It was inevitable that the final game of the 2018 season for the Garden City Wind would be a microcosm of the entire slate of 62 games.
Thursday at Clint Lightner Stadium, the Wind’s forgettable campaign came to an end when the Alpine Cowboys, with the best record in all three divisions of the Pecos League, erupted for five runs in the first inning and that paved the way for the Wind to drop the finale by a 17-5 margin.
The uneventful finish saw the Wind finish its fourth season with an 11-51 record while Alpine improved to 48-15 and will now head into the postseason playoffs.
Two more Cowboys scored in the third before the Wind finally got on the board with a single tally in the fourth. Alpine would add one more tally in the fifth and the Wind countered with one in the sixth to make it 8-2 at that point.
The eighth was another explosive inning for both teams, the Cowboys getting two in the top half and the Wind three in the bottom to make it 10-5.
Adding insult to injury, and another arrow in a lowly season, the Cowboys blasted out seven runs in the top of the ninth.
Perhaps, fittingly the last enduring memory, is the Wind went down in 1-2-3 order in its half of the ninth, the last coming on a swinging third strike.