Lady Cougars season comes to an end
in Region VI playoffs

Latest Results:  Barton loses 4-0 and 7-5 (9 innings)
Season Record:  12-38    Conference/Region Record:  4-12
**  Season Complete **

Three Lady Cougars receive national academic honors

The Barton Community College Athletic Department announces seven sophomore student-athletes received national academic honors for the 2011-12 season including three from the Lady Cougar Softball team.  Leading the list of honorees is women’s basketball player Devan Boeger whose 4.0 grade point average earned her the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence.   The Great Bend native also earned Co-Outstanding Graduate honors at Barton’s graduation ceremony in May.   The Cougars also placed two on the second tier of academic honors as men’s track team member Tyler Rathke and women’s tennis player Karisa Kaiser each earned the NJCAA Superior Academic Achievement honors.  Rathke, from Hays, Kansas, finished with a 3.87 grade point average while Kaiser, from Hoisington, Kansas, and Co-Student Ambassador of the Year finished with a 3.85.   Earning NJCAA Exemplary Academic Achievement honors were softball players Kristin Schartz (3.76) from Larned, Kansas, Tessa Sterling (3.70) of McPherson, Kansas, and Co-Outstanding Graduate Anna Voss (3.6) from Hays, Kansas.    Women’s golf player Kathleen Duncan from Lakin, Kansas rounds out the academic honors as her 3.64 grade point average earned Exemplary Academic Achievement honors as well. 

Rodriguez named to All-Conference Softball team

Alexandria RodriguezBarton Community College softball team’s Alexandria Rodriguez was recently named to the KJCCC  All-Jayhawk West second team.   Despite missing the last third of the season due to injury, Rodriguez garnered the conference recognition as her .361 batting average was fourteenth best in Region VI Division I.  Rodriguez, a sophomore from Wichita, Kansas, led Barton in most offensive categories until late in the season.  In addition to her batting average, Rodriguez led the team with a .526 slugging percentage, a .451 on-base percentage, seven doubles, three triples, and six hit-by-pitch.  Rodriguez also finished second on the team with twenty runs scored, twenty-two runs batted in, fifty-one total bases, ten walks, and was two-for-two in stolen bases.  Rodriguez will continue her education next fall returning home to Wichita to attend Wichita State University.

Season ends in extra innings

The Barton Community College softball team fought to stay alive in the Region VI Tournament Saturday in Wichita but fell in extra innings to close out their 2012 season.  The Lady Cougars trailed by three in the bottom of the seventh to Seward County Community College but rallied to force extra innings eventually falling 7-5 in nine innings.  Barton fell to the elimination side of the double elimination tournament earlier in the day by falling 4-0 to Colby Community College.  Barton finishes the 2012 campaign with an overall record of 12-38 but increased their win total by seven over the 2011 season.  The Lady Cougars will lose three of their four infielders to graduation but return their entire outfield lineup, as well as, their top two pitchers for the 2013 season.  MORE

Thompson’s three home runs lift Barton Softball’s sweep of regular season finale

The Barton Community College softball team finished its regular season with a twin-bill sweep of the Sterling College Junior Varsity Friday at Cougar Field with 4-3 come-from-behind victory and a 8-0 game shortened run-rule.  With the two wins and the final regular season and home games for the Lady Cougars, Barton improves to 12-36 on the season while finishing the conference and region season at 4-12.  Barton will play Colby Community College, 14-32 on the season and 3-13 in conference and region play, on Saturday, May 5, in Region VI Division I first round playoff action.  Game time is set for 10:00 a.m. at Wichita State University’s Wilkins Stadium.  The winner will face Region VI top-seed Butler Community College at 2:00 p.m. while the loser will play at 4:00 p.m. against the Seward County Community College-Garden City Community loser as the Region VI Tournament is double-elimination format.

Freshman Tomi Thompson has provided her fair share of great plays and big hits for the Lady Cougars this year, but none were as big as her sixth inning three run homer in game one.  With the Lady Cougars trailing 3-1, Thompson hit her second home run of the game and third of the day over the right-center fence to give Barton the 4-3 victory.  Thompson hit her first home run in the fourth inning as her left-center solo blast tied the game at one a piece. 

After Barton grabbed a 2-0 lead after the first inning of game two, it was Thompson’s three-run shot that gave the Lady Cougars a commanding lead to their eventual 8-0 victory. 

Barton Softball falls to Butler in conference season finale

The Butler Community College softball team clinched the conference championship outright today as they shutout Barton Community College at Cougar Field 7-0 and 11-0.  The Cougars would muster two hits and committed five errors as Butler plated three runs in the fourth and sixth inning on the way to the game one victory.  The Grizzlies exploded for eleven runs in the first two innings of the day’s second game by scoring six in the first and five in the second innings.  With the two losses Barton drops to 10-36 on the season and 4-12 in conference play as Butler improves to 35-15 and 14-2 in the Jayhawk Conference.  The Cougars will play their lone remaining home and regular season contest this Friday as they step out of conference play hosting the Sterling College Junior Varsity.  First pitch for the seven inning doubleheader will be at 2:00 p.m. at Cougar Field. 

Barton Softball loses three in BUCO Bash

Returning to El Dorado three days after dropping two conference games, the Barton Community College softball team struggled again as they lost three games in the BUCO Bash on Saturday.  The Lady Cougars started the day losing a tough 4-3 decision to Maple Woods, a 7-0 defeat to Eastern Oklahoma, and then wrapped up the day with an 11-2 loss to Crowder College.  Barton will travel to McCook, Nebraska, on Monday to play McCook Community College in a doubleheader.  The Lady Cougars will return home to Cougar Field on Wednesday as Pratt Community College comes in for a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader.  Barton now stands at 6-27 on the season and will enter the Pratt game at 3-5 in conference play.

Barton Softball drops two at conference leader Butler

For the third series in a row the Barton Community College softball team faced the current top team in the conference and region standings.  Today in El Dorado the Cougars dropped a pair of conference games to current top team Butler Community College.   The Grizzlies limited the Cougar hitters to only one hit in capturing game one 7-0.  Barton was able to muster seven hits in game two but eleven Butler hits aided by three Cougar errors resulted in a 8-3 Grizzly victory.  Barton drops to 6-24 on the season and 3-5 in conference play while Butler improves to 16-12 overall and sits alone atop the conference standing at 5-1.  Barton will travel back to El Dorado on Saturday for three games in the BUCO Bash softball classic.

Barton Softball holds on against conference leader Garden City to earn doubleheader split

Surrendering three late inning runs to fall 6-4 in game one, the Barton Community College softball team utilized the rule book to preserve a game two victory 3-2 and split today’s doubleheader against Garden City Community College.  With the split Barton now moves to 6-22 on the season and 3-3 in conference play.  Garden City, who sat alone at the top of the standings, drops into three-way tie for first at 3-1 and 19-6 overall.  The Cougars next game will be Wednesday as they travel to conference co-leader Butler Community College.  Game time of the doubleheader is set for 3:00 p.m. in El Dorado.

The Cougars grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one on an RBI single by Alex Rodriguez to score the Barton leadoff hitter Aleeya Ybarra.  Garden City struck for three in the top of the third behind back to back RBI singles aided by a Cougar error but the Cougars tied the game in the home half on a Tomi Thompson two-run double.   Kaileigh Dietrich would give Barton a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth as she hustled around the bases to score from second base on an infield error.  The Cougars held the lead until the Broncbusters struck for one in the sixth and two in the seventh to go on to win game one 6-4.

In game two Barton took an early lead 1-0 in the bottom of the third and maintained the lead until the top of the 5th when Garden plated two.  Barton reclaimed the lead on Thompson’s two-out two RBI double into right center field in the bottom half of the inning.

Barton’s lead was erased in the top of the sixth as Garden City’s Emily Hurlbert launched a two-out two-run homerun setting off jubilation from the Broncbuster players.  However the lead was short-lived as the Barton coaching staff immediately contacted the home plate umpire regarding a rule violation and the home-run was disallowed.  Hurlbert, who after hitting a double in the fifth inning, was replaced in the game by a pinch runner, but was never officially re-entered back into the game which caused her sixth inning at-bat to be under question.  After much discussion with coaches and umpires, Hurlbert was indeed declared out as an illegal batter and the game finished under protest from Garden City.  The Cougars’ Rachel Baker shut down Garden in the seventh inning to help Barton hold on for the 3-2 victory and earn the doubleheader split.

Cougars open conference play with sweep of Colby

Barton players celebrates as Alex Dunlavy crosses the plate after her go ahead two-run homerunWith the start of conference and regional play, the Barton Community College softball team began their “second season” with a sweep of the Colby Community College Trojans today at Cougar Field.  Barton jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first inning of game one then tacked on three more runs in the third to go on to win 8-3.  In game two the Lady Cougars rallied from a 6-1 second inning deficit by scoring six runs in the fourth and fifth innings to win 8-7.  With the doubleheader sweep Barton improves to 5-19 on the season and starts Jayhawk Conference play at 2-0, while Colby falls to 4-17 overall and 0-6 in conference play.  Barton will have a break in its schedule until traveling to Liberal, Kansas, on March 24 to take on Seward County Community College in a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Cougar Softball comes back from four-run deficit to pick up first win

The Barton Community College softball team picked up their first win of the 2012 season by defeating Pratt Community College 11-8 in game one of the doubleheader today in Pratt.  The two teams split the series as Pratt scored four in the bottom of the sixth to win game two 6-2.  The series was a stark difference from their season opening meeting last year when Pratt blasted the Lady Cougars by a two game scoring margin of 37-6.   Barton will head to Poteau, Oklahoma, on Friday to play in the Carl Albert State College Tournament over the week-end.  The 1-2 Cougars will play at home on Wednesday, February 22, against Dodge City Community College in a 2:00 pm. doubleheader at Cougar Fields.  MORE

Cougar Softball opens 2012 season with a pair of losses to Cloud County

Aleeya Ybarra batting against Cloud County
Alex Rodriguez batting against Cloud CountyThe Barton Community College softball team opened the 2012 season today at Cougar Fields with a pair of losses to Cloud County Community College.  The Cougars pounded out ten hits in game one but stranded eleven base runners in losing 7-3.  In game two the Cougars committed five errors as Cloud scored at least two runs in each of the first four innings to close out the doubleheader 10-0 in five innings.  Barton will return to the field in less than forty-eight hours as they travel to Pratt Community College for a 2:00 p.m. doubleheader.  MORE

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March 14
Jayhawk Conference Play
Barton 8  Colby 3
Barton 8  Colby 7
at Barton

March 24
Jayhawk Conference Play
Seward 6  Barton 1
Seward 8  Barton 9
at Liberal, KS

March 26
Jayhawk Conference Play
Garden 6  Barton 4
Barton 3  Garden 2
at Barton

March 28
Jayhawk Conference Play
Butler 7  Barton 0
Butler 8  Barton 3
at El Dorado, KS

March 31
Non-Conference Play
BUCO Classic
Maple Woods 4  Barton 3
Eastern Okla 7  Barton 0
Crowder College 11  Barton 0
at El Dorado, KS

April 2
Non-Conference Play
Barton 14  McCook 3
Barton 16  McCook 5
at McCook, NE

April 4
Jayhawk Conference Play
vs Pratt CC
Two 7-inning games
3:00pm at Cougar Field
*Postponed until TBA

April 5
Jayhawk Conference Play
vs Garden City
at Garden City
*Rescheduled for April 23

April 14-15
Colby Tournament
Barton 3  SE Nebraska 2
Trinidad State 5  Barton 1
Lamar 3  Barton 2
at Colby, KS

April 18
Jayhawk Conference Play
Colby 4  Barton 2
Colby 8  Barton 0
at Colby, KS

April 20
Jayhawk Conference Play
Seward 11  Barton 0
Seward 5  Barton 1
at Cougar Field

April 23
Jayhawk Conference Play
Garden City 9  Barton 1
Barton 7  Garden City 2
at Garden City, KS

April 25
Jayhawk Conference Play
Butler 7  Barton 0
Butler 11  Barton 0
at Cougar Field

April 27
Non-Conference Play
Barton 4  Sterling JV 3
Barton 8  Sterling JV 0
at Cougar Field

May 5-6
Region VI Div I Playoffs
Colby 4  Barton 0
Seward 7  Barton 5 (9 inn)
Wichita State University
in Wichita, KS


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