Bulldogs’ potential 20th win will have to wait: Thunderstorm washes out Gering’s regular-season finale; district tourney awaits Bulldogs next week
     2014-10-02      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Anthony Brathwaite/Gering Citizen - Bulldog pitcher senior Mikayla Butler puts her all into the next strike during the Bulldogs’ most recent home game. Butler struck out five batters in seven innings during last week’s bout with McCook on Thursday. 
The Gering softball team was to celebrate Senior Night and go for a 20th victory on the season Tuesday night.

That was, until the skies opened up Monday and left more than four inches of rain officially at Western Nebraska Regional Airport – and the field conditions at Oregon Trail Park unplayable for the Bulldogs’ regular-season finale against Alliance.

Instead, Gering (19-8) will have to wait until District B-6 play next week in its quest of clinching a third consecutive 20-win season. The district tournament will be at the Lexington Optimist Fields on Oct. 9 and 10.

Before any action that would be played Tuesday night, Gering was in the driver’s seat to earn the No. 1 seed in the six-team district tournament. Official brackets will be released by the Nebraska School Activities Association today (Thursday) on nsaahome.org.
The Bulldogs had a 1-2 week last week, losing 8-7 to Chadron on Tuesday and splitting a pair of games in the Gothenburg Duals at Ogallala. Gering lost to Cozad 17-13 but defeated McCook 6-3.

Scottsbluff, which had its Tuesday game at Chadron canceled by the same Panhandle thunderstorms, was in the No. 4 seed for districts at 13-12 as of Tuesday.

The Bearcats will complete their regular season Saturday when they play in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament in Hastings, site of the state tournament on Oct. 15-17.
Scottsbluff went 3-2 last week, winning 8-5 at Alliance on Tuesday before losing to North Platte 11-0 and Cozad 12-8 in the Gothenburg Duals on Thursday. The Bearcats swept Chase County in their Senior Day home finale doubleheader on Saturday, 18-12 and 11-3.

Bulldogs get win over McCook

Gering bounced back from its first-game loss Thursday to Cozad by scoring five runs in the top of the second inning against McCook (12-12).

The Bulldogs remained in command and added their other run in the sixth inning.

The Bulldogs finished the game with 13 hits, while McCook had six. The Bison had two errors, while Gering had only one.
Senior Mikayla Butler claimed the win in the circle, striking out five and walking four in seven innings.

At the plate, senior Isabel Thompson went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. Sophomore Kaylee Bohnsack went 3-for-4 with one run scored, and senior Ciera Booker went 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored. Freshman Kaitlyn Todd went 2-for-4.

Against Cozad, Gering took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning before Cozad responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Gering evened the score at 4-all in the top of the fourth, but Cozad answered once again in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs to go up 7-4.

Gering closed the gap to 7-6 in the fifth inning and then scored two more runs in the top of the sixth to move ahead 8-7. Cozad quickly took control in the bottom half of the sixth, however, scoring 10 runs on three doubles, two Bulldog errors and four singles.
Gering finished the game with 13 hits and four errors, and Cozad had 17 hits and two errors.

Thompson led the Bulldogs at the plate, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored. Bohnsack went 3-for-3, while Booker and junior Brooke Doggett each had a triple.

Against Chadron last Tuesday, Gering came out on the short end despite having Doggett collect four hits. She doubled in the first and fifth innings and singled in the third and seventh innings.
Chadron stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the first, scoring five runs on a two-run home run, a groundout and a two-run triple.

Three runs in the top of the third helped the Bulldogs close their deficit to 5-3. A sacrifice fly by Booker, an RBI single by senior Allie Willson, and a passed ball fueled the Gering Bulldogs Varsity's comeback. But a fly-out ended Gering’s threat.
Four runs in the top of the seventh helped the Bulldogs close their deficit to 8-7. A two-run error and a two-run single by junior Raemona Borgmann gave the Gering life, but the rally was one run short.

Butler took the loss for the Bulldogs. She allowed eight runs in six innings, walked none and struck out two.

Bearcats finish week strong with sweep

Scottsbluff got a pair of solid pitching performances against Chase County from senior Mikayla Fulk, who earned the wins in the Bearcats’ sweep of the Longhorns.

Fulk surrendered just one hit in 5-2/3 innings of work in the first game, allowing no earned runs, striking out eight and walking none.
Senior Lou Ramirez racked up five RBI on three hits for Scottsbluff in Game 1. She doubled in the fourth inning, singled in the fifth inning and tripled in the sixth inning.

Both teams had things going at the plate, totaling 30 runs and 29 hits, including two extra base hits.
After Chase County grabbed a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Scottsbluff answered with two runs in the bottom of the first when freshman Erin Willats scored on an RBI single by junior Chloey Reifschneider.

The game was never in doubt after the fifth, as Scottsbluff Bearcats Varsity scored four runs on an RBI single by Ramirez.
In the second game, Scottsbluff scored all 11 of its runs in the fourth inning and ended the game by run rule after five frames.
The Bearcats scored in the fourth on an error, a two-run single by junior Hana Nagasawa, a groundout by sophomore Rudi Salazar, a two-run error, an RBI triple by senior Barbara Calvert, an RBI single by Ramirez, an RBI single by freshman Hailey Franklin and a pair of Longhorn errors.

Chase County managed just two hits off of Fulk, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out five during her four innings of work.

Scottsbluff was sparked by Ramirez and Calvert, who teamed up for four hits and three RBI. Calvert had two extra-base hits.
At the Gothenburg Duals on Thursday, the Bearcats were held to just four singles in their 11-0 loss to North Platte.

Scottsbluff’s bats were more potent against Cozad and had an early 3-0 lead on the Haymakers, but Cozad scored five runs in the bottom of the second to take a 5-3 advantage.
The Bearcats responded with four runs in the top of the third inning to lead 7-5, only to have Cozad tie the score with a run in each of its third and fourth innings. The Haymakers then scored five fifth-inning runs to take what would be plenty for the victory.

Scottsbluff hit the ball pretty well, totaling 10 hits in the game. Calvert was among the Bearcats’ hitting leaders by going 2-for-4. She had a three-run home run in the third inning and also had a double in the seventh.

Salazar also had a home run, a two-run shot in the first inning. Freshman Hannah McQuistan went 3-for-4, including a double, and junior Zoe Holscher went 2-for-4, including a double.
In downing Alliance last Tuesday, Salazar went 3-for-3, including an RBI single in the top of a three-run, seventh-inning rally that gave the Bearcats the lead for good.

Senior Hannah Brown recorded the pitching win despite allowing five runs over seven innings. She struck out five, walked three and surrendered five hits.

In the fourth, Holscher and Calvert scored on a two-run error in a three-run rally. However, Alliance responded with four runs of its own in the fifth.

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