The Garden City Wind moved above the .500 mark on Wednesday night with a 13-7 victory over the Topeka Train Robbers at Clint Lightner Stadium.
The Wind had 16 hits in the victory, including three home runs, a triple and a double.
Joey Cecere tripled to lead off the game for the Wind and came home on a sacrifice fly by Eric Esquilin for an early 1-0 lead.
Topeka got a single tally in the top of the third to tie the game, but it was short-lived.
The Wind added two runs in each of the third and fourth innings. Clay Ardeeser and Nick Francis had RBI singles in the third while Austin Boyle homered and Beau Welborn drove in a run with a single in the fourth, upping the Windís lead to 5-1.
The lead would grow to 7-1 in the fifth when Francis walked and then scored on a Matt Consigli home run.
The Train Robbers tallied once in the sixth on a home run by Steven Taft, making it 7-2.
After Topeka added a single tally in the sixth, the Wind answered right back in the bottom half of the frame. This time, it was a four-run uprising that put the game well out of reach.
Cecere walked, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Welborn. A pair of runners reached thanks to an error by Topeka and then Francis belted a 3-run home run, making it an 11-2 contest.
The Robbers, however, didnít go away.
They scored four times in the seventh, slicing the lead to 11-6. Starter Austin Boyle had gone six innings, giving up just two runs, while striking out six and walking two. He gave way to reliever Pedro Bacame, who failed to record an out. He gave up two hits and four runs while issuing two walks. In came Jonathan Ovalles and despite giving up a two-run single (runs charged to Bacame), he got the Wind out of the inning with no more damage done.
The Wind tacked on a single run in the seventh on a based-loaded walk that plated Cecere. They added one more in the eighth before Topeka scored once in the ninth.
The Wind improved their season record to 16-15 and will host the Robbers at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the final of a four-game homestand. They hit the road to Topeka for a weekend series with the Robbers.