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Friday, May 14
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at Great Bend, Kansas
(Region VI, 1st round)
Barton 6, Highland 0
Barton 10, Highland 0

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Thursday, May 20
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at Wichita, Kansas
(Region VI Tournament)
Pratt 7, Barton 2

Friday, May 21
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at Wichita, Kansas
(Region VI Tournament)
Cowley 15, Barton 10

Season ends with 37-20 record

All Region VI Team

Phillips signs with Red Sox
Barton County Community College pitcher Ryan Phillips will skip NCAA baseball and go directly to professional baseball, signing a contract to play in the Boston Red Sox minor league organization. Phillips was an 11th round pick of the Red Sox in last week’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Phillips had originally signed to play for the University of Nebraska.


Ledford to pitch for Barton County baseball
The Barton County Community College baseball team added a left-hander to the pitching staff with the signing of Caleb Ledford from Castle Rock High School in Washington. Ledford pitched and played outfield for Rockets.

Harrison inks to play baseball at Barton County
The Barton County Community College baseball team signed Rock Creek High School senior Lucas Harrison to a letter-of-intent to play baseball next season. Harrison both pitched and played shortstop for the Mustangs last season.

Cougars season comes to end with loss to Cowley
The Barton County Community College baseball team saw what was a very successful season come to a sudden end with a loss in the loser’s bracket at the Region VI Baseball Championships. The Cougars, the 2nd seed in the West, lost to the top seed from the East Cowley County, also an upset victim in the 1st round, by a 15-10 score. That ended Barton’s season at 37-20. Seward County (46-14) won the Championships and will move on to the NJCAA World Series.

Cougars upset in Region VI Tourney opener
The Barton County Community College baseball team was on a roll heading into the double elimination portion of the Region VI Championships in Wichita. With ace Ryan Phillips on the mound Thursday, things looked good for the Cougars to win their 14th game in 15 outings. Pratt, however, had different ideas. The Beavers, who upset KCK in the opening round series, did likewise to Barton to start off the double elimination event at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita. Pratt beat Barton 7-2, sending the Cougars into an elimation game against Cowley County, also an upset victim, Friday at 2 pm.


Phillips, Christy, Elson tabbed 1st team All-West
The Barton County Community College baseball team placed 3 players on the Jayhawk Conference All-West 1st team and added a 2nd team pick and two honorable mention selections. Barton, which finished in 2nd place at 22-10 in the West, had Ryan Phillips, Jeff Christy, and Steve Elson tabbed as 1st team selection. Phillips was the 2nd leading vote-getter among pitchers to earn 1st team while Christy and Elson were picked as 1st team catcher and 2nd baseman for the Cougars.

Cougars advance to Wichita with sweep of Highland in Region VI
The Barton County Community College baseball team received another pair of stellar pitching efforts and remained one of the hottest teams in the region with a 6-0, 10-0 sweep of Highland in the opening series of the Region VI Baseball Championships. With the wins the Cougars advance to the double elimination portion of the Region VI Championships in Wichita.
Barton, now 37-18, will play at 11 am Thursday in Lawrence Dumont Stadium against Pratt. Pratt, the No. 6 seed from the West, upset Kansas City Kansas, the East's 3rd seed, 2-1 in their 3-game series. Pratt won the deciding game Sunday by a 6-3 margin.

Barton sweeps Pratt; finishes 2nd in West
The Barton County Community College baseball team did not control its own destiny heading into the weekend as far as the No. 2 seed in the West was concerned. The only things the Cougars could control were their two games with Pratt Saturday. And control them they did. Barton did its part by sweeping the Beavers, 10-2 and 12-5. Then came word that Garden City did its part for the Cougars as well. Garden City knocked off Hutchinson in a single make-up contest, moving the Cougars to 2nd in the West. Barton and Hutch both finished with 22-10 West marks, but the Cougars won 3 of 4 against Hutch this season to snag the tiebreaker and the No. 2 seed from the West in the upcoming Region VI baseball tournament. Barton finishes the regular season at 35-18.

Cougars knock off Cowley in non-league action; split games at Garden
The Barton County Community College baseball team earned a win over Jayhawk East leading Cowley County Wednesday night at Cougars fields, out-slugging the Tigers to a 15-7 win. That came on the heels of a split Tuesday at Garden City in Jayhawk West play. Garden won the opener 7-2 and Barton won the nightcap 10-2. Barton is now 33-18 overall and 20-10 in the West. Barton and Hutchinson are battling for the No. 2 spot in the West with Hutchinson now 22-9. Barton must sweep Pratt Saturday and have Hutch lose to Garden this weekend in a single game to pass the Blue Dragons for 2nd place. Cowley is 34-17 overall.

Wagner no hits Butler; Cougars earn sweep of Grizzlies
The Barton County Community College baseball team received its standard solid pitching outsing Sunday afternoon in El Dorado. But during the sweep of the Grizzlies it was even better than normal. Barton allowed just 1 run in 2 games, including a 1-0 no-hit effort from Ryan Wagner in the nightcap to close out the sweep. Barton won the opener 9-1 behind Ryan Phillips’ 8th win of the season. The Cougars (31-17) have won 7 straight West games – the longest winning streak of the season – to improve to 19-9 in the West, still battling Hutchinson for that 2nd spot. With the win, the Cougars secured a home playoff series to start the Region VI playoffs in two weeks. Hutch is 20-9. Barton, which holds the tiebreaker with the Blue Dragons, has 4 games to play while Hutch has 3 left. Butler fell to 12-17 in the West and 21-25 overall

Barton sweeps Colby; closes in on home playoff series
The Barton County Community College baseball team not only kept pace with Hutchinson in the loss column for 2nd place in the West but also took a big step toward clinching a home playoff series Wednesday afternoon with a sweep of Colby at Cougar Fields. Barton beat the Trojans 14-2 and 9-2 on the day the wind was blowing out at 40 mph-plus. The win is the 5th straight in West play for Barton and improved them to 17-9 in the West, just 1/2 game behind Hutchinson (18-9) for 2nd. Barton also moved to within a pair of wins of clinching a home series in the opening round of the new Region VI format. The Cougars are 29-17 overall this season. Colby dropped to 12-13 in the West and 24-24 overall.

Cougars sweep Dodge to remain in race for 2nd
The Barton County Community College baseball team kept itself in the thick of the race for 2nd place in the Jayhawk West with a sweep of Dodge City Monday afternoon at Cougars Fields. The contest was a makeup doubleheader from Saturday, which was postponed due to wet field conditions. Barton won the opener Monday 10-2 and close out with a 9-3 win in the nightcap to improve to 15-9 in the West and 27-17 overall. Dodge City fell to 9-19 and 11-33 with the losses.

Barton splits weekend series; drops to 3rd in West race
The Barton County Community College baseball team put itself in position to challenge for the Jayhawk West title with a sweep of Cloud County Saturday afternoon in Concordia. The Cougars won 12-9 and 15-4. But those hopes were dashed Sunday afternoon when West leader Seward County came to Great Bend and swept the Cougars 11-1 and 14-8, ending their 5-game West winning streak and just about any hope of capturing the West crown. Barton is now 24-16 overall and 12-8 in the West, sitting in 3rd place behind Seward and Hutchinson. The Cougars will travel to Hutchinson (26-18, 15-8) Wednesday in a battle for 2nd place. Seward now has a 5-game lead in the loss column for the West title at 17-3 in the West and 30-12 overall.