Gering softball bows out first day
     2016-10-14      By Bonnie Fox    editor@geringcitizen.com
Gering pitcher Jacey Marietta (left) talks things over with her infield in an 11-9 loss to Alliance during at Districts playoffs on Gering’s home turf at Oregon Trail Park. Gering, along with its hope of advancing, was ousted from the tourney with a previous loss to North Platte. Photo by Bonnie Fox/for the Citizen 
Despite windy frigid temperatures, batting was red hot for teams at the Class B-6 District Softball played October 6-7 at the Oregon Trail Park.

Gering’s slate was full with three games, Thursday, October 6.

The Bulldogs on their home field started at noon facing Scottsbluff and taking the first game easily, 7-2. Gering then fell flat against No. 1 seed North Platte at 2 p.m., blanked 10-0. Then in a must-win in the double-elimination tourney, Gering looked for redemption against Alliance entering the consolation game at 6 p.m., in which they wasted a valiant rally, falling just two runs short, 11-9.

The Gering Lady Bulldogs ended the season just under .500 at 14-15.

“It has been a crazy season, and would not trade this for anything. We always have each other’s backs and we have grown really close,” said senior Jacey Marietta, who pitched in all three games.

Head Coach Tim Gonzales added, “I feel it was a good season. We fought through injuries and the girls played well.”

Alliance went on to eliminate Scottsbluff Friday morning in a 10-2 rout, but eventually lost to Gothenberg, 5-3, giving them third place, and their highest finish at districts.

In Gering’s elimination game, the Alliance Bulldogs scored one run in the top of the first inning. In the bottom, Kaetlyn Todd hit a stand-up double to tie the game.

Kiana Island followed with her own double, batting in two runners, to take the early lead 3-1. Alliance and Gering each scored one run each the third.

Going into the fourth, Alliance down, 4-2, Jaycee Acosta hit a triple, sparking an Alliance four-run rally to take the lead, 6-4. Gering failed to score in the bottom of the inning.

In the sixth inning, Alliance added two runs to extend the lead to 8-4. After Alliance pitcher, Grace Tolstedt walked Gering’s Tori Hoagland, Kaylee Bohnsack and Jessica Svoboda hit for singles plating Hoagland to get back a run.

In the seventh, Alliance’s bats exploded for three runs to their 11-run total for the game. Gering would not go away quietly, and it began a rally off base hits by Marietta and Delaney Dean. After Hoagland was again walked, Paige Peterson hit a triple to send three runners across. Bohnsack followed with an RBI single to bring Peterson home, 11-9, which became the final score.

Loading the bases, Tolstedt faced slugger Todd, who ripped a line drive at the Alliance pitcher, who made the unassisted double out for the win.

Tolstedt allowed nine runs over seven innings, striking out seven and surrendering 14 hits. Marietta took the loss, allowing 11 runs, walking one, and striking out six.

Against Scottsbluff, the Bulldogs and Bearcats each put runners in scoring position, but the Bulldogs capitalized on more RBI opportunities, pulling out a 7-2 win.

Scottsbluff got five hits compared with just three for the Bulldogs, but Scottsbluff stranded six on base.

The Bulldogs relied on Marietta to eat up innings; she pitched seven innings, and allowed two earned runs, five hits and three walks while striking out two.

Losing pitcher Erin Willats couldn’t get it done in the circle for Scottsbluff. She allowed seven runs in six innings, walked two and struck out three.

In the top of the third, Scottsbluff grabbed the early lead, 2-0. Tiersa Darley got things going for Scottsbluff with a single. Taylor Klein doubled, plating Kieyera Twombly and Darley.

Gering didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring four runs in the fifth inning when they scored on three errors.

Against North Platte, Gering fell, 10-0.

Taylar Coleman got the win for North Platte. She tossed four innings of shutout ball, struck out seven, walked two, and surrendered two hits.

Jayda Paul, Coleman, and Kylie Engleman helped lead North Platte. They combined for five hits and six RBIs.

Marietta took the loss for Gering. She allowed eight runs in two innings, walked one and struck out one.

North Platte went up for good in the first, scoring two runs on an error and a solo home run by Coleman.

North Platte piled on six more runs in the bottom of the second. A double by Paul ignited the offense, bringing home Emily Ady, and Abby Jones. That was followed up by Engleman’s double, plating Willow Chitty.

Sources: GameChanger, MaxPreps.

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