Have Mercy: Busters split doubleheader

3/25/2014

Busters and Frank Phillips swap mercy-rule wins in lopsided affairs.

Busters and Frank Phillips swap mercy-rule wins in lopsided affairs.

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

The Garden City Community College Lady Broncbusters softball team split a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon, with the loss in the nightcap ending a four-game win streak.

The Busters responded to a seven-game skid from March 10 to March 17 with the winning streak, starting with a win in the latter game of a doubleheader at Pratt on March 17. They continued their winning ways in Tuesday's opener at the Tangeman Sports Complex with a 10-2, six-inning mercy-rule, win over visiting Frank Phillips (Borger, Texas) College, but dropped the second game, also by mercy rule, 13-5, in five innings.

"There's no explaining it," first-game starter Rachel Roe said about the differences between the lopsided win and the blowout loss. "I don't know. We just go from being so high, so happy and just kind of come into the second game feeling like it's just going to happen."

Roe was dominant in the opening-game start for the Busters, getting the win in a complete game, no earned runs outing, allowing just five hits.

A four-run third inning provided all the offensive support Roe needed, as five straight Busters reached base to begin the inning, on three singles, a double and an error, with Liberty Nelson, Jalen Espinoza, Danielle Aronoff and Brooke Lovas coming around to score, breaking the game open with a 6-2 advantage.

Aronoff finished with four RBIs, going 2 for 4. Lovas had three RBIs on 3 of 4.

In the nightcap, however, the Lady Plainsmen wasted no time in exacting revenge, scoring three runs in the top of the first and seven in the second — on an error, two walks, five singles and a pair of sacrifice hits — to take a commanding 10-0 lead.

The Busters never got closer than the final margin of 13-5 from that point, as the Lady Plainsmen scored three more in the top of the fourth.

Miranda Elliot took the loss for the Busters after starting the game and lasting just one inning, giving up five runs on three hits and two walks. Roe came in out of the bullpen to toss four innings, giving up six runs, three earned.

Tiffany Britton was credited with the complete-game win, giving up just one earned run.

Lovas led the Busters with a two-run shot to left field in the bottom of the fifth.

"I feel like we try too hard sometimes," Roe said. "You don't think its possible, but I feel like we do. We try not to mess up and it makes us mess up."

The Busters committed five errors in the nightcap, leading to four runs.

The Busters were scheduled for a quick turnaround as they were scheduled to head to Friends University in Wichita today for a 2 and 4 p.m. twin billing, but the doubleheader was postponed. A re-schedule date had not been set. The April 2 home contests with Colby are the next scheduled games, which will begin at 1 and 3 p.m.

"Most of the time, we want the win 10 times more after a loss, especially on our home field," Roe said about the short rest between games. "I don't know about everybody else. I feel like it does, but it kills me. I hate losing on my home field."

The Busters are now 12-15 overall (6-3 at home), and are 3-3 in the Jayhawk Conference, which they begin again with the doubleheader against Colby.

Note: The Busters' baseball team's game against Lamar, also originally scheduled for today at Williams Stadium, has been postponed due to forecast of high winds. A reschedule date was not known.

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Game 1

Frank Phillips 020 000 -- 2 5 4

Garden City 114 022 -- 10 2 4

Murillo, Sinclair(3) and Chasco. Roe and Aronoff. W--Roe. L--Sinclair. 2B--Garden City, Aronoff, Lovas. HR--Cerrato, Lovas.

Game 2

Frank Phillips 370 30 -- 13 11 5

Garden City 010 12 -- 5 4 5

Britton and Chasco. Elliott, Soliday(2), Roe(2) and Aronoff. W--Britton. L--Elliott. 2B--Frank Phillips, Acevedo. HR--Garden City, Lovas.

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