A six-rally saved a split for the Great Bend High School baseball team. The Panthers rallied from a 4-2 deficit with a six-run sixth inning for an 8-4 victory Tuesday over Garden City. The Buffaloes won the opener 10-6 behind four runs in the final two innings.
The Panthers (4-2, 3-1 WAC) play again April 19 at Hays against Scott City and Thomas More Prep.
GARDEN CITY 10,
GREAT BEND 6
The Buffaloes broke a 6-6 tie with two sixth-inning runs and added two insurance runs in the seventh off pitcher Brayden Smith.
Murray’s single drove home Smith for a 1-0 second-inning lead. Michel scored on Smith’s third-inning groundout for a 2-0 lead.
The Buffaloes rallied from a 2-0 deficit with a six-run fourth inning. Zac Hopkins and Syrus Schwartz each drove in two runs. Brunson, Eric Heiman and Eden Arreola also drove in runs.
The Panthers rallied for a 6-6 tie. Lytle walked and scored on a fourth-inning error. Payton Mauler’s single drove in courtesy runner Konnor Ireland in a three-run fifth inning. Logan Perry’s triple scored Mauler and Murray’s single drove home Perry for a 6-6 tie.
GREAT BEND 8,
GARDEN CITY 4
The Panthers strung together six hits in the sixth inning off Garden City pitchers Colton Snodgrass and Syrus Schwartz.
Panthers Jared Maneth, Brayden Smith and Bryce Lytle singled to load the bases. Jacob Murray’s single made it 4-3. Jaxx Hillman drew a bases-loaded walk for a 4-4 tie. Anson Hall and Brady Michel delivered two-run singles for an 8-4 lead.
Panther pitchers Anson Hall and Lytle limited the Buffaloes to three hits. Griff Brunson drilled a three-run homer in the first inning after Lorenzo Hinojos and Daven Acker drew walks.
The Panthers scored two first-inning runs. Maneth’s single drove home Hall and courtesy runner Konnor Ireland scored on a throwing error.
After four scoreless innings, Eric Heiman’s sixth-inning single off reliever Lytle drove in Brunson for a 4-2 Buffalo lead.