GARDEN CITY — It’s pretty simple math. If a team doesn’t score, it can’t win. The Barton softball team has been applying that method recently.
For the fourth straight time the Cougars held their foes scoreless, sweeping Garden City Friday afternoon on the road in Jayhawk West play. Barton won 13-0 and 12-0 over the last place Broncbusters.
The wins setup the conclusion for a conference title show down with Butler Saturday. It also gave Barton a new school record for wins in a season, now 46-4. Barton is 17-3 in the Jayhawk. Garden remained winless in the conference at 0-24 and 8-38 overall.
Madison Didion gave up just four hits in the opening game while striking out five. She did not walk a batter as she improved to 24-2 in the opener.
Holly Posegate was just as dominating in the nightcap, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out a pair to improve to 21-2.
The Cougar pitching duo of Didion and Posegate have given up a combined 10 hits in the last four outings.
Barton scored in every inning in the first game, putting the finishing touches on the win with a 6-run fifth to end with a run-rule.
Brittany Wood had three hits and four RBI in the win. Cadie O’Donnell had three hits and scored three times.
The top four hitters in the order, Maddison Schofield, O’Donnell, Jayden Gonzales, and Wood combined to go 10-for-13 with nine RBI and seven runs scored.
Barton put the second game away with a big fifth inning. Barton scored all 12 runs in the fifth after going into the fifth tied at zero.
Posegate drove in the first run to help herself pitching and broke open the floodgates. Schofield belted a 3-run homer and later added and RBI double to give her a team-high four RBI in the win.
Schofield, O’Donnell, Posegate and Lili Ertmann all had two hits in the game for the Cougars. Ertmann and McKenna Mauler both scored twice. Ertmann also drove in a pair as did Wood.