GCCC Roundup: Lady Busters broom Barton in DH; Baseball falls at Clarendon

3/20/2014

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

It seems the Garden City Community College Lady Broncbusters have had enough of the losses, sweeping conference foe Barton County on Wednesday in Great Bend.

The Lady Busters exploded in the opener, routing the Lady Cougars 17-3, and then followed that with a one-run win, 10-9, in the nightcap, improving the Busters to 13-14 and 5-3 in the Jayhawk Conference.

Head coach Becky Gundy's squad was relentless at the plate in the first go-around, scoring at least two runs in every inning of the five-inning mercy-shortened contest. Brooke Lovas, Taylor Supino and Danielle Aronoff got the Busters started quickly with three-straight singles to lead off the game. But it was a five-run fourth that broke open the game for the Busters, with Aronoff, who went 4 for 5, capping off the inning with a two-run double. Aronoff and Supino finished with a game-high three RBIs each.

Starter Rachel Roe did her part, getting the complete-game win, striking out three and allowing only two earned runs.

In game two, the Busters and Cougars exchanged scoring outburts through the first six innings, but the Cougars led 9-7. But in the top of the seventh, the Busters got a pair of hits, walked once and took advantage of a Cougar error to cross the game-winning three runs.

Roe again got the win, tossing 6 2/3 innings, striking out six, allowing two earned. However, Jessica Soliday got the start, but lasted just a third of an inning, giving up four earned on a trio of home runs before Roe came out of the pen in relief.

Lauren Shanks led the offense with three RBIs on 1 of 3 at the plate.

In their next games, the Lady Busters host Frank Phillips (Borger, Texas) College for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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Game 1

Garden City 233 54 -- 17 19 2

Barton County 200 01 -- 3 9 5

Roe and Aronoff. Monhollon and Smith. W--Roe. L--Monhollon. 2B--Garden City, Aronoff, Lovas, Miller, Supino; Barton County, Osborne, Davies. HR--Garden City, Shanks, Cerrato.

Game 2

Garden City 302 101 3 -- 10 12 0

Barton County 400 005 0 -- 9 15 1

Soliday, Roe(1) and Aronoff. Osborne and Hensley. W--Roe. L--Osborne. 2B--Garden City, Aronoff, Lovas 3; Barton County, Hensley, Ward. 3B--Garden City, Laliberte. HR--Barton County, Osborne, Davies 2, Smith.

GCCC Baseball

The Broncbusters entered the ninth inning on Wednesday afternoon in Clarendon, Texas, with a 10-9 lead over the Clarendon College Bulldogs. After getting two quick outs, though, Buster pitchers sandwiched a hit batsman with four walks as the Bulldogs stole an 11-10 walk-off win.

Marcus McKinney came in to begin the ninth, forcing a groundout and then a strikeout before walking two batters on nine pitches and hitting the next batter to fill the bases. Head coach Chris Finnegan then tapped Dalton Shalberg to try to get the Busters out of the jam, but the freshman right-hander walked the next two to force in the tying and winning run, dropping the Busters to 13-13.

The Busters had the 10-9 lead because of a four-run rally in the top of the eighth on Francisco Alverez' bases-loaded triple. Alvarez scored on Jaxon Mohr's sacrifice fly to center in the next at-bat to take the lead. But the Bulldogs' bats did their own damage, forcing the Busters to use eight pitchers in the nine-inning contest. Starter Tony Yacovetta lasted just two innings, giving up three runs, two earned, before Finnegan went to the pen.

The Busters next play a twinbill at 1 p.m. on Saturday against Colby at Williams Stadium.

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Garden City 400 002 040 -- 10 14 1

Clarendon 121 023 002 -- 11 12 0

Yacovetta, Clapper(3), Aspegren(5), Spencer(6), Cook(6), Sager(8), McKinney(9), Thomas(9) and Mohr, Alvarez(7). Arrieta, Hall(2), Hillier(5), Epstein(7), Bach(8) and Cruz. W--Bach. L--McKinney (1-1). 2B--Garden City, Alitz (6); Clarendon, David, Puerta. 3B--Garden City, Alvarez (2).

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