By the time the Garden City Wind could break through against the Trinidad, Colo., Triggers starter Christian Schneider on Friday, the game was no longer in question.
The Wind were only able to get onto the scoreboard by taking advantage of an error in the fifth inning, but Trinidad had already mounted a 8-0 lead before then en route to a 20-3 blowout victory over the hometown Wind (13-40) at Clint Lightner Stadium.
The Wind’s Brandon Hudson lasted just 1 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks, before a relative turnstyle of relievers were sent to the mound — and one by one, each were charged with at least two earned runs as the Triggers’ offense clubbed 22 hits and scored in seven of the nine innings.
Hudson (1-6) took the loss, while Schneider (5-1) picked up the win.
Shane Casey had a pair of home runs for the Triggers (39-16), going 4 for 5 with six RBIs, while Edmund Cheatham (2 for 6) and AJ Puma (3 for 5) had three RBIs each.
The Wind are 2-8 in their last 10 games and are 25 games behind first place Trinidad in the Pecos League’s North Division. The Wind and the Triggers conclude their series with 6:30 games Saturday and Sunday nights at Clint Lightner.
Trinidad 140 302 433 — 20 22 2
Garden City 000 011 100 — 3 10 3
Schneider, Neptune(8) and Puma. Hudson, White(2), Santhon(4), Blinderman(7), Knowels(8), Nelson(8) and Lundgren. W—Schneider. L—Hudson. 2B—Trinidad, Bryson, Pomales, Puma; HR—Trinidad, Casey 2.