GARDEN CITY, KS — The Goodland Cowboy baseball team put a bow of the 2021 regular season in dominant fashion defeating Cimarron 14-1 & 15-4 in the odd Wednesday night double header at Clint Lightner Field.
The game that was originally scheduled to be played at Cimarron a day earlier was moved to Garden City due to the rain from the the previous two days.
Goodland jumped out early on the Bluejays in game one scoring two runs in each of the first two frames to lead 4-0 going into the third. Then after three innings of no runs scored by either team, GHS would get a couple insurance runs in the sixth while Cimarron would score its only run of game one on a Goodland errant pickoff throw.
GHS would tack on eight runs in the top of the seventh after the Bluejays starter Braxton Harrison hit is pitch count limit and that would seal the Cowboys 14-1 victory.
Cole Linton was stellar on the mound again in game one working 6 & 2/3 innings allowing one unearned run on just four hits and striking out 11 to bring his season total up to 60.
Mason Hernandez started cold but heated up at the end to power the offense with two hits, two runs & two RBI. Kyan Ensign also had two RBI despite not registering a hit. Six different Cowboys scored two runs in the game one win.
Game two saw Cimarron jump out to the early advantage. After Goodland got up 1-0, Cimarron answered with four runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead for the first time all day for CHS.
Goodland bats would take advantage of two free passes & three hit batsmen in the third, scoring five runs to regain the lead 6-4. Cowboy game two starter Octavio Gonzalez settled in nicely after a tough first inning holding the Bluejays scoreless the rest of the way allowing just five guys to reach base. Meanwhile GHS would score nine more runs in the sixth, once against due to lack of pitching depth for Cimarron and two big hits: a triple from Linton and a bloop single from Hernandez.
Goodland defense flashed in the bottom of the sixth as the game ended on back to back caught stealing attempts for GHS to win 15-4.
Linton & Hernandez each had two hits in game two and drove in five combined runs while scoring five times each too. Gentry Deeds had two RBI as did Trevor Daise and Goodland’s top four in the batting order scored a combined ten runs in the game two win.
Octavio Gonzalez ended up allowing four unearned runs on four hits while striking out eight in six innings of work for the win.
The wins improved Goodland to 9-10 on the season and finished GWAC league play at 6-6 putting them four place. The losses for Cimarron drop them to 4-13 overall & 2-8 in GWAC game with still a league series against Hugoton to come on Thursday.
UP NEXT: The postseason regional brackets were announced on Wednesday and Goodland will be the six seed facing the three seed Hugoton on Monday in Colby at 4:30 MT.
Head Coach Dev Mull Postgame: