Pueblo, Colo (westernkansasnews.com)-Winning their first 12 games was definitely an accomplishment; even if that streak ended in one of the most competitive summer tournaments in the plains.
For the first time this summer, Lyle Befort’s team got a taste of the losing end of things-falling to the Colorado Instructional League 13-8 in day two of the Tournament of Champions at Hobbs Field.
But it was the way they lost that was most alarming. After falling behind 1-0, Garden City (13-1) bounced back with a five-run second fueled by Daven Acker, Ivan Gutierrez and Jacob Rivas slapping RBI hits.
The Elite extended the lead to 6-1 in the third when Logan Dechant doubled and then came around to score on Rodriguez’s fielder’s choice.
But the wheels fell off in the fourth, thanks in large part to a frame littered with errors and walks. Colorado plated six runs to take a 7-6 advantage. The elite finished the afternoon with six miscues.
Colorado scored five more in the fifth-amazingly on just one hit to put the game out of reach.
Acker allowed nine runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. Jesse Ruiz pitched an inning of relief and allowed four runs.
Box Score: gcelite_coloradoinstructional
Elite 14, Pueblo Central 11
In a game dominated by offense, Garden City scored in every inning but one (fourth).
Thomas Solorio slugged four hits in five plate appearances-driving in three runs. In fact, the top four guys in the order (Daven Acker, Jacob Rivas, Solorio and Zapata) were a combined 11-for-17 at the dish.
Trailing 6-5 heading into the third, Garden City (13-1) made their move. After Ivan Rodriguez swiped home to tie the game, Acker yanked a two-run-double to give the Elite a 8-6 lead. Solorio followed with a rope, two-RBI double before coming around to score on a wild pitch-giving Garden City an 11-6 advantage.
On the hill, Gutierrez allowed 10 runs on 10 hits and walked four. Daniel Flores pitched three-solid innings of relief-surrendering a run on two hits.
Next up: 3rd place game-Garden City vs. Colorado Long Ball-12:30 p.m.-Sunday, June 22
Box Score: gcelite_pueblocentral
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