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Atchison senior pitcher Avery Gering pitches against Harmon Tuesday at the Atchison Sports Complex.

Atchison softball got a sweep in its first conference series of the season over Harmon while also honoring the lone senior on the team in pitcher Avery Gering.

The Lady Red won the first game 21-6 in the bottom of the third inning and the second game 18-1 in the top of the third inning.

Atchison was able to take advantage of a team playing in its first ever series as a program.

The only downside of the day for Atchison was giving up six runs in the top of second inning.

“I think we played really well,” Gering said. “In the second inning of the first game we kind of let up a little bit but we were able to come back and win.”

Gering said the best part of being celebrated on senior night was sharing it with her teammates.

“It’s really special for me because my teammates have been with me for three years,” Gering said. “It’s going to sad to leave them with the special bond we’ve created.”

This is only the senior’s second year on the mound after volunteering to pitch before last season.

Coach Steven Watkins said Gering has come a long way as a pitcher.

“I’m so proud of her,” Watkins said. “She has put in a lot of hard work to become a pitcher who can have success. For her to have pitched really well tonight was so good.”

Watkins said he feels confident in his team with more of the conference season coming up.

“I think we’re in pretty good shape right now,” Watkins said. “We got all of our league games coming up in the next two weeks and we think we’ve got a chance to put some wins up.”

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