Busters swept, drop weekend series to Colby
By Brett Cady
By Brett Cady
Much like the recent weather, the Garden City Community College Broncbuster baseball team's bats got cold on Sunday.
In a doubleheader against Colby Community College, the Busters lost the first game, 4-3, and the second game, 9-7.
Sunday's two games marked the end of a four-game series against the Trojans, as the Busters lost 3 of 4 after splitting Saturday's twinbilling. Their record for the season drops to 14-16 and 7-9 in conference play.
"It's the same old story," head coach Chris Finnegan said after Sunday's losses. "We score, they don't — that's what we're supposed to do. But once we score, we give it right back."
Game one found the Busters scoring runs in the third and then again in the sixth to take a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning. But the Trojans scored three runs in the top of the seventh to steal the win, scoring on an error, walk, double and then a single.
Buster reliever Josh Thomas earned the loss for the Busters as he allowed the three runs in the seventh, his only inning on the mound.
Lucas Gordon picked up the win for the Trojans out of the pen, tossing 1 1/3 innings, striking out two, and allowing one earned.
In the nightcap, the Busters got started with an early lead in the second inning with a five-run outburst to put them on top 5-2 over the Trojans.
Unfortunately for the Busters, the Trojans continued to steadily earn runs and kept the Busters' bats quiet after the one big inning.
Joshua Jones won for the Trojans, allowing six runs and nine hits in six innings of work. Jeromy Denton finished the game for the Trojans with one run and three hits in his three innings pitched, picking up the save.
The Buster bullpen worked to keep to the Trojans at bay, but with their batters getting stale after second, scoring only two runs in the final five innings as the Trojans nabbed the series win, 3-1.
"I thought game two Dalton Cook, Braden Sager, and Austin Aspegren did a great job in the pen for us," Finnegan said as the trio combined to pitch 5 2/3 innings, giving up just three runs while striking out four.
But their efforts were not enough after Brooks Trujillo, who in his 3 1/3 innings pitched gave up four runs, hooking him with the loss.
Leading the Busters offensively was Tyler Tucker, who was 3 for 5 at the plate with two triples. He scored the last run for the Busters in the seventh inning after he was drived in by Francisco Alvarez' single to cut the deficit to 8-7.
The next game for the Busters will be against the Lamar Community College Runnin' Lopes at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Williams Stadium.
Garden City 001 001 1 — 3 7 1
Colby 000 001 3 — 4 7 1
Cruz, Gordon (6), Deines (7) and Stidham. Bonk, Aspegren (6), Thomas (7) and Alvarez. 2B--Colby, Buchanan, Ihle, Perez, Benn, Stidham; Garden City, Desantis, Alvarez.
Garden City 050 100 100 — 7 12 2
Colby 022 211 010 — 9 13 2
Jones, Denton (7) and Stidham. Trujillo, Cook (4), Sager (6), Aspegren (8) and Mohr and Alzarez (5). 2B--Colby, Buchanan, Perez, Carter, Benn, Ham; Garden City, Alitz. 3B--Garden City, Tucker.
JJ Benes threw a complete game shutout in the series opener, striking out eight while only allowing four hits in a seven inning 1-0 win. The Busters' Triffon Tatarin scored the lone run as a pinch runner for Nolan Barrientos as Tyler Alitz drove him in on a sacrifice fly in the seventh for the walkoff victory.
Brandon Koehler was almost as good for the Trojans, striking out three in 6 2/3 innings, allowing just the lone run.
Colby 000 000 0 — 0 4 1
Garden City 000 000 1 — 1 4 1
Koehler and Stidham. Benes and Alvarez. 3B--Colby, Benn.
The Busters' bullpen gave up four runs in two innings to allow the Trojans to get the Saturday split at Williams Stadium, 4-3.
Jake Eikleberry's seven inning, two-run outing was spoiled as both Tyler Clapper and Dalton Shalberg gave up two runs in one inning of work in relief. Clapper picked up the loss, however.
Fily Perez' two-run double was the big difference for the Trojans.
Colby 200 000 022 — 6 13 2
Garden City 020 000 010 — 3 7 2
Hebert, Deines (8), Cruz (9) and Stidham. Eikleberry, Clapper (8), Shalberg (9) and Alvarez. 2B--Colby, Stidham, Perez; Garden City, Alitz.