The Garden City Wind saw its record dip below .500 once again with an 8-4 loss Monday night to the Topeka Train Robbers at Clint Lightner Stadium.
The loss came in the first game of a four-game homestand for the Wind against the Train Robbers.
The Wind fell behind early, giving up a single tally to the Train Robbers in the top of the first.
It would remain 1-0 until the fifth when the Robbers pushed across five runs, aided by four walks by starter Marty Anderson and reliever Jonathan Ovalles.
The Wind finally got into the scoring column, getting an RBI single by Matt Consigli in the bottom of the fifth, making it 6-1.
They closed the gap to 6-4 with three runs in their half of the sixth, with Clay Ardeeser’s 2-run home run being the big blast. Beau Welborn, who singled, came home on an RBI single by Pedro Bacame.
But Topeka put some distance between itself and the Wind by scoring twice in the eighth, one run coming in on a sacrifice fly and the other a solo home run by Cody Ellis.
In their final at-bat, the Wind couldn’t muster anything, as Joey Cecere was out on a called third strike, Consigli grounded out and Nick Francis went down on a swinging third strike to end the game.
Victor Soto picked up the win for the Robbers while Anderson suffered the loss for the Wind.
The Wind, now 14-15, are four games back of North Division leader Trinidad in the Pecos League race. The two teams will resume their four-game series at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Clint Lightner.
Topeka 100 050 020 — 8 10 1
Garden City 000 013 000 — 4 11 0
2B—TOP (Shannon, Scura), GC (Cecere). HR—TOP (Ellis), GC (Ardeeser).
LOB—Topeka 11, Garden City 8.