Stop. Start. Stop. Start.
That’s how the Garden City Community College softball season has gone so far, with the many delays, cancellations and postponements the Broncbusters have faced due to weather.
With the sun out on Friday at Tangeman Sports Complex, the Busters secured a much-needed sweep of visiting Northwest Kansas Tech, winning 7-1 and 9-1.
With the sweep, the Busters improved to 13-15 overall and 6-10 in the KJCCC West as coach Becky Gundy’s team got into a little bit of a groove. Northwest Tech fell to 1-35 and 1-19.
“I thought both (Madison) Biller and Ariel (Denney) looked like themselves in the circle again today,” Gundy said. “Our hitters were a little slow to get going in Game 1, but I thought they settled in and did a good job.”
Denney threw the complete game in the opener, giving up just two hits and one unearned run, while striking out two and walking one. The game was just 2-1 through five innings, but the Busters rallied for five runs in the sixth to seal the win.
In the nightcap, Biller also recorded a complete game, but only had to go five innings as the Busters reached the eight-run mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth, led by a five-RBI day from Kaylee Rogers, who doubled with the bases loaded, clearing them, in the first, drove in another in the second with a single and one more in the fourth with another single. Rogers also had two RBIs in the opener, going 2 for 3.
It was Denney who closed out the game with an RBI single in the fifth, plating Megan Jankiewicz, who had doubled to lead off the inning.
“We’re just hoping to gain some momentum,” Gundy said. “We’re so tired of playing, cancelled, playing, cancelled. We just want to play and let those kids who are getting hot to get on a little bit of a roll.”
The Busters are set to play at Seward County at 1 p.m. Saturday.