One night after beating up on Pecos League North Division’s Trinidad Triggers (12-6), the tables were turned on the Garden City Wind Friday night at Clint Lightner Stadium.
The Triggers tagged the Wind with a 7-run explosion in the top of the first, sending starting pitcher Ryan Stapp to the showers after he faced six batters, walking three, issuing two wild pitches and getting pelted with three hits before giving way to reliever Austin Hilton.
When the offensive explosion finally concluded, the Triggers had rolled up a football-like winning margin of 23-6.
Hilton didn’t have much luck, either, pitching the next four innings, giving up 10 hits, 8 runs, walking two and striking out four. Stapp was credited with six earned runs without recording an out.
In the second, the Triggers added a pair of runs only to see the Wind respond with three tallies of their own.
Hilton and Joey Cecere had RBI singles in the second for the Wind. Cecere added another run-scoring single in the third.
But the Triggers unloaded again with a five-run uprising in the fourth to go up 14-4. Trinidad got those runs on just four hits.
The scoring and hit parade for the Triggers continued in the fifth when Caleb Baker belted a 2-run home run, scoring Brian Frazier, who had walked. The Triggers tacked on two more runs in the fifth to make it 18-4.
Things continued to pile up for the Triggers as they added two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh while the Wind chipped in with a couple of runs in the eighth, making it 23-6.
Six Wind pitchers were tagged with 23 hits by the Triggers. Ryan Santhon pitched seven innings for Trinidad to pick up the victory.
The loss dropped the Wind’s record to 6-9 while Trinidad improved to 12-5. The teams will play at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, with the game to be played in Trinidad, Colo., the first of a two-game road weekend series.
Trinidad 720 542 300 — 23 23 2
Garden City 031 000 020 — 6 12 0