Monday featured the arrival of postseason play for the area softball teams at the Class B-10 Subdistrict Tournament at Oregon Trail Park in Gering.
Gering earned the ability to host by getting the top seed in the tournament and they started the day with a 2-0 win over #4 seed Chadron. Maddie Wiese starred in the circle with 13 strikeouts in the complete game victory. At the plate for the Bulldogs Brylee Dean drove in both runs and Calista Muhr finished 3-3 at the plate.
In the second game of the day there was plenty of firepower at the plate as Scottsbluff rallied back late to beat Alliance 17-13. Through five innings it was Alliance leading 10-7 but then Scottsbluff put up a five spot in the sixth and then two more insurance runs in the seventh to pull away for the win. The Bearcats got multi-hit games from Brady Laucomer, Alex Jones, Taylor Klein, Maddie Johnston, and Angelica Anaya. Klein had three hits including a homer.
The next game featured our first win or go home matchup as Alliance knocked out Chadron by a 11-10 final. That win sends Alliance into another elimination game this afternoon.
In the nightcap on day one it was top seed Gering beating Scottsbluff by the final of 15-5. This one lasted just five innings. Already leading 8-5, Gering scored seven runs in the top of the fifth inning.
Brylee Dean went 4-4 at the plate for the Bulldogs with two RBI’S and three runs scored and Hannah Splattstosser hit a grand slam as part of her five RBI performance. Gering also got multi-hit games from Wiese, Jessica Brown, and Kelsey Bohnsack. Wiese was the winning pitcher.
Gering Head Coach Tim Gonzales feeling pretty good about starting the tournament with a pair of wins.
In the loss Scottsbluff got homers from Mariyah Avila and Brady Laucomer. Both sophomores drove in two runs in the game.
So for today there will be two, maybe three games total to decide the subdistrict.
At 2 p.m. it’s the Scottsbluff vs. Alliance elimination game and then the winner will matchup with Gering at 4 p.m. Gering needs to win just one game today to take home the title while Scottsbluff or Alliance would need to win three times total today to win the tournament.
Despite the odds in Gering’s favor, especially with Wiese in the circle, Gonzales knows they have to be sharp.
The subdistrict champion will automatically advance to a district title game on Friday.