By: Dave Collins, Sports Director
Updated: Tuesday, 6:52 p.m.
🥎| B-10 High School Softball Subdistrict Tournament
Double-Elimination at Scottsbluff HS
Monday, October 5
F| (1) Scottsbluff 13, (4) Alliance 0
Bearcat pitcher Kymber Shallenberger limited Alliance to a pair of hits in a short three inning shutout victory to open the playoffs Monday. She struck out five and didn't walk a batter. The Bearcats scored 11 times in the opening inning and got a huge day from Mariyah Avila who homered, tripled and drove in four runs.
F| (2) Gering 7, (3) Chadron 6
A four-run bottom of the seventh inning capped by a walk-off RBI sent Gering into the semifinals. Nicki Todd's fly to right brought in the winning run, which had reached base on an error and got into scoring position via a wild pitch. Chadron had built a 6-3 advantage with a pair of runs in both the fifth and sixth. Madeline Wiese went 2/4 at the plate with three RBIs and a home run for Gering.
F| Elimination: Chadron 11, Alliance 6 - Alliance Eliminated
Chadron avoided an upset and elimination Monday with a late-inning comeback. Trailing Alliance 6-4 in the sixth, Chadron exploded for seven runs in the final two innings to win and survive to play Tuesday. Ciara Hudson came through with a two-run double in the fourth to give Alliance a 5-4 lead, and the Bulldogs made it 6-4 with a run coming in on a bunt in the next at-bat. Chadron got the biggest hit of the day in the sixth with a bases-loaded triple from Kadence Wild that scored three and gave the Cardinals a 7-6 lead. Back-to-back RBI doubles from Maci Rutledge and Josie Downing in the seventh put the Cards up 10-6.
F| Semifinals: Scottsbluff 9, Gering 6
Gering made a mid-game push but couldn't catch the tournament's top seed as Scottsbluff moved into the finals with a 9-6 win. Tied 2-2 after the first inning, Scottsbluff got three more in the second frame to take a 5-2 lead. After getting to within 6-3 in the fifth, Gering got a huge two-run hit from Gianni Aguilar to put pressure on the top seed Bearcats, 6-5. Scottsbluff would add three in the final inning to pull away and advance to the title game. Avery Fox led the Cats with three RBIs on a pair of hits. Her teammate Brady Laucomer went 4/4 with two RBIs.
Tuesday, October 6
F| Elimination: Gering 19, Chadron 8 - Chadron Eliminated
Gering didn't waste any at-bats to open Tuesday's elimination game scoring eight times in the first inning and racking up 15 hits on the day to eliminate Chadron. Gering added five more runs in the third to lead 13-2, and carried a 19-2 lead into the bottom of the fourth. Chadron was able to get a rally going with six touching home plate but the game finished in four innings when the Cards were retired. Gianni Aguilar and Madeline Wiese both had four Gering RBIs...Aguilar homered. For Chadron, Kennady Stack brought in three runs, Haylee Wild homered and Kadence Wild doubled and tripled with an RBI.
F| Championship: Scottsbluff 17, Gering 6 - Gering Eliminated
Avery Fox drove in five runs for the Bearcats as Scottsbluff ran away with the title. It didn't look as though that would be the case early when Gering took a 4-3 lead after one inning. Scottsbluff roared ahead 8-3 in the second and put the Bulldogs away for good with a five-run sixth. Brady Laucomer and Taryn Spady each drove in three Bearcat runs.
NA| 4:00 - Championship Game Two - Not Necessary