At a chilly, wind-swept Jaycees Sports Complex in McCook, Neb., Tuesday, the Garden City Community College baseball team rolled to a 19-7 win in seven innings.
Much of the damage was thanks to the Broncbusters’ patience at the plate, as they walked 10 times with just 12 hits. However, Russell Cruz also delivered a first-pitch grand slam in the sixth inning that turned a 10-5 game into a rout.
While Cruz had the only Buster home run, they also had four doubles — two for Ty Lightley and one each for Clint Allen and Ty Barclay.
Lightley finished with four RBIs, while Barclay and Chris Lara each had three.
The Busters (18-18, 5-11) used five pitchers — four of which tossed one inning each — to get through the game, with Brandt Sobzcak taking the win for giving up just one run and two hits across three innings.
Ryan Nason started and gave up one run on two hits in his one inning of work. Aaron Peach gave up four hits and three runs in the second, his only inning on the hill.
Sobczak pitched the third, fourth and fifth, and then AJ Stephens had a scoreless sixth, walking one. Paxton Robinson closed out the game by giving up two runs, three hits and one walk in the seventh, after the Busters added five runs in the top half of the inning.
Lightley’s three-run double provided much of the punch in that frame.