It was another frustrating night at Clint Lightner Stadium for the Garden City Wind, falling to a four-run Santa Fe, N.M. Fuego eighth inning en route to a 5-2 loss on Tuesday.
The setback marked the ninth consecutive loss for the Wind, dropping them to 17-35 while Santa Fe improved to 28-21. The teams will complete the series with a 6:30 p.m. game Wednesday. Trinidad, Colo., arrives in town Thursday to begin a four-game series with the Wind.
The Wind got on the board first Tuesday, scoring once in the second when Joey Cecere drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs. The potential big inning ended, though, on a flyout by Nick Stoll.
The score would remain there until the Fuego came to bat in the fifth when three singles loaded the bases. But Mayberry hit Nick Gotta with a pitch, scoring the tying run.
It stood that way until the fateful eighth, and another late fallout by the Wind en route to the loss. Ryan Whitt belted a home run in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, but that was it for the Wind.
Mason Mayberry had thrown six strong innings, giving up just a single run in the Santa Fe fifth. In the eighth, however, Mayberry issued a leadoff walk and was then relieved by Nick Minot.
That didn’t work as the Fuego unloaded four runs on the Wind to put the game out of reach. Minot was saddled with the loss. Zach Carter, who worked the first six innings for Santa Fe, picked up the victory.
Hughes, Carter (7) and Maria; Mayberry, Minot (7), DelZell (7) and Ellis. WP—Zach Carter; LP—Nick Minot. HR—GC (Whitt, 12). LOB—Santa Fe 10, Garden City 8.