There was a big number 22 written in chalk near the backstop of the Douglas County field for the Sept. 23 Continental League softball game against Chaparral. It was senior day and a day to honor …
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There was a big number 22 written in chalk near the backstop of the Douglas County field for the Sept. 23 Continental League softball game against Chaparral.
It was senior day and a day to honor Huskies catcher Genevieve Bower, who is the only senior on this year's Douglas County team.
“I'm the only senior so it is kind of weird,” said Bower, who plans to head for the University of Rhode Island next season to play softball. “The younger players all step up. They carry the team sometimes. I've known most of them since they were like 8 or 9 years old.”
Bower went 2-for-3 at the plate and threw out a runner who strayed too far off first base during the 9-3 victory over Chap as the Huskies entered an important windup to the regular season and they try to improve their RPI ranking.
This season, because of the COVID situation, there will be no regional tournaments, and the 16 teams that advance to the state tournament will be determined by RPI standing. All league champions earn an automatic state tournament ticket.
Douglas County scored five runs in the sixth inning to seal the win over Chap. Freshman shortstop Jenna Madison had a solo homer to start the sixth inning uprising. Karlie Walters delivered a bases-loaded single to drive home two runs and Caity Clancy had a two-run double.
Walters had three of Douglas County's 16 hits and also stole two bases.
The Huskies left 12 runners on base.
“We're figuring things out,” said Douglas County coach Dane Craig. “We've learned to overcome adversity. In the beginning of the year we were just pounding the ball and we were winning games by the third or fourth inning, The last two games against Castle View (10-5 win) and Chaparral, we found a way to win when we were down and we hadn't got as much runs as we needed to. Win. So we figured that out the adversity part and we're playing the mental game very well and I'm very proud of them. This is the best start we've had in the four years I've been here.”
Bower's younger sister Channing is a sophomore and was the starting pitcher against Chap. Bower says she doesn't have to say a lot to her sister.
“She can read my face better than the other pitchers,” said Genevieve. “She can see it all in my face. She lives with me.”
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