One big inning in the opener and wild pitching in the nightcap led the Garden City Buffaloes into getting swept on Friday night at Wichita North.
The losses end a three-game winning streak for the Buffs, who fall to 10-6 overall. Wichita North improved to 7-9.
"We kicked a bunch of balls around, couldn't get bunts down, all the little things that come back to bite you," GCHS head coach Justin Reich said of the losses.
Wichita North scored seven runs with two outs in the fifth inning of Friday’s opener, sinking the Buffs in a 10-3 loss. It was just a 3-2 game up until the point, before Adrian Delatorre doubled in one run, and then an error by Cooper Thayer at shortstop kept the rally alive and knocked out starter Elier Arreola.
Jayden Escamilla came in, and he immediately gave up a walk, a single and a three-run triple to Tayton Jenkins. Carson Chestwood then singled to right to drive in another run, and Damon Siefer capped the explosion with an RBI double.
The Buffs had taken a 2-0 lead in the first when Thayer singled to drive in Escamilla and then came around to score two batters later.
North cut that deficit in half in the bottom of the first with an RBI groundout and then drew even with a fielder’s choice in the second. North took its first lead in the third on Koyie Duft’s RBI single.
Arreola went 4 ⅔ innings, giving up seven hits and five runs, with three strikeouts and one walk. Escamilla gave up five runs — but none earned — in his 1 ⅓ innings of work.
Ethan Newberry and Aaron Urrutia split the six innings pitched in the nightcap right down the middle, combining to allow just four hits. But a mix of walks and hit batsmen allowed host North to plate more than enough runs to support starting pitcher Koyie Duft, who recorded the complete game win. Duft scattered seven hits and four walks in seven innings.
North scored three runs in the third on a grand total of two singles, but that was mixed with two walks and two hit batsmen by Newberry.
Adrian De La Torre singled in a run to open scoring and keep the bases loaded, and then Connor Chamberlain was hit by a pitch to plate another. A batter later, Adyn Lamberth walked to score the third.
Arreola cut that deficit to 3-1 in the fourth with an RBI single to center, but that was as close as the Buffs would get. North scored two more in the fourth, before Easton Lager smacked an RBI single to center to cap the game’s scoring.