The Dodge City Conquistador baseball team dropped their conference and home openers Thursday night, getting swept by scores of 7-4 and 22-18 at the hands of Butler.

It was a tough night for pitching and defense, and that was particularly true for the Conqs.

Dodge City kept Butler from scoring in only four of the 16 innings the team played Thursday.

“We didn’t pitch very well all day,” Conquistador head coach Phil Stephenson said.

It was the Conqs first home game this season, and the first for them in conference play.

The losses showed Stephenson how important will be.

“We’re gonna have to pitch a lot better it’s that simple and play better defense,” Stephenson said. “It doesn’t matter how many runs you score, if you can’t do those two things you can’t win.”

The Conqs are next in action Saturday when they head to El Dorado, Kansas to take on Butler at home. The first game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.