Skid continues, Lady Busters swept by Seward
By Andres Rivas
By Andres Rivas
Garden City Community College Lady Broncbusters head coach Becky Gundy was less than satisfied when her team played at Colby a week ago on March 6 when the Lady Busters split a doubleheader.
In Wednesday's home twinbilling vs. Seward County, things did not change for the better.
"We got to learn to work harder, losing gotta hurt and it doesn't right now," Gundy said after her team were swept by the conference-foe Lady Saints at the Tangeman Sports Complex, losing the first game, 15-5, then fell, 15-2, in the nightcap, dropping to 8-11 and 1-3 in conference.
The Lady Busters have now dropped five out of their previous six games, starting with the split at Colby, followed by sweeps at the hands of Clarendon and Seward County.
On Feb. 28 at home, the Lady Busters swept Clarendon. The second time around, this time playing Clarendon on its home turf, on Monday, the Lady Busters were routed in the two losses, continuing the Lady Busters' skid into Wednesday's losses.
In the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader, the Lady Busters fell behind early to the Lady Saints by one run at the end of the first inning, but were able to tie the score up with Liberty Nelson scoring on Brooke Lovas' single in the second.
By the time the fourth inning rolled around, the score was tied at four runs before the Lady Saints got hot at the plate, earning three, two, and six runs in the final three innings respectively, to pull away.
The Lady Busters only scored one more run in the bottom of the sixth, with Danielle Aronoff scoring on Lovas' sacrifice fly to left field.
The starting pitcher for the Lady Busters in the first game was Rachel Roe, who was hung with the loss, pitching all seven innings, giving up 15 runs, seven earned, while striking out two. Katelyn Craker tossed the complete for the Lady Saints, earning the win, giving up five runs, zero earned while striking out six.
Pokey Ewell and Vanessa Oakden each had four RBIs for the Lady Saints, while Liberty Nelson led the Lady Busters with two.
In the second game, the Lady Saints got out to the early 3-0 lead by the bottom of the third. By the top of the fifth inning, the Lady Saints were comfortably ahead 8-1 before the game was called after five due to the mercy rule.
Brittany Hopkins pitched all five innings for the Lady Saints for the win, giving up two runs and striking out three. For the Lady Busters, it was Jessica Soliday taking the loss, pitching all five innings, giving up 15 runs, 11 earned and striking out one.
Tiffanie Bolanos had five RBIs for the Lady Saints, while Aronoff was 2-of-3 hitting and teammate Liberty Nelson was 1 of 2 with one RBI.
The Lady Busters will try to change their fortunes when they take on the Otero, Colo., Community College Lady Rattlers on Friday in another doubleheader that begins 1 p.m.
Seward 103 032 6 — 21 12 2
Garden City 013 001 0 — 6 3 5
Craker and Oakden. Roe and Aronoff. 2Bs - Seward County, Chavez, Oakden, Hughes, Allen; Garden City, Miller 2. 3Bs - Seward County, Sitter. HRs - Seward County, Oakden; Garden City, Nelson.
Seward 030 57 — 13 11 0
Garden City 000 11 — 9 1 2
Hopkins and Oakden. Soliday and Aronoff. 2Bs - Seward County, Chavez, Volanos, Hughes; Garden City, Lovas. 3Bs - Seward County, Sitter; Garden City, Nelson. HRs - Seward County, Bolanos.