WESTCO Zephyrs starting pitcher Trent Richter was too much to handle last night for Gering Platte Valley Companies.
In the big rivalry legion game at Oregon Trail Park it was the Zephyrs knocking off Gering by the final of 5-0.
The veteran right-hander tossed a complete game shutout allowing just two hits and most impressively, Richter struck out 14. He walked just one and did hit three batters as he took a few innings to really settle in and find his groove.
Richter took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, broken up by the lead-off man, Riley Schanaman, with a clean single. The other hit allowed was a bunt single to the next batter, Brady Radzymski.
Richter’s performance was much needed as WESTCO was able to get back into the win column after three straight losses to improve to 3-7 on the season.
Zephyrs Head Coach, Jeremiah Luber, afterwards on the great start from Richter.
Richter got better as the game went along last night, retiring 14 of the final 16 men he faced and he struck out the final five to end the game.
Richter said the goal tonight was to snap their three game slide.
The Zephyrs got single tallies offensively in the second, third, and fourth innings off Gering starting pitcher, Austin Abbott.
The second inning run a RBI single from Harold Baez then in the third Richter delivered a run scoring double.
After a leadoff double from Tate Carson in the third, WESTCO would eventually score on a throwing error from Radzymski that allowed Carson to scamper home from third base.
Then needing some insurance runs late the Zephyrs got two more in the seventh including a RBI single from Paul Panduro.
Baez and Panduro had two hit nights for the Zephyrs.
Obviously, Richter a no-brainer for Taco John’s Player of the Game for WESTCO, and really an easy call on the Gering side as well; it was starting pitcher Austin Abbott.
Despite the loss, Abbott was solid, working 6 2/3 innings, striking out 7, walking four, and allowing only two earned runs on the night.
Gering plays Kimball at home tonight in a JR/SR doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.
The Zephyrs have a 5:30 start tomorrow night on the road at the Cheyenne Mustangs. Coverage on The Beet at kneb.com will start at 5:15.