Weather heats up, Buster bats go cold

2/15/2014

Busters fall to Indian Hills, 6-1, in opener of four-game set.

Busters fall to Indian Hills, 6-1, in opener of four-game set.

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

Jake Eikleberry threw a solid season debut for the Garden City Community College Broncbusters baseball team on Friday afternoon.

Eikleberry allowed just three runs, two earned, and struck out five in his six innings of work against Indian Hills (Ottumwa, Iowa) Community College at Williams Stadium.

But the quality start was overshadowed by the Indians' Nick Green and Cody Hinson, who combined to toss nine innings of one-run ball for the 6-1 win over the Busters, who drop to 1-2 just two days into the season.

Green struck out three, allowed two hits, one unearned run and one walk in four innings, while Hinson came out of the pen for the final five innings, striking out two, allowing three hits and two walks.

The Indians took advantage of Eikleberry's error in the top of the first to get on the scoreboard first. Edgar Lebron led off with a single, and advanced to third on Eikleberry's off-target pick-off attempt.

He scored a batter later on a fielder's choice.

The Busters equaled the score in the third as Dalton Cook singled, moved to second on Tyler Tucker's single, to third on an error and then scored on an error.

But the Indians re-took the lead in the fifth off of Eikleberry, added another in the seventh, two in the seventh and an insurance run in the eighth for the 6-1 lead.

Meanwhile, the Busters' bats, recording just five hits (one double), were kept at bay by the Indians' pitching duo.

The Busters went to the pen in the seventh, calling on Braden Sager, who gave up two runs in his inning of work. Tony Yacovette gave up a run in the eighth for the Busters, and then Anthony Kaasch came on for the ninth, pitching a 1-2-3 top.

First baseman Rocky Desantis had the lone extra-base hit for the Busters, his third double in as many games.

The Busters and Indians continue their four-game series today with games at 1 and 3 p.m. before finishing off at noon Sunday.

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