Butler used a pair of errors and a walk to spark a four-run rally in the eighth inning to stun Garden City Community College in a 5-4 win Thursday evening at Williams Stadium.
The comeback win for Butler completed a doubleheader sweep of the Broncbusters, as the Grizzlies won the first game 6-0.
The Busters fall to 26-23 overall and 12-18 in the KJCCC, sealing their place as the seventh seed in the KJCCC West. Butler improved to 35-17 and 20-10 in the West.
The Busters had led by as much as 4-0 through six innings, but Butler cut that to 4-1 in the seventh on a sacrifice fly. Then in the eighth, Dakota Finley misplayed a ground ball, allowing Colby Deaville to reach. Then, Buster starter Malachi Crone walked a batter and then misplayed a comebacker to load the bases. Joshua Cox doubled to right to plate two runs, and Javier Pena singled to left field to tie it at 4.
A batter later, Colby Standard singled to drive in the game-winning run. The Buster offense could not respond, going 1-2-3 in the eighth and ninth to seal the loss.
The Busters had scored single runs in each of the first, second, third and fifth innings to take the lead. Brenden Andersen drove in the first with an RBI groundout, and then Turner McDonald homered to lead off the second.
Chris Lara made it 3-0 in the third on a sacrifice fly, and then homered in the fifth to make it 4-0. From that point on, the Busters only got one runner on base — a walk.
Zach Nagel got the win for Butler, tossing four innings in relief, giving up one hit, one run and two walks, while striking out four. Crone went 7 innings, giving up five hits, four runs and one walk while striking out five. But it was Jacob Douglas who took the loss, giving up three hits in a ⅓ of an inning.
The two teams meet again Saturday in El Dorado to close out the regular season. After that, the Region VI tournament begins on May 10-11 in a three-game series. The Busters are likely to travel to Johnson County — the second-place team in the East — for that series.
Butler starter Zach Brabo allowed just two hits in seven innings as the Grizzlies strolled to the 6-0 win in the opener. Buster starter Eric Heiman gave up eight hits and six runs across his seven innings of work.
The Grizzlies first got on the board when Javier Pena doubled in a run in the first, and then Butler rallied for three runs in the second, capped by an RBI triple from Joshua Cox.
Parker Base homered in the fifth to make it 5-0 and Kaden White singled in the sixth and final run in the seventh.
Meanwhile, the Buster offense sent the minimum to the plate four different times in the game, and got caught stealing one and picked off another time.