Frank Phillips College Plainsmen rally to beat Garden City, 7-5

On Tuesday afternoon, the Frank Phillips College Plainsmen scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to get the comeback win over the Garden City Community College Roughriders, 7-5.The Roughriders started the game with Desmond Roberts hitting a lead-off triple followed by Brad Michaleski hitting an RBI single to make it a 0-1 score.The Roughriders added one more run in the top of the first inning on a RBI single by Zac Baldini to give them a 0-2 lead.After a rough first inning, Plainsmen starting pitcher Sam Martin settled down to pitch 8 2/3innings giving up four earned runs on 12 hits while striking out two batters.The Plainsmen got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning, when Cesar Wong brought in Sterling Kiper on a fielder's choice to first base.In the top of the fourth inning, the Roughriders responded by scoring two runs from a double and a sacrifice fly to make it a 1-4 score. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Plainsmen made it a one run game with Nolan Hoskins hitting a homerun over the left field fence, followed by Joel Villarreal hitting a RBI single.The score would stay 3-4 until the bottom of the eighth inning, when the Plainsmen used four hits and a big error by the Roughriders first baseman to score four runs.After two Plainsmen reached base, the Roughriders appear to be on their way out of the inning by turning a double play when Villarreal hit a ground ball towards first base. However, the ball would get underneath the first baseman's glove, allowing one run to score and give the Plainsmen live with only one out.Alfonso Aguilar would put the Plainsmen ahead with an RBI single followed by Chance Harlan bringing in two runs on a double to put the Plainsmen up, 7-4.In the top of the ninth inning, the Roughriders tried to rally back by scoring a run and having runners on first and second base.But Zach Johnson would come in to relieve Martin on the mound and would get the final out of the game on a ground out to secure the Plainsmen win.The Plainsmen improve to 4-7 on the 2012 season and will next hit the road this weekend for doubleheaders against Seward County Community College on Friday and Lamar Community College on Saturday.