Garden City Community College used a big day from leadoff hitter Clint Allen and a six-error game from visiting Indian Hills (Iowa) on Sunday afternoon to sweep the day’s twin bill and win the four-game, split series with the Warriors.
The Broncbusters and Warriors split a doubleheader on Friday at Williams Stadium, but then played games 3 and 4 on Sunday, instead of Saturday, due to inclement weather. But it was the Busters who shone Sunday in 7-3 and 15-11 wins.
Garden City improves to 11-6, while the Warriors fall to 2-4.
Garden City 7, Indian Hills 3
Allen was 3 for 4 with a two-run single and a double in the day’s opener, sparking the Busters to an early 3-0 lead. His single in the third pushed the lead up to 6-0, and that was more than enough room for Buster starter Jacob Douglas.
Douglas gave up three runs across six innings of work, allowing eight hits and walking one while striking out six. He picked up the win and improved to 3-1.
Corbin Truslow hit his team-leading fifth home run of the season in the seventh, as well, for the Busters, who had eight hits. Nick Iossi worked a scoreless seventh inning to seal the win.
Garden City 15, Indian Hills 11
Allen led off the nightcap with a home run, and then singled in two runs in the Busters’ six-run, game-sealing rally in the seventh inning, immediately after the Warriors had scored four to tie the game at seven.
Allen’s leadoff homer was followed by Darian Burns’ three-run home run later in the inning, and Ty Barclay brought in another in the third for a 5-0 lead.
Indian Hills got a run off Buster starter Ryder Yakel in the fourth, but the Busters responded with two in the bottom half of the inning for a 7-1 advantage. The Warriors got two more in the fifth off Yakel, who also began the seventh inning but gave up a walk and an RBI triple, before being relieved by Iossi.
He allowed a sacrifice fly and a walk, but then got a groundout, before an error kept the Warriors’ rally going. Iossi then walked the next batter, and he was relieved by Paxton Robinson. Another error allowed one more run to come in to tie the game at 7, before Robinson was able to get out of the frame with a strikeout.
The offense made up for the sloppy defense, however, with the six-run rally, which began with a little help in the form of an Indian Hills error. But Ty Barclay doubled, ReJean Bourget singled, Ty Lightley walked, Allen singled and Griff Brunson doubled in two more runs, before scoring the final run of the inning three batters later.
Buster reliever Scott Waterman struggled in the eighth, giving up two walks, two singles and a two-run home run to allow the Warriors to pull withing two again. But the Busters added two insurance runs in the bottom half of the inning, and Buster reliever Brandt Sobczak got the final five outs of the game.
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