Piecing together nine singles in a seven-run second inning, the Garden City Wind established a big early lead and cruised to a 12-6 win over the visiting Trinidad (Colo.) Triggers on Thursday evening at Clint Lightner Stadium.
The Wind whipped around the bases on 19 hits against the Triggers’ pitching, including 11 off Trinidad starter Joe Robinson, who lasted just three innings as the Wind built a 9-1 lead. The big punch came in that second inning when the Wind sent 12 hitters to the plate. And despite no extra-base hits, the nine singles were good enough to cross seven.
In fact, the only run the Wind scored in the game on a hit that wasn’t a single was Manny Colon’s solo shot on the bottom of the eighth to make it 12-4. Colon was 3 for 4 total, with three RBIs and two runs. He also walked once.
Eight Wind hitters recorded a hit, and five had multiple, including Nick Francis, who was 4 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Wind starter Marty Anderson lasted just four innings, giving up three runs on three hits and five walks. He struck out seven.
That left the final five innings to the Wind bullpen. Nick Winston recorded a scoreless fifth inning, and then right-hander Scott Torrey finished off the final four innings, giving up just one run in the eighth and two more in the ninth, while allowing six hits and a walk. He struck out two and received the win.
The win — which improved the Wind to 6-8 — also dropped the North division-leading Triggers (11-4) down a peg, and the Wind are now just 4 games behind first.
The Triggers return to Clint Lightner for a 6:30 p.m. game Friday.
Trinidad 100 200 012 — 6 9 1
Garden City 270 000 21x — 12 19 0
Robinson, Swartout(4), William(6), Ruggiero(7) and Puma. Anderson, Winston(5), Torrey(6) and Colon. W—Torrey (1-0). L—Robinson (1-1). 2B—Trinidad: Frazier (7); Garden City: Colon (4), Francis (4). 3B—Garden City: Cecere (1). HR—Garden City: Colon (3).