After taking the division-leading Alpine Cowboys to extra innings on Thursday at Clint Lightner Stadium, the Garden City Wind crumbled in the 10th, allowing six runs in the frame and falling, 8-2.
Stretching back to before the all-star break, the Wind have lost four in a row and are 17-30 and still mired in fifth in the Mountain Division of the Pecos League, 13.5 games behind Alpine (29-15) and 8.5 behind fourth-place Santa Fe.
Paul Ludden began the game-winning rally with a single, then Chris Scura walked and Angel Martinez singled to load the bases with one out against Wind reliever Ryan Harper. Brandon Anderson came in for the Wind to try to end the threat, and was able to strike out Brandon Pugh, but Crisford Adams broke the tie with a two-run single. The floodgates then opened.
John Giakas doubled to score two more, and then JJ Graham homered to cap the outburst. Harper took the loss as the Wind squandered a stellar effort from starter Mason Mayberry, who went seven innings and allowed just two runs on seven hits. He also struck out seven.
The Wind opened the game’s scoring when Mayberry scampered home on Cameron Ketchen’s sacrifice fly in the third.
After Pugh hit a home run in the sixth to draw the Cowboys even, Taylor Zeutenhorst singled the Wind back into the lead in the bottom half of the frame, scoring Joey Cecere.
Alpine immediately drew even again on another solo home run, this one off the bat of Nick Delgado in the seventh. That’s where the score stood until the fateful 10th.
The Wind and Cowboys continue their series at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Lightner.