After tying the game in the eighth, the Garden City Wind fell to the Alpine Cowboys, 11-7, in extra innings Friday night.
Alpine (17-13) had a five-run burst in the 11th to capture the victory and give the Wind (8-22) their sixth consecutive loss.
Though it was not enough, the Wind scored their final run in the 11th. Cody Ellis drove in Edgar Munoz on a single up the middle. Ellis finished the night with a double and two singles with three RBIs. Munoz recorded three singles.
The Wind tied the game at 6 in the eighth. With the bases loaded, pinch-hitter Brandon Worton reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Cody Ellis as Albert Gonzalez was called out at third.
Earlier in the inning, the Wind scored on an RBI single by Ellis. The hit brought in Shea Bell, who reached on a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Zack Russell-Myers started the game with an efficient seven-pitch first inning, but the second inning proved to be more difficult for the Garden City starter. Alpine’s first batter was retired on a groundout, but the next four reached on two hit-by-pitches, a walk and a Wind error. All four runs scored.
With Russell-Myers on first in the third, Dylin Brooks shot the ball out to right field that looked like it would go over the fence and cut Alpine’s lead to just two runs, but it dropped into Jarret Young’s glove just in front of the wall.
Garden City first scored in the fourth on an RBI double by Ellis. Bell took off from first to cross the plate, but Ellis was left stranded at second.
The Cowboys picked up another run in the fifth for a 5-1 lead. Tim Henry reached on a fielder’s choice, but advanced to second on a throwing error for the Wind. Yuta Okazaki flew out to Larry Rodriguez in right. On the play, Henry made a break for home, but Rodriguez sent a laser to Lundgren at home, where he was able to complete the double play and keep another Alpine run from scoring.
Russell-Myers (0-4) finished the night with six allowed runs — two earned — and seven hits with six strikeouts in six innings pitched for a no-decision.
White and Ethan Rosebeck tossed effective, scoreless innings in relief, before Brandon Hudson entered the game in the ninth. Hudson got the Wind to the 11th inning, pitching two innings with no runs and no hits.
Starting the 11th, Ryan Blinderman recorded one out before allowing the tie-breaking run to score on a hit by pitch. Blinderman (0-2) was charged with the loss as well as four runs on just one hit.
Craig Jaquez took over on the mound, allowing a base-clearing triple, but only one run was his.