Facing a steep challenge in the NJCAA’s ninth-ranked Cowley Tigers in the first round best-of-three series of the Region VI baseball tournament, Garden City head coach Chris Finnegan just wanted to push the series to a final game on Sunday.
“Let’s see what happens,” he said prior to the series beginning.
But the Broncbusters likely missed their chance to do so when they lost a 2-0 game Friday, as they were routed, 10-3, in Saturday’s Game 2, ending the Busters’ season at 26-29. Cowley (42-9) advances to the double-elimination bracket portion of the region tournament, which is set to begin Friday at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita.
The Tigers took an early 3-0 lead in Saturday’s game, racking up a pair of singles and a two-run double to begin the game off Buster starter Eric Heiman. A third run scored on a double play groundout later in the inning.
The Busters immediately cut that to 3-2, when Chris Lara walked and RJ Bourget was hit by a pitch, before a Cowley error allowed Clint Allen to reach and both runs to score. The Tigers made it 4-2 on Dalton Dinkel’s RBI double off Buster reliever Nick Iossi in the third, and the Busters got that run back on Russel Cruz’s RBI groundout in the fifth.
But Cowley blew the game open with four runs in the sixth, with much of the damage being done on Devin Bear’s two-run single. The Tigers got two more in the eighth on an RBI triple and a sacrifice fly.
The Buster offense couldn’t rally, going 1-2-3 in the ninth to seal the Tigers’ win, and just the second below .500 record in Finnegan’s 14-year tenure.
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