Garden City Community College right fielder Corbin Truslow played hero on Sunday, driving in the game-winning run in both ends of Sunday’s doubleheader against Western Nebraska at Williams Stadium.
Truslow clubbed an RBI double in the sixth inning of the day’s opener, scoring Robbie Young, who reached with a triple, sparking the Broncbusters’ 4-2 win to begin the day. Then, with the nightcap even at 3-all, Truslow smacked a bases-clearing double in the fourth inning to put the Busters ahead 6-3 en route to a 9-3 win.
The Busters improved to 5-2, while the games were the season openers for Western Nebraska, which remains in Garden City for Monday’s doubleheader, with the first pitch set for 1 p.m.
In chilly temperatures, with vestiges of snow still on the ground, the opener was dominated by starting pitcher Austin Stone, who struck out 11 in a complete game, seven-inning effort, getting his second win of the season. He allowed just five hits and two runs, while walking none.
His only trouble came in the fifth, when back-to-back singles put Western Nebraska in scoring position to lead off the inning, and both came around to score to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead. But that was all the damage Stone would allow, striking out two batters in five of the seven innings.
The Busters took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Ty Lightley’s sacrifice fly to score Ty Barclay, who tripled to lead off the inning. They tied it at 2 in the bottom of the fifth on Barclay’s RBI groundout, setting up Truslow’s go-ahead RBI double in the sixth.
Truslow came around to score the Busters’ fourth run on Chris Lara’s single. Stone improved to 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts this season.
In the nightcap, with temperatures dropping below freezing, Buster starter Eric Heiman lasted just three innings, giving up three unearned runs on three hits and a walk. He struck out six.
But the Buster bullpen combined for four scoreless innings, allowing the offense to rally from a 3-0 deficit for the six-run win. Truslow went 2 for 4 with five RBIs, as the Busters had just six hits but walked nine times.
The Buster defense did commit four errors to Western Nebraska’s one. Scott Waterman got the win in relief for the Busters, tossing two scoreless innings, allowing one hit. He struck out one.
Jacob Garza shut out the Cougars in the sixth, and Nick Iossi slammed the door in the seventh, striking out the side.
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