After dropping the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader in extra innings, 3-2, to the Wichita West Pioneers (12-8), the Garden City Buffaloes (5-15) finished off the regular season with a win, after a three run, seventh inning earned the Buffaloes a 4-3 come-from-behind, walk-off victory, giving the nine seniors a win on their final home game at Clint Lightner Stadium.

The first game was a back-and-forth affair that saw the Pioneers score in the top of the eighth inning, and then shut out the Buffaloes in the bottom half of the inning to give Wichita West a 3-2 win in the opening game of the double header.

Garden City fared better in the nightcap, rallying in the dramatic seventh inning to seal a win to end the regular season.

“In that inning, we just battled, we dealt with adversity," GCHS head coach Justin Reich said. "We put ourselves in a rough situation, getting down early and they just came through when we needed to in the last game.”

The opening inning of Game 2 saw each team trade picked off runners, and the frame ended up scoreless. Garden City did get in a bit of a bind in the second inning, allowing runners to get into scoring position, but escaped the inning unscathed.

The same thing could not be said of the third inning as a wild pitch from staring pitcher Carson Scheeter, gave the Pioneers the early 1-0 advantage. The fourth inning saw the second and third runs for Wichita West cross home plate as senior Tre Hungria brought them in.

The fourth inning was the end of Scheeter’s night. The sophomore allowed three runs on three hits, and walked five while striking out one. In relief, junior Eliar Arreola came in, and got the eventual win.

“We were inconsistent in the second game to start,” Reich said of his pitchers' performance. “We couldn’t find the umpire's zone, but we kept ourselves in it. We avoided the big inning again, which is key.”

The Buffs did respond back in the bottom half of the fourth inning, when Arreola singled with the bases loaded to bring in teammate junior Cody Thayer for the first run.

The score remained same entering the bottom half of the seventh inning, when Garden City turned the bats on and began their comeback.

Sophomore Aaron Urrutia started the rally by reaching second base on a dropped fly ball in right field. A second error followed, and that allowed freshman Caedyn Gomez to reach first base.

A wild pitch form the Pioneers' freshman pitcher Reece Hembree advanced the tying run into scoring position. That is when senior Andrew Kreutzer singled up the middle to drive in two runs, with Gomez barely beating the tag at home.

After the second pitching change for West, senior Auston Waetzig hit a line drive to the short stop, who played it off the bounce, tried to convert a double play, and fortunately for the Buffaloes threw it long and forced the first baseman off the bag, which brought in Kreutzer for the winning run and gave the Buffs the 4-3 victory.

“Walking up to the plate, I was a little nervous, but you just have to stay positive and keep a clear mind. If you do, that is what happens. Positive things happen,” Waetzig said.

With it being senior night, the win on Thursday felt a little more special for the team, especially after a season that hasn’t turned out how they wanted.

”I’ve been with these guys for seven years,” Reich said. “I coached a lot of these guys in football, and they all know me. These guys mean the world to me. I watched them grow up since they were seventh graders, a lot of them. We’ve been around each other a long time, and it’s good that they get to go out on a win."

Pairings for the regionals are expected to be announced Saturday.