Busters' baseball keeps rolling along

2/20/2014

By BRETT CADY

By BRETT CADY

sports@gctelegram.com

While the Garden City Community College baseball team may not quite have the aggressive mentality that they would like, their current state of mind was good enough to get the job done.

On Wednesday, the Busters handily defeated the Frank Phillips College Plainsmen 7-2 at Williams Stadium.

The win marks the third win for the Busters, who now have a record of 5-2 in the early portion of a long spring schedule.

Coach Chris Finnegan felt that while the game was not quite as he would have liked, he was pleased with the way that his team played.

"I thought we came out today a little bit lazy, lackadaisical at the beginning," Finnegan said. "They proved me wrong. We scored two in the first, which was good. We got a little momentum and we kept batting."

Starting off the game for the Busters was Tyler Tucker, who doubled off Plainsmen pitcher Addison Russ' second pitch. Tucker was then sent home by Tyler Alitz, who also doubled. Alitz scored after the third batter, Rocky Desantis, singled to left.

Both teams went scoreless in the next two innings.

"We did all the small things well," Tucker said. "We cracked the fastball, played defense well. It was just a good game."

Despite keeping the Plainsmen at bay and scoreless for all of his five innings, Buster pitcher Dalton Shalberg, a former Lakin High product, was substituted with Brooks Trujillo in the sixth inning.

"I thought our pitching staff did a really good job," Finnegan said. "We got five strong innings out of Dalton Shalberg. He didn't necessarily have his best stuff. Brooks Trujillo did a good job out of the pen and Anthony Kaasch struggled a little bit there early and then found it late to finish the game off for us."

In the sixth inning, the Busters scored three runs after Cale Dineen's opened with a line double to left. Dineen then stole third. After a mix-up about the number of balls and strikes that were against Cook, he singled to center. Triffon Tatarin hit a double that brought Dineen home and moved Cook on third. Tucker then singled to center, scoring both Cook and then Tatarin.

After Alitz scored in the seventh inning and each team went without much action in the eighth, the Busters brought out Kaasch to finish up on the mound. He allowed two runs before finishing off the Plainsmen.

"A win is win," Finnegan said. "It doesn't really matter if you play well or you don't. You're always going to take a win. Especially being at home and defending your home field — that's what you're supposed to do.

"We don't have the killer mentality yet," Finnegan said. "It'll come. The more games we play, the better it will be."

The Busters are on the road Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader with Rose State, Okla.

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Frank Phillips 000 000 002 — 2

Garden City 200 103 10x — 7

Russ (L), Rowlett (6), Norris (8); Shalbert (W), Trujillo (6), Kaasch (9). 2B--FP (Mackenzie), GC (Tatarin, Dineen, Tucker, Alitz). 3B--GC (Alitz).

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