WICHITA — The Barton Community College opened the Region VI Tournament on Saturday morning with a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Colby.
The victory advanced the 20-22 Lady Cougars to the 2 p.m. game against the top-seeded and No. 7-ranked Butler.
Barton fell 13-3 against Butler, setting up a noon meeting with Garden City today in Wichita.
Colby fell to Garden City in the 4 p.m. elimination game.
Garden City dropped to the elimination game being beat 2-1 by Seward County in the noon game.
Butler 13, Barton 3
Butler built a 12-run lead through three innings before the Lady Cougars struck for three in the top of the fourth.
Ashlyn Osborne led off the inning with a hustling double down the right-field line as the sophomore kept the motor running to slide in beating the throw.
Following an Emelia Davies ground out, Erika Harper singled to left, giving the Lady Cougars runners at the corners with one out.
Fouling off a third strike, Allison Smith blasted her second home run of the day, driving the 0-2 pitch over the 215-foot sign in center field for her sixth homer of the season, cutting the deficit to 12-3.
Butler responded in the home half with a single run, forcing Barton to come up with three in the top to keep the game going.
It was looking possible for the Lady Cougars as Darby Grizzard, Davies, and Harper each had singles in the evening, but Barton would run themselves out of the opportunity, getting caught in a game-ending run down to fall 13-3.
Osborne took the loss in the circle, lasting only 1.2 innings and giving up 12 hits and nine earned runs to drop to 12-13 on the season.
Jaelyn Monhollon pitched the final 2.1 innings, scattering five hits and three earned runs while walking one and striking out two.
Harper was the lone Barton player to get a multi-hit game as the freshman went 2-3 from the plate while Smith’s three RBI’s were the lone runs.
Barton 5, Colby 4
Colby picked up single runs in the first and second inning before Barton could respond in the fourth.
Freshman Smith belted her fifth home run on the season with a one-out solo blast off the left field scoreboard, cutting the deficit in half.
Colby responded in the top of fifth, getting a single run to push the lead back out to two.
Just like the Barton fourth, the Lady Cougars got a one-out solo shot as Harper banged one off the left field scoreboard to draw Barton back to one.
Osborne then singled to left but was thrown out at second on a Smith fielder’s choice while a Colby error advanced Smith into scoring position at second.
Sammie White checked in as courtesy runner and Britney Meyer promptly sent her home, lacing a double down the third base-line, tying the game up at three.
Stephanie Morrison then drew a walk, setting up Grizzard for the opportunity to drive in runs as the sophomore delivered with a single down the right-field line as Barton tacked on two more runs to take a 5-3 lead.
Osborne pitched out of a two-on jam in the sixth ,but Colby wasn’t about to go quiet in the seventh, getting consecutive one-out singles and a fielder’s choice to cut it to one.
Colby’s Miranda Maiers was the last hope for the Lady Trojans but popped up to Osborne to end the game.
Osborne went the distance to improve to 12-12 on the season giving up 12 hits and two earned runs, walking three and striking out seven.
Grizzard, Meyer, and Harper each had multi-hit games as the trio joined Smith as having one RBI each.