Lady Busters play Butler tough, fall to Western Neb.
By ANDRES RIVAS
By ANDRES RIVAS
In a weekend filled with doubleheaders, the Garden City Lady Busters had a tall task Saturday when they traveled to No. 1-ranked Butler.
The Lady Busters were facing off what might be considered the toughest team in the nation.
In the first game of the doubleheader on Butler's home turf, the Lady Busters dropped the first game 6-0. The Lady Busters were no-hit by freshman Sydnee Eck, who gave up just one base runner, that being Emilie Laliberte who was hit by a pitch in the second inning. But Laliberte was erased when she was caught stealing. Rachel Roe recorded the loss for the Lady Busters while Eck earned the win for the Lady Grizzlies.
Before the beginning of the second game, assistant coach Christina Mueller told the team that they had played well in the first game but that they, "Need to focus more on being more aggressive heating-wise, making changes, and being more disciplined." The Lady Busters were all those things in the second game as they were able to push it to eight innings, but ultimately fell to the No. 1 team in the NJCAA 4-3. In the second game, Liberty Nelson led the way for the Lady Busters as she drove in two of the runs and scored one. Rachel Roe again took the loss for the Lady Busters while Jayde Hansen earned the win for the Lady Grizzlies.
The Lady Busters came home on Sunday to play the Western Nebraska Cougars. The Lady Busters were also without head coach Becky Gundy, who was home sick so she was unable to coach on the weekend and assistant coach Mueller took the reins of the Lady Buster team in the meantime.
In the doubleheader on Sunday the Lady Busters were unable to muster a win. They fell in the first game to the Western Nebraska Lady Cougars 7-0. Roe suffered her third loss for the weekend for the Lady Busters and Shelby McGraw took the win for the Lady Cougars. In the second game the Lady Busters fell 14-3, bringing their overall record to 14-19, and 5-5 in Jayhawk Conference play. Brooke Lovas scored two runs and one RBI in for the Lady Busters, while Liberty Nelson scored the only other run. Shelby McGraw and Jessica Ball had a big day for the Lady Cougars as they scored three runs each, while McGraw drove in six and Ball added five RBIs.
Mueller didn't believe the close loss to Butler had anything to do with the way they played against Western Nebraska.
"There were a couple times we should've had people score, but didn't get it done," Mueller said. "And like I said, errors. Today was a little bit of a disappointment."
Errors did plague the Lady Busters all weekend, committing 21 in the four-game set.
The Lady Busters are back in action with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday when they host Lamar, Colo.
Butler 301 011 -- 6 8 0
Garden City 000 000 -- 0 0 5
Eck, Navarette (6), and James. Roe, and Aronoff. 2B--Butler, Eck, James; Garden City, none.
Butler 000 120 01 -- 4 7 2
Garden City 000 300 00 -- 3 7 5
Hansen, Eck (5), and James. Roe and Aronoff. 2B--Butler, Eck; Garden City, Supino. HR--Butler, Eck, Islava; Garden City, Nelson.
W. Nebraska 131 200 0 -- 7 7 4
Garden City 000 000 0 -- 0 3 8
McGraw and Bernhardt. Roe and Aronoff. 2B--W. Nebraska, Council; Garden City, none. 3B--W. Nebraska, Council; Garden City, none. HR--W. Nebraska, Linford; Garden City, none.
W. Nebraska 454 10 -- 14 12 0
Garden City 120 00 -- 3 6 3