Angel Jimenez’s walk-off, RBI single in extra innings on Sunday afternoon capped a two-run rally to lift the Garden City Community College softball team to a 10-9 win over visiting Northeastern (Colo.) in the day’s nightcap. The Broncbusters came back from an early 5-1 deficit to get the win, rebounding for a 10-3 loss to begin the day, just 48 hours after sweeping the same Northeastern team.
The Busters are now 6-2, with another twin bill awaiting them Monday at 1 p.m. against Frank Phillips (Texas).
Northeastern 10, Garden City 3
The Busters’ offense was limited to just five hits — though, first baseman Kelsey Ray hit a three-run home run — across seven innings by Northeastern starter Erin Hersey, who picked up the complete game win. Meanwhile, Buster starter Samantha Akers was knocked out after four inning, giving up six runs on five hits and four walks, and four home runs allowed.
Outside of Ray’s blast, the Busters had just one more extra-base hit — a Devin Hernandez double — off Hersey.
The Plainswomen scored four in the second — including back-to-back-to-back home runs to leadoff the frame — before Ray answered in the bottom half of the inning. But that’s all the Busters could scratch across, while Northeastern kept tacking on insurance runs en route to the eventual seven-run win.
Garden City 10, Northeastern 9 (8 inn.)
After the Plainswomen rallied to score five runs in the second inning off Buster starter Marissa Montiel to take a 5-1 lead, the Busters chipped away over the next five innings. The Busters pulled within 5-2, and then 6-5 and 7-6, before finally drawing even at 8 with Devin Hernandez’s RBI double in the seventh inning to send it to extras.
The Plainswomen got a single tally in the top of the eighth, using an automatic runner placed on second to begin the inning, according to NJCAA rules. The Busters got the same runner on second to begin their half, and Alyssa Dilley came in to score after a sacrifice bunt, a walk and a passed ball.
After Micaela Martinez and Erica Vessels walked to load the bases, Jimenez sent the 1-1 pitch to left field to score Taylore Hartman and send the Busters to the win.
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