Lady Buffs Softball Team Dominates Liberal in First WAC Games

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In dominating fashion the Garden City High School Softball team collected two convincing victories at Tangeman Sports Complex on Tuesday, with an 11-1 win in game one and 19-0 in game two, both run rule victories to propel Garden City to a 4-2 overall record 2-0 in Western Athletic Conference play. The bats sizzled from the start, as the Lady Buffs rapped out 6 runs from 7 hits in the bottom of the first, added one in the 2nd and 4 more in the bottom of the 3rd to claim an 11-0 lead, as Garden City pounded out 12 hits for the eleven runs and no errors with four runners left on base. Junior pitcher Korie Thornton shut down the Lady Redskins allowing only 2 hits that included a solo home run by Liberal senior pitcher Jaycee Darroch in the top of the 4th making the score 11-1 and then Thornton took the Lady Redskins down in order in the top of the 5th to claim her 2nd win on the young season. It was deja vu for game two with the Lady Buffs exploding for 9 runs in the bottom of the first on six hits and added 10 more in the bottom of the 2nd for their total of 19 runs off of 13 hits and no errors. Junior Leslie Ford pitched her first no-hitter on the season and evened her record a 2-2 with a dominating performance, striking out five of the nine batters she faced over the two and one half innings. Garden City has a week back on the practice field before facing Liberal again on the road and playing 8 games in six days. The Great Bend game on April 26th will be the next broadcast on the live video webcast, at www.westernkansasnews.com.