HUTCHINSON — The No. 16-ranked Barton Community College baseball team clawed back to win 9-8 in 10 innings over Hutchinson on Friday on the road.
However, BCC fell in the doubleheader on Saturday 12-4 and 8-2.
The Cougars scored seven unanswered and received solid relief pitching to capture Game 1 of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference season opener for both teams.
With the win, Barton improves to 13-1 on the season while Hutchinson drops to 4-4.
After scoring one run and trailing 6-1 through five innings, Barton scored seven runs in the next four innings to take an 8-6 lead into the ninth.
Hutchinson was able push across one run and load the bases with no outs, but Brett Tunnell came into pitch and held the Dragons to one additional run while striking out two in getting the Cougars out of the jam and into extra innings.
In the tenth inning, Allen Trent struck a two-out double to left field set up Adam Smith’s game-winning line drive to left field to score Trent. Barton rolled up a double play to end the game and the Cougars escaped with the win.
The two teams combined for 17 runs and 19 hits, including six extra-base hits.
Both bullpens were busy with nine pitchers used in the game with Tunnell picking up the win in two innings of work.
Tunnell was one of four Barton relief pitchers to combine for eight strikeouts and give up only three hits in five and two-thirds innings.
Mike Edlefsen led the Cougars going 3-for-5 and drove in four runs. Edlefsen capped the Cougars comeback in the seventh as he drove in three runs on a two-strike, two-out triple to right field.
Federico Castagnini, the reigning KJCCC player of the week, was 3-for-5 including a ninth-inning two-out RBI double.
The four-game series will wrap up with a nine-inning game at 1 p.m. today.