Indians hold on for 15-12 win over Garden City CC
The McCook Community College baseball team jumped to a 13-1 through four innings Tuesday and held on for a 15-12 win over Garden City Community College in non-conference action at the Jaycees Sports Complex.
“We swung the bat well early then slowed down but that’s why you play all nine innings,” said MCC Coach Jon Olsen. “We got a lot of guys out there and that was good, hopefully we keep it going into the weekend, we have a big series coming up.”
The Indians scored four runs in the first inning, added two more in the second and piled on seven runs in the fourth.
MCC had four hits to start the game with a pair of singles from Daniel Bannon (freshman, Sydney, Australia) and Jordan Demarce, freshman (Las Vegas, Nevada), followed by an RBI-double from Ricardo Hernandez (sophomore, Ponce, Puerto Rico), a two-run double by Kade Wroot (sophomore, North Platte) and a two-out RBI single by Benny Brockmoller (freshman, North Platte).
Hernandez came back with a two-run home run in the second to put MCC up 6-0, then doubled in a run in the fourth to make it a 7-1 Indian lead. Freshman Will Johannson (Parker, Colo.) smacked a three-run double to extend the lead to 10-1 and back-to-back RBI-hits from Elijah Munoz, sophomore (Big Spring, Texas) and Bannon made it a 13-1 MCC lead.
Sophomore Alex Lozada (San Juan, Puerto Rico) started the game on the mound and took the 12-run lead into the fifth inning before the Broncbusters scored four earned runs off him. He finished with 4.2 innings pitched, allowed 10 hits, three walks and he struck out five. Tristan Browning (freshman, Haslet, Texas) came on to pitch 2.1 innings, allowed two hits, no runs and struck out five.
Garden City scored six runs in the fifth to make it a 13-7 MCC lead.
Munoz tripled to lead off the sixth inning and scored on an RBI-groundout from Caleb Eiguren, (sophomore, Broomfield, Colo.) to stretch it to 14-7.
The MCC bullpen also absorbed the final two innings with four pitchers including Aiden Ferry (sophomore, Monroe, Wash.), Eduardo Ojeda (sophomore, Coral Springs, Texas), Quentin Warner (freshman, Elgin, Ill.), and Jordan Muschalek (freshman, Odessa, Texas). The MCC staff allowed nine earned runs, walked six and struck out 12 on the afternoon.
The Broncbusters scored five times in the eighth inning to close to within 14-12.
“We got three real good pitching performances out of the pen from Tristan Browning, Quentin Werner, and Jordan Muschalek, those guys stepped up when Garden was making some runs and shut down those innings,” Olsen said.
Brockmoller doubled to lead off the eighth and came home on a two-out RBI single by Eiguren for the final run.
Hernandez, Munoz and Bannon all had three hits each to pace the 17-hit MCC offense, Brockmoller had two.
MCC improves to 20-16 on the season and will head to Scottsbluff this weekend for a three-game Empire League south division series with Western Nebraska.
Southeast Community College leads the south standings at 10-4, Northeastern Junior College is second at 13-6, MCC is third at 11-8 and Western is fourth with a 9-8 Empire League record and 14-17 overall.
MCC and Western begin the series Saturday at 1 p.m. (MT) with a nine-inning game and play two games Sunday starting at 1 p.m. (MT).
The Indians’ next home game is a makeup nine-inning game with Southeast Community College April 15 at 3 p.m.