Broncbusters take 1-3 in series with Cloud County

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Garden City Community College's Tyler Barth dives safely back to first base on a Pratt pick off play during a March game at Williams Stadium.

CONCORDIA - Garden City Community College's offensive struggles continued in game three on Saturday.

Carl Aikman tossed a complete-game four hitter, Williams Camacho-Soto homered and knocked in three runs, and Cloud County downed Garden City 4-1 at Lee Doyen Field.

The Broncbusters did manage to get to Aikman in the first. Ibrahim Rodriguez singled with one out, and Miguel Ramos doubled him home. But Garden City managed just two hits the rest of the way.

That 1-0 lead stuck until the fourth when Camacho-Soto smashed lefty Michael Thorne's hanging breaking ball over the wall in left for a two-run blast that put the Thunderbirds up 2-1. Adler Pierson smacked an RBI single later in the inning, and Cloud County had a two-run advantage. They added some insurance in the fifth with Camacho-Soto's RBI single to center.

Thorne dropped his third decision of the season, allowing three runs on four hits in three innings. Jake Gimble surrendered a run on three hits in two innings of relief, and Noah McCandless pitched a scoreless sixth.

Aikman notched his third victory of the yeah for the Thunderbirds, which won their seventh straight game. He struck out nine.

Game 4

After dropping the first three games of the series, Garden City salvaged the finale, getting some much-needed length from their starting pitching.

DJ Burke went six strong striking out seven, Miguel Ramos tied a season-high with three hits, and the Broncbusters topped Cloud County 7-4 in game four Saturday afternoon at Lee Doyen Field.

Ramos continued his strong weekend getting Garden City on the board with an RBI single in the first. Then, in the third, Ryan Muniz led off with a base hit, took second on an error, advanced to third on a wild pitch before coming around to score when Danny Spongberg laced a run-scoring single to center to make it 2-0.  

But again, the Broncbusters couldn't hold it.

In the seventh, Cloud County rallied back. Pinch hitter Jacob Shaw ripped a double to right, which was bobbled by Will Gardneer allowing Willie Ponce to score from second. Four batters later, Ian Riley tied the game with an RBI single to left.

Garden City responded in the eighth, scoring four runs-fueled by Ibrahim Rodriguez's double to right-center, and Nico Vite's hot shot to right that plated two. An inning later, Blake Beauchene pushed a two-out single past Williams Camacho-Soto at third that scored Ramos to make it 7-2.

Cloud County did put a bit of a scare into the Broncbuster bullpen in the ninth when Adler Pierson scored on a wild pitch, and Noah Olson hit a deep sacrifice fly. But Jake Gimbel finally slammed the door when he got Camacho-Soto to fly out to center to end the game.

Burke got the no decision in six innings, allowing eight hits while Raul Garcia improved to 3-0, tossing an inning of scoreless relief. Ramos went 3-for-4 at the plate, and Vite drove in a pair.

Conner Woods took the loss for the Thunderbirds, giving up three runs on three hits in 3.1 innings.