The Dodge City Conquistadors baseball team completed their four-game sweep of the Jayhawk West league leading Colby Trojans with a doubleheader sweep in Friday afternoon action at Cavalier Field.
The Conqs won the first game of the twinbill 4-3 and came back in the late innings to beat the Trojans 5-4 to complete their second doubleheader sweep to push themselves into the heat of the battle for the conference lead.
"We grew as a team in this series," said Dodge City head coach Phil Stephenson. "The biggest thing is that this team is evolving. The big thing for us this weekend is that this team has figured out how to win close games. We know how to stay ahead and we know how to come back from behind. It's a tribute to everybody involved.
"This team is figuring it out, but the best part is that we have put together some good games in a row. We came back this weekend and now find ourselves in a battle for first place. We have a lot of guys doing great things right now and we just have to keep them going forward."
The Conqs (19-11, 10-6 Jayhawk West) scored a run in the bottom of the first on a single by Parker Jones before Colby came back with two runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead.
Dodge City scored three in the fifth inning after getting the bases loaded with no one out. Haden Houska hit a RBI groundout, followed by a RBI sacrifice bunt by Chris Ramsey and a RBI single by Conner Koepp.
Colby (18-11, 9-7) scored a run in the top of the sixth, but couldn't get the tying run across the plate.
Jagger Harjo picked up the win, throwing five innings and giving up two runs (one earned), seven hits and a walk while striking out four. Travis Everett recorded the save for Dodge City.
The two teams traded runs in the first inning with Koepp knocking in a run for the Conqs.
Dodge City took a 2-1 lead on a fourth-inning home run by Jones, but Colby came back with three runs in the top of the fifth to build a 4-2 lead.
The Conqs tied the game in the bottom of the seventh on a RBI groundout by Houska and a RBI bunt single by Ramsey. Parker closed out the game for the Conqs with his second home run of the game, a shot over the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Giles Fox was the winning pitcher for Dodge City in the second game, throwing the final 1 2/3 innings for the decision.