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Barton wins regular-season finale, starts postseason Saturday
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The Barton Community College softball team picked up a win in the final regular season game of the year.
Barton split games at Cougar Fields on Friday with McCook (Neb), dropping the opening game 11-7 and then winning the nightcap by a 6-5 score.
Earlier in the week, Barton lost a pair to Butler in the final Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Western Division games of the year. BCC will go to post-season with a 4-30 record and a 3-13 region record.
The Lady Cougars will be the No. 4 seed in the five-team double elimination NJCAA Region VI tournament, taking on fifth-seeded Colby to open play.
The Region VI tournament will be held at Wilkins Stadium in Wichita on the Wichita State Univeristy campus. Barton and Colby will open the event with a 10 a.m. contest on Saturday. The tournament will conclude on Sunday.
The Lady Cougars ended the regular season by building a 6-1 lead then holding on for the win.
Barton scored in each of the first four innings to build that lead. Chelsea Bauer scored in the first on a grounder by Alex Rodriguez to even the game at one-all.
The Lady Cougars added two more in the second, and a Tess Sterling home run to lead off the third made it 4-1.
Ybarra again drove in Schartz in the fourth for a 5-1 lead that grew to 6-1 when Bauer scored her second run of the game on another Rodriquez ground out.
From there, BCC held on for the win. McCook scored four times in the fifth to cut the lead to 6-5.
Barton had chances in the opener with McCook but couldn’t keep pace on the scoreboard.
Barton had 12 hits in the 11-7 loss, two each from Bauer, Anna Voss, Rodriguez and Schraeder. Bauer, Rodriguez and Schraeder also drove in two runs each.
Earlier in the week Barton lost 12-1 and 8-0 to Butler. In the opener, Barton collected three hits with Sterling getting an RBI. Barton had just one hit in the second game to the West champion Grizzlies.
The winner of the Barton-Colby game Saturday will play in the 2 p.m. game against West champion Butler. The loser of the game will play at 4 p.m. against the Seward County-Garden City loser.