The Barton softball team was a scoring machine Saturday as the Cougars opened Jayhawk Conference play with a pair of wins over Hutchinson.
Playing in the Jayhawk East this season, Barton rallied in the opener to beat Hutch in extra innings then scored in almost every inning in the nightcap to complete the sweep.
Barton won the opener 12-11 and the second game 16-7. The Cougars are now 6-7 overall and 2-0 in the East, tied with Independence for the top spot. Hutch is 3-4 and 0-2.
The Cougars hit six home runs in the doubleheader, ending both games in walk off fashion - the second due to the run-rule.
The opener Saturday was a crazy game indeed. The teams traded the lead numerous occasions before Barton finally pulled out the 12-11 win in the eighth.
Trailing 6-0 into the bottom of the third, the Cougars stayed in the game by scoring four times. Betsy Parmley hit a 3-run homer – her second of the year – in the inning.
Trailing 7-5 into the bottom of the fifth, the Cougars took the lead for the first time on a 2-run homer by Nasadiya Salazar. Her blast to center scored Jaelyn Carter to cap a 4-run inning and give Barton a 9-7 lead.
Hutch would recapture the lead with four runs in the sixth. But Carter hit her first home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth, a 2-run shot to score Maggie Schuetz and even things at 11-all.
Barton won the contest in the eighth on back-to-back doubles. Alexis Sharples hit a 1-out double and Jade Phillips followed with a double to right to score Sharples and end the game.
Carter ended with four hits, four RBI and three runs scored from her leadoff spot. Parmley had three hits and three RBI while Hailey Pop ended with three hits and two runs scored.
Karsyn Smith got the win in relief to even her record at 2-2.
The second game was nearly as crazy. Barton fell behind 4-0 in the top of the first but came back with four of its own in the bottom of the inning. Three straight doubles from Salazar, Pop and Brooke McCollough highlighted the inning.
Barton took an 8-4 lead before Hutch plated three in the fifth to make it an 8-7 game.
The Cougars put the hammer down in the bottom of the inning. Jayden Solberg did most of the damage with a grand slam home run scoring Parmley, Phillips and Schuetz. It was the first homer for the freshman.
The Cougars would end the game in the bottom of the sixth by run-rule on a McCollough home run that scored Pop.
The Cougars pounded out 15 hits with Pop going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and four run scored.
Parmley added three hits, three RBI her second home run of the day.
Friday Barton traveled to Northern Oklahoma Tonkawa for the second straight weekend to get games in. Barton split the doubleheader, winning 7-6 then losing 7-5. That was in improvement from the 0-2 effort the weekend previous.
In the opener, Barton led much of the way and looked to be in good shape, up 5-2 into the bottom of the fifth. But Tonkawa plated four runs in that inning to take a 6-5 lead.
The Cougars would tie the game in the sixth on a Phillips double to score Carter. In the seventh, Barton took a 7-6 lead on a Tonkawa throwing error on a pick off attempt that allowed Parmley to score from third.
Barton had 11 hits in the win. Pop hit her first home run of the year, finishing with two hits and two runs scored. Carter and Brooke McCollough each had two hits as well.
Smith threw the final 1.2 innings to improve to 1-2.
Barton led briefly in the nightcap, 3-2 into the bottom of the third, but a 4-run third by the Mavericks would be the difference in the 7-5 loss.
Salazar, Solberg, Schuetz and Sharples all had two hits for Barton with Schuetz belting her first home run.
Barton is schedule to be off next week, not playing again until Northwest Tech visits Cougar Fields Saturday in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.
Barton 12, Hutch 11
Hutch 015 104 00 – 11 17 2
Barton 004 142 01 – 12 15 2
Davis, Prucha (5), Lewellen (5) and Luttig; Kohl, Smith (3) and Schuetz. W – Smith (2-2). L – Lewellen. 2B – Luttig, Hutch; Carter, Sharples, Barton. HR – Stockman, Hutch; Carter (1), Parmley (2), Salazar (1), Barton.
Barton 4, Garden 1
Hutch 400 030 – 7 7 4
Barton 420 262 – 16 15 1
Stockman, Davis (1), Brawner (4), Lewellan (5) and Luttig; Horsch and Schuetz. W – Horsch (2-2). L – Davis. 2B – Prucha, Hutch; McCollough, Pop 2, Salazar, Sharples. HR – Luttig 2, Hutch; McCollough (3), Parmley (3), Solberg (1), Barton.
Barton 7, Tonkawa 6
Barton 100 311 1 – 7 10 4
Tonkawa 010 140 0 – 6 12 3
Kohl, Smith (6) and Chan; Lane and Heisler. W – Smith (1-2). L – Lane. 2B – McCollough, Phillips, Salazar, Barton; Burtner, Rumsey, Tonkawa. HR – Pop (1), Barton; Burtner, Tonkawa.
Tonkawa 7, Barton 5
Barton 003 110 0 – 5 10 4
Tonkawa 204 100 x – 7 10 2
Horsch, Smith (4) and Schuetz; Graham and Heisler. W – Graham. L – Horsch (1-2). 2B – Sharples 2, Solberg, Barton; Turman, Rumsey 2, Tonkawa. 3B – Bonds, Tonkawa. HR – Schutez (1), Barton.