Suffering a pair of walk-off losses on Thursday afternoon in El Dorado, the Garden City Broncbusters baseball team was swept by host Butler in the opening doubleheader with the Grizzlies.
First, Butler rallied for a pair of last-inning runs in the day’s opener to win 5-4, and then three runs in the ninth of the nightcap to tie it, before getting the game-winning run in the extra-inning 10th on a three-base throwing error to win, 12-11.
The losses dropped the Busters to 15-9 overall and 3-3 in the KJCCC West, with Saturday’s doubleheader at home against the Grizzlies (13-5, 5-1) coming to close out the four-game set. Those games are set to begin at 1 p.m.
Butler 5, Garden City 4
The Busters took leads of 3-0 and 4-2, before Butler rallied for three runs in the final two innings off Garden City relievers, Paxton Robinson and Nick Iossi. Garden City starter Austin Stone lasted five innings and gave up five hits, three walks and two runs, while striking out four, before giving way to the bullpen in the scheduled seven-inning game.
But Butler Alex Brough took Robinson’s 0-1 pitch to right-center to cut the Grizzlies’ deficit to 4-3 in the sixth inning. Then, in the seventh, Iossi struck out the first batter he saw and induced a groundout from the next, before walking two-straight batters and allowing two consecutive RBI singles to seal Butler’s comeback win.
The Busters had scored two first-inning runs, thanks two a walk, an error and a hit-by-pitch, as well as Darian Burns’ RBI single. Then, Robbie Young led off the third with a home run, and Corbin Truslow led off the fifth with a home run to complete the Busters’ scoring for Game 1.
Iossi took the loss in the opener, but unfortunately, he also ended up taking the loss in the nightcap, as well.
Butler 12, Garden City 11 (10 inn.)
Once again, the Busters led late — sparked early by Truslow’s grand slam in the third inning. This time, they held an 11-8 advantage heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, with Brandt Sobczak on the mound in relief, as Buster starter Jacob Garza lasted just three innings.
But three Buster errors began the rally for Butler, which took advantage for a run and a man on third with no outs. Robinson entered again for the Busters, and just like Game 1, allowed a pivotal home run, this time a two-run home to tie it at 11.
Another error cost the Busters the game in the 10th, when Iossi walked Javier Peña, and then had a rare three-base throwing error that allowed Peña to score all the way from first to end the game.
Multi-hit games from Clint Allen (3 for 5), Young (3 for 6), Truslow (2 for 4) and Burns (2 for 6) were wasted in the loss. The Busters out-hit Butler 13-10, but had seven errors — just five Butler runs were earned — and left 10 runners on base.