Repeating the start to the 2017 season, the Garden City Community College baseball team split a home-and-home, four-game series with Trinidad State (Colo.) to begin 2018.
After sweeping Trinidad on Friday in Garden City, the Broncbusters lost both of Sunday’s games in Trinidad, Colo.
The Busters (2-2) dropped a 13-3, run-rule shortened game in Sunday’s opener, before losing 3-2 on the nightcap.
Starter Jacob Douglas went just three innings in the opener, giving up six runs — though, none earned — before being relieved. The Busters’ offense was able to cut the deficit to 6-3 after three innings, but Trinidad (2-2) scored two in the fourth and five in the fifth to walk off with the 10-run win.
The Busters did not have a single extra-base hit in the loss.
In the nightcap, the Trojans scored three runs immediately off Buster starter Ryder Yakel, who was able to settle down to finish out the game, tossing six innings and giving up just the three runs on eight hits and striking out three.
But the Buster offense could not overcome the early deficit. They threatened in the fifth, when Ty Lightley singled and Clint Allen walked to lead off the frame. Griff Brunson struck out, but Robbie Young doubled to left field to bring in both Lightley and Allen. In the opener, Brunson had two of the team's four hits.
Corbin Truslow then walked, but Ty Barclay hit into a double play, ending the rally, and the Busters couldn’t cross another run.
The Busters host McCook, Neb., for one game at 3 p.m. Wednesday for their next game.