Lawson-Biggs Field was not a pitcher’s paradise on Sunday as the Barton Community College baseball team outscored Pratt 20-16 to complete the series sweep to close out the regular season.
With uncharacteristic, sustained 40 mph gusting to 50 mph winds blowing out to left field, routine fly balls were leaving the yard as seven home runs were hit on the day’s near three-hour seven-inning contest.
Barton finishes the regular season 32-23-1 and finished sixth in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference season at 15-17 while Pratt’s season comes to an end at 20-34 and 7-25 in the Jayhawk.
The teams battled back and forth through four innings of play as neither team could cool off the other’s bats.
Combining for 35 hits in the contest, the fifth inning proved to be the difference as Barton took command, scoring 11 of the 16 total runs to cross the plate.
Four Cougars drove in three runs apiece as 10 of the 11 Cougars got a hit with six getting two hits each.
Evan McDonald, batting .615 in the last six games, teamed with Kyle Cromwell to provide a 4-for-8 performance out of the eighth and ninth hole driving in six runs and scoring three times.
Alexander Evans pitched the ninth to thwart any hint of a comeback, retiring the three batters he faced, striking out the last two batters.
Michael Turner picked up the win to improve to 5-4 on the season, pitching 1.1 innings with four hits and striking out two while surrendering three runs.
The Cougars will head to the East’s No. 3-seeded Coffeyville, 35-17 and 25-11 in the Jayhawk East, for a three-game series set to begin on Saturday at Coffeyville’s Walter Johnson Park.
First pitch for Saturday’s nine-inning doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m.