The Region VI softball series between the Dodge City Lady Conquistadors and the Barton Lady Cougars will go to a decisive third game this afternoon after the two teams split in the first two games Wednesday afternoon.
The Lady Conqs won the first game 7-6 with Barton claiming the second game 9-8 to force the deciding contest.
Mattison Johnson went 3-for-3 with two runs and four RBIs to lead the Lady Conqs (23-21) as Dodge City was able to hold off a late Barton rally to claim the first game. Dodge City scored in each of the first four innings of the contest.
Lindsey Karlin scored Dodge City's first run on a passed ball in the opening frame, then Johnson brought home two in the second on a single. Shelby Bowman scored the Lady Conqs' run in the third on a throwing error.
Barton (32-18) came back with four runs in the bottom of the third on a single by Holly Posegate, followed by a bases-loaded clearing double by Jenna Hosey.
Johnson's two-run home run in the fourth gave the lead back to the Lady Conqs and a RBI double by Courtney Rettig pushed the lead up to 7-4.
Erica Harper hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth for the Lady Cougars, but Barton couldn't get another base runner on after the blast.
Jordan Mecham was the winning pitcher for the Lady Conqs, while Taylor Bugner suffered the loss for Barton.
The Lady Conqs couldn't complete their rally in the second game despite Taryn Garza's five RBIs in the contest, while Johnson was 2-for-3 with two runs and Karlin was 3-for-4.
Barton's Bailey Hensley went 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs, while Brianna Ward and Harper both brought home two in the win.
The Lady Cougars scored their first run on an error in the third inning before Dodge City pushed ahead 2-1 in the fourth on a home run by Rettig and a run-scoring single by Ashley Beavers.
Barton took a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run triple by Hensley followed by two-run home run by Ward.
Garza hit a two-run home run in the top of the fifth for the Lady Conqs; but Barton scored four more runs in the bottom of the frame on a two-run single by Harper, a RBI double by Hensley and a RBI single by Braydee Bakovich.
The Lady Conqs scored four runs in the sixth on a single by Karlin, followed by a bases-loaded double by Garza. Garza was stranded at second to end the inning. Dodge City was able to get the tying run to third in the seventh inning, but was unable to get the runner across.
Posegate was the winning pitcher for Barton, while Lauren Kelley suffered the defeat for the Lady Conqs.