GCCC softball drops two at Dodge City

DODGE CITY - Garden City Community College’s offense picked the wrong day to go silent.

Gianna Browdy hit a home run, Makayla Kolojoy limited Garden City to just four hits over five innings, and Dodge City topped the Broncbusters 12-2 Saturday afternoon at Legends Park.

And all it took was one big inning from the Conquistadors.

After Audrey Graf gave the Broncbusters the lead with a two-run homer in the first, Dodge City went ballistic in the second. The first seven Conquistadors reached base, and when Courtney Huff smashed an RBI double to the gap, Dodge City was up 8-2. The next batter, Daysha Mendez followed with a run-scoring single, and the home team had a seven-run cushion.

Garden City's offense never regained traction.

The Broncbusters went down in order in the third; then spoiled a two-on, two-out situation when Zoee Canaday grounded out to end the top of the fourth. In the fifth, the Broncbusters again put two runners on. But the result was the same. Carley Powely struck out swinging, and Megan Walz flied out to right to end the game.

Meantime Dodge City added to their lead in the third. Karissa Avila sprinkled in a run-scoring ground out, and Alex Pacheco hit an RBI single to center. Then Browdy finished things off with a solo blast to begin the fourth.

Graf was the only offensive spark for Garden City, finishing 2-for-3 at the dish. The rest of the team was a combined 2-for-18 (.111) with nine strikeouts.

Kolojoy picked up the win in the circle for Dodge City, allowing two runs on four hits while throwing 91 pitches over five innings.

Garden City was playing catchup right from the start in the second game.

Dodge City outhit the Broncbusters 16-12 and stole eight bases, Browdy homered for the second straight game, and the Conquistadors polished off their second consecutive run-rule victory: a 16-8 win over Garden City Saturday afternoon at Legends Park.

And Dodge City went right after Broncbuster starter Madison Biller in the first.

The sophomore hurler gave up a single and pair of walks to begin the inning. Allie Hufford followed with a sacrifice fly, Daysha Mendez doubled home a run, and Browdy hit a sinking liner into center that plated one, putting Dodge City up 4-0.

But unlike the opener, the Broncbusters' offense sprung to life in the second. Megan Walz and Vivian Lopez singled, setting the table for McKayla Encinias, who smoked a three-run home over the wall in center to cut Dodge City's lead to 4-3.

But as quickly as the Broncbusters made it a game, was as fast as Dodge City answered in their half of the second. Lopez and Ellie Walters committed back-to-back errors that allowed a pair of runs to score, Mendez followed with an RBI double, and the Conquistadors were up 7-3.

Garden City trimmed the deficit again in the third. Carley Powley drilled a one-out home run to right, and Walters produced with an RBI groundout, pulling the road squad within two. Then after Kaylee Rogers set Dodge City down in order in the home half, the Broncbusters tied things up in the fourth. Zoee Canaday doubled home a run to left; then came around on a passed ball to knot the score. But the threat ended there. Powley flied out to left, and Rogers was called out for tagging early from first.

Dodge City made Garden City pay for that missed opportunity.

Browdy hit her second homer of the series in the bottom half, Jessica Espinoza doubled home two, and Alex Pacheco collected an RBI base hit to make it 12-7. Once Garden City cut the deficit to four with Megan Walz's solo home run in the fifth, the Conquistadors put the game away with four runs in their half. The final blow: Pacheco's RBI single to center that induced the run rule.

Biller had a rough day for Garden City, lasting just 1 1/3 innings. She gave up seven runs on four hits and walked five. She gave way to Rogers, who surrendered nine runs on 12 hits in 3 1/3. The Broncbusters did bounce back offensively, hitting three home runs while collecting 12 hits.

Jessica Espinoza picked up the win in relief for Dodge City, allowing one run on two hits over two innings. She also helped out her own cause, finishing 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI and three runs scored.

Garden City hosts Colby at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Tangeman Sports Complex.