A pair of three-run rallies by Colby during the Region VI Tournament in Dodge City sunk the Garden City Broncbusters softball team Saturday evening, ending their season.
The Busters had won their first loser-out game early that morning, run-ruling Pratt in five innings, 13-5, before dropping the evening game to the Trojans, 10-3.
Their season ends at 25-28 overall, the program’s second-most wins since 2012. Colby advanced to beat Northwest Kansas Tech on Sunday afternoon, before dropping the loser’s bracket final to Seward County. Butler, the two-time defending NJCAA champion and NJCAA fourth-ranked team, swept through the tournament, however, and advanced to the District E Playoff series, in which the Grizzlies will host the NJCAA Region IX champions on May 9 and 10.
Garden City 13, Pratt 5
Angel Jimenez delivered a game-tying single in the bottom of the second inning and then uncorked a double to left center in the fourth to reach the run-rule margin of 13-5. Samantha Akers pitched a 1-2-3 fifth inning, and the Busters sealed the win in the shortened, five-inning game.
Jimenez finished 2 of 3 with three RBIs, and Akers picked up the win, giving up five runs on eight hits and five walks, while striking out five.
The Busters also got a pair of RBIs from each of Hannah Adams and Devin Hernandez in the win.
Pratt’s season ended at 12-44.
Colby 10, Garden City 3
The Trojans took an early 2-0 lead when a throwing error allowed a pair of runners to score in the first, and then Colby’s Haley Fox singled in two more in the third as Colby took a 4-0 lead. The Busters cut that in half on Ariel Denney’s home run to left field in the fourth.
But Colby continued to mount runs off Akers, who started her third game in two days. Paige Farnsworth homered to left to lead off the fifth, and then Katie Adler singled, ending Aker’s outing. Denney came in to pitch, but Fox homered off her to left to make it 7-2.
Bailey Muxlow-Volk plated a Buster run in the sixth on a groundout, but that was as close as they would get. Adler singled in another run in the sixth, and Fox then knocked her in with a single, before Jaycie George’s infield single plated the final run of the rally.