The Garden City Community College softball team was in prime position to split with Colby Wednesday evening. The Broncbusters had just rallied for their first runs of the day — including back-to-back home runs — to take a 4-2 lead on the Trojans in the sixth inning of Game 2.
But a pair of errors in the bottom of the sixth inning allowed five Colby runs — all with two outs — as the Busters dropped the nightcap, 7-5, after falling in the day’s opener, 4-0.
The sweep drops the Busters to 8-4 overall and 1-3 in the KJCCC’s top division, with KJCCC Division II opponent Hutchinson up next for a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Friday. Colby improved to 15-5, 4-2.
Colby 4, Garden City 0
Colby starting pitcher Cassi Clouse was dominant for the Trojans, allowing just four hits and three walks across the seven-inning win. Her counterpart, GCCC’s Samantha Akers was solid, giving up four runs on six hits and one walk, but the Busters’ offense could not break out to give her support.
The Trojans scored a run in the first, two in the third and another in the fifth to get the opening win.
Erica Vessels was 2 for 2 for the Busters with a double.
Colby 7, Garden City 5
The nightcap began as a pitcher’s duel, with Garden’s Ariel Denney and Colby’s Mahealani Haegele keeping it scoreless through three innings. But, like all seven of Colby’s runs, the opening run came because of a Buster error in the fourth, allowing Colby’s Jaycie George to reach, and then score two batters later on Katie Adler’s double.
Colby made it 2-0 when a fly ball was mishandled with two outs, allowing a runner to come around to score.
But the Busters erased the early mistakes quickly when Denney helped her own cause with a one-out home run in the sixth to make it 2-1, and Taylore Hartman immediately followed with a home run of her own to tie it.
Then Vessels was hit by a pitch, Bailee Muxlow-Volk singled and Hannah Adams reached on an error. Then Angel Jimenez was hit by a pitch, scoring Vessels. Carly Ochoa then singled to make it 4-2. But a pair of groundouts in the bottom half of the inning sandwiched an error, on another fly ball, and then Colby got a walk and back-to-back singles to tie it.
The second error of the inning — and fourth of the game — allowed two more runners to score, before Katelin Eastman singled in another run to make it 7-4.
The Busters rallied in the seventh, sparked by a leadoff double by Denney and a walk by Hartman. But they were only able to manage one run with the help of a Colby error, before a double play ended the game.