Sweeping the Swedes: Busters bring out the brooms
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
The Garden City Community College baseball team used an unconventional double play and a pickoff to get out of a jam in the fifth inning of Monday's doubleheader nightcap against the Bethany College junior varsity team to sweep the Swedes.
After routing Bethany in a five-inning marcy-rule opener, 10-0, the Broncbusters fell behind 2-0, and then 3-2, in Game 2 and were looking at an even bigger deficit when the Swedes singled twice to get runners on first and second with no outs in their half of the fifth.
Facing letting the Swedes pull away, Buster reliever Tyler Clapper made a pitch when he needed, forcing a soft ground ball to first baseman Nolan Barrientos, who threw it to second for the force out. The batter was too quick, however, so shortstop Dalton Cook could not complete the traditional double play. Instead, the runner who began the play on second, had rounded third too far, and Cook back-picked the runner for a rare first-shortstop-third double play. In the next at bat, Clapper picked off the runner at first and the Busters got out of the inning unscathed.
In the bottom half, the Busters bats, which were potent in Game 1 but had been quiet in the nightcap, finally came back alive, scoring nine runs in the inning en route to a 13-3 mercy-rule win in six innings, improving the Busters to 24-17.
"It's something we work on on a daily basis," head coach Chris Finnegan said about Cook's alert play to get the double play. "We've very fortunate that Dalton kept his head up to make the throw."
It was a turning point in the game, Finnegan said.
"That's a type of play that can give us a little momentum," the Busters' coach said.
Clapper picked up the win, tossing just the one inning, giving him a 1-1 record.
Cale Dineen led the Busters offensively with a bases-clearing triple in the fifth to bust the game open.
In Game 1, the Swedes were shut down by Buster starter Tony Yacovetta, who did not allow any hard contact for the one-hit complete game win. Yacovetta, who improved his record to 1-0 and his ERA to 2.57 in 14 innings pitched, struck out four in the process as the Busters cruised.
Dalton Cook, who replaced starting shortstop Tyler Alitz in the third inning, led the Busters' offense, going 2 for 3 with three RBIs, including the walk-off two-run double in the bottom of the fifth to reach the 10-run rule.
Four other Busters had two hits, as Tyler Tucker went 2 for 4, Barrientoes was 2 for 3, Triffon Tatarin was perfect at 2 for 2 with a walk, and CJ Krainock went 2 for 3.
The Busters had seven extra-base hits — four doubles, three triples — including four in a five-run third inning that gave the Busters a commanding 8-0 lead.
The twinbill was scheduled after games with Western, Neb., for Monday were cancelled a few weeks ago. The Busters are at Barton County for 1 p.m. doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.
Bethany JV 000 00--0 1 2
Garden City 125 02--10 14 0
Bethany pitchers not available.
Yacovetta and Mohr, Zipper(2). W--Yacovetta (1-0). 2B--Garden City, Desantis (11), Cook (1), Krainock (1), Dineen (5). 3B--Garden City, Tucker (9), Barrientos (2), Tatarin (1).
Bethany JV 200 100--3 7 1
Garden City 001 192--13 14 1
Kaasch, Sager(4), Clapper(5), Thomas (6) and Zipper, Alvarez(6). W--Clapper (1-1). 2B--Garden City, Tucker (5), Zipper (1). 3B--Garden City, Dineen (2).