Bulldogs, Bearcats gain a victory apiece before wash out
     2013-09-23      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen Gering’s Isabel Thompson hits the second homerun of a game against Chadron on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The Lady Bulldogs are enjoying a solid season, with Tuesday’s away match up against Chase County. The Bulldogs had an easy night of it, handily winning both games 9-0, and 17-5. 
SCOTTSBLUFF – Gering and Scottsbluff each got in a victory Friday in the Scottsbluff softball invitational tournament before rain took over and washed out the rest of Friday’s action and Saturday’s entire schedule.

Gering got a three-inning no-hitter from Mikayla Butler and scored five runs in the first inning on the Bulldogs’ way to scoring a 9-0 victory over Chadron.

Scottsbluff had defeated Alliance 10-5 and was trailing Chase County 8-3 when the rains became too much for play to continue. Field and weather conditions Saturday forced the cancellation of the rest of the tournament.

In Gering’s victory, its second 9-0 win over Chadron in four days, Butler struck out two Cardinal hitters on her way to gaining the no-hitter.

Jessica Rogers hit a two-run homer for the Bulldogs and Butler added a double to aid her own cause.

In Scottsbluff’s win over Alliance, Michelle Becker led the Bearcats’ nine-hit attack by going 3-for-3 with a triple, three runs batted in and two runs scored. Leeann Gonzales added a 2-for-2 outing with a walk, a double, three RBI and one run scored.

Mikayla Fulk gained the win after pitching the first four innings for Scottsbluff. She allowed two runs with two strikeouts and four runs.

Last Tuesday, Scottsbluff got its second win of the season, scoring 10 first-inning runs on its way to taking a 14-2 romp at Alliance.

The Bearcats got rolling with RBI singles by Hannah Brown, Becker and Alex Salazar, a two-run error, an RBI single by Zoe Holscher, and a home run by Barbara Calvert in the first inning.
Calvert rolled up five RBI on two hits for the Bearcats.

Fulk allowed two runs over three innings in getting the pitching win. Fulk struck out four, walked one and gave up three hits.

Gering improved to 12-4 on Tuesday when the Bulldogs swept a doubleheader from Chase County in Imperial, 9-0 and 17-5. Game details will be in next week's Citizen.

Gering and Scottsbluff (3-10) will meet Thursday at Oregon Trail Park, with the varsity game scheduled for 6:45 p.m.

Both the Bulldogs and Bearcats will play Saturday in the North Platte Invitational. Gering will then travel to Chadron on Tuesday and Scottsbluff will be at Sterling, Colo., on Monday.

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