Bulldogs rally twice to sweep Bearcats
     2014-08-28      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen - Bearcat senior Hannah Brown forms a powerful windup. Brown was the starting pitcher and finished as relief on Tuesday night in a doubleheader with Gering at Scottsbluff. 
SCOTTSBLUFF – If the Gering softball team learned one major lesson in its first week of action, it is to never give up and keep the winning spirit.

The Bulldogs watched early leads disappear to host Scottsbluff in the teams’ doubleheader Tuesday night. Gering, however, had one more rally in each game and thus scored a sweep over the Bearcats.
After seeing a 4-1 lead become a 7-4 deficit following a first-game rain delay, the Bulldogs scored 10 unanswered runs and scored a 14-8 victory.

Then after Scottsbluff erased Gering’s early 2-0 lead in the nightcap, the Bearcats took a 5-3 lead into the seventh inning before the Bulldogs scored a three-run comeback and dodged Scottsbluff’s final bases-loaded chance to score a 6-5 win and complete the sweep.
The doubleheader was a clash of two teams that opened their respective seasons with 2-1 records in separate tournaments Friday and Saturday.

Gering won its first two games under new coach Tim Gonzales in the Aurora Tournament on Friday in convincing fashion. The Bulldogs pounded St. Paul 18-3 in four innings and then shut out the host Huskies 10-0, also in four innings.

Gering thus advanced to the championship game, but the Bulldogs ran into a hot Crete team and fell 13-1 in three innings.
On Tuesday, Gering got power hitting from Brooke Doggett, who hit a two-run homer in each game. Ciera Booker totaled seven hits in the doubleheader, including four in the first contest. She was 3-for-4 with two runs batted in and two runs scored in the second game.

Senior pitcher Mikayla Butler improved to 4-1 with another pair of complete-game pitching victories. Butler survived three walks in the bottom of the seventh by striking out six Bearcats.

For Scottsbluff (2-3), junior Chloey Reifschneider was 3-for-3 in the second game in leading the Bearcats’nine-hit effort. Bearcat senior Mikayla Fulk (1-1) pitched a solid Game 2, striking out six and walking just three but allowed three hits in Gering’s seventh-inning rally.

In the first game,which had a 45-minute delay after a thunderstorm rolled through the area, Scottsbluff out-hit Gering with senior Barbara Calvert knocking three hits, one a double, with two RBI.
Butler scored the complete-game win despite allowing 13 hits and eight runs. Butler struck out six and walked three. Booker, Doggett, Butler and sophomore Allie Wilson combined for nine hits and four RBI.

Sophomore Erin Willats took the loss in relief for Scottsbluff, which used five pitchers – including senior Hannah Brown to start and as the final reliever. Willats lasted just one-third of an inning, walking two and allowing four runs in Gering’s six-run, fifth-inning comeback rally.

The Bulldogs return to action Saturday at the Holdrege Tournament.
Scottsbluff was to open its campaign on Friday as well, at Sterling, Colo. However, torrential rains in northeast Colorado forced the scheduled doubleheader to be canceled.

The teams will make up one varsity and one junior varsity game each on Wednesday, when Sterling travels to Scottsbluff for a 4 p.m. start of both games. That date follows the Bearcats’ next contest, Tuesday at home against Chadron at 7 p.m.

So Saturday’s Lexington Tournament became Scottsbluff’s opening action, and the Bearcats rebounded from a first-round loss to score two wins and claim fifth place.
After suffering an 8-5 loss to Holdrege, the Bearcats earned a 10-5 semifinal victory over Oxford-Southern Valley and finished with a 9-3 win over Chadron.

In the Aurora Tournament against St. Paul, Butler recorded the Bulldogs’ pitching win by scattering six hits while striking out six and walking just one in four innings. Offensively for Gering, Doggett went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in and two runs scored.

After two scoreless innings against Aurora, Gering exploded for seven runs in the third inning. The Bulldogs finished the game with 16 hits and one error, and Aurora had just one hit off Butler, who struck out four Huskies an walked none in four innings.

Booker led Gering at the plate, going 3-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored. Butler and freshman Kaetlyn Todd also both went 3-for-3.
In Gering’s loss to Crete, the Bulldogs had two hits and no errors, while Crete had 10 hits and one error. The game ended after three innings when Crete scored 12 runs in the frame.

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