Garden City High School’s softball team went on the road Tuesday and clobbered host Liberal, 17-2, in the opener of the twin bill, but the Buffaloes were forced to hold onto a 4-1 win in the nightcap.
Still, the Buffs secured the sweep to remain undefeated at 8-0 and 4-0 in the WAC.
The Buffs took advantage of nine Liberal errors en route to the 17-2 rout in the opener. Taylor Terpstra did end up with three RBIs and a triple, as six of the Buffs’ nine hits went for extra bases.
Hailey Dart also was 2 of 3 with a pair of RBIs and two walks, as she was solid in the circle, giving up no hits and walking two with four strikeouts in 4 innings of work. Giselle Gutierrez closed out the final two innings, giving up two unearned runs on one hit with three strikeouts.
The Buffs led 4-0 after two innings, 6-0 after four, 9-0 after five, before pouring on eight runs in the sixth inning to seal the game, and end the game early due to the run-rule.
The inning including Terpstra’s three-run triple, and was capped Erykah Foster plated Terpstra when her ground ball to short was mishandled.
Liberal’s only runs came in the bottom half of the frame when a fly ball to right field was dropped to allow two runners to come across with two outs, but it was not nearly enough to avoid the run-rule.
The nightcap was a diametrically opposed effort. Yazmin Vargas threw a gem, striking out nine and allowing just four hits, one walk and one run in her seven innings of work. But Liberal’s Millyzient McClure held the Buffs’ offense down for much of the game, as well — and the defense held up with just two errors.
The Buffs nearly had a big inning in the second, when Lauren Koster singled and Ryleigh Whitehurst walked to begin the frame. After a pop out, Jazmine Rockwell singled to center to plate Koster. After a second out, Vargas walked to load the bases, and then Dart did as well to plate Whitehurst.
But that’s where the rally ended as Terpstra popped up to end the inning.
Then the Buffs were held silent for the next four innings, with just two runners left on base.
Liberal cut the Buffs’ lead to 2-1 when Alexia Torres doubled to right to plate McClure, who had singled to reach.
That’s when the Buffs’ offense awoke to add a couple of insurance runs, with the help of the Liberal defense. Abby Parr reached to lead off the inning thanks to an error, before Vargas grounded out, advancing Parr to second. But Dart doubled to center field, plating Parr, before Foster singled to right to score Dart and cap the win for the Buffs.
Vargas allowed just a single in the bottom half of the inning, before getting a fielder’s choice groundout and two strikeouts to seal it.