Lady Busters swept in Clarendon, Texas
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
The Garden City Community College Lady Broncbusters were swept in a doubleheader at Clarendon, Texas, College on Monday afternoon.
The Lady Bulldogs knocked around Buster pitchers for 24 runs in the two-game non-conference set, winning the opener 13-6 and the nightcap 11-3.
The Busters drop to 8-9 overall, and return to conference play on Wednesday with a twinbill against Seward County at 3 and 5 p.m. at the Tangeman Sports Complex.
Starter Alex Barleen could only get through one inning for the Busters as she gave up three runs on five hits, striking out none. Rachel Roe came in in relief, but it did not relieve the pressure the Lady Bulldogs' bats caused, as Roe gave up 10 runs — only three earned — in five innings as the Busters lost 13-6.
The top five in the lineup did most of the damage, going 11 for 21 with nine RBIs. Lauren Shanks had a pair of RBIs for the Busters on 1-of-3 hitting.
Gabby Gloria picked up the win despite tossing only two and one-third innings.
Garden City 002 040 0 — 6 7 8
Clarendon 344 011 x — 13 14 2
Barleen, Roe (2) and Aronoff. Gloria, Forbes (3) and Lara. W - Gloria. L - Barleen (1-1). 2B - Clarendon, Juarez 2, Lafferty, Gloria, Vines, Rodriguez, Ifopo.
The Busters got off to a better start in the nightcap, scoring three runs in the top of the first, but the Bulldogs immediately answered with three in the bottom of the frame to tie it.
Then, the Bulldogs took a big lead in the second with four runs to run away with the 11-3 five-inning trouncing.
Soliday pitched just four and one-third innings in the mercy-rule game, giving up all 11 runs — seven earned. Gloria again picked up the win for the Bulldogs, tossing four and one-third innings and striking out six.
Whitney Lane had a pinch-hit two-run home run in the fifth inning, part of a rally that led to the eight-run mercy rule, for the Bulldogs.
Danielle Aronoff led the Busters at the plate, going 3 for 3 with an RBI and a run.
Garden City 300 00 -- 3 8 5
Clarendon 340 13 -- 11 11 1
Gloria, Forbes (5) and Lara. Soliday and Aronoff. W - Gloria. L - Soliday (1-3). 2B - Garden City, Aronoff; Clarendon, Gloria, Vines, Good. HR - Clarendon, Lane.