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Cougars end season with 4-1 loss to Cowley
NJCAA Region VI Baseball
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GARDEN CITY — Cowley Community College turned the baseball game around in the late innings to end Barton’s season in the NJCAA Region VI quarterfinals on Monday.
Barton, which finishes the season at 33-26, led 1-0 until the Tigers tied the game in the seventh inning, sending the game to the ninth when Cowley scored three more for a 4-1 victory.
Brett Tunnell pitched seven innings for the Cougars, scattering five hits and two walks while recording five strikeouts. The run that tied the game was unearned.
Devin Welch recorded the loss for Barton, pitching 1 1-3 innings and giving up two earned runs.
The Cougars gained the advantage in the bottom of the third.
Alex King led off with a single to center field for Barton.
Tanner Carpenter followed with a bunt to move King to second base.
Federico Castagnini hit a single, and Clayton Garland reached on a fielders’ choice.
Castagnini was out at second, King advanced to third and a throwing error advanced Garland to second and scored King.
In the seventh inning, Cowley’s Griffin Roark singled to left field followed by Roger Diaz’s ground out that advanced Roark to second.
Tunnell struck out Tyler Rolland for the second out of the inning, but Roark stole third and scored on an error.
Ethan Elroy hit a two-run double for the Tigers in the top of the ninth, and Rolland scored on a wild pitch.
Cowley advances to a semifinal game in Wichita.

                                                                           — Kevin Price