The Barton softball team is winning all the games it should. The Cougars earned two more of those wins Thursday afternoon with a sweep of Brown Mackie at Cougar Fields.
Barton rolled to wins of 10-1 and 11-0 in run-rule fashion over the Lions. The wins run the Barton winning streak to 12 games and improved the Cougars to 14-1 overall this season. Brown Mackie is now 1-5.
Barton will get its first taste of teams from the Jayhawk Conference Sunday when Cowley pays a visit to the Cougars as Barton wraps up a 4-game home stand.
Thursday afternoon Barton took control of both games early and dominated in the wins.
Barton scored four times in the opening inning as Brittany Wood blasted a 3-run homer and Payton Summers followed with a solo blast for a 4-0 lead. For Wood it was her eighth home run of the season.
Madison Didion saw her scoreless streak end at 23. She was one out away from a no-hitter then surrendered a double and back-to-back single for the Lions only run of the day in the fifth.
She struck out seven and walked no one to improve to 7-1. She has not allowed a base on balls in 24 innings.
In the nightcap, Barton scored 10 times in the second inning and cruised to the win. Lili Ertman provided a 2-run double to start the scoring. The scoring was capped by back-to-back homers from Summers and Holly Posegate.
Posegate improved to 7-0 on the year with the win, allowing four hits and striking out three in her five innings of work.
The schedule will pick up very soon for the Cougars – who already own wins over a pair of ranked NJCAA teams this season.
After the doubleheader with Cowley, Barton will travel to the Sterling JV before a stretch of tough games that include No. 6 Butler as well as Iowa Central and Seward County.
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