Sometimes in junior-college baseball, extra innings will go your way.
Other times, they won’t.
The Barton Community College baseball team fell to Cloud County in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday at Lawson-Biggs Field, 11-7, as the Thunderbirds scored four runs in the eighth inning of Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Western Division action.
The Cougars (9-15 overall, 6-8 West) were unable to regroup for the second game, falling 13-6 in seven innings.
In Game 1, Barton grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but the Thunderbirds (10-14, 3-7) tacked on three runs in the top of the third.
The Cougars matched Cloud’s three runs in the bottom of the third to hold on to a one-run lead.
Cloud scored two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.
The Cougars, who had one RBI apiece from Alex King, Oscar Andino, Dylan Turpin, Nathan Train and Scott Tyler, scored one run in the sixth and two in the seventh to push the game into extra innings.
Cloud scored first in Game 2, but a two-run bottom of the second gave Barton a 2-1 advantage.
The Thunderbirds added six runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to pull away.
Train led Barton in the second game with a pair of doubles and three RBIs.
Barton hosts Cloud today for a second doubleheader weather permitting, starting at 3 p.m.
— Kevin Price