Busters, Butler split 4 games
Busters, Butler split 4 games
By ADAM HOLT
After sweeping the first doubleheader of the series, the Garden City Community College baseball team settled for a split at Butler this weekend.
The Broncbusters got a brilliant effort from Bradley Spires in a 2-0 Game 1 win, and outlasted the Grizzlies in an 18-14 shootout to take Saturday's games. But Butler came from behind in both games Sunday, winning 4-3 in Game 3 and getting a 6-5 walk-off victory in the finale.
The series drops GCCC to 14-10 in Jayhawk West play while Colby got a pair of wins to improve to 17-11 to take over third place in the division. Butler is now tied with Garden City for fourth.
Butler got a sacrifice fly from Jordan Knox in the ninth to take the finale, 6-5.
GCCC went up 5-4 in the sixth on Rocky Desantis' two-run homer, after the Busters had trailed by two after two innings.
Ty Moore hit a ball to shortstop in the seventh that was misplayed by Tyler Alitz for an error, and scored Levi Parker to tie the game at 5.
GCCC had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, but Butler responded with four in the home half to take a 4-2 lead. Mason Fischer hit a solo home run in the fifth.
Brooks Trujillo went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and four walks, striking out four. Colton Kibler pitched the ninth and took the loss. Greg Houser started for Butler, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk in five innings of work. Brennan Walker pitched four shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks.
A three-run fifth led the Grizzlies to a 4-3 comeback win in Game 3.
Gabe Cook hit a two-run homer to tie the game at 3, and the Grizzlies got the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Evan Koehler.
Buechler led off the seventh with a single, but was caught stealing, and a popup and groundout ended the game.
GCCC got three in the third, getting RBIs from Nolan Barrientos, Desantis and Jaxon Mohr.
TJ Clapper started for Garden City, allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits and a walk.
A first-inning sacrifice fly from Barrientos was all the Busters would need in a 2-0 series-opening win.
Bradley Spires rebounded from a disastrous start against Cloud County, pitching a three-hit shutout in the seven-inning game, striking out 11 en route to his fifth win of the season.
Desantis had an RBI double in the sixth to give GCCC an insurance run. Fischer was 1-for-2 with a walk, and scored both Garden City runs.
Brad Day took the loss for Butler, pitching a complete seven innings and allowing two runs, both earned, on three hits and three walks, while striking out seven.
The stellar pitching in the opener was nowhere to be seen in an 18-14 slugfest of a win in Game 2.
Runs were scored in every inning, and both teams had a seven-run inning. Garden City got six runs in the final two frames to overcome a late two-run deficit.
Kevin Czarnecki's two-run homer in the eighth provided the winning runs, as the Busters knocked out 18 hits, including 10 extra-base hits. Alex Buechler was 2-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored, four RBIs and two home runs, and Desantis was 4-for-5 and a triple shy of the cycle.
GCCC sent 11 men to the plate in the first inning, hitting five doubles and scoring seven runs. Butler kept chipping away at Jake Eikleberry, who pitched five innings, allowing five runs, all earned, on 10 hits and a walk.
BCC pulled to within 8-4, but GCCC added four in the fifth, starting the inning with three straight singles, and adding a run on a wild pitch before Buechler hit a three-run homer to make it 12-4.
Butler got one more in the fifth, then tagged Austin Aspergren for two in the sixth. Madison Spencer came on for the seventh, and gave up three runs while getting just one out, and Butler exploded for seven runs off the Garden City bullpen in the inning to take a 14-12 lead.
Garden City hosts Barton for a four-game series, with a 3 p.m. doubleheader Saturday and a 1 p.m. start Sunday at Williams Stadium.
Garden City 2, Butler 0
Garden City 100 001 0 -- 2 3 0
Butler 000 000 0 -- 0 3 1
WP: Spires (5-2). LP: Day.
Garden City 18, Butler 14
Garden City 710 040 042 -- 18 18 3
Butler 012 112 700 -- 14 17 0
WP: Thomas (2-2). LP: Vogt.
Butler 4, Garden City 3
Garden City 003 000 0 -- 3 5 1
Butler 001 030 x -- 4 7 1
WP: Hendry. LP: Clapper (4-4).
Butler 6, Garden City 5
Garden City 020 012 000 -- 5 9 3
Butler 040 000 101 -- 6 8 0
WP: Walker. LP: Kibler (1-3).