OVERLAND PARK — Garden City Community College’s baseball season came to an end Friday, when the Broncbusters lost, 4-2, to host Johnson County, which swept the best-of-three series to advance in the Region VI tournament.
The Busters finish the season at 26-27, their second-consecutive losing season and just the third in head coach Chris Finnegan’s 15 years at the helm.
Buster starter Eric Heiman allowed six hits and four runs in six innings, while striking out six, to keep Garden City within striking distance of the Cavaliers (45-10). But after a pair of sacrifice flies in the second and third innings, the Busters could not scratch across any more runs the rest of the way, leaving six runners on base.
After the Cavs took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI groundout, the Busters drew even when Grant Lathrop walked to lead off second, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on Griffin Brunson’s fly ball to right.
In the third, Turner McDonald doubled to left, advanced to third on Sean Klein’s single and then eventually scored on Chris Lara’s fly out to right field to make it 2-1 Busters.
In the fourth, the Cavs re-took the lead on Malik Williams’ two-run home run to left. The Cavs added an insurance run in the sixth on Jacob Owens’ sacrifice fly to right.
The Busters got two on in the seventh, but Jake Barber was caught stealing third for the second out, and when Klein grounded out the threat was ended.
Johnson County’s Trey Ziegenbein recorded the complete game, giving up seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. Jacob Douglas tossed two scoreless innings for the Busters in relief.