The Garden City High School softball team’s regional standings took a big hit over the weekend.
Needing to be one of the top four teams in the Class 6A West to host a regional, the Buffaloes lost both games of Saturday’s doubleheader in Emporia, 6-1 to Blue Valley Southwest and 6-5 to Kapaun Mt. Carmel. The Buffs (13-3) are now tied for fourth in the West with Topeka, with four games still to go — a doubleheader vs. Goodland Tuesday and games vs. Derby and Arkansas City Thursday. However, only the games vs. Goodland would count towards the Buffs’ regional standings record, because regional seedings will be determined on Wednesday.
BV Southwest 6, Garden City 1
Blue Valley Southwest’s Sophie Brickman dominated the Buffs’ lineup, giving up just four hits and one run in seven innings. Meanwhile, Buffs’ starter Hailey Dart allowed just four hits in 5 ⅓ but gave up three walks and timely hits to Southwest hitters.
The Timberwolves scored on in the second on Brickman’s RBI triple and another in the third, before Dart tripled and Erykah Foster brought her in with a groundout to make it 2-1 entering the fourth.
In the sixth, Southwest made it 3-1, before rallying to put it out of reach in the seventh with the final three runs.
W—Brickman. L—Dart. 2B—Southwest: Mayhugh, Mills. 3B—Southwest: Stockman, Brickman. Garden City: Dart.
Kapaun Mt. Carmel 6, Garden City 5
Kapaun Mt. Carmel rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh innings to steal the walk-off win over the Buffs.
The game featured three lead changes and three tied scores, with the Buffs striking first with a two-run single by Taylor Terpstra in the first. The Crusaders cut that in half in the third, and then took a 4-2 lead with a three-run fourth, helped along by a fielder error by the Buffs.
Kelbi Richter got one back with an RBI triple in the fifth, and then Terpstra drove her in with a sacrifice fly to draw the Buffs even at 4.
Foster then gave the Buffs the lead back with an RBI single in the seventh, before the Crusaders got a pair of RBI singles in the bottom half of the inning to win it.
Yazmin Vargas took the loss for the Buffs, going 3 ⅔ innings in relief of Dart, while Kaitlyn Wentworth went the distance for Mt. Carmel.
W—Wentworth. L—Vargas. 2B—Garden City: Vargas. Mt. Carmel: Nye. 3B—Garden City: Richter.
The Buffs baseball team was run-ruled, 16-6, in six innings by host Emporia in Saturday’s finale of the weekend tournament.
The pitching staff was knocked around for 15 hits and nine walks in six innings, as the Buffs (11-9) went through eight different pitchers in the regular-season ending loss.
The Spartans (9-7) racked up six runs and knocked two Buffs’ pitchers — starter Ethan Newberry and reliever Jayden Escamilla — out of the game before the first inning was over. Garden City’s offense rallied for four runs in the second — capped by Jayden Escamilla’s three-run triple — to cut the deficit to two runs.
But once Buffs’ reliever Aaron Urrutia, who got the Buffs out of the first and tossed two subsequent scoreless innings, was knocked out of the game, the Emporia offense teed off on the rest of the bullpen. The Spartans scored three runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and five in the sixth to reach the run-rule minimum.
Newberry was stuck with the loss for the Buffs while Cade Kohlmeier went the distance for Emporia.
The Buffs now await Thursday’s Class 6A West regional seeding. As of Monday evening, the Buffs were the 11th seed in the 18-team region.
Emporia 16, Garden City 6
W—Kohlmeier. L—Newberry. 2B—Emporia: Baumwart, Williams, Kohlmeier, Baumgardner 2. 3B—Garden City: Escamilla.