The Barton Community College baseball team swept its doubleheader with Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Division II team Dodge City on Saturday and then Dodge turned the tables on Sunday with a sweep of its own.
The Cougars claimed the first two games 6-2 and 18-5, but dropped Sunday’s games 8-3 and 5-4.
Barton’s record sits at 37-19 overall.
Dodge City moves to .500 on the season with an overall record of 27-27.
Dodge City went ahead 2-0 in the fourth inning of the first game on Saturday before Barton was able to take over, scoring six runs over three innings.
Ryan Busboom led the Cougars, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs.
Keith Picht got the win for Barton, pitching all seven innings and giving up two earned runs on six hits and a walk while recording five strikeouts.
In the nightcap on Sunday, Barton never trailed, building a 11-1 lead after two innings.
Dodge City closed the gap to 11-5 in the top of the third inning but never got any closer.
Offensively, Busboom continued to lead the Cougars going 3-for-5 with three triples and four RBIs.
A.J. Green earned the win with three innings pitched with three strikeouts and a walk.
Ben French saw four innings of action and gave up five runs, only one earned, on seven hits and one walk. French also recorded four strikeouts.
After burning BCC 8-3 in the first game on Sunday, Dodge City was able to put together a lead and maintain it through all nine innings.
BCC scored one run in four separate innings. In the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs, Tanner Carpenter and Jordan Slade found themselves on base after drawing walks.
Federico Castagnini hit an RBI single, his only hit in the game, that scored Carpenter and advanced Slade to second base.
With a runner in scoring position, Mitch Slauter grounded out to the third baseman to end any chance at a rally.
Seward County sits on top of the KJCCC West with a conference record of 24-8. Colby is right behind them at 23-9.
BCC is in third place in the West standings with a conference record of 20-12.
The NJCAA Region VI playoffs begin on Saturday in Wichita.
Barton’s opponent is still to be determined, but it will likely face Neosho County of Chanute, which is currently in first in the Eastern Division with a record of 30-6 or Cowley of Arkansas City, which is in second in the East with a regional record of 29-7.
— Kevin Price