Busters 'selfish' in pair of losses to Otero
By Brett Cady
By Brett Cady
Coming off of their four wins over Pratt, the Garden City Community College Broncbusters' baseball team reverted back to their selfish ways, according to head coach Chris Finnegan, dropping a doubleheader to Otero, Colo., Community College on Wednesday evening.
The Broncbusters dropped the opener, 8-3, and then the nightcap, 8-6.
With these losses, the Busters' overall record dropped to 12-9.
Finnegan could blame nothing else for the loss other than the selfishness of the team.
This lapse in the "maturity level" of the team comes just two days after Finnegan praised the team for buying into the strategy that he would like them to employ at the plate as the Busters swept the Beavers on Sunday and Monday.
"What cost us is being selfish," Finnegan said after the frustrating 8-6 loss to the Rattlers. "We live in the past. When things are good for us, we play for each other, but when things are bad we falter — we crawl under a rock and we can't handle pressure."
Causing a good deal of the "pressure" for the Busters was Rattler pitchers Valentin Sanchez, who won the first game for the Rattlers, allowing only two runs in his four innings pitched, and Jarett Bott, who finished both of the evening's games for the Rattlers.
Bott tossed a combined 2 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out three and giving up no hits. Bott picked up the save in the first game.
On the Broncbusters' side, Dalton Shalberg allowed three runs in his four innings pitched, which earned him the loss in the first game. In game two, Dalton Cook earned the loss out of the pen for the Busters, allowing the go-ahead two runs in his one inning pitched after the Busters and Rattlers were tied at 6 through eight innings.
"We pitched it halfway decent," Finnegan said. "Otero is a good club. They did a great job, but us offensively and defensively, just are not very good."
Zach Barton was the only Buster in the first game to have an RBI. The Rattlers' Blake Stoehr contributed two RBIs to lead the team.
Nolan Barrientos contributed twoRBIs in the second game, but the top four in the Busters' lineup went a combined 0 for 19 at the plate.
The Busters will leave for Liberal for their next games on March 15 and 16 to play a pair of doubleheaders against Seward County, starting at 1 p.m. each day.
Otero 010 210 1 — 5 10 1
Garden City 002 000 1 — 3 5 3
Sanchez, Feldman (4), Wood (6), Bott (6), and Cordova. Shalberg, Spencer (5), Sager (7), Clapper (7), and Alvarez. 2Bs - Otero, Stoehr, Cordova.
Otero 300 030 002 8 13 1?
Garden City 013 110 000 6 7 1?
Halsey, N Martinez (2), Price (5), Oquist (5), Wood (7), Bott (9), and B Martinez. Spires, Yacovetta (2), Aspegren (5), McKinney (5), Clapper (5), Thomas (7), Cook (9), and Mohr, Alvarez (5). W - Bott (?-?). L - Cook (0-1). 2Bs - Otero, Johnson 2, Flores, Cordova. 3Bs - Otero, Barnes; Garden City, Alvarez.