Twice, Garden City Community College pitchers held the vaunted Butler offense to fewer runs than what the high-powered Grizzlies average on a per-game basis.
But the Broncbuster offense was completely shut down by Butler’s softball duo of Celina Sullivan and Maddie Siemer in 7-0 and 8-0 losses on Wednesday at El Dorado.
The twin setbacks dropped the Busters to 18-18 overall and 8-10 in the KJCCC. They host Colby at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Butler 7, Garden City 0
Samantha Akers did what she could. She allowed eight hits and three walks across six innings of work, but the Butler offense — powered by a pair of Alexis Reed home runs — did its damage.
The Grizzlies scored three in the first and three more in the third, before managing just one more run the rest of the way.
Meanwhile, Sullivan mowed through the Buster lineup, allowing just a Hannah Adams’ two-out single to center in the second inning. The Busters also got two on in the fourth thanks to a pair of Butler errors, and Adams and Taylore Hartman each drew walks, but that was it off Sullivan.
Then Brianna Robinson walked a pair of Busters in the seventh, but Erica Vessels grounded into a game-ending fielder’s choice.
Reed finished 2 of 3 with five RBIs for the Grizzlies.
Butler 8, Garden City 0
Again, Buster pitchers did what they could against the Grizzlies, but the GCCC offense, once again, managed just one hit in the nightcap.
It was only 1-0 entering the third, with starter Marissa Montiel in the circle. But a couple of walks got the Grizzlies going, and Anngie Salinas doubled in two runs and then Caylie Kifer tripled in two more as Butler took a 5-0 lead. The Grizzlies added one more run in the fourth, and then Kenzie Young singled in the game-ending eighth run to reach the run-rule with two outs in the fifth off Buster reliever Ariel Denney, who tossed the final 1 2/3 innings.
Montiel took the loss, giving up five runs in three innings.
Butler starter Siemer went the distance, giving up just a single to Angel Jimenez in the third. Adams got on base twice for the Busters, walking in both plate appearances.