It was the final day of June, but the Friday night Pecos League battle at Clint Lightner Stadium resembled a yo-yo between the Garden City Wind and the Trinidad Triggers.
In the end, that’s the way the game eventually played out, with the Wind falling by an 8-5 margin, and seeing its record fall to 12-23. Trinidad improved to 22-13.
The teams now head to Colorado, where the same squads will face each other for a two-game weekend series in Trinidad.
The Wind took an early 1-0 lead in the second, only to have the Triggers respond in kind in the top of the third.
After the visitors from Colorado plated three runs in the top of the fourth, the Kansas hosts bounced back with four runs of their own to go up 5-4.
Then, in its half of the sixth, Trinidad scored one run to again knot the score at five-all.
But that wasn’t the end of the back-and-forth affair, as the Triggers added two more runs in the top of the seventh to go back in front 7-5.
The bats, though, went silent for the Wind after that four-run fourth inning. They were limited to seven hits, and also had defensive lapses with three errors, which led to a pair of unearned runs by the Triggers that ended up being the difference in the outcome.
The Wind’s first tally came on an RBI single by Nick Wagner that scored Gavin Lavalle, who had reached on a walk and then advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Joey Cecere got the four-run fourth going with an RBI single, scoring Lavalle. A bases-loaded walk scored Jean Carlos Peralta before Cameron Ketchen delivered an RBI single, followed by another bases-loaded free pass that scored Cecere.
Trinidad tacked on an insurance run in the ninth, although the Wind made one final run at the Triggers, scoring an unearned run on a fielding error by Trinidad. But that potential tying run at the plate was snuffed out when Peralta struck out to end the game.
Cecere was the only Wind player with a multi-hit game, getting two safeties.
Ryan Calby absorbed the loss for the Wind while Jake Heissler grabbed the win.
Following the brief road trip to Trinidad, the Wind will return home on Monday to begin a three-game homestead with Roswell, including a big July 4 special night.
Trinidad 001 301 201 — 8 11 1
Garden City 010 400 001 — 6 7 3
Winning pitcher—Jake Heissler; Losing pitcher—Ryan Calby. 2B—TRI (Henry, Rodriguez, Busekrus). LOB—Trinidad 12, Garden City 10.
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