Bulldogs 2nd, Bearcats 3rd after tiebreak in Scottsbluff Tourney: Gothenburg awarded tournament title on runs allowed by each of the 4-1 teams
     2014-09-18      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Anthony Brathwaite/Gering Citizen From left, the Gering softball infield players, sophomores Kaylee Bohnsack and pitcher Jacey Marietta, Becca Svoboda (No. 3) and catcher, freshman Kaetlyn Todd, meet on the mound for a lighthearted moment during Tuesday’s doubleheader at home against Chase-County. The Lady Bulldogs defeated the Longhorns 7-5 and 9-3.  
This year’s Scottsbluff Invitational varsity softball tournament required a tiebreak to determine a winner after the host Bearcats, the Gering Bulldogs and the Gothenburg Swedes all finished 4-1 in the two-day event Friday and Saturday at Scottsbluff High School.

In resolving the three-way tie, Gothenburg was the tournament winner by allowing the fewest runs, 15, among the three deadlocked teams.
Gering, which had a chance to finish undefeated heading into the tournament’s final game, fell into the tiebreak after Scottsbluff edged the Bulldogs 7-6. Gering still finished second in the tiebreak with 18 runs allowed, while Scottsbluff surrendered 20 runs in its five games.

Gothenburg beat Chadron 12-4 and Scottsbluff 8-0 on Friday before the Swedes lost to Gering 8-6. On Saturday, Gothenburg then defeated Alliance 11-0 and Chase County 7-3.
Gering downed Chadron 17-3, Alliance 15-1 and Gothenburg 8-6 on Friday. The Bulldogs returned Saturday to rout Chase County 14-1 before getting edged by Scottsbluff 7-6.

Scottsbluff defeated Alliance 19-5 and Chase County 12-2 in first-day action but then lost to Gothenburg 8-0. The Bearcats shut out Chadron 12-0 before scoring their 7-6 win over Gering.
All-tournament team selections included Gering seniors Mikayla Butler and Ciera Booker and junior Brooke Doggett, along with Scottsbluff seniors Barbara Calvert, Hannah Brown and sophomore Lou Ramirez.

Gering (16-4) then returned to action Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep at Oregon Trail Park, downing Chase County 7-5 and 9-3. Details on the twin bill will be in next week’s Gering Citizen.

Scottsbluff 7,
Gering 6

The tournament’s final game, between the Twin Cities arch-rivals, went down to the wire in determining the need for the three-team
tiebreak.

Scottsbluff (8-8) took the last of five lead changes in a back-and-forth affair against Gering, taking the lead in the fifth and final inning and holding on for the victory.
Gering senior Mikayla Butler was charged with the loss. She lasted 4-2/3 innings, walked one, struck out five and allowed three runs.

The Bulldogs held a 9-8 edge in hits but also committed four errors to the Bearcats’ two. For Gering, Doggett was 2-for-2 and scored one run, while Todd went 2-for-3 with one run scored and one run batted in, and sophomore Becca Svoboda was 2-for-2.
In Gering’s other action:

The Bulldogs were a perfect 4-0 before their loss to Scottsbluff in their finale.
On Saturday, Gering blasted Chase County after scoring 10 runs in the first three innings. Booker’s RBI triple, a wild pitch, an error, another wild pitch and a two-run single by senior Chelcey Mannel in the first two innings fueled the Bulldogs’ early offensive output.

In their Friday finale, the Bulldogs outlasted Gothenburg after four lead changes to take the two-run win and deal the Swedes their only loss of the tournament.

Gering grabbed the lead for good after a strong, three-run fourth inning. A groundout by Peterson scored Bohnsack gave the Bulldogs an 8-4 lead.

Gering would not relinquish the lead as Gothenburg was unable to weather the four-run, fourth inning deficit. Gothenburg scored two runs in the fourth on an error and an RBI triple by Kaitlyn Aden. Still, the Swedes could not draw even.
Gering’s other two wins Friday were lopsided. A 10-run explosion in the fourth inning carried the Bulldogs to their 14-run win in four innings over Alliance.

Gering scored in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Butler, a three-run single by Doggett, an RBI single by Bohnsack, an RBI single by Todd, a walk by Thompson, and a three-run double by Butler.
Thompson put herself in scoring position with two extra-base hits for the Gering Bulldogs Varsity.

Butler recorded the win for the Bulldogs. She allowed one run over three innings, struck out four, walked none and surrendered three hits.

Offensively, Butler, Thompson, Bohnsack and Escamilla combined for 10 hits and eight RBI.
Gering scored two runs in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Doggett and an RBI single by Bohnsack.

The Bulldogs built upon their lead with three runs in the second. The inning looked promising, as Thompson doubled, scoring sophomore Allie Wilson to kick things off.
In its tournament opener against Chadron, Gering jumped out to an early lead with 14 runs in the first three innings.
An RBI triple by Booker, an RBI single by Doggett and an RBI single by Bohnsack led to three first-inning runs.

In the second, a two-run double by Booker, a two-run single by Doggett, a two-run single by Bohnsack, and a steal of home by Bohnsack in the second frame powered the Bulldogs to a seven-run rally for the inning.

Booker racked up six RBI on three hits for Gering.
Following its home doubleheader sweep over Chase County, Gering will play host to Scottsbluff tonight (Thursday) at 6:45 at Oregon Trail Park. The Bulldogs will then play in the North Platte Invitational on Saturday and at Chadron on Tuesday.


In other Scottsbluff action:

Brown tossed a no-hitter against Chadron in a three-inning contest Saturday morning. Brown struck out five batters and walked one while recording her momentous feat. She got Katelyn Haug to strike out for the final out of the game.
In downing Chase County on Friday, the Bearcats scored five runs in the fourth inning on a two-run single by junior Hana Nagasawa, an RBI single by Franklin and a two-run double by Ramirez.
Nagasawa racked up four RBI on three hits for Scottsbluff. Six hitters combined for 14 hits, nine RBI and eight runs scored.
After falling behind 2-0, the Bearcats never trailed after scoring five runs in the third on two singles.

Scottsbluff had an easy tourney-opening win by scoring 12 runs in the first inning against Alliance and coasting to the three-inning win over the Bulldogs.
Scottsbluff ripped 15 hits, including six extra-base pops. Trussel went 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored, while Calvert was also 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI.
Holscher was 2-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI; Reifschneider was 2-for-2 with a run and two RBI; and Ramirez was 2-for-2 with a walk and three runs scored.

After facing Gering tonight (Thursday) at Oregon Trail Park at 6:45, Scottsbluff also will be in the North Platte Tournament on Saturday. The Bearcats then will venture to Alliance on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. contest.

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