Busters split-em in season opening doubleheader
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
The Garden City Community college baseball team finally began the 2014 season on Thursday afternoon at Williams Stadium with a doubleheader against McCook, Neb., Community College.
The Busters won the seven-inning front end of the twinbill 6-3, but fell in the nightcap, 3-2, in a 10-inning affair.
"I thought for two games today, I thought we competed hard and we competed well," coach Chris Finnegan said after the second game. "We fell short game two. We had a couple opportunities, didn't take advantage of it. They took advantage of their opportunities."
Those opportunities were few and far between for the Indians in the nightcap as Buster starter Brooks Trujillo had a no-hitter going through four innings.
But to lead off the fifth, left fielder Justin Terry knocked a triple to right center. The Indians' next batter, catcher Mike DeHerrera, brought him in on a groundout to second, giving the Indians a 1-0 lead.
Trujillo pithced six innings, only giving up one run and one hit, while striking out six.
"I felt good," the sophomore righty said. "It's actually the first time I got to throw live this spring. It felt great. I shoved it and I loved it. The team played good behind me."
The Busters answered in the sixth when designated hitter Rocky Desantis drove in left fielder Kaleb Zimmer with a double to right.
The score remained 1-1 into extra innings, when the Indians finally broke the tie in the top of the 10th off reliever Josh Thomas as Jason Lighthall singled, Jordyn Compehos walked, Raul Maldonado got on with a bunt, and Casey Philpot walked to bring in Lighthall. Compehos scored on Ethan Freeman's sacrifice fly to left in the next at bat.
The Busters got one back in the bottom of the 10th as Francisco Alvarez doubled to lead off the inning and scored on Kaleb Zimmer's sacrifice bunt after Tyler Tucker singled to move Alverez to third. But the Busters could not score again, splitting the doubleheader with the Indians, and leaving Thomas with the loss.
"Thomas just wasn't really sharp for us today, which is OK," Finnegan said. "He's going to be on the bump again for us. I'm not too worried."
Thomas pitched two innings in relief, giving up two earned runs and striking out two.
Lighthall, who started the game at first base, picked up the win for the Indians after relieving starter Chase Cleary. Cleary threw seven innings and struck out eight.
In the opener, Buster reliever Marcus McKinney picked up the win for one inning of work, giving up one run. Starter Dalton Shalberg pitched five innings, gave up two earned and struck out seven.
"I thought we pitched really well," Finnegan said. "I thought we got a great start out of Shalberg game one. I thought our bullpen did what they were supposed to do and came out of it. I though Brooks Trujillo had a great start for us."
The Busters return to Williams Stadium today for a 3 p.m. game against Indian Hills Community College.
McCook 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 -- 3 8 0
GCCC 0 1 0 0 2 3 x -- 6 6 0
Barnes, Meltz(6), Low((6) and Maldonado; Shalberg, McKinney(6), Yacovett(7), Aspegren(7) and Alvarez. W - McKinney, 1-0. L - Low, 0-1. 2Bs - GCCC, Desantis (1), Alitz (1), Barrientos (1); McCook, Freeman.
McCook 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 -- 3 5 0
GCCC 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 -- 2 9 1
Cleary, Lighthall(8) and DeHerrera, Maldanado(8); Trujillo, Cook(7), Aspegren(8), Thomas(9) and Mohr, Alvarez(8). 2Bs - GCCC, Desantis (2), Alitz (2), Alvarez (1). 3Bs - McCook, Terry.