GCCC sweeps Barton; first place in west

GCCC Sports Information Services
Garden City Community College shortstop Nya Chacon makes a throw to first base for an out after scooping up a Barton County grounder Saturday during a doubleheader at Tangeman Sports Complex.

The Broncbusters made quick work of a conference opponent on Saturday.

Nya Chacon drilled her conference-leading 15th home run of the season, Tara Reid scattered just three hits in the circle, and Garden City Community College run-ruled Barton County 10-0 in game one at Tangeman Sports Complex. It was the Broncbusters seventh win in their last eight games.

The Cougars never had a shot in this one. Reid made sure of that.

The freshman hurler allowed a single in the second, a double in the third and a single in the fifth. Other than that, Barton County was completely overmatched.

As for the offense, Chacon fueled the early attack with a three-run blast in the bottom of the first. Then, in the second, McKayla Encinias singled home a run, Carley Powley added an RBI groundout, and Elycia Johnson scored on a passed ball to make it 6-0.

Garden City then put the game away in the third. Lacey Kearsley reached on an error, Tara Reid singled to left, and Arianna Griego clubbed a base hit to left to load the bases. Erykah Foster followed with a sacrifice fly, and Powley knocked in two with a line drive to right to put Garden City up 10-0.

The top of the Broncbuster order combined for eight hits, while Griego went 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Johnson ripped a pair of doubles, and Reid was 2-for-3.

Barton County starter Kayla Beers allowed six runs on seven hits in two innings.

Game 2

Garden City avoided a major letdown in Saturday's finale, using a strong finishing kick to polish off another conference sweep.

McKayla Encinias, Alexis Maestretti, and Arianna Griego all went yard, Tara Reid notched her second win of the day, and Garden City came from behind to topple Barton County 12-5 at Tangeman Sports Complex.

The Broncbusters got off to another strong start. With two outs in the first, Carley Powley singled, Nya Chacon doubled, and Lacey Kearsley walked to load the bases. Reid then followed with an RBI single to center, and Kearsley came around on a passed ball to make it 3-0.

But things started to unravel for Garden City in the third. Kearsley surrendered a two-out, RBI double to Kayli Dryden, then served up a solo home run to Teegan Krol to leadoff the fourth. Dryden added a sacrifice fly later in the inning, Makayla Chavez roped a run-scoring single to left, and Kennedee Lara hit a bloop a ball to center that put Barton County up, 5-3.

The offense answered right though back in the bottom half.

After Griego drew a one-out walk, Encinias crushed the first ball she saw over the centerfield wall to tie the game. An inning later, Maestretti's solo shot put Garden City in front for good, Elycia Johnson hit an RBI base hit to center, and the Broncbusters had a two-run lead. But the finishing touches came in the sixth when Garden City plated seven including Griego's monster three-run homer that made it 12-5. Reid then polished off the Cougars by fanning three straight batters in the seventh, giving the Broncbusters their eighth win in their last nine games and cementing them in first place in the Jayhawk West at 14-10 overall and 8-2 in league play.  

Kearsley got a no decision in the circle, giving up two earned runs on eight hits in five innings. Reid came in to slam the door, throwing just 27 pitches to get the win. She also helped out her own cause with three RBI, and Encinias, Powley, Kearsley, and Maestretti all collected two hits.