MCCOOK — Battling heat, humidity, and some tough competition, the Gering softball team grabbed a fifth-place finish at the McCook Invite after posting a 2-1 record, losing to host team, McCook, before shutting down Chadron and Gothenburg on Saturday in McCook.
Gering is now 8-4 on the season.
Gering coach Molly Bonuchi said her squad seemed to get stronger on offense and defense as the day went on.
“We started out a little slow, but actually as the day warmed up and the longer the day got, it seemed like the better we played,” she said. “We had some errors in that first game and we were able to bounce back and in that last game we didn’t have any, so that’s progress for us. We also picked it up offensively in the last two games.”
The Bulldogs’ only loss came in the first game of the day after giving up two runs in the third inning followed by three in the third to drop a 5-3 decision to the Bison. Despite the loss, Gering received some stellar offense from four juniors, showcased by a three-run homerun by Mikayla Butler in the fourth inning.
Brooke Doggett finished 1-for-2 with a double, while Jessica Rogers was 1-for-3 with a run, and Isabel Thompson was 1-for-1 with a run. Butler finished 1-for-3 with three RBIs.
The Bulldogs bounced back in game two with an 8-3 victory over Chadron behind the arm of Butler, who tallied six strikeouts in the five-inning affair. Thompson finished the contest going 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs; Rogers finished 3-for-3 with three doubles, three runs, and an RBI; while Doggett was also 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs.
The final contest proved to be Gering’s best win of the day after the Bulldogs blanked Gothenburg 6-0 behind another solid performance in the circle from Butler, who gave up no runs on six hits. In addition, the Gering defense finished the game without an error, committing only four in all three games.
Rogers capped off a seven-hit day, going 3-for-3 with three doubles and three RBIs, while Ciera Booker added a 2-for-3 performance at the plate; collecting a double, a triple, a run, and an RBI.
Gering will next see action on Tuesday when it travels to Imperial for a doubleheader with Chase County.
Gering .......................... 000 30 — 3 3 2
McCook ........................ 023 0x — 5 5 0
2B — Doggett; HR — Butler
Gering .......................... 141 11 — 8 15 2
Chadron ....................... 210 00 — 3 7 0
WP — Butler; 2B — Rogers (3), Doggett (2)
Gothenburg ................ 000 00 — 0 6 0
Gering ........................ 240 01 — 6 7 0
WP — Butler; 2B — Rogers (3), Booker; 3B — Booker