Lady Bulldogs make quick work of Alliance
     2013-09-05      By Mckenna Copsey   
Photos by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo Gering pitcher, Haylee Duyck unleashes a fast one at Oregon Trail Park on Tuesday. Gering’s Lady Bulldogs defeated Alliance in two and half innings, with a final score of 18-4. 
Tuesday night marked the home opener for the Lady Bulldog softball team versus Alliance, as it was the first game played at Gering’s Oregon Trail Park. Gering swept Alliance with a final score of 18-4. Gering’s junior varsity defeated Alliance 19-4.

Alliance acquired a quick start in the contest by plating three runs in the first inning. Alliance senior Brianna Ridenour scored the first run against the Bulldogs when Whitney Hall singled to centerfield. Hall and Renata Shoeneman rounded out the scoring for Alliance in the first.

Gering scored 10 runs in the bottom of the first to take back the lead for good in the game. Alexa Longoria, Jessica Rogers, and Brooke Doggett all had hits in the inning. Alliance struggled on the mound as they walked six batters and three hit by pitch.

Alliance stumbled at the top of the second, scoring only one run. as Nicole Placek singled out to leftfield. The next batter hit a line drive to shortstop Ciera Booker and was out at first, followed by a strike out. Ridenour walked before Schoeneman doubled to left field. Placek scored before the third out was made.

Gering’s Mikayla Butler started out the bottom of the second with a grounder to the pitcher, and was out at first. Isabel Thompson singled to centerfield before Isabel Wolf was walked. Thompson scored from a wild pitch. Shelby Schanaman was up next and doubled to right field, sending Wolf home. Haylee Duyck and Booker walk. Longoria singles to shortstop. Rogers is up next and singles to left field, sending Duyck and Booker home. Gering’s next three batters were hit by pitch when Wolf hit a ground ball and wass safe on the fielder’s choice. Schanaman was walked, leading Butler home to finish out the inning with a score of 18-4.

Alliance started out the third inning with Lindsi Osborn and Josie Seidler walked. Mikayla Witt hit a grounder to shortstop, causing Osborn to be out at third. The next batter struck out, and a fly ball was caught by Gering’s catcher Kaylee Bohnsack. No runs were scored by Alliance, resulting in the end of the game with a final score of 18-4, Gering.

“Overall, I think that we played very well. There are some things that we can work on, but I saw a big difference in today than I did this weekend. There were improvements all the way around,” Gering’s head coach Molly Bonuchi said.

The Gering Bulldogs will be on the road to McCook for an invitational on Friday. The game will be held at McCook High School at 9 a.m.

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