Soccer, baseball fall; softball wins
By BRETT MARSHALL
For the first 78 minutes of the championship game of the Wichita North Cup on Saturday, the Garden City Lady Buffaloes had battled top-seeded Wichita Heights to a 0-0 standoff.
But with less than two minutes remaining, the Lady Falcons' leading scorer, Jada Scott, scored what proved to be the winning goal, giving Heights a 1-0 triumph over the Lady Buffs at North Stadium.
It was a fluke goal as Scott had a free kick from the 18-yard line and the ball struck Garden's Alyssa Martinez on the hip and reversed direction, going into the net to the left of Allee Richman, who had been positioned correctly for the free kick.
The Lady Buffs struggled with their offense all day, getting only three shots on goal while the Falcons had 12. Richman was in goal for the Lady Buffs, recording 10 saves.
Garden City drops to 7-6-1 overall and will have a busy upcoming week, hitting the road for a pair of Western Athletic Conference games to finish the regular season. They face Dodge City at 4 p.m. today and then travel to Liberal for a 5:30 p.m. game on Tuesday.
The Garden City Lady Buffaloes' trip to Emporia was shortened on Saturday when rain and cold weather conditions forced their 10 a.m. game with Mill Valley to be scheduled on the final day of the Emporia Roundball Classic.
On Friday night, the Lady Buffs captured a 6-5 victory over Andover Central (8-2) as Dusti Befort picked up her seventh victory of the season against just one loss.
The Lady Buffs fell behind 4-0 after three innings before coming to life in the fifth with a pair of runs. Kennedy Brunson drew a one-out walk and scored on Mekayla Guerrero's RBI double and then Befort followed with an RBI single, scoring Guerrero, making it 4-2.
In their half of the sixth, the Lady Buffs came up with three more runs, getting a pair of singles from Haley Saldana and Jordan Arellano, both of whom scored on a Jamie St. Clair triple. Guerrero then drove in St. Clair with a single to center, making it 5-4. Garden scored what proved to be the eventual winning run in the top of the seventh when Casey Curran and Sierra Scott singled, before a double by Kori Thornton brought in Curran.
Central's seventh inning produced one run on a throwing error by St. Clair, and with one out, the Jags had the tying run on third. Befort then walked a batter but then induced the next two batters to pop out to Scott and then ended the game with a strikeout.
"Central's a quality team, and for us to come back from down 4-0 and then to hold them off in the seventh, I thought the girls showed a lot of heart," GCHS coach Trina Moquett said.
The Lady Buffs had 13 hits in the game, with Curran leading the way with three while St. Clair, Guerrero and Scott had two each. Befort walked just one and struck out nine.
The Lady Buffs (12-3) travel to Hays on Tuesday for a critical Western Athletic Conference doubleheader, starting at 4 p.m.
After claiming a 9-2 victory Friday night over Emporia at the Spartan Roundball Classic, the Garden City Buffaloes baseball team was overpowered by Maize South, 13-0, on Saturday in cold, wet and windy conditions.
Garden City starting pitcher Logan Dechant had kept the Buffs within striking distance, with the Mavericks leading 6-0. But three fielding errors led to 7 runs in the sixth inning to put the game away. The Buffs were limited to just one hit off South pitcher Kane McCarthy.
The Buffs fall to 3-12 overall and return to action at 2 p.m. today in Liberal.