Tough mental prep gives Gering edge
     2016-09-30      By Bonnie Fox    editor@geringcitizen.com
Gering junior Kenzie Schlaepfer threatens to steal home during the Bulldogs scuffle last Tuesday night against Alliance. The Gering girls clenched the 6-5 win in a nail-biter ending regular season play. 
Team endurance brought the Gering girls’ varsity softball team its final win of the regular season Tuesday night against Alliance, on their home diamond, with nail-biting, seesaw action.

Jacey Marietta, senior pitcher played a big role in securing the 6-5 win. “I wanted this win really bad, I have been preparing myself all week,” she said. Marietta, who had been injured, successfully changed her pitching. “Jacey had faith in the new wind up and believed she could do it,” said Coach Tim Gonzales. “She performed well, with 8 strike outs and only 1 walk, for the night.” Marietta allowed five hits.

The early part of the game was a battle of the pitchers. Neither team could get anything going for a score. The bats got hot for Gering during the bottom of the third. A double by senior Kaylee Bohnsack brought two runs. There was no score for Alliance during the fourth inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, Gering junior Tori Hoagland stole home after a wild pitch, bringing the score 3-0 at the top of the fifth. Alliance freshman, Erika Bucy hit a double to get to second base, while teammate sophomore Liz Johnson smacked a double of her own, allowing Bucy to score. Gering did not score in the fifth inning.

Alliance generated momentum with a 3-run rally, due to Gering errors, leaving Alliance up 4-3 but Gering responded with their bats, answering with another three scores. Starting the seventh at 6-4, Alliance did their best to muster a rally, and with good base running scored one. With two outs for the inning, Alliance made a valiant hit to centerfield to reach a tie, but hopes were dashed when it was caught by Gering, clenching a Bulldog win.

“I thought coming in to this game, it would be tough and we needed to play tough,” Marietta said. “When we stay up and play as one we can win.”

Districts will be the next challenge for the Gering Bulldogs. Coach Gonzales said the team is “looking for a good safe week of practice. Hitting on all cylinders for districts.” He is ready to have his team healthy and in good shape. Kaitlyn Todd has been cleared for play, and is “definitely ready to go to districts. Todd said she is “glad to be back in uniform and with my team.” Jessica Svoboda is also back after her concussion.

The Twin Cities, Gering and Scottsbluff, will host district play, Oct. 6-7.

Share this story on Facebook
LOGIN or REGISTER for exclusive access to premium content

Good Morning friend!
Recently Read Sports
897Tough mental prep gives Gering edge
1018All Points West: Keeping Big Red humming
1017Gering 4x400 team takes gold at Class B State Track: Scottsbluff’s Barraza takes 1,600-meter crown, leading Bearcat boys’ 4th-place team finish
1304Bearcat girls roll to fourth district golf title
1028Scavenger hunt for bicyclists
1274Managing footwork
1147Young golfer makes excellence her goal
1720Scottsbluff state golf champs aim for repeat
723B&C Steel Juniors fight to the 10th inning
1591Munoz wins battle of hometown fighters
802Cougars volleyball continues to roll
1317Fields tosses 1-hitter, WNCC softball sweeps Lamar
741Gering Soccer vs Newcastle, Grand Island CC and Norfolk Lutheran/Catholic
1085UNMC surgeon: pitcher injuries preventable
1387Cougar volleyball team has some unfinished business
773Bayard topples Morrill 53 to 6
812Gering and Scottsbluff soccer boys enjoy success
877Unbeaten: Scottsbluff boys, Chadron girls score big
1088Gering volleyball team to host varsity scrimmage, line judge clinic
797Gering falls to McCook on the road
Most Read Sports 2012
4055Mitchell track off to a strong start
3941Morrill baseball back in business
3348Rivals make good friends, better training partners
3340Gering wrestling builds on experience
3231Bulldogs basketball ready to run Class B gauntlet
3171Mendoza spirit lives on in softball tournament
2981All Points West: Time to get tough Huskers
2956Gering resident lives his dream
2844All Points West: We’ll miss 2016 seniors
2779Raising the bar high
2775Basketball girls hungry for more wins
2752Kizzire and Kautz take first place
2743Gering breaks two records at Chadron: Track season gets underway at Chadron Indoor Meet
2696Cougars clench 18th straight Region IX title
2640Sterkel Colorado bound, inks with Rangers
2632Beam to golf at Midland
2538Doing the heavy lifting
2459Gering girls’ soccer team creating team first attitude
2288Scottsbluff hopes to repeat as state champs
2254Morrill Lions move to eight-man offers opportunity
Most Read Sports 2011
4055Mitchell track off to a strong start
3941Morrill baseball back in business
3348Rivals make good friends, better training partners
3340Gering wrestling builds on experience
3231Bulldogs basketball ready to run Class B gauntlet
3171Mendoza spirit lives on in softball tournament
2981All Points West: Time to get tough Huskers
2956Gering resident lives his dream
2844All Points West: We’ll miss 2016 seniors
2779Raising the bar high
2775Basketball girls hungry for more wins
2752Kizzire and Kautz take first place
2743Gering breaks two records at Chadron: Track season gets underway at Chadron Indoor Meet
2696Cougars clench 18th straight Region IX title
2640Sterkel Colorado bound, inks with Rangers
2632Beam to golf at Midland
2538Doing the heavy lifting
2459Gering girls’ soccer team creating team first attitude
2288Scottsbluff hopes to repeat as state champs
2254Morrill Lions move to eight-man offers opportunity
Platte Valley Companies
Fresh Foods
American Legacy
Spectrum Photo
Kendell Henderson
= = = Platte Valley Companies' = = =
Sports Page

Check out the
Gering Bulldogs on