Coach Chris Finnegan has said that the success of his team in 2012 will hinge on the ability to get the big hit in different situations. Saturday was an example of his thoughts as the Busters took two hard luck losses by one run each at Seward County on Saturday. They fell in the first game when Seward got a walk-off hit for a 2 to 1 victory, then again the Saints scored one run in a late inning to take the second game 4 to 3.
The first game of the series was absolutely dominated by the two starting pitchers. Brenton Higgins threw an outstanding game giving up two runs over 6.1 innings of work, but only one of the runs was earned. Seward starter Keenan Hucul was equally as effective as he threw seven innings and only gave up one run. The Saints got on the board early as they got one run in the second inning. The score stayed 1 to 0 until the sixth inning when Garden managed to get a run of their own to tie the game. Seward got one more run in the seventh to get the walk-off win.
Higgins was impressive all the way through the day. He gave up only the single earned run while scattering six hits throughout his time on the bump. He walked two but struck out three on the day. Offensively Desmond Roberts, Cody Kottich, and Alex Buechler were the only Busters to pick up hits on the day. Roberts drove in the run for the Busters.
Game two had slightly more offense to it, but not much. Once again both starters gave very strong performances. John Houston threw a solid six innings for the Busters. He gave up three earned runs on four hits, walked three, and struck out four on the day. Gavin Glanz was excellent for Seward as he threw a complete game giving up seven hits and three runs. Houston gave up all three runs in the bottom of the first inning to put Garden in an early hole. The Busters battled back as they scored one run in the second, then jumped on a couple of Seward miscues in the fifth to score two more and tie the game at three. The game stayed knotted until the eighth inning when Seward got a single run off of Broncbuster reliever Kris Lalk, who took the loss on the day.
At the plate Dietrick Turney and Brad Michaleski eached picked up two hits on the day. Turney also drove a run in for Garden. Roberts, Mason Fischer, and Shea Bell eached scored a run for the Busters. Colton Kibler also pitched an inning of scoreless relief in the seventh for GCCC.
The Busters will finish their series with Seward County on Sunday when they play another double header in Liberal.