Busters' baseball takes 3 of 4 from Indian Hills C.C.
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
The Garden City Community College Broncbusters were confounded by Indian Hills (Ottumwa, Iowa) Community College starter Alsis Herrera for the first three innings of Sunday's closing game of a four-game set with the Falcons at Williams Stadium.
But when Herrera exited the game in the third, the Busters' bats came alive against the Falcons' bullpen, scoring a run in the third and two in the fifth to take the lead. Then the Busters broke the game wide open in the bottom of the eighth, plating seven runs for a 10-2 win.
"We didn't chase," head coach Chris Finnegan said after the game about his lineup's explosion. "I thought we did a really good job getting into their pen early, sticking to our game plan."
The Busters scored all 10 runs off the Falcons' relievers, collecting 10 hits in six innings. It did not take long to get on the board against the pen, either, as Jaxon Mohr singled off of the Falcons' Aaron Doughty to drive in Kaleb Zimmer after he doubled to begin the fourth inning.
The Falcons answered as Ben Reznicek doubled to left in the fifth, and came around to score on Edgar Lebron's double two batters later. But in the bottom half, the Busters re-took the lead with two runs. Kadin Hydrick singled to center to begin the inning, scoring on Tyler Tucker's double to right in the next at bat. Tucker came around to score on Rockey Desantis' single to right center.
The Falcons cut the lead to 3-2 on Joel Booker's RBI single in the sixth.
But the seven-run eighth inning put the game out of reach as the Busters took 3-of-4 games against the Falcons, inmproving Garden City's record to 4-2 early in the season. The Falcons drop to 1-3.
Madison Spencer got the win, 1-0, throwing five innings, striking out five, walking one and allowing one earned.
"I thought it was really good," Finnegan said of Spencer's outing. "Madison's a guy, if we can get five innings out of him every time, that's a great start. He's not going to overpower you. His off-speed was good today."
McKinney relieved Spencer for one and two-thirds innings, allowing one earned run, before Austin Aspegren came on for the save, throwing two and a third scoreless innings with two strikeouts.
The Busters return to the diamond for a 3 p.m. Wednesday contest with Frank Phillips (Borger, Texas) College at Williams Stadium.
Indian Hills 000 011 000 — 2 9 2
Garden City 000 120 07 x -- 10 11 1
Herrera, Doughty(4), Genao(6), Torres(8) and Lewis, Estevez(7); Spencer, McKinney(6), Aspegren(7) and Mohr. W - Spencer, 1-0. L - Doughty. Sv - Aspegren, 2. 2Bs - IHCC, Lebron, Polanco, Lewis, Levar; GCCC, Tucker (2), Alitz (3), Zimmer (1). 3Bs - IHCC, Polanco; GCCC, Hydrick (1).
Garden City 3, Indian Hills 0
J.J. Benes threw a complete game shutout to lead the Broncbusters to a 3-0 win over Indian Hills Community College on Saturday.
In the opener of a doubleheader, and the second of a four-game set with the Falcons (1-1) that began on Friday, Benes struck out two, walked two and gave up only four hits in his seven innings of work for the win.
The Busters (2-2) only picked up four hits, as well, but made theirs count as Tyler Tucker, Kaleb Zimmer and Triffon Tatarin all had RBIs in the win.
Tucker and Tatarin both had the only extra-base hits of the game with doubles.
In the loss, Falcons starter Christian Torres threw four innings of one-run ball, striking out three and walking two.
Indian Hills 000 000 0 -- 0 4 0
Garden City 100 020 x -- 3 4 1
Torres, Klancnik(5) and Estevez; Benes and Alvarez. W - Benes, 1-0. L - Torres. 2Bs - GCCC, Tucker, Tatarin.
Garden City 6, Indian Hills 0
In the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader, Chris Bonk followed Benes' complete game shutout with six scorless innings in a 6-0 win for the Busters (3-2).
Bonk struck out seven, allowed only three hits and walked two in the win. Josh Thomas came out of the bullpen to finish off the seventh with his own scoreless inning, allowing only a single. Francisco Alvarez provided the scoring for the Busters with two runs on 1 of 2 at the plate. Zach Barton had the Busters' only extra-base hit with a double that drove in Alvarez after he was hit by a pitch.
Falcons' starter Derek Kawlewski gave up three runs, one earned, in four innings, striking out three and allowing two hits for the loss.
Indian Hills 000 000 0 -- 0 4 2
Garden City 200 103 x -- 6 4 0
Kawlewski, Marin(5) and Estevez; Bonk, Thomas(7) and Alvarez. W - Bonk, 1-0. L - Kawlewski. 2Bs - IHCC, Lebron. GCCC, Barton.