The Barton Community College baseball team took two of three in a non-conference series with Otero (Colo.) College during midweek play at Lawson-Biggs Field.
The teams split a doubleheader on Tuesday, then Barton won the rubber game of the match on Wednesday.
BCC is now 12-10 overall, and will get back into Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Western Division action this weekend — playing on the road on Saturday and Sunday with doubleheaders scheduled to start at 1 p.m. each day.
Otero leaves Great Bend with a 19-12 record. Barton will head to Pratt this weekend for West action for the first time in two weeks as conference play resumes around the West. The wins moved Barton Coach Mike Warren to 799 career wins at Barton and 898 wins overall.
Warren will have a chance to pick up his 900th overall win at the place he notched his first win, when the Cougars travel to Pratt on Saturday and Sunday. He started his coaching career at Pratt, going 37-48 in his three seasons with the Beavers (1979-1981).
Barton won the opener in the series , 8-4, after building an 8-0 lead then holding off the Rattlers in the final innings.
Otero bounced back for a 2-1 extra-inning win in the second game, scoring a run in the top of the eighth. Barton won the scheduled nine-inning game the following day, doing so in seven innings after building an 18-8 lead for the run-rule win.
The Cougars jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opener Tuesday thanks to a three-run third, highlighted by a Nathan Miller three-run double down the right-field line.
Barton added four more runs in the fifth inning as it pounded out five hits in the inning — all but one a single. The inning started off with four straight hits.
Jordan Slade singled, as did Federico Castagnini, Mitch Slauter drove in Slade with the only extrabase hit of the inning on a double. Miller singled in Castagnini with the fourth straight hit to start the fifth. Clayton Garland later added a two-out RBI single. The Cougars did run into some trouble in the sixth, giving up four runs, but Niccoli Loardi came in to get Barton out of the sixth then pitched the seventh for his fith save. Keith Picht earned the win in his scheduled two innings of hitless work to improve to 3-2.
The second game was a pitching battle with the teams combining for five hits. Otero scored a run in its first at bat off Barton starter Ben French, who allowed no hits but walked three in his two scheduled innings. Barton evened the score at 1-all in the second without a hit as the Rattlers committed two errors in the inning.
That is where the game stayed as Ben Minnihan and AJ Green of Barton went out-for-out with Otero’s Kenan Gooden. Otero finally broke thru on Green in the top of the eighth. Minnihan and Green combined for six innings, three hits and the one run. Gooden, meanwhile, went all eight innings for Otero, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out eight Cougars.
Barton closed out the series with a much greater output off its bats, thanks in part to a 25-mph wind blowing almost straight out on Wednesday. Otero put up a 5-spot in the second inning to grab an early 5-0 lead and led 6-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth,when the Barton bats exploded.
Barton banged out five runs in the fourth, six in the fifth and six more in the sixth on the way to 18-8 run-rule win. The Cougars banged out 16 hits with no one getting more than two as Barton spread the hits around. Slade ended with four RBI, Slauter three and Ryan Busboom three. Michael Tennessen hit a home run for BCC.
Notes — Slade had five hits in the series, going 5-for-10 with five runs scored and four RBI. That raised the leadoff hitter’s average nearly 40 points to .253 on the season. ... Slade had a double and a triple. Miller drove in five runs on 3-for-6 hitting, and Slauter continued to swing a hot bat, driving in four runs and scoring four . Slauter is hitting .386 this spring with 21 RBI and 20 runs scored in 22 games.