Lady Trojan softball ends season against Garden City

The season came to an end for the Colby Community College softball team Saturday in El Dorado with an 8-5 loss to Garden City Community College.

Colby started the double-elimination NJCAA Region VI Division I Softball Championships Friday by knocking off Dodge City 3-1. Saturday CCC fell to defending national champion Butler Community College 9-5 before taking on the Broncbusters.

Runs were at a premium in Friday's 3-1 win against Dodge City. Kylee Burnside and Katie Adler each had a pair of hits to lead the offensive attack.  Burnside threw all seven innings and allowed a run and three hits while striking out two. She was backed by solid defense as Colby didn't commit any errors.

Saturday the Lady Trojans faced the challenge of handing the nation's top team their first loss of the season. Butler, who entered 48-0, took an early 3-0 lead. The teams countered with runs in the middle innings before Butler broke it open with a three-run sixth. Dani Asche and Jennifer Slaughter each had two of Colby's nine hits.

In the second game, Colby fell behind early as Garden City plated five runs in the top of the first inning. The Lady Trojans closed the gap to 6-5 before Garden added two in the sixth and held on to defeat CCC 8-5. Katie Adler and Lou Withers each had two hits for Colby.

The Lady Trojans end the season at 30-19, marking the second year in a row with at least 30 wins.