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Former Cougars finding their homes in pro baseball
Several former Barton County Community College baseball players are settled in for another season of baseball as the season gets underway. So far five formers players are already underway with their seasons while 3 more await the beginning of their seasons. Jason Stanford and Nate Field will again start the season just one step from the big leagues, pitching in AAA. Jeff Christy is up to AA to start the season and Steve Edlefsen has moved up to Advanced A. Pitching in A right now is Derek McDaid with Ronald Morales slated to go back to rookie ball. Ryan Phillips and Chad Lee have all fought injuries and have not been assigned yet.

Karst named 1st Team All Jayhawk West; 5 Cougars earn recognition
Barton County Community College sophomore Clayton Karst earned 1st team All Jayhawk West baseball this past week, the only Cougar to be named to the 1st team at 3rd base. Barton had 3 players earn 2nd team All Jayhawk West – sophomores Kenny Burkhead (1st base), Marc Albers (2nd base), and Ryan Romo (pitcher). Freshman David Allbritton was an honorable mention selection at catcher. Barton finished the season 28-22 and went 19-13 in the West for 3rd place.

Barton drops pair in Region VI tournament; ends with 28-22 record
The Barton County Community College baseball team had its season end with a pair of losses at the Region VI Championships in Wichita over the weekend. Barton lost 7-4 to Johnson Saturday then dropped an 8-4 decision to KCK Sunday in the loser’s bracket, ending the Cougars season with a 28-22 mark. Barton finished the season 3rd in the Jayhawk West and had a stellar home mark of 23-3. But the Cougars struggled away from Lawson-Biggs Field, finishing 5-19 in non-home games, including the two neutral site losses in Wichita this weekend.

Cougars rally to advance in Region VI ; Karst, Sickinger hit 9th inning homers
The Barton County Community College baseball team received some 9th inning heroics Sunday afternoon from Michael Sickinger and Clayton Karst to win the best 2 of 3 series with Independence in 3 games. After splitting games Saturday, Barton trailed nearly the entire game Sunday before Karst tied the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the 9th. Two batters later, Sickinger ended the game with a 2-run shot to left for an 8-6 win. Barton had lost the opener 7-6 then came back to win 14-9 in the nightcap Sunday. Barton will now advance to the Region VI double-elimination tournament at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita. Barton will open the tournament at 10 am Saturday against Johnson County

Barton sweeps Butler; Cougars lock up home playoff series
The Barton County Community College baseball did just what it needed to do in order to clinch the 3rd seed in the Jayhawk West for the upcoming Region VI tournament – sweep Butler 4 games. The final win came on the bat of Andrew Melanson who hit 3 homers and drove in 8 during the game. The Cougars will not have to play the wait-and-see-what-happens game this weekend as they have their bye week in the West and all the other 8 teams finish play. The Cougars stand at 19-13 in the West, clear of everyone behind them for 3rd and unable to catch Seward or Hutchinson in front of them. Butler fell to 11-17 in the conference. Colby is currently 4th at 14-14 with Garden City and Dodge City 12-16. The Cougars will travel to McCook (Neb) this week then host Coffeyville next weekend to conclude the regular season. Barton is now 24-19 on the season.

Romo throws no-hitter but Barton road woes continue
The Barton County Community College baseball team has been two different teams this season when at home and when on the road. At home this season, Barton is a sterling 15-2 while the Cougars are just 5-17 on the road after dropping 3 of 4 in a weekend series at Cloud County. Barton split games Sunday in Concordia and lost twice Monday in a series the weather pushed back one day. The bright spot of the weekend was the no-hitter tossed in the opener by Cougar sophomore Ryan Romo in Barton’s 5-inning win. Barton won that opener 12-0 then lost 4-2 in the 2nd game Sunday. The Cougars lost 11-10 and 7-1 Monday. The losses kept the Cougars from locking up a home playoff spot, falling to 15-13 in the conference and 20-19 overall. Cloud is now 8-16 in the Jayhawk West and 15-28 overall. Barton will look to wrap up a home playoff spot as well as clinch the No. 3 seed from the West in the upcoming Region VI playoffs this weekend when Butler comes to Lawson-Biggs Field for a pair of 1 pm doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday.

Barton holds off Colby to take 3 of 4 games in series; Cougars 3rd in West
The Barton County Community College baseball team held off Colby twice Sunday afternoon for a sweep in the final 2 games of the 4 games series over the weekend at Lawson-Biggs Field in Great Bend. Barton won a pair of 10-9 games Sunday after splitting games Saturday with the Trojans. Barton won the opener Saturday 7-6 then lost 19-8 in the 2nd game. The Cougars improved to 19-16 on the season and 14-10 in the Jayhawk West. Colby falls to 18-18 and 10-10. The Cougars will be on the road this weekend, traveling to Concordia for a 4-game series Saturday and Sunday against Cloud County. Both twinbills start at 1 pm.

Cougars have chances for wins, but lose 4-game series at Seward
The Barton County Community College baseball team saw its Jayhawk West title hopes to a big hit this past weekend with a 4-game sweep by Seward County at Gould Field in Liberal. Barton had its chances to win but was unable to make the plays as Seward took control of the West race with the sweep. Barton fell to 4th place in the conference with the losses, now 11-9 in West action and 16-15 overall. Seward is 13-3 in the West and 22-12 overall. The Cougars will be at home this weekend when 3rd place Colby visits Lawson-Biggs Field for a 4-game series. Colby is 9-7 in the West – percentage points ahead of Barton.


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Saturday-Sunday, April 19-20
Baseball
Jayhawk West play
at Great Bend
(4-7 inning)
Saturday - Barton 3 Butler 2 (8)
Barton 13 Butler 3
Sunday - Barton 5 Butler 4
Barton 16 Butler 5

Wednesday April 23
Baseball
at McCook, Neb
(2-7 inning)
Barton at McCook 4 pm
Canceled

Saturday-Sunday April 26-27
Baseball
at Great Bend
(2-7 inning, 1-9 innng)
Barton v Coffeyville, 3 pm
Barton v Coffeyville, 11 am
PPD to April 29

Tuesday April 29
Baseball
at Great Bend
(2-7 inning)
Barton 12 Coffeyville 4
Barton 6 Coffeyville 1
from April 26

Saturday-Sunday May 3-4
Baseball
Region VI 1st Round
at Great Bend
(2-9 inning, 1-9 innng)
(Best 2 of 3)
Saturday - Indy 7 Barton 6
Barton 14 Indy 9
Sunday - Barton 8 Indy 6

Saturday-Tuesday May 10-14
Baseball
Region VI Championships
atWichita
(all games 9 innings)
Johnson 7 Barton 4
KCK 8 Barton 4
Region VI Bracket