The Garden City Wind saw their four-game winning streak and solo spot atop the Pecos League North Division end briefly when they dropped a 6-4 decision on Wednesday night at the Great Bend Boom.
Wednesday’s loss dropped the Wind’s season record to 20-17 and they are knotted with Trinidad, Colo., for the top spot in the division. Trinidad is 21-18 and just three percentage points behind the Wind.
The Wind got on the board first with a single run in the opening frame when Joey Cecere singled, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on Beau Welborn’s single.
Great Bend took over the lead with a three-run second before the teams traded single tallies in the third, making it 4-2 Boom.
The Boom then added single runs in the fifth and seventh to move ahead 6-2, but back came the Wind with two runs in the top of the eighth.
Matt Consigli doubled to score Leon Simpson, who had reached on a fielder’s choice. The second run came when a ground ball to third was booted by the Boom, allowing Consigli to score.
But the Wind couldn’t come up with a late-inning rally, unable to score in both the eighth and ninth frames.
Matt Marino picked up the win for Great Bend, going six innings, giving up just two runs, walking three and striking out two. Craig Jaquez was tagged with the loss after going just two innings. He yielded four runs, three of them earned, walked six and struck out just one.
The teams conclude their four-game, home-and-home series with a 6:30 p.m. game Thursday at Clint Lightner Stadium. Then, it’s Trinidad’s Triggers who come to town for a three-game holiday weekend series with the top two teams in the North Division of the Pecos League tangling for the No. 1 spot in the standings.
Garden City 101 000 020 — 4 10 2
Great Bend 031 010 10x — 6 8 2
WP—Marino; LP—Jaquez. 2B—GC (Consigli, Nelson), GB (Baca, Truex, Octave). LOB—Garden City 12, Great Bend 9.