Lady Busters earn doubleheader split at Seward County

3/22/2013

Lady Busters earn doubleheader split at Seward County

Lady Busters earn doubleheader split at Seward County

By ADAM HOLT

aholt@gctelegram.com

The Garden City Community College softball team split a conference doubleheader at Seward County on Thursday, winning 3-1 and dropping an 8-3 decision.

Kallie Hoover was dominant in a 3-1 opening win, allowing just one run on two hits in the complete game performance. The sophomore struggled in starting an 8-3 Game 2 loss, though, allowing five runs in two innings before being pulled.

It was that Game 1 performance by the Lady Broncbusters, though, that stuck out to head coach Becky Holland.

"Today was the first time we really put seven hard, good innings together, both offensively and defensively," she said in a telephone interview.

Garden City (9-12, 5-1 KJCCC) got solo home runs from Emilie Laliberte and Lauren Shanks, and Danielle Aronoff went 2-for-3 with an RBI. The Busters tallied eight hits as a team, and the Lady Saints didn't score until the seventh inning.

Seward County (18-13, 1-3) starter Brittney Sharkey absorbed just her third loss of the season, allowing three runs, all earned, on eight hits and no walks while striking out two.

Inconsistent effort has been the biggest knock on Garden City this season, and Holland couldn't overstate about how important that complete performance in Game 1 was to the team's growth.

"I think more than anything, it proved to them when they play hard and when they do their job, we are a very, very good team, and very hard to beat," she said. "I was very happy to see that out of them."

Five errors in Game 2 led to three unearned runs in the 8-3 loss.

Although the Busters had a 1-0 lead after the first, the Saints nabbed three runs in the second and four in the third to chase Hoover, who allowed five runs, four earned on four hits and two walks. Joslynn Lopez came in and gave up three runs, one earned, on eight hits and a walk in four innings of work.

"We booted a few balls and gave them some easy runs that we shouldn't have," Holland said.

Chelsea Justice was 3-for-3 with a home run, a double, two runs, two RBIs and a stolen base, but only three other Busters managed hits.

Brittany Hopkins pitched a complete game for Seward County, allowing three runs, all earned, on seven hits with three strikeouts.

The split dropped Garden City to second in the division and region standings at 5-1, behind 4-0 Butler. After a sweep at Barton last week, the Busters are 3-1 in road games in conference, which Holland said will be key as the season progresses.

"The biggest thing in conference play, you do your best, take care of all your games at home, and then do your best, split or sweep on the road," she said. "And you set yourself up great for postseason. We really, really needed that win against Seward today."

The Busters next play on Wednesday, when they host McCook (Neb.) in a doubleheader rescheduled from Feb. 26. Their scheduled Sunday doubleheader against Trinidad State, Colo., was moved to April 21 due to weather concerns.

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Garden City 3, Seward County 1

Garden City 000 011 1 -- 3 8 5

Seward County 000 000 1 -- 1 2 0

WP: Hoover. LP: Sharkey.

Seward County 8, Garden City 3

Garden City 100 101 0 -- 3 7 5

Seward County 034 100 x -- 8 12 1

WP: Hopkins. LP: Hoover.

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