The Garden City Wind seem to be turning things around after a slow start to the season. Perhaps a home stand against the last-place team in the Pecos League’s Mountain Division is the elixir.

The Wind beat the White Sands Pupfish, 15-9, Sunday night at Clint Lightner Stadium, extending their winning streak to five, improving their record to 10-14. The game on Sunday was the fourth of a seven-game series against the team from New Mexico.

This win took a late rally, though. The Wind fell behind early after the Pupfish opened up the scoring on Cameron Haskins’ line drive single that got past shortstop JC Peralta and brought in the first run of the game. The bottom half of the inning for the Wind started painfully as two batters, second baseman Joey Cecere and third basemen Mike Rachun, were hit by pitches.

That got the first Wind rally going, as a Peralta single brought in the first run and a Cameron Ketchen sacrifice fly brought in a second.

The third inning saw White Sands take the lead for the second time in the game, after Pupfish catcher Kevin Soto hit a blooper into left. That base hit brought in in two Pupfish to make it 3-2.

The Wind managed to draw even in the bottom half of the third, after a Rachun sacrifice fly brought in outfielder Morgan Blatnik, who reached and stole two bases.

Each team added two more runs in the fourth inning, and Garden City added one more in the fifth, which made the score, 6-5, in favor of the Pupfish entering the sixth.

That’s when the Pupfish exploded for four runs in the top half of the inning, which also signified the end of Wind starting pitcher Darlton Bernardi’s night. Bernadi lasted six innings and threw 104 pitches and recorded six strikeouts. Bernardi received a no decision.

The Pupfish did threatened to score again in the inning, but reliever Kevin Delzell came in and closed it out with no further damage done.

After adding one run in the seventh inning, from a Ray Hernandez sacrifice fly, the Wind took back the lead for good, after pinch hitter Taylor Zeutenhorst hit a grand slam on the only pitch he saw all night.

“Honestly, I was just looking for a fastball over the middle of the plate. I wasn’t thinking of anything else, and thats exactly what I got,” said Zeutenhorst on the game-winning grand slam.

The home run put the Wind up, 11-9, and the Wind continued to add insurance runs.

“This group right here, they’re fighters,” coach David Peterson said. “There is no game we are ever out of. We could be down 50 runs, and we would still find a way to fight to try to get back in the game.”

The win improved the Wind’s record to 10-14, and they will face the Pupfish again at 6:30 p.m. Monday. After the seven-game series concludes, they head out to Roswell, N.M., on Thursday night to take on the Invaders.


White Sands 102 204 000 — 9 14 1

Garden City 201 210 18x — 15 15 0

Harper, Marino(6), Elizondo(8), Metcalf(8) and Soto. Bernardi, DelZell(6), Anderson(8), Finnegan(9) and Wagner. W—Anderson (2-0). L—Metcalf (0-4). 2B—White Sands: Davis 2 (5), Luciano (3); Garden City: Blatnik (3), Peralta (4), Ellis (3). HR—Garden City: Whitt (9), Ketchen (30, Zeutenhorst (2). RBI—White Sands: Carolina (3), Davis 2 (11), Torres (12), Haskins 2 (16), Soto 2 (11), Luciano (21). Garden City: Whitt 4 (39), Peralta (21), Ketchen 2 (14), Wagner (3), Hernandez (11), Zeutenhorst 4 (11).

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