An 18-hit affair ended in the Garden City Wind’s favor Friday night in Topeka, as the Wind eked out a 9-8 victory over the Train Robbers.
The Wind racked up 10 hits and took advantage of four walks to overcome their pitching staff’s control issues. Starter Ryan Riordan issued eight walks in his seven innings, giving up six runs and seven hits. Relievers allowed four more free passes to the Train Robbers, who failed to take full advantage, leaving nine runners on base.
The Wind, however, were much more opportunistic, leaving just five on base, and coming up with a pair of big innings, scoring three in the third — Willie Ethington’s two-run double providing much of punch — and four in the seventh, with Clay Ardeeser’s two-run single getting the rally started.
The final rally gave the Wind a 9-6 lead, an advantage they were able to hold onto despite a two-run spurt from the Robbers in the eighth and another threat in the ninth. A pair of walks by Wind closer Chris Gammon put the tying and go-ahead runs on the bases with just one gone, but Gammon induced an infield pop up and struck out pinch-hitter Ian Home to seal the victory, which gives the Wind a 17-16 overall record.
The Train Robbers fall to 14-20.
The two teams meet again in Topeka Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest.
Garden City 103 100 400 — 9 10 3
Topeka 120 210 020 — 8 8 0
Riordan, Bacame(8), Kelly(8), Gammon(9) and Colon. Rodriguez, Hahn(1), Geary(7), Truex(9) and Valenzuela-Reece. W—Riordan (2-4). L—Rodriguez (0-1). Sv—Gammon (1). 2B—Garden City: Welborn (6), Ethington (5); Topeka: Taft (3). 3B—Consigli (2). HR—Topeka: Acevedo (1).