GARDEN CITY, KAN (WesternKansasNews.Com) – Coming off a hot streak with Liberal, the Lady Buffs we’re excited to say the least Monday afternoon. Traditional glitter on the face and pony tails up, Garden City showed no mercy in game one.
Hays High would look to their secondary pitcher, freshman Riley Dreher who actually came into the series leading the team with the lowest ERA (2.60). Despite Hays’s brave move, the Lady Buffs would fire off early.
Garden City opened up scoring in the second inning. Piper Harris singled, Gabby Ortiz would walk and Ryann Warren doubled on a 2-0 count, scoring two runs.
Bottom of the forth, Garden City would find it’s final run after Kamy Foster would reach on a wild pitch making it 3-0.
The pitching was strong on both sides. Manwarren struck out ten, while R Dreher sat down five. A single by Morgan Berry in the second inning was a positive for Hays.
HAYS 0000000 0 3 1
GCHS 020100x 3 6 0
2B: Manwarren 2, Warren
TB: Manwarren 4, Warren 2, Harris 2, Foster
SB: Harris 3, Warren
Game 2, Hays would really put the pressure on as Sophmore pitcher Aubree Thomas would step into the circle. A true WAC pitchers showdown truly unfolding before fans eyes. Manwarren already established with stats and accolades, and Thomas the new rising star.
Hays high wasted no time in the top of the first as Thomas would hit a single and be brought in to make it 1-0.
Garden City only would fire back to take and immediate 2-1 lead after Yassena Castro would smash a double RBI into center to drive in Jesy Foster and Brie Manwarren.
Manwarren would quickly manage 3 strikeouts to get Garden City back up to bat heading into the bottom of the second. With two outs on their name, Jesy Foster would pop one up right to the left fielder Reagen Winter, would unexpectedly lost sight and dropped the ball, allowing Foster to single. Manwarren would make the same move with a pop fly, allowing Hays’s defense to do all the talking. Manwarren would make it a triple by error as Foster would come across to make it 4-1. With Manwarren on third, Thomas would throw a wild pitch to end the inning with Manwarren reaching making it a 5-1 Buffalo lead.
Just when Garden City thought they had Hays Highs number, the Lady Indians switched phones quickly and dialed in. Hays would score 3 runs in the third after a dropped third strike and a error. Ellie Drieling hot a double RBI into center making it 5-4 after 3.
Manwarren and Thomas would only then go back in fourth with the strikeouts for the next two innings adding more excitement to the game. Heading into the top of the 5th, Garden City found two easy outs and were looking to seal the deal, but Hays had other ideas. Dreher would double, and Morgan Berry would follow up with the double RBI to help Hays tie the game 5-5.
Another inning of pitching duels, the Buffs were running out of time heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Thomas would quickly get two outs on Garden City.
Ryan Warren, who was Thomas’s victim back in the prior inning, was looking to be Hays High’s answer. On a full count with the team and fans staring on, Warren would make shallow contact, rolling the ball to the shortstop. A single would open the lid for Garden City.
Emma Ortiz singled, putting runners in the corner and helping the Lady Buffs get back to the top of the lineup. Jesy Foster kept the fun rolling, literally, after rolling a bunt up the first base line, making it a single RBI. Now 7-5, Manwarren’s presence at the plate would be to much for Thomas, throwing 4 balls in a row to walk the .654 batter. Jesy Foster and Brie Manwarren would steal home on the same error before Thomas finally got the Lady Indians out of a gut wrenching inning.
Manwarren went three up and three down, not allowing Hays to come back and securing the 9-5 victory.
Brie Manwarren took the win for Garden City. The righthander surrendered five runs on five hits over seven innings, striking out 13 and walking one.
A Thomas took the loss for Hays. Thomas surrendered nine runs on eight hits over six innings, striking out 11.
R Dreher led Hays with two hits in three at bats
Foster went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Garden City in hits. The Buffaloes tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Foster led the way with four.
The Lady Buffs move to 8-2 on the season and immediately will host Great Bend Tuesday afternoon in a single game.
HAYS 1030100 5 5 5
GCHS 320004x 9 8 1
3B: K Foster
TB: K Foster 3, J Foster 3, Castro 2, E Ortiz, Harris, Warren
SB: J Foster 4, Manwarren 2, E Ortiz, Harris, Warren, Castro