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Broncbusters Split with Colby

The Garden City Community College softball team fell into a trap that Coach Trina Moquett was not happy about Tuesday. With a huge double header looming against first place Butler Community College on Wednesday, the Busters traveled to last place Colby for a make-up date. Garden came out flat and in the end a lack of attention to detail cost them the second game after they snuck by in the first game.

In the opening game the Busters got off to a terrible start as Colby got three runs in the first inning and two runs in the third inning. The Busters did get two runs of their own in the first and the second, but their defense caused them to fall behind after three innings. The score stayed at 5 to 4 in favor of the Trojans until the seventh inning. GCCC finally came through with their bats in the seventh inning to score three runs, then held Colby in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the 7 to 5 victory in game one.

Melissa Marshall and Haley Wink delivered the big hits of the day. Marshall hit a two-run home run in the first inning, then Wink delivered the biggest blow of the day in the seventh. She hit a three run home run that put Garden ahead to stay. Chelsey Knabe also had a big day at the plate as she went 3 for 3, scored two runs, and had one RBI. Sarah Cochran went the distance in the circle for Garden. Although it was not her best appearance of the year, she did manage to settle down after the third inning to pick up the win. Only three of the five runs that Colby scored were earned as the Busters committed four errors in the game.

The nightcap was not much prettier for Garden and in the end it cost them as they dropped a 3 to 2 decision. Once again the unearned runs were the downfall of the Broncbusters. This time Garden could not get their offense going as they only managed to push a single run across in the fourth inning and the seventh inning. Meanwhile Colby got single runs in the first, second, and fifth innings to come away with the one run victory.

Each batter in the Buster lineup managed to get a hit, but nobody got more than one for the game. They were not able to string together hits at crucial times to get runs. Marshall and Ashley Gibson were the two Busters that scored the runs for Garden. Emily Hurlburt pitched a complete game for Garden, only giving up one earned run on the day. Once again errors were a problem for GCCC as they committed two of them that led to two unearned runs for Colby.

The Busters will be back in action Wednesday when they host Butler Community College for a double header. The games will start at 3:00pm at the Tangeman Sports Complex.

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