The Garden City Wind swept over the turf of Clint Lightner Stadium for the final time this season on Sunday night, playing host to Trinidad, Colo.
And it was a familiar sight, with the Wind allowing a late rally to decide the game, falling 12-5 to the Triggers, who turned a 6-5 nail-biter into a rout with a six-run eighth inning. The Wind fell to 18-39 overall, while the Triggers — fighting for a postseason berth — improved to 33-22.
The Wind took a 1-0 lead in the first, before the first of a pair of six-run rallies from the Triggers, the former coming in the fourth off starter Mason Mayberry, who last seven innings and gave up 11 hits and six runs, only one of which was earned, however.
After an error kept a rally alive in the fourth, Phildrick Llewellyn homered to bring in three runs and cap the rally. The Wind fought back, scoring four in the the sixth, off a Taylor Zeutenhorst RBI single, Eli Roundtree’s two-run homer and Joey Cecere’s RBI single.
But as soon as Mayberry left the game, the Triggers exploded in the eighth to seal the win. Tim Henry’s two-run round-tripper was the exclamation point on the win, and the series finale.
The Wind now hits the road for six games to close out the 2017 season. They have a three-game set in Roswell, N.M., starting at 8 p.m. Monday, followed by three games in Santa Fe, beginning Thursday.