GCCC softball splits with Lamar

LAMAR, Colo. - This time, Garden City Community College’s late-game rally short circuited in the seventh.

Katelynne Russell fell a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, knocking in three runs, as Lamar beat the Broncbusters 5-3 at Citizens Field Saturday afternoon.

After a scoreless first, the Lopes got to Madison biller in the second. Mireya Arranda singled, and Morgan Reed brought her around with a base hit to center to put Lamar up 1-0.

It stayed that way until the fifth. That's when Biller surrendered a leadoff walk to Alicia Fraire. Two batters later, Russell clubbed a two-run homer to make it 3-0.

The Broncbusters finally broke through in the sixth. Audrey Graf, Madison Biller and Carly Powell hit three straight singles to load the bases with one out. After Graf was thrown out at home on a force play, Kenzie Moore got Garden City on the board with a sharp single to left. But with the tying run on, Ellie Walters lined out to second.

Lamar then added some insurance in the home half. Viviana Guzman and Russell stroked RBI singles, and the Lopes were up 5-1.

Garden City made things interesting in the seventh. McKayla Encinias walked, which was followed by back-to-back Lamar errors, one of which resulted in a run that closed the gap to three runs. Two batters later, Powley provided a fielder's choice RBI to make it 5-3. But again, with the tying run on, Gaby Hernandez popped out to third to end the game.

Sloane Vigoren picked up the win for Lamar, allowing one earned run on seven hits in 6 1/3.

Biller lost for the second time, yielding four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3. Graf finished 3-for-4 at the plate.

In game two, Garden City more than atoned for their struggles on offense in game one.

Kaylee Rogers ripped three extra base hits, including a no-doubter three-run homer in the fourth, McKayla Encinias collected three this and swiped two bags, and the Broncbusters blasted Lamar 10-2 in five innings.

Garden City got things going in the second. Rogers stroked a double to left, and Elisabeth McGill brought her home with an extra base hit to right. Zoee Canaday followed by hitting a sharp liner that Viviana Guzman misplayed at short, and Gaby Hernandez blasted a two-run double to make it 4-0.

After Lamar cut the lead in half in the third, the Broncbusters put the game away in the home half. Encinias singled, Hernandez was hit by a pitch, and Audrey Graf drew a bases-loaded walk. Two batters later, Megan Walz singled home a pair. That eventually setup Rogers, who mashed a three-run bomb to straight-away center, putting Garden City up 10-2.

And while Rogers was providing plenty of offense, she overpowered Lamar in the circle, striking out five while throwing only 86 pitches in a complete-game win. The sophomore also drove in three runs, Encinias was three-for-three at the plate, and the Broncbusters ripped five doubles.

Beverly Rehfeldt took the loss for Lamar, giving up six runs on six hits in 3 1/3.