the linksters will complete 18 holes. Saturday, the competitors will be able to align their own foursomes, with available tee times being 7:45 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. On Sunday, the players will be flighted with tee times starting at 8 a.m.
The top medalist at the end of Saturday’s competition will be awarded a cash prize courtesy of Frontier Home Medical.
A hole-in-one contest will be a highlight of the Sunday competition. The first player to hit a hole-in-one on hole #11 will win a new car that is being furnished by Plum Creek Motors.
For more information and/or to enter the event, call the Cozad Country Club, 308-784-2585.
Champions of the tourney through the years include:
CJ Farber, Kearney 2014
Preston Foster, Gothenburg 2013
CJ Farber, Kearney 2012
CJ Farber, Kearney 2011 Doug Mitchell, Kearney 2010
CJ Farber, Kearney 2009
Josh Weaver, Kearney 2008
Doug Mitchell, Kearney 2007
Chad Atchison, Cozad 2006
Doug Mitchell, Kearney 2005
Greg Davis, Kearney 2004
Brandt Arends, Elwood 2003
Brandt Arends, Elwood 2002
Brandt Arends, Elwood 2001
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 2000
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1999
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1998
Mark Patterson, Holdrege 1997
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1996
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1995
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1994
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1993
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1991
Scott Trusdale, Cozad 1990
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1989
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1988
Steve Samuelson, Omaha 1987
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1986
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1985
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1984
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1983
Mike Dorzweller, North Platte 1982
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1981
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1980
Scott Brandt, Omaha 1979
Scott Brandt, Omaha 1978
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1977
Steve Stewart, Hastings 1976
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1975
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1974
Dean Sukup, Cozad 1973
Dean Sukup, Cozad 1972
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1971
Jim Brownfield, Cozad 1970
Dean Candea, North Platte 1969
Roy Plotner, Kearney 1968
Dale Brownfield, Cozad 1967
Dean Candea, North Platte 1966
Wally Hopp, Hastings 1965
Wally Hopp, Hastings 1964
Wally Hopp, Hastings 1963
Dean Candea, North Platte 1962
Vern Peterson, Cozad 1961
Wally Hopp, Hastings 1960
Wally Hopp, Hastings 1959
Dean Candea, North Platte 1958
Dean Candea, North Platte 1957
Dean Candea, North Platte 1956
Horace Reed, Ansley 1955
Fred Sieman, North Platte 1954
Wally Hopp, Hastings 1953
Wally Hopp, Hastings 1952
Dean Candea, North Platte 1951
Ray Krieger, North Platte 1950
Melons Score Walk-Off Win Over Ogallala Juniors
The Melons became the cardiac kids during their walk-off win against Ogallala on Wednesday evening. Down to their last out, the Gothenburg Juniors were able to convert on a scoring opportunity that saw Brady Harrison score on Pat Hudson’s RBI-single that gave the Melon’s an 11-10 win over the Tribe at the Melon Patch.
Suffocating defense and stellar pitching ruled the roost during the first three innings of work as the game remained scoreless throughout the first three frames.
During the top of the fourth inning Ogallala’s Orey Fricke got on base as a result of a walk. In the process of Gothenburg working to record outs, Fricke was able to circle the sacks and score after Brennan Halligan singled to give the Tribe a 1-0 lead.
Gothenburg responded with authority in the bottom half of the fourth inning Riley Ostendorf and Tyler Tiede hit back-to-back singles and then Quinn Haynes followed suit and singled. The stage was set, and Noah Larson did his best to connect on an RBI-double to score Tiede to knot the score at 1-1. During the ensuing at-bat after a Logan Carlson walk, Haynes scored on Radley Shaw’s RBI-single to give the Purple and Gold-clad Nine a 2-1 lead at the end of the fourth inning.
The Tribe responded in a big way in the top of the fifth inning with a six run inning. Doing the most damage was a two-RBI double into the gap that came off the bat of catcher Orey Fricke. Lane Blackwell scored an RBI-single as well to contribute greatly to Ogallala claiming a 7-2 lead at the midway point of the fifth inning.
Gothenburg had their work cut out for them in the bottom half of the fifth inning as they hope to cut into the five run deficit. The Melons effort started out with Riley Ostendorf, Tyler Tiede and Quinn Haynes all being issued two-out walks. Soon thereafter Noah Larson connected on an RBI-single and then Logan Carlson and Radley Shaw were walked to push across another run and make the score 6-5. With the sacks full of socks, pitcher Brady Harrison helped out his own cause in a big-way with a bases clearing triple that make the score 8-6 in favor of the Melons before all the smoke cleared on the hit parade in the fifth inning.
Just as they had in the last stanza, Ogallala again went to the well and found water to the tune of three runs.
Indian Jeramy Bartels earned a walk and then scored with his great speed to make the score 8-7 right after Tyson Patrick’s fielders choice. Patrick would score in the process and knot the score at 8-8. The Tribe wasn’t done either, as Orey Fricke singled and then scored on an RBI-single off the bat of Garrett Shaw to give Ogallala a 10-8 lead.
Gothenburg had climbed back into contention during the last inning of offense and they weren’t about to disappear. Standing tall at the dish was Hunter Baker with a single and Pat Hudson with a double. Baker and then Hudson would both score on passed balls to deadlock the score at 10-10 with just one inning remaining in regulation.
Ogallala wasn’t able to find the scoring formula in the top of the seventh inning and the score remained 10-10.
After the first two batters had been retired, Brady Harrison was walked. He then stole second base and then advanced to third base on a hard-to-handle hit off the bat of Hunter Baker. With the stage set, Patrick Hudson again stepped up and was tall with an RBI-single into right field that scored Harrison and gave the Melons the 11-10 win.
Gothenburg shortstop Quinn Haynes finished the contest 3-3 at the dish with two runs scored.
Brady Harrison went 4.33 innings on the hill, allowing just one hit while striking out three batters. Offensively, Harrison had a triple with three RBI’s.
Noah Larson was 2-4 at the plate with one run scored a double and three RBI’s.
Score By Innings
Ogallala 0001 630- 10
Gothenburg 0002 621- 11
Rock, Roll & Run To Kick Off Bands, Brews & BBQ Celebration
‘On your marks,’ ‘get set, go’ will again echo through the streets of Cozad during the Annual ‘Rock, Roll and Run’ that will be held the morning of Saturday July 11th, to give the Bands, Brews and Barbecue celebration a running start.
The 5K and 10K events will begin at the Cozad Community Wellness Center, with packet pickup and late registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. with the first race beginning at 8 a.m.
The top three winners in each age division for the 5K and 10K races will receive awards. Pre-registered participants are guaranteed a performance t-shirt. Race day entrants receive t-shirts on a first come, first serve basis.
A $20 entry fee will be charged for pre-registered runners, while it will cost runners $25 to enter the day of the race. You can register online for the event at tinyurl.com/-RockRollRun2015 or mail your entry to Rock Roll & Run; 1710 C Street; Cozad, NE 69130.