It is disappointing to lose a game due to the committing of an error. It’s even more so when the loss happens after coming from five runs down to take the lead into the final inning. And the disappointment is complete when the loss denies a would-be doubleheader sweep and a five game winning streak.
But that’s what happened to the Garden City High School Buffs baseball team Friday in the nightcap of a doubleheader against Wichita North.
The Buffs won the day’s opener, 5-2, behind a strong outing from starting pitcher Colton Snodgrass, before falling behind 7-2 through three innings of the second game. But the Buffs rallied to score four runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings to take a 10-8 lead into the seventh and final inning.
But a walk, a double and an error put the winning runs on base, when an attempted sacrifice bunt was laid down by North. The ensuing throw to first base was way off the mark, and the winning run scored all the way from first.
“This was not the first time where we got down by several runs,” head coach Bill Wilson said after the split leaves the Buffs at 4-4 overall. “There was no panic or anything, guys just did their job… I think the thing that won it for them, they only walked one or two guys.”
It was two, while the Buffs walked 11, which helped the Redskins score 11 runs despite just five hits. Seven Garden City errors helped, as well.
“That many walks and four hit batsmen, and they only had five hits and we gave up 11 runs. It’s horrible in that way,” Wilson said.
The Buffs’ usual No. 2 starter, Jesse Ruiz, underwent shoulder surgery on Friday, Wilson said, and is out for the season, prompting Wilson to delve into his bullpen for innings in the nightcap.
Sophomore Eric Heiman got the start, but he was pulled after 1 2/3 innings and four runs. Miguel Sanchez, Griffin Brunson, Eden Arreola and Daven Acker finished out the game from the bullpen, with Acker taking the loss. Center fielder Marcus Zapata hit a two-run home run for the Buffs and had three RBIs. Acker was 2 for 5 with three RBIs.
In the opener, Snodgrass provided a more stable presence on the mound, tossing 5 2/3 innings, allowing just one unearned run on four hits and two walks while striking out six.
“He threw 90- to 95-percent fastballs,” Wilson said of Snodgrass. “The breaking ball is still not there. He hasn’t gotten it down yet, but he really was on otherwise. He kept it down in the zone, and the defense made some plays behind him.”
Acker closed out the game for the save.
Heiman provided much of the offensive punch with two RBIs on 2 of 4 at the plate.
The Buffs return to action in a 4 p.m. doubleheader against Great Bend on Tuesday at Clint Lightner Stadium.
Garden City 000 032 0 — 5 9 2
North 000 001 1 — 2 5 4
Snodgrass, Acker(6) and DeHerrera. Burnett, Hillhouse(7) and Em. Escamilla. W—Snodgrass. L—Burnett. Sv—Acker. 2B—Garden City, Acker, Hinojos.
Garden City 002 440 0 — 10 13 7
North 313 010 3 — 11 5 9
Heiman, Sanchez(2), Brunson (3), Arreola(4), Acker(7) and DeHerrera. Doss, Er. Escamilla(4) and Em. Escamilla. W—Hieman. L—Doss. 2B—Garden City, Acker, DeHerrera; North, Er. Escamilla.