BIG BATS: Busters crank up offense
By BRETT CADY
By BRETT CADY
In the two first games of a four-game series at Williams Stadium against the Butler Community College Grizzlies, the Garden City Community College Broncbuster baseball team routed the Grizzlies 10-1 in the first game and 11-6 in the second.
Picking up the two wins for the Busters were JJ Benes in the first game and Madison Spencer in the second game. Benes pitched 5 2/3 innings before giving up the only run to the Grizzlies.
Tyler Tucker was one of the offensive leaders for the Busters by going 3-of-4 at the plate, all of them singles.
Garden City's big bats in the second game were Francisco Alvarez, Jaxon Mohr, and Cale Dineen. All homered, with Alvarez driving in three runs in his four at-bats.
After the twinbill routs of Saturday, the Busters came back on Sunday and finished with a split of the final two games.
In Sunday's opener, the Busters blanked the Grizzlies 4-0 before they ran out of gas and fell in the closing game, 9-1.
"Butler's a good team," head coach Chris Finnegan said. "I mean, they just flat out beat us in game four."
While the batting performance from the Busters was similar in both games, the difference was in the placement of those on base that was detrimental to the final score. In Sunday's first game, three men went 1-for-3 from the plate and three went 1-for-2. These modest hits were enough for the Busters to chip away at the Grizzlies.
The first Buster run of the day came when Grizzly pitcher Grant Hamilton walked Nolan Barrientos and Zach Barton. Barrientos scored after a grounder from Francisco Alvarez to the Butler shortstop.
In contrast to the first game, the only positive for the Busters in the second game came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Kadin Hydrick stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs, but a long fly ball to left was snagged by Butler's Logan Beard.
The Grizzlies fought back offensively in the game with Zach Baker and Beard going 3-for-4 at the plate.
Chris Bonk was the winning pitcher in Sunday's opener for the Busters. He kept the Grizzlies scoreless and allowed three walks and three hits. Josh Thomas came in for the final inning and allowed no hits.
The Grizzlies' win was earned by Austin Dubsky. In Dubsky's seven innings, he threw 71 strikes, issued two walks, and yielded only five hits.
"He's another arm that we've seen," Finnegan said. "We've seen plenty of them and plenty like them, and they're just really good today. Butler played a better game four than we did."
While the Busters were defeated in the nightcap, Finnegan said that he is still optimistic about the wins that the Busters picked up in previous weeks.
"We won the series three out of four, we won two series in a row," Finnegan said. "Which is important because it keeps us in the race for home field advantage in the playoffs."
The Busters are currently 14-10 in the conference and 22-17 overall.
The Busters are back in action at 3 p.m. today with a doubleheader against Bethany College's junior varsity at Williams Stadium.
The Busters will be on the road next weekend for a four-game series at Barton County and then close out their conference schedule with a four-game home set against rival Dodge City on April 18 and 19.
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