After snapping their three-game losing streak on Wednesday, the Garden City Buster softball team dropped both games in Friday’s doubleheader, 13-3 in Game 1 and 19-9 in a shortened nightcap, against the Barton Cougars.
In Game 1, Garden City took an early lead after a solo home run from freshman Audrey Graf opened up the scoring. Barton proceeded to score four unanswered runs in the bottom halves of the fourth and fifth innings before Garden City scored two runs of their own in the fourth and fifth, giving the Cougars a slight 4-3 lead.
But Barton closed out the game by scoring a total of nine runs in the final two innings. Sophomore Ariel Denney received the loss on 5 1/3 innings pitched on 103 pitches.
In the nightcap, the Busters once again took an early lead, exploding for a seven-run first inning and taking a 7-1 lead into the second inning. Freshmen Brittany Dowell and Vivian Lopez and sophomore Devin Hernandez all had two RBIs in the opening inning.
That was about as much offense as Garden City could muster, though, only scoring two more in the bottom of the third, and allowing the Cougars to score 18 runs, eight of which came in the top of the fourth inning alone. The Cougars’ attack was enough to close out the game two innings early, as the Cougars had a 10-run lead on the Busters to trigger the run-rule.
Freshman Madison Biller received the loss on two-thirds of an inning's pitch on 43 pitches and allowing eight runs.