GOTHENBURG – The Cozad Reds were in search of their first win of the season, and just about had it, but a five-run sixth inning and a seventh inning save, gave the victory to Gothenburg 9-8 in a wild Senior Legion game on Thursday at Legion Field.

Both offenses were strong at the plate as Gothenburg collected eight hits and Cozad 11 in the high-scoring affair

Cozad captured the lead in the second inning. Alex Werner drove in two when Werner singled.

Cameron Wenger took the win for Gothenburg, in his first action of the year.  Wenger allowed six hits and four runs over three and two-thirds innings. Maddox Rickertsen threw two-thirds of an inning in relief out of the bullpen. Rickertsen recorded the last two outs to earn the save for Gothenburg.

Evan Thome took the loss for Cozad. The hurler allowed six hits and eight runs over five and two-thirds innings, striking out eight.

Tra Rossell started the game for the Melons. The righthander surrendered four runs on five hits over two and two-thirds innings

Gothenburg collected eight hits. JJ Smith, Wes Geiken, and Rossell each had multiple hits for the Melons. Rossell, Geiken, and Smith each collected two hits to lead Gothenburg.  They also tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases. Rickertsen led the way with three.

Cozad racked up 11 hits. Thome, Dreu White, Isaac White, and Paul Cole all had multiple hits for Cozad. Thome went 3-for-5 at the plate to lead Cozad in hits.

The Melons improve to 5-4 while the Reds fall to 0-7 on the season.