Delayed a day after Friday night’s snow threatened playing conditions Saturday, the Garden City Community College softball team was dealt a blow by visiting Colby at Tangeman Sports Complex Sunday.
The Broncbusters were dropped in both ends of the Jayhawk Conference doubleheader, as the Trojans rallied from down two runs to win 4-3 in the opener, while the nightcap was a 3-1 game in Colby’s favor, until he sixth, when the Trojans exploded for nine runs in a 12-2 win.
The losses dropped Garden City to 18-20 overall and 8-12 in the KJCCC. Colby improved to 29-7 and 14-4. The Busters do not have much time to dwell on the loss as they host Trinidad State (Colo.) at 1 p.m. Monday in non-conference action.
Colby 4, Garden City 3
Jessy Ortiz drove in a pair of runs in the fourth on a single to center to give the Busters a 2-1 lead, and then Alyssa Dilley drove in another run with a single to left for the 3-1 advantage.
With Samantha Akers in the circle, the Busters were in a solid position to win the opener. But Colby opened the fifth with back-to-back singles, and then after a pair of outs, Katie Eastman drove in both runners to square the game at 3.
Marissa Croft delivered what turned out to be the game-winner with a double to left. The Busters threatened in their half of the fifth, but couldn’t scratch across the equalizer, and ultimately dropped Game 1.
Colby 12, Garden City 2
Ariel Denney was seemingly keeping her Busters within striking distance of Colby, which managed just a 3-1 lead through five innings. But then came the sixth inning, when the Trojans sent 13 hitters to the plate — the first eight all got on base without the Busters recording an out, reaching on six hits, a walk and an error to make it 9-1, before Marissa Montiel relieved Denney.
Montiel struck out the next two batters, but then a double and another error made it 12-1. The Busters did load the bases in the bottom half of the inning, and Erica Vessels walked to plate a run, but that was all they can manage as the game ended early due to the run-rule.