Busted: Butler no-hits, routs GCCC in twin bill
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
Just five days ago, Garden City Community College head softball coach Becky Gundy was optimistic about the direction her team was heading. The Lady Busters had just split a doubleheader at Seward County, and they looked to be in a groove.
She did caution at the time, though, that her team had been prone to some ups and downs this season, losing seven straight in the middle of March and then winning six of seven at the end of March and beginning of April.
But Monday at Tangeman Sports Complex was definitely one of the downs.
The Busters were swept by the No. 7 ranked Butler Lady Grizzlies, 6-0 and then 24-8, prompting Gundy to question her team's focus.
"I think the number of kids that have checked out, and the number of kids that still have the fire burning to play, I think that checked out list is longer," a frustrated Gundy said after the pair of setbacks.
Rachel Roe was able to limit the powerful Grizzlies in the opener, but a pair of home runs and nine hits was more than enough as the Busters were no-hit by the Butler duo of Sidney Eck and Jayde Hansen.
Eck tossed six no-hit innings, striking out four and walking none, while Hansen walked two in her one inning of work.
A'Liyah Rogers went 3 for 4 for the Grizzlies, and Monica Islava and Jillian Navarrete had the solo shots.
In Game 2, the Busters were able to avoid a run-rule loss by scoring two runs in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 11-4.
But the Grizzlies scored 11 runs in the top of the seventh to pull away.
Statistics for the nightcap were unavailable.
After, Gundy and her team had a long meeting in the outfield to discuss the performance.
"We need nine kids that want to work hard and go on a run at the region tournament," Gundy said about the meeting. "And that's what we're going to look for — freshman, sophomore, I don't care who they are. But we want nine kids that really want to fight and finish the season the way that they should have."
The Region VI Division I tournament is on May 3 and 4 in Wichita.
Before then, the Busters have a trio of doubleheaders on the road, starting at 3 p.m. today at Dodge City.
Major lineup changes may be in store.
"At this point, we'll try anything," Gundy said.
Butler 003 002 1 -- 6 9 4
Garden City 000 000 0 -- 0 0 4
Eck, Hansen(7) and James. Roe and Aronoff. W--Eck. L--Roe. Sv--Eck. 3B--Butler, Naverrete. HR--Butler, Islava, Navarrete.