Bulldogs start season in earnest
     2016-09-01      By Staff Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
Frank Marquez/Gering Citizen Gering pitcher Jacey Marietta had 10 strikeouts in the first game of a double-header as visitor against rival Scottsbluff Bearcats on Thursday, August 25. 
In the early game at Scottsbluff High School, Gering topped the home team, 8-2, in seven innings on Thursday night, August 25, after a five-run explosion in the fifth inning.

The Gering Bulldogs, getting their first taste of the season after a canceled tourney in Aurora over the weekend, scored in the fifth on a walk by Kaylee Bahnsack, a two-run double by Delany Dean, a passed ball, and an RBI single by Annessa Escamilla.

Dean had a busy day at the plate, collecting two extra-base hits.

The Gering Bulldogs Varsity got the win thanks in large part to Jacey Marietta’s dominant, 10-strikeout performance. Marietta allowed one earned run, four hits and two walks over seven innings.

The Bulldogs were sparked by Kaetlyn Todd and Dean, who teamed up for four hits and two RBIs.

Scottsbluff pitcher Erin Willats was charged with the loss. She allowed eight runs in seven innings, walked two and struck out five.

The lead stayed with the Gering Bulldogs Varsity after the first, when they scored one run on a groundout by Jessica Svoboda.

The Gering Bulldogs Varsity scored one run in the second inning, and then followed it up with one more in the sixth. In the second, the Gering Bulldogs Varsity scored on a fielder’s choice, scoring Dean.

GRG 1 1 0 0 5 1 0 – 8 12 2

SCT 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 – 2 4 2

In the second part of the double-header, the Bulldogs lost a battle of the bats, falling short, 9-8.o hits and five errors.

Gering’s Bohnsack continued to have a solid night. She went 3-for-4 at the plate and scored two runs, then doubled in the third inning, and singled in the fourth and seventh innings.

Pitcher Jordyn Grasmick got the win for Scottsbluff despite allowing eight runs over seven innings. Grasmick struck out seven, walked four and gave up six hits.

Marietta, on the mound for two games in a row, was charged with the loss. She allowed nine runs in 6-1/3 innings, walked three and struck out one.

In the bottom of the first, Scottsbluff grabbed the early lead, 1-0. Devaney Halley got things going for Scottsbluff with a single. A stolen base then moved Halley from first to second.

Scottsbluff scored one run in the fourth inning, and then followed it up with one more in the seventh. In the fourth inning, Scottsbluff scored on a groundout by Rachelle Palser, which also scored Tiersa Darley.

Gering at Holdrege

The Gering softball team won two of their three games to take second place at the Holdrege Tournament on Aug. 27.

Gering opened with a five inning 7-4 win over Holdrege. Pitcher Jacey Marietta picked up the win, striking out six and walking none in her 4-2/3 innings.

Gering’s second game was against Adams Central, where they came away with a 9-5 win. Marietta was on the mound again, pitching all seven innings.

Gering finished the game with seven hits and three errors, compared with eight hits and six errors for Adams Central.

The championship game lasted five innings as Gering was blanked by McCook, 8-0. The game was scoreless for the first 2-½ innings before McCook came alive, adding four runs in the third and another four in the bottom of the fifth.

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