The Conquistador's defense dug in deep grab the series split in Great Bend.

Dodge City Community College baseball split a four-game series at Barton County this past weekend 4-1, 1-17, 4-10 and 9-8.

The series puts the Conquistadors at 17-7 and 9-3 in conference play.

In the first game, Dodge City freshman pitcher Tommy Knowlton went the distance, allowing only one run on five hits. Meanwhile freshman infielders Dauson Tate, Brayden Cook, sophomore utility Talon Schaller and sophomore catcher Robert Perea all recorded RBIs in the win.

Seven and eight run first and third inning blasted the Conquistadors right out of the second game of the double header. Cougar pitcher Mason Hiser held down any Dodge City response, giving up only one run on five hits. Freshman infielder Jonny Chavez singled to second to bring home the Conqs’ only run.

Dodge City never led in game three, falling behind early after Schaller hit a single shot to center field to tie it up in the second. But the Cougars would add on five more unanswered runs in the next three innings thanks to two home runs and double before adding another four runs on in fifth in sixth.

The Conquistadors made an attempt at a late run getting across two runs in the top of the seventh off of a single from sophomore shortstop Trevor Close and a wild pitch with no outs. However, Dodge City’s next three batters would go down to end the game.

The Conqs saved their best offensive performance for last. Big fifth and seventh innings put Dodge City up 9-4 but Barton put themselves in position to make it a game putting up a four-spot in the bottom of the eighth. A lead off triple for the Cougars in the bottom of the ninth stood between the Conquistadors and splitting the series. A grounder to second forced a play at the plate as Cook rocketed the ball home getting the second out before sophomore closer Dalton Harvey recorded his fifth save of the season with a game ending strike out.

Dodge City will travel to Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colorado for a single nine-inning game before returning home for a four-game non-conference series with Colorado Northwestern Community College.