Forty-eight hours after the Garden City Broncbusters committed an unsightly eight errors in a nightcap loss in El Dorado to cap being swept by Butler, the mistake-prone Busters continued the sloppy play Saturday in a home doubleheader against the Grizzlies.
This time, the Busters committed four errors in Saturday’s opener, Game 3 of the Thursday-Saturday four-game series with Butler, in an 8-2 loss, and then followed that up with seven errors in the series finale, a 13-7 loss as the Busters dropped all four games of the series.
On the strength of the sweep, the Grizzlies overtook first place in the KJCCC West at 15-5 overall and 7-1 in the conference, while the Busters dropped to 15-11 and all the way down to a tie for sixth in the nine-team division at 3-5.
The Busters host Barton (16-4, 3-1) at 1 p.m. Thursday for a doubleheader, before making the return trip to Great Bend Saturday.
Butler 8, Garden City 2
The Grizzlies’ first two runs came off three singles in the first inning off Buster starter Jacob Douglas, who then seemed to settle down for the new few innings. But the Buster offense was stalled for much of the game by Butler starter Drake Norton, who tossed the seven-inning complete game and got the win, giving up six hits and one earned run while walking none and striking out three.
The Busters’ only extra-base hit came when Clint Allen led off the first with a triple, and then scored a batter later on ReJean Bourget’s groundout. That was all they would scratch across until the sixth.
So even though Douglas settled in, the Busters trailed from the whole way, and Douglas eventually gave up a run in the fourth, on a double and a single, and then two in the fifth on a single, triple and a sacrifice fly.
Then, in the sixth, the Busters committed a pair of errors that exacerbated a pair of walks Buster reliever Aaron Peach gave up to begin the sixth inning. By the end of the frame, Butler had scored three runs off zero hits.
Corbin Truslow’s RBI single in the bottom half of the inning barely made a dent in the Butler lead at that point, and the Busters left the bases loaded when Darian Burns grounded out to second.
That was a similar story line to the series finale.
Butler 13, Garden City 7
Garden City starter Ryder Yakel gave up seven runs in just two innings of worked, but only two were earned as the sophomore from Lakin allowed just two hits and walked two, and the other five runs came in off of errors.
By the time Yakel left the game, the Busters were already behind 7-0, and then 9-0 after three innings. The Busters cut that down to 10-4 with a four-run fifth — capped by Darian burns’ two-run single — and then 10-6 on RBI singles from Truslow and Ty Barclay in the sixth, before two errors allowed three Butler runs to score in the seventh, ending the Buster comeback attempt.
The Busters out-hit the Grizzlies 14-8, but lost by six runs, wasting multi-hit efforts from Ty Lightley, Robbie Young, Truslow, Chris Lara, Barclay and Gino Bourget.