The Garden City Buffaloes baseball team ran into a buzz-saw in Wichita Heights in their season opening doubleheader on the road Friday.
Heights, which had already played and won a doubleheader earlier in the week, swept past the Buffs in a pair of run-rule shortened games, 10-0 and 11-1, both ending after five innings.
The Buffs were without their likely No. 1 pitcher in Cooper Thayer, sidelined with an injury, and coach Justin Reich had to go deep into his bullpen in both games.
“We had some first-game jitters and were a little anxious,” Reich said of his team, which managed just four hits in the opener and improved to seven hits in the second. “We had a good inning going in the second game with a couple of singles, a stolen base, but things fizzled.”
The four hits in the opener came from Andrew Kreutzer, Auston Waetzig, Kristopher Henderson and Eller Arreola. In the nightcap, seven different batters each had one hit.
Waetzig had the Buffs’ lone RBI in the second game, that coming on a single in the third, when he plated Lance Allred.
“We just couldn’t string anything together,” Reich said. “Heights is a really good team, they hit the ball really well and were clicking on all cylinders. They were tough, top to bottom. We hadn’t seen any live pitching like that, and I think it took our kids a little while to get accustomed to that speed.”
Arreola pitched 3 1/3 innings in the opener, and took the loss. Aaron Urrutia tossed the first three innings of Game 2 and absorbed the loss in that one.
Jordan Ellison and Cody Troyer picked up the victories for the Falcons, who pounded out 17 hits in the opener and 11 in the second game. Of those 28 hits, nine went for extra bases.
The Buffs will travel to Junction City on Tuesday for a rescheduled doubleheader from last Monday. Then, they will host Wichita North on Friday when they open their home portion of the schedule with a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Clint Lightner Stadium.