Gering softball feed raises funds
     2015-07-02      By McKenna Copsey   
The annual Gering High School Softball Pancake Feed will return Saturday, July 11 at Gardner Park in Gering from 7 to 9 in the morning. Tickets for the all you can eat breakfast will cost five dollars and are available to be bought from either the softball players themselves or at the time of the feed. Children ages 5 and under are free.

The feed has been a main fundraiser for the softball team since the club has been around. The money earned that day will go towards buying equipment for the team such as bats, balls, and uniforms.
Head Gering softball coach Tim Gonzales took over the high school team last year in June when the previous coach resigned. Gonzales had previously coached the Riverdogs traveling team for 10 years when his daughter was playing and put his experience towards the Gering team.

“My cousin, which was last year’s shortstop Cierra Booker, had brought it to my attention that Coach Molly [Bonuchi] had resigned and that Gering was in need of a softball coach. One day, Glen Koski called me, and it just went from there,” Gonzales said.

Fritz Marietta has helped organize the feed for the past two years. She is in charge of buying the food and finding either people or businesses who are willing to donate anything to the breakfast.
“I get a lot of help from the other parents. It’s all volunteer from the softball players and the parents who will be there serving and cooking. All of the sausage will be donated, but the money used to buy all of the mix and supplies comes out of the softball fund,” Marietta said.

Gonzales said that it’s usually the softball dads who take over the grill to cook the pancakes and patty sausages that are then served by the softball players. There will also be both white and chocolate milk, orange juice, coffee, and water that will be offered.

“If you’re hungry before the parade, it’s a cheap breakfast. We serve a lot of families who come out and eat before the parade. It’s a good time, especially during Oregon Trial Days,” Gonzales said.
This year, the program is looking to have 37 girls try out this year with almost a third of the number being incoming freshman.

Conditioning starts Aug. 3 followed by the first day of practice on Aug. 10. The first home game will be Sept. 1 against Alliance.

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