Track teams 1st, 3rd at Derby; Softball, baseball fall

5/10/2014

By BRETT MARSHALL

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

Garden City High School's girls track team continued its strong season showing on Friday, more than doubling the runner-up score of Newton to capture top honors at the nine-team Derby Invitational.

The Lady Buffs scored 186.5 points to Newton's 91.5, while Maize South was third with 91. On the boys side, the Buffs totaled 80 points to take third place while Newton took the top team spot with 118 points and Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel was second with 96.5 points.

"We competed hard, and that's what you're looking for," head coach Mike Smith said afterward. "It's been a tough week (three meets, eight days), and our legs are pretty well shot."

Senior Kayla Doll captured a pair of golds, winning the 800 in 2 minutes, 21.69 seconds and the 1,600 meters in 5:12.79. Alex Miller was second in 5:16.39.

Aileen Gurrola and Taylor Linenberger went 2-3 in the 400 meters with times of 1:00.64 and 1:02.37. Allison Harman had a runner-up finish in the 200 (27.21).

Katy Doll led a 1-2-3 finish in the high jump, clearing 5-0. Kyra Bellows and Lexi Hogan were next at 4-10. Taryn Tempel, who false-started in the 400 meters, had a first in the triple jump (35-08.75) and second in the long jump (16-05.75). Linenberger had a second (34-02.25) and third (16-03.25) in the triple and long jumps, respectively.

In other field events, Kaylee Kipp was second in both the shot put (37-02) and discus 121-02.25), which was a season best. The 4x400-meter relay team posted a 4:09.35 to win that event, while the 4x800, with only regular Miller running the opening leg, was second (10:07.34) to Maize South's 9:53.14. Subbing in for the baton unit that hadn't lost since 2012 was Chelsea Jackson, Ashley Smith and Neysa Harman while regulars Kayla and Katy Doll and Gurrola focused on other events.

"Now we can rest up for next week," Smith said of the upcoming Western Athletic Conference meet which will be on Thursday in Dodge City. "The meet ran off fast and so there wasn't as much time in between some of the events."

On the boys side, senior Dusty Tempel swept his two specialties — the long jump (21-07.25) and triple jump (41-04) while Jacob Norquest provided the biggest surprise of the day with a winning javelin throw of 174-03.50.

"In two weeks, he's gone from throwing in the high 140s to the 150s and now to the 170s," Smith said. "He consistently threw in the 160s today, so that's the best part about his improvement."

Jesus Reyes captured second in the 800 meters with a season best 2:03.10 and then ran on the runner-up 4x800 relay unit, which posted its fastest time of the year in 8:23.42.

That group consisted of Connor Schultz, Erik Chaparro, Marcus Tula and Reyes. Reyes also took second in the high jump at 6-00. Nick Jauche was runner-up in the pole vault at 13-00.

Results in Scoreboard, Page D2.

Softball

Garden City High School's girls softball team could not overcome a four-run Andover Central third inning on Friday and came up on the short end of a 4-1 decision at the Emporia Spartan Classic.

The loss came despite pitcher Dusti Befort giving up just two hits in going the distance for the Lady Buffs, who saw their season record slip to 11-5. They were scheduled to face Winfield at 10 a.m. today to complete the two-day event.

After falling behind 4-0 in the third to the Lady Jaguars, the Lady Buffs scored once in the top of the fifth when Haley Saldana singled and Abbie Dart reached on a fielder's choice and then stole second. Jordan Terrones then delivered a run-scoring single, but she was left stranded.

In the top of the seventh, the Lady Buffs loaded the bases with no outs when Saldana and Dart singled before Shea Nordby walked. But Terrones and Haily Park struck out and a ground out to the pitcher by Kennedy Brunson ended the threat and the game.

Central scored its three runs on consecutive singles and then back-to-back walks issued by Befort. A fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly plated two more runs before a steal of home plate ended the scoring for the Lady Jags.

"Dusti was just a little off in that one inning," head coach Trina Moquett said. "She was able to work out of it, but she didn't seem comfortable in that one inning. Other than that, I thought she pitched a good game."

Befort retired nine of the final 11 hitters she faced, both runners reaching on walks. The junior right-hander finished with six strikeouts, but walked five and one of the four runs she gave up was unearned.

The Buffs, meanwhile, were limited to five hits, all singles, with Saldana leading the way with two. There were no extra base hits by either team.

"We just couldn't help her with the bats," Moquett lamented. "We've got to start taking care of the bats and start hitting the ball hard. The defense played well (no errors). Besides the one inning, we played a good game."

Moquett said that freshman Dart would be the likely starter for today's game, but they have to turn right around on Tuesday when they host Hays at 3 p.m. in their final Western Athletic Conference test. A sweep would provide them with a share of the WAC title with Great Bend.

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Garden City 000 010 0 -- 1 5 0

Andover Cent. 004 000 x -- 4 2 0

Befort and Nordby; Hall, Cessop (7). WP--Hall; LP--Befort.

Baseball

The Buffaloes' baseball team ran into a freshman buzz-saw pitcher on Friday, getting no-hit in a 10-0 loss to Andover Central at the Emporia Spartan Classic.

Jaguar hurler Austin Ray struck out seven Garden City batters while walking three in keeping the Buffs in check.

The game was scoreless through three innings before the Buffs came unraveled, committing a couple of errors that led to three runs.

"The floodgates then opened," said GCHS coach Bill Wilson. "We missed a couple of easy fly balls and just couldn't recover from it."

Daniel Flores had kept the Jaguars in check through three innings, facing only 10 batters. But Central then opened its offensive attack on reliever Devin Acker, who gave up seven runs on eight hits in three innings.

"We're just not there where we can come from behind," Wilson said. "We were right there after three innings, playing good ball. The boys played hard to the end, but today we just got outclassed."

The Jaguars finished the game with 13 hits.

The Buffs were slated to complete their Spartan Classic appearance with a 10 a.m. game today against Winfield.

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Andover Central 000 343 -- 10 13 2

Garden City 000 000 -- 0 0 4

WP--Ray; LP--Flores. 2B--AC (Meier). HR--AC (Meier).

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