Busters qualify 2 more for NJCAA indoor

2/23/2014

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

Track and Field

The Garden City Community College indoor track and field team qualified two more athletes for the NJCAA nationals during Friday's Region VI Championships at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Tyler Eddings and Jose Zavala punched their ticket to the National Indoor Track Championships at Monroe College in New York City on March 7-8 as half of the 4X800-meter relay. Alfredo Lebron, who had already qualified in the 600, 800, 1,000 and 3,000 meter runs, and Blake McKinzie, who also had qualified in the 600, were the other half of the four-man relay team that took fourth in Lawrence with a time of 7 minutes, 59.65 seconds.

Lebron, who took first in the individual 800 (1:56.44) and the 1,000 (2:33.92), and took second in the mile (4:24.44), was named the Region VI male athlete of the meet for his efforts in leading the men's team to a fourth-place finish in the region with 77.5 points, behind top-finisher Colby's 160, and second in the Jayhawk West with 147.5 points, behind Colby's 208. After finishing the meet, results are placed into regionals, and then split into KJCCC West and East results, producing team scores for both competitions.

Kadijah Brown took home an individual region championship for the Lady Busters in the long jump with a distance of 18 feet, 7.25 inches, qualifying her for nationals and helping the Lady Busters place 10th in the region with 31.5 points and sixth in the West with 75 points. Johnson County took first in the region for women with 163 points, and Cloud County was first in the West with 171.5 points. Brown had already qualified in the high jump, as well.

On Thursday, during multi-event competition at Johnson County Community College, the Busters qualified Aaron Vazquez and Dominique Sauls in the heptathlon, placing third with 4,042 points and fourth with a point total of 3,999, respectively.

This completes a list of 12 Busters who have qualified for the nationals in the first year after reinstatement of a full track program at GCCC. The other national qualifiers are: Edward Simmons (60m, 200m), Jermaine Arthorlee (60m), Qhyle Elijah (200m, 400m, 600m), Odion Agbi (triple jump) and Kiera Walton (high jump).

Baseball

The Broncbusters baseball team swept past Rose State (Midwest City, Okla.) College in a twin-killing on Saturday with a pair of 11-0 wins on the road, improving the Busters' record to 7-2 on the year.

Behind Nolan Barrientos' four-RBI day on 3 of 4 at the plate, the Broncbusters routed the Raiders in game 1 of the doubleheader.

Barrientos had a triple and two singles for his three hits.

JJ Benes earned the win for the Busters, striking out nine and only allowing four hits in his six innings of work. Josh Thomas came out of the bullpen for the seventh and final inning, striking out one and giving up two hits.

The Busters did not break through until the third inning, but when they did, they started rallying, scoring five in the third and three in each of the sixth and seventh innings.

In the second whitewashing, it was Kadin Hydrick that led the Busters to another 11-0 rout of Rose State in the nightcap, driving in four on a pair of singles and a walk for his 2-for-3 day. Cale Dineen was 2 of 4 for two RBIs for the Busters, as well.

It was Chris Bonk that got the win this time around, tossing five scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and striking out five. Tony Yacovetta pitched a perfect sixth inning, and Marcus McKinney struck out two to finish off the shutout of the Raiders in the seventh.

The Busters took an early lead with a three-run first inning and a four-run third, and piled on with two runs in each of the fifth and seventh innings.

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Game 1

Garden City 005 003 3 -- 11 10 0

Rose 000 000 0 -- 0 6 4

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Game 2

Garden City 304 020 2 -- 11 8 0

Rose 000 000 0 -- 0 2 2

Softball

The Lady Broncbusters softball team was swept in a doubleheader on Saturday to close out the Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth, Texas, leaving the Lady Broncbusters with a 4-5 record after going 1-4 in Fort Worth.

Liberty Nelson was 3 for 3 at the plate for the Lady Busters, but North Central Texas College was too much in the 7-4 loss. Busters starter Jessica Soliday was knocked around for six runs, but only one earned, as the Busters committed seven errors. Soliday did not have a strikeout in her 5 2/3 innings of work. Alex Barleen came in for an out in the sixth, giving up two walks and a run before getting a strikeout to end the sixth.

The Lady Busters held a 3-1 lead through two innings, but the Lady Lions scored six in the third to take the final lead.

In the second game, it was Rachel Roe on the receiving end of poor defense from the Lady Busters in the 12-4 loss to Northern Oklahoma College.

The Busters committed six errors as Roe was charged with four earned runs out of 12 the Lady Mavericks scored off Roe in the five-inning complete game outing. Roe struck out one, walked two and gave up 12 hits.

At the plate, Nelson went 2 of 3 with an RBI, while Danielle Aronoff was 2 of 3 with an RBI.

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Game 1

Garden City 030 010 -- 4 7 7

North Central 106 00x -- 7 8 2

Soliday, Barleen(6) and Aronoff. Tirres and Deckard, W - Tirres. L - Soliday. 2Bs - Garden City, Nelson. 3Bs - Nelson.

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Game 2

Northern 4 0 1 4 3 -- 12 12 1

Garden City 0 0 3 0 1 -- 4 9 6

Kent and Cochran. Roe and Aronoff. W - Kent. L - Roe. 2Bs - Northern, Eaton, Winchester; Garden City, Lovas.

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