Garden City Buffaloes
Buffs' baseball ends with tough 1-run regional loss
By BRETT CADY
After a rocky 8-13 season for the Garden City Buffalo baseball team, the team managed to end the season on a positive note.
Despite his team's 6-5 loss to Wichita Northwest on Wednesday in the Class 6A regional semifinals, head coach Bill Wilson said that his team played well and he is looking forward to the next season.
"We had some great leadership this year from our seniors," Wilson said. "We played one of the best games we have all year. It's not very often that we go out and strike people out and shut them down. We just needed that one big hit and unfortunately we didn't get it."
Keeping Wilson optimistic for 2015 ball games are his returning underclassmen. Notably, second baseman Eden Arreola, third basemen Griffin Brunson, shortstop and pitcher Daven Acker, and Jesse Ruiz, formerly a junior varsity pitcher.
Ruiz suffered the loss for the Buffs, yielding three runs and walking four in his two innings of work. All three of the runs against him came in the bottom of the second.
The next pitcher for the Buffs was Daniel Flores who gave up two runs before turning the mound duties over to Acker.
Multiple times the Buffs found themselves trailing the Grizzlies by a single run. The fist instance came in the top of the fourth when Jacob Rivas and Brunson were walked, which allowed both Marcus Zapata and Mario Montoya to score.
The Grizzlies came back with two runs of their own against Flores in the fifth.
The Buffs countered with two runs of their own in the top of the sixth and the Grizzlies came back with another in the bottom half of the frame.
In the top of the seventh, Mitch Hernandez doubled, moved to third on an infield out and came home on a sacrifice fly by Zapata.
Garden City 000 202 1 — 5 6 2
Wichita Northwest 030 021 X — 6 7 1
2B--Garden City, Acker, Hernandez; Wichita NW, Johnson. 3B--Garden City, Terrazas. WP--Clark. LP--Ruiz.
The Garden City High School girls swimming team will take perhaps its strongest contingent of competitors to the Class 6A state meet in Topeka, which gets under way on Friday.
The 1:30 p.m. start at the Topeka Capitol-Federal Natatorium will see the Lady Buffs attempt to qualify two individuals and three relay teams into Saturday's final day of competition.
Senior Samantha Norton, who recently signed a letter-of-intent to swim at Tabor College in Hillsboro, will compete individually in the 200-yard medley. Her season best time is 2:28.79. Junior Lindsay Bradstreet will compete in the 100-yard breaststroke where her best mark is 1:19.04.
The three relay teams are the 200-yard medley of senior Ashley Longoria, Bradstreet, junior Claire Schmidt and Norton and they have a season best time of 2:06.07. The 200-yard freestyle relay unit of Longoria, sophomores Erika Schafer and Abigail Ginest-Dougherty and Bradstreet have posted a top mark of 1:53.29. The 400-yard freestyle relay squad of Ginest-Dougherty, Schmidt, Schafer and Norton have clocked a 4:09.06. Sophomore Kailee Stucky is also a member of the squad which will travel to Topeka.
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