GCCC softball sweeps Northeastern

There is no doubt about one thing with the 2020 Broncbusters: they can hit.

Madison Biller and Elisabeth McGill each went yard, Megan Walz struck out six to earn her second win of the season, and Garden City edged Northeastern 6-4 Friday at Tangeman Sports Complex in the first game of a doubleheader.

And the offensive fireworks started early.

McKayla Encinias led off the game with a walk. After a strikeout and a sacrifice bunt moved her into scoring position, Biller took care of the rest, blasting Kalani Hikida's 1-1 fastball over the wall in right for a 2-0 lead. An inning later, they made it 3-0 on McGill's solo bomb to right.

Northeastern though began to chip away in the third. With two outs, Maddy Rule snuck a ball up the middle for a base hit to get the Plainsmen on the board. In the fourth, Jacey Moon pushed a run home when Ellie Walters booted a ball at third, to make it 3-2. Then in the fifth, Northeastern tied the game on Hikida's double to right before taking the lead when Bailey Deal pulled a ball down the left-field line.

Garden City fought back in the sixth. With two outs, Walters singled home Audrey Graf to tie it. The next batter, McGill, ripped a two-run triple the opposite way, and the Broncbusters were up 6-4.

Northeastern threatened in the seventh. Hikida singled with one out, and Stacy Bott was hit by a pitch, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate. But Biller got out of it, getting Deal to ground out to end the game

Biller collected her fifth multi-hit game of the year, finishing 2-for-3. McGill was 2-for-3 as well with a pair of RBI.

So far in 2020, the Broncbusters have had a little flair for the dramatic. And it's been fun to watch.

Elisabeth McGill knocked in a pair of runs including the game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh as Garden City completed a two-game sweep of Northeastern with a 7-6 victory.

And again, the Broncbusters dug themselves an early hole.

Bailey Deal homered in the first, and Kaylin Cruz blasted a two-run shot in the second to put Northeastern up 3-0. But the Broncbusters slowly worked their way back into it. McGill smacked an RBI base hit in the second, Audrey Graf drew a bases-loaded walk in the third, which was followed up by Megan Walz's single to center that knotted the game.

Northeastern though used a three-run fifth to take command again. Jacey Moon's RBI single, and Abby Harpman's two-run double put the Plainsmen up 6-3.

Cue the comeback.

With two outs in the home half, Graf reached on a error; stole second before scoring on Walz's single to center. An inning later, McKayla Encinias provided some two-out magic when she powered Abby Harpman's fastball to left-center for a run-scoring single that pulled the Broncbusters to within one, 6-5.

After Madison Biller worked a scoreless seventh, Garden City went back to work. Graf drew a leadoff free pass, and Biller doubled to left. That set the table for Waltz, whose extra base hit to the gap in right-center, tied the game at 6. Head Coach Becky Gundy then inserted Lauren Davis to courtesy run for Biller, who scored the winning run on McGill's sac fly. Game over, and another comeback complete.

Biller picked up the win in the circle, working 2 1/3 scoreless innings while fanning three. Started Taylor Hill went 4 2/3, yielding six runs on seven hits. She surrendered two long balls. Encinias went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the leadoff spot, and Walz had three hits and three RBI.