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Cougar baseball team sweeps pair
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The Barton Community College baseball team swept the Kansas Wesleyan junior varsity 16-2 and 13-3 at Lawson-Biggs Field.

The Cougars (8-4) scored in each of their four at-bats in the opener securing a 16-2 victory. Ethan Minaker threw four shutout innings in the nightcap.

North Iowa visits for a noon doubleheader Friday with a noon Saturday game scheduled.

Cesar Gomez drove home four runs and  Cooper Tabor, Grant Nottlemann, and Robby Bolin each added a trio of RBIs.

BARTON 16, K. WESLEYAN 2-- Owen Clyne's two-out single ignited a 6-run first inning. Nottlemann and Yetter's RBI producing singles building up a 6-0 first inning lead.

Clyne's second hit of the day drove in Bolin's first of two doubles with the second of Ayden Hadley's three singles capping a two run second and 8-1 lead.

Benefitting behind a third inning leadoff Wyatt Yetter double and back-to-back hit-by-pitches, Bolin's second double drove in two of the four runs extending the margin to 10, 12-2.

Adding four more runs in the fourth, Nottlemann's sac-fly drove in his fourth before three straight RBI singles by Gomez, Tabor and Bolin laid things on ice 16-2.

Making his first collegiate start, Anthony Treto (1-1) was solid throughout his 4.0-innings, scoring his first victory yielding four hits, two runs, three walks and striking out six.

Cade Kunz tossed a perfect fifth inning to lock down the victory needing just 11 pitches.

BARTON 13, K. WESLEYAN 3 -- Barton scored five first-inning runs.

Unable to push across a run in the second marking the lone inning of the day without a run produced, a leadoff Kaden Stones plunking and Gomez sacrifice bunt generated a Hunter Seier RBI triple getting Barton's three run third started. Hank Orr's ensuing double drove in the second run while trotting home two batters later on Tabor's single up the middle stretching the lead to 8-0.

Four singles in the fourth and a pair of Coyote errors fueled five more Barton runs with Stones, Gomez, Trent Reitmayer and Tabor each driving in runs and a passed ball scoring Gomez for a 13-0 lead.

KWU broke up the shutout in the top of the fifth as a one-out error and walk created an RBI double and RBI single before Preston Golden came on to get the final two outs with back-to-back strikeouts stranding two Coyotes.

Ethan Minaker (1-0) recorded three straight strikeouts on his way to a season high seven punchouts over four innings.