The NJCAA has announced that Seward County Lady Saints sophomore pitcher Courtney Auger has been named the National Pitcher of the Week. Auger led her Lady Saints to a 6-0 record last week to come from behind and win the Jayhawk West regular season championship. The right-hander from Edmonton, Alberta receives this honor for the third time in her career after winning the award twice last season. She posted a 4-0 record last week and also picked up a save in the Lady Saints conference championship clinching game. She is now 20-5 on the season and sports a 1.53 ERA while having struck out 218 batters in her 151 innings pitched. Auger will lead her Lady Saints into battle this weekend in Wichita for the Region VI Tournament with a bid to the national tournament on the line. Seward will see their first action of the tournament at 2:00 Saturday at Two Rivers Youth Complex and will face the winner of the opening round game between Barton County and Colby.
At a time when most college aged students are in bed recovering from their Friday night adventures, 30 Seward County Saints and Lady Saints student-athletes were giving back to their community. As part of LEAD’S First Big Give, members of the Seward County Volleyball, Tennis, and Softball teams came out to Blue Bonnet Park Saturday morning to teach the youth of the community how to play their different sports and sign autographs for those in attendance. An approximated 2,500 people attended the event which was put on by the graduating members of the 2009 LEAD class, a community leadership group which went through classes and activities together through the past three months. The “Big Give” was completely free of charge and had a number of different activities for attendees including the sports clinics, autograph stations, limo rides, jumping castles, and free food among others. The food station seemed to be the most popular of all as LEAD members served over 750 burgers, 400 hot dogs, 500 bags of popcorn, and 1,000 snow cones.
The event was just another community service activity that SCCC/ATS student-athletes participated in, completely on their own will. The volleyball team taught young players a number of different skills in the sand volleyball pit at the park while the Men’s Tennis team had their hands full all day long with youngsters lining up to learn how to hit a forehand or backhand from some of the country’s finest NJCAA players. The softball team arrived fresh off their double header sweep of nationally ranked Butler, which put them in the driver’s seat to the Jayhawk West Conference Championship, to sign autographs for many children who were ecstatic to receive a free SCCC All-Sports Program signed by the team. “For us coming here from Brazil and receiving all of the support we do, this is the least we can do. To come out for a few hours and share our love for the game of tennis with the youth of the community and maybe turn one of these kids into a tennis player is exciting for us and something that we more than enjoyed” Saints #1 Tennis Player Diego Abreu said. Volleyball player Adriann D’Amico said “when I was a kid and we had college athletes do things like this it was the coolest thing in the world. So for us to be able to do this and give that feeling back to these kids, it makes it all more than worth it to us.”
The SCCC/ATS end of the year athletics banquet will now take place in the SCCC/ATS gym rather than in the conference rooms upstairs.  The time has also been moved up from 7:00 to 6:00.
The Seward County Saints Baseball Team swept their double header at Brent Gould Field Tuesday afternoon against Pratt to end their regular season. The Saints finished 32-20 overall and 18-14 in the Jayhawk West putting them tied for 5th in the western division. By way of a tie-break, the Saints will get the #6 seed in the West and will therefore travel to Iola Saturday and Sunday to take on the #3 seed in the East, Allen County.
The Saints and Beavers series began Saturday in Pratt where Bobby Doran took the hill for his 11th start of the season. After a 1-2-3 start to the game by the Saints, the Beavers jumped on top 1-0 after having heavy traffic on the base paths but scratching just one run across. Seward fought back in the 2nd scoring a pair of runs with two out RBI singles from Todd Glime and Keegan Morrow to take the score to 2-1. The Saints scored twice more in the 3rd as Luke Campbell drove in his 50th run of the season and Quay Grant chipped in an RBI knock to stretch the Seward lead to 4-1. Doran cruised through the middle innings allowing Seward to open up the lead to 9-0 after a 5 run 4th inning and a run each in the 5th and 6th to put the game out of reach at 11-1. Doran picked up his 8th win of the season while Morrow finished the contest 3 for 3 and Kelby Tomlinson and Grant knocked in 3 runs apiece.
To put it lightly, the Seward bats would have much less effect in game two of the double header. The Saints sent Corey Collins to the mound with a sub 3 ERA while Pratt called upon Montana Prim who entered the game with an ERA of over 16. A pretty good match up on paper, unfortunately for the Saints this game was not played on paper. Pratt again jumped on top early in the contest as Ryan Laing thumped his 18th home run of the season over the right field fence to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead after one inning of play. Seward failed to score in the next three innings and Laing struck again in the bottom half of the 4th to give Pratt a 2-0 lead and then a two out double tacked another run on the scoreboard to make it 3-0. The Saints couldn’t stop the bleeding in the 5th as a leadoff single from Beaver 9 hole hitter Dino Estrada turned into a run after an error by Collins to spike the lead to 4-0 in favor of Pratt. Seward scratched out a run in the 6th but it was too little too late as they fell to the 3-26 Beavers 4-1. Mikel Huston collected three hits for the Saints who were able to muster just four hits in the entire game. The loss ended any hopes of Seward playing at home during the Region VI playoffs as well as getting higher than a 6 seed for those same playoffs.
The two teams began to play Sunday afternoon in Pratt but treacherous weather conditions postponed the games there. The series was eventually moved to Liberal for Tuesday afternoon in a game that had virtually no bearing for either team in the standings. With a pair of wins, the Saints could move into a 5th place tie in the Jayhawk West but would still end up the 6th seed in the conference while the Beavers had already been eliminated from playoff contention before the day started. The games went on as planned and the Saints scored first in game three of the series as Campbell drove in David Cruz to give the Saints a 1-0 lead in the 3rd. The two teams traded runs in the 5th but Seward exploded in the 6th inning for a quartet of runs thanks in part to RBI singles from Morrow and Travis Parker to make it a 6-1 game. Pratt took advantage of sloppy Saints defense in the bottom half of the inning to cut the deficit to 6-3 with a pair of two out runs. Morrow again executed in the top half of the 7th with a sac fly to drive in Grant and give the Saints an insurance run that would come in handy later in the inning. With the Saints leading 7-3 going to the bottom half of the 7th, 8 of 9 pitches from Seward pitching failed to find the strike zone and before anyone could blink, the tying run in Jayhawk West homerun leader Ryan Laing was on deck. Saints fireman Parker traded his first baseman’s glove for his pitching glove and stepped up onto the mound looking for an all-time school record 8th save. After a single to score one run, Laing stepped to the plate and narrowly got under a ball that went for a sac fly, putting the Beavers down just 7-5 with one out in the last frame. With the tying run at the plate, Parker showed why he is now tied for the all-time saves record at Seward County and holds the single season save record as he struck out the next man looking and fisted the final batter of the game to close out a 7-5 win for the Saints in game three of the series.
Looking at the final game of the series with the Beavers as a tune up for the playoffs, the Saints defiantly stumbled out of the gates in game four as they quickly went 1-2-3 in the top half of the first inning and opened the bottom half by walking the first three Pratt hitters on just 13 pitches. Jared Wagner started the game for the Saints but left after just two batters due to tightness in his arm and was replaced by Roldan Ochoa who followed suit by walking the first batter he faced. Ochoa found his groove after that minimizing the damage to just two runs after facing the bases loaded no out jam as Pratt took a 2-0 lead to open the game. Josh Dawson singled home a couple of runs in the top half of the 2nd inning to tie the score at 2, but Pratt took the lead right back in the bottom half of the inning after a 2 out, nobody on situation turned into three straight runners reaching base and a tally for the visiting Beavers. Down 3-2, the Saints scored 12 unanswered runs off Pratt pitching, led by RBI knocks from Jared Broadbent, Huston, Grant, and Parker to blow the game open at 14-3. Kevin Schultz came into the game in the 5th in relief of Ochoa and showed Head Coach Galen McSpadden some life, striking out four batters in a row after a leadoff walk and not allowing a hit in his two innings of work. The double header sweep sent Seward to 5th in the standings with a final Jayhawk West record of 18-14 as they finish the regular season 32-20 overall. The Beavers on the other hand finish their forgettable season 4-28 in conference play and 15-40 overall. Seward will now travel to Allen County this weekend to take on the Red Devils in the best of three, Region VI Tournament 1st Round while Pratt misses the playoffs for a second straight season.
Three Seward County Tennis players signed their letter of intents to move on to four year universities last week as Juliana Boas (Marist University), Fabiola Wisnesky (Harding University), and Ivan Michelli (Harding University) all inked on the dotted line. Boas, a sophomore from Curitiba, Brazil, will play for the Red Foxes at Marist University next season after a career at Seward County that included two trips to the National Tournament. She said she chose the beautiful school in New York because “it is a big campus and very nice.” She played in the #2 singles slot for Coach Darin Workman this season as well as playing #2 doubles with teammate Alyssa Larson. She finished 4th in both slots in the Region VI Tournament in Wichita. Wisnesky and Michelli will attend Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, about a 45 minute drive from Little Rock next season. Wisnesky is also from Curitiba while Michelli is from Sorocaba, Brazil. Wisnesky will join the Bison after playing in the #1 singles and doubles slot for the Lady Saints in both her freshman and sophomore seasons. She was a team captain this season and won three matches in both slots against top notch competition. Michelli will head South after playing #4 singles and #2 doubles this season for the Saints. He will join Wisnesky at Harding after being arguably the Saints most consistent player this season winning 4 singles matches and 5 doubles matches with partner Carlos Souza. We wish all three of these student-athletes best of luck at the next level!
The Seward County Lady Saints Softball team wrapped up its 2nd Jayhawk West Conference Championship Sunday afternoon as they swept their double header against Colby at Lady Saints Field. The wins against Colby come on the tail of their best day of the season, sweeping then 1st place Butler in El Dorado Friday to take over the top spot in the conference.
The Lady Saints busy schedule started Wednesday at home against Barton County. Both pitchers were sharp through the first four frames as only goose eggs filled the scoreboard. However, Barton took the advantage in the 4th inning as Seward mishandled a two out ground ball followed by a two run homerun to find themselves in a 3-0 hole. They battled back in the bottom half of the inning getting a double from Brittany Kent who later scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 3-1. After stranding a pair in the 6th, the Lady Saints were down to their last at-bats in the 7th with their conference title hopes quickly fading away. However, after four consecutive singles and an RBI groundout, the Lady Saints found themselves tied at 3 with their top hitter Marisa Coats at the plate with just one out and the winning run just 60 feet away. Barton decided to intentionally walk Coats but failed to execute the free pass, as they threw the ball away and Jamie Gilbert raced in from third to give the Lady Saints the 4-3 win.
In game two the Lady Saints started off just as they had finished the first game as they jumped all over the Cougars with four two out runs capped off by a 2 RBI double from Shelby Casey and an RBI single from Kent. Barton scored an unearned run in the 2nd after Seward made back to back errors but the Lady Saints would get that run back and more in the 3rd as Casey added another RBI double to her days work and Kent laced a triple to the gap to score her and make the Seward lead 8-1. The teams traded 2 spots in the 4th and 5th innings and Barton added a 7th inning run but was much too little too late as the Lady Saints came away with the 12-6 win despite 4 defensive errors.
The victories against the Cougars set up a marquee matchup between the conference’s top two teams in El Dorado Friday afternoon as the 8-4 Lady Saints traveled eastward to take on the 9-3 Lady Grizzlies of Butler. Butler struck first and scored 3 early runs off Seward ace Courtney Auger and many may have thought this just wasn’t the year for the Lady Saints. However, the nine ladies on the field felt otherwise. Seward quickly erased the 3 run deficit in the 4th inning as Kent cleared the loaded bases with a triple with two outs to tie the game at 3 apiece. The Lady Saints took the lead in the 4th with a sac fly from Coats and would never look back. They piled onto their 4-3 lead in the 6th with 6 runs on 5 hits including home runs from Kent and Alicia Reyes to make the lead 10-3. Seward would tack on one more run in the 7th to make it 11-3 and Auger shut down a late Butler rally to win the game in blowout fashion 11-3 and force a tie atop the conference standings between the two.
Game two Friday was undoubtedly the biggest game of the season for either team with the conference title basically sitting in the balance. Butler again struck first with a pair of 2nd inning 2 out runs of Seward starter Erin Roufosse. The Lady Saints sliced the lead in half in the 5th with a run but quickly gave it back to make the score 3-1 Butler. The score remained there into the 7th when it was found out who wanted the crown the most. Six straight Seward County hitters reached base, culminating in 4 runs, including 2 RBI singles from Alicia Reyes and Coats to put the Lady Saints on top 5-3. After a leadoff double scored to cut the SC advantage to 5-4, the Lady Saints were able to cut down a run at the plate and get a ground out to hang on and win the game 5-4. The win sent the Lady Saints to 10-4 in conference play while it dropped the Griz to 9-5.
With an inside track on the conference title, the Lady Saints took on Colby at home on Sunday. Seward came out energized and scored 6 runs in the first two innings of the game including a pair of RBI’s from Kent and 3 RBI’s from Casey. Seward stretched their lead to 8-1 with a couple of 3rd inning runs and finished the game with a run in the 5th to enforce the run rule at 9-1. Auger started and finished the game for the Lady Saints allowing just one hit for the 6th time this season.
Having clinched at least a share of the conference title, the Lady Saints went into game two with the Lady Trojans ready to claim the spoils all to themselves. Although Colby had relatively nothing to play for in the final game of the regular season, they played the Lady Saints tough in game two, jumping out to a 1-0 advantage after 2 ˝ innings. That run would quickly be answered as Kent blasted a leadoff homerun over the centerfield fence and Seward was able to manufacture another run to take a 2-1 lead. They added onto that lead in the 5th inning with RBI doubles from Reyes and Jill Rodgers as well as a 2 RBI single from Coats to make the lead 6-1. Colby got a pair of runs in the 6th but their push was not enough as Auger came in relief of Cara Russell, who won her 10th game of the season, to pick up the save and secure the 6-3 win.
The wins gave the Lady Saints the conference championship all to themselves as they picked up their 35th win of the season. Seward will now set their sights on the Region VI Tournament in Wichita this weekend where they will first take on the winner of the Barton County/Colby first round matchup after they enjoy their bye. That game will begin at approximately 2:00 at Two Rivers Youth Complex. The winner of that game will then take on the winner of the Garden City/Butler matchup at 6:00 and will be available to listen to online by clicking on the listen live link at
The Seward County Saints Jayhawk West Conference series against Hutchinson Sunday and Monday, showed just why the conference changed to a four game weekend series format last season. After having their series dates changed for the 5th straight weekend, the Saints opened the series with Hutchinson on Sunday afternoon at Brent Gould Field. In game one the Saints sent ace Bobby Doran to the mound and after a swift 10 pitch 1st inning, had a 0 on the board and the Saints coming to bat in the bottom half of the first frame. The Saints wasted little time in taking advantage of shaky control from Hutchinson starter and Mississippi State signee Tim Statz as the first five batters of the game reached base including RBI singles from Travis Parker and Kelby Tomlinson to open up a 2-0 lead. Neither team would get anything going for the next four innings as Doran faced the minimum through the first four innings while Statz settled down nicely as the Saints would hold just the 2-0 advantage going into the 6th inning. Hutch would threaten in the 6th as Doran plunked center fielder Drew Wilkinson but left him stranded at second base after a groundout and a fly out to right to end the inning. Luke Campbell would triple to lead off the Saints half of the 6th and wasting no time Tomlinson launched a fly ball to center for the sac fly as Campbell would tag up and score to make the Seward lead 3-0. Doran would take care of the rest, rapidly dispatching of the first place Dragons in the 7th to secure the 3-0 win for the Saints. Doran finished the game with just 89 pitches while striking out five and failing to walk a batter in his first career complete game shutout.
In game two, Seward County would again get the early lead thanks to a Quay Grant, two out RBI knock to score Travis Parker who singled with two outs to start the Saints rally. Hutch would manage a run off of Saints ace 1.B in Corey Collins in inning number two, but Seward would quickly get that run right back and add another as Parker ripped a two out double to left center field to make it a 3-1 ball game. Collins would proceed to retire the next 13 Dragons in order as Seward took advantage of subpar Hutch defense to extend their lead to 6-1. Seward’s sophomore sinker baller worked around a one out double in the 7th to close the door on Hutch as the Saints finished off the double header sweep of the conference leading Blue Dragons and put themselves in a position to win the series with a victory Monday. With the two wins the Saints creeped back into the conference title picture again and sat in 4th place, just two games behind the conference leaders Garden City and Colby who split earlier in the day.
Game three started much as the first two had for Seward County as starter Austin Terhune quickly retired the Blue Dragons in order in the first two innings to give the Saints a chance to capture the early lead. However, unlike the previous day, Hutchinson starter Adam Roy would match zeros on the scoreboard with Terhune through the first three frames as the game rapidly progressed to the 4th without a score. The Saints would make their first defensive miscue of the series to lead off the top half of the 4th as a groundball was mishandled and Hutch took advantage. Back to back to back hits capped off by a two run home run saw a 4 spot put up for the Dragons and the Saints trailed for the first time all series. The Saints failed to respond in the bottom half of the 4th and Hutch tacked on 3 more runs in the 5th as the first 5 batters of the frame were able to reach against Terhune and reliever Billy Ninemire. Ninemire stopped the bleeding long enough for the Saints to scratch out a run in the 6th as Todd Glime broke up Roy’s perfect game bid with a leadoff double where he was later driven in by Keegan Morrow to throttle the shutout bid as well. Seward again threatened to make a game of it in the 7th as a 2 RBI double from Campbell brought them to within 4 but the Saints would lead Campbell and Glime stranded on base with back to back strikeouts to end the game.
With the series win still in their grasps, the Saints looked to get back on the winning track in game two of the Monday double header with the Dragons. However, Hutch had other ideas about their ideal outcome of the day. With two quick outs in the top half of the first, the Saints thought they were going to see their 4th straight 1-2-3 inning to open up a game against the Blue Dragons. Unfortunately that didn’t happen and Hutch was able to put a pair of runners on board for Roy who sent the ball to the right center field wall for a pair of RBI’s to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. Mikel Huston walked to lead off the 1st inning but stayed there after a pair of pop outs and a strikeout to end the inning. Hutch would take advantage of a leadoff bean ball in the 2nd to score a run and make it 3-0, but Seward would turn around and benefit from a Dragon misplay in right field to score a run of their own and narrow the margin back to 2. A trio of walks in the 3rd would hand Hutch another run and after a pair of scoreless frames the Saints trailed 4-1 going to the 5th. Six of eight Hutch batters in the 5th inning would reach base resulting in a trio of runs, but a huge inning was averted thanks to a no out double play to stop some of the momentum. Down 7-1 in the 6th inning Seward again mounted a comeback as they were able to score a pair of runs but back to back strikeouts again shut down their momentum as they trailed 7-3 going to the 7th and final inning. After Parker threw a blank up on the scoreboard, the Saints showed a glimmer of hope in the bottom half of the inning bringing the tying run to the on deck circle but as par for the day, a strikeout would end the threat and in this case the game.
The split drops Seward to 15-13 in Jayhawk West Conference play and 29-19 overall. The Saints will now have to rely on sweeping Pratt next weekend in the Beavers home park as well as have one of the following happen to receive a home date for the Region VI playoffs: A sweep one way or another in the Colby @ Hutchinson series, a Cloud County sweep of Garden City in Garden, or a 2-2 split in the Dodge City/Butler series. All of which are not very likely to happen. The Saints currently sit in 6th place and with a sweep of Pratt Could finish no worse than 5th in the West but winning any less than all four games would leave them in 6th when the Region VI playoffs begin the first weekend of May. IF the playoffs were to start today, the Saints would find themselves on the road to Chanute to take on Neosho County, BUT with up to 12 games left for schools in the Jayhawk East, standings are likely to change before that time.
To put it in the most simple terms possible, runs were not at a great premium Wednesday in Clarendon as the host Bulldogs took on the Saints of Seward County. Game one was a wild and crazy game that ended up being a nail biter at the end. Clarendon jumped out to a 11-0 advantage after just three innings capitalizing on a struggling Seward County pitching staff that allowed 6 walks in the first three frames without recording a strikeout. The Saints began to chip into the lead in the 4th inning as Luke Campbell followed a Travis Parker double with a two run home run and then collected another two run shot in the 5th to cut the lead to 11-5. Todd Glime got into the big fly frenzy in the 6th hitting a two run shot of his own after Billy Ninemire put up his second zero in a row the previous half inning against the Bulldogs. Down 11-7 going into their last at bats in the 7th, the Saints mounted a furious comeback scoring 3 runs on RBI knocks from Keegan Morrow and David Cruz to cut the lead to 11-10 but Cruz would be stranded on first base as the tying run as the game came to a close. Saints pitchers didn’t help their own cause in the loss walking 10 Clarendon batters while fanning just 2.
Game two would be somewhat of a reversal of scripts as the Saints wouldn’t wait until the second half of the game as Mikel Huston and Kelby Tomlinson singled to open the game and Campebll drove the pair in for his 5th and 6th RBI’s of the day to give Seward a 2-0 lead. Morrow would single in Trent Martinez in the 2nd inning with two outs to extend the lead to 3-0 and after a pair of scoreless innings of work from Roldan Ochoa the Saints held that lead to the 3rd. In the 3rd the Seward bats exploded for 8 runs on just 5 hits including a 2 RBI triple from Austin Vanderwork to push their lead to 11-0. Clarendon wouldn’t lay down however as they scored 5 runs with two outs and 6 total in the 3rd inning to get back into the contest at 11-6. After another two out RBI single from Morrow, the Saints led 12-6, but another crooked number for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the 4th cut the lead to 12-9. In the inning Clarendon scored those three runs on just one hit but benefited from three Saints walks, who all scored, for the three spot. RBI hits from Huston, Campbell, Morrow, and Tanner Woods in the 6th opened the lead to 17-9 in favor of the Saints and another tally in the 7th brought the lead to 18-9. Parker finished the game with his second scoreless inning to seal the deal and give Seward their 27th win of the season. On the day there were 576 pitches thrown, 50 hits, 49 runs, and 27 walks, needless to say, not the best day to be on the mound for either team. The split takes the Saints to 27-17 on the season and they remain at 13-11 in Jayhawk West Conference standings. They will host rival Hutchinson in a crucial Conference matchup Saturday and Sunday at Brent Gould Field with both games starting at 1:00.
Courtney Auger showed the Garden City Lady Broncbusters just why she was the 2008 Jayhawk West Player of the Year in the Seward County Lady Saints latest short road trip. The sophomore fanned 18 Lady ‘Busters while allowing just one hit in Seward’s 11-0 blowout win in game one of their doubleheader Wednesday. The game wasn’t as out of reach as the final scoreboard read however as Seward relied heavily on the bat of Marisa Coats in the first 6 innings before blowing it open in the 7th. Seward scored a pair in the 3rd as Coats hit a line drive homerun over the center field fence and tacked on another run thanks to shaky Garden defense in the 4th. With the score 3-0 in the 6th Coats launched a tape measure shot over the left center field fence for her 2nd home run of the game and 6th of the season to make it a 5-0 Lady Saints advantage. Seward pounded out 6 7th inning singles, including RBI knocks from Alicia Reyes, Katie Glenn, Shelby Casey, and Coats to add a 6 spot to the scoreboard and give Auger more than enough to finish off her gem. Auger tied her career best with 18 k’s, but recorded that number for the first time in a regulation 7 inning game as her previous 18 strikeout performance came in a 9 inning win over Colby. Coats finished the game 3-5 with 6 RBI’s pushing her to 7th all-time in single season RBI’s for the Lady Saints. Brittany Kent and Jill Rodgers both collected a trio of hits in the win as well.
Game two Seward again struck first as Coats and Rodgers laced RBI singled following leadoff hits from Reyes and Glenn to stake the Lady Saints to a 2-0 lead after three innings of play. However, Garden took their first lead of the day as Trisha Haslam and Kayla Jeanjaquet picked up back to back singles to score a trio of Lady ‘Buster runs. That lead wouldn’t last for long as the Lady Saints looked to avenge an earlier season loss to the Lady ‘Busters. Coats singled in Reyes who lead off the inning with a triple and then Brianna Baron and Shelby Casey found holes with clutch two out RBI singles to give Seward the 5-3 advantage. Casey again came up big with another two out RBI single in the 7th to make the Seward lead 6-3 which was more than enough for Auger who came into the game in the 4th inning in relief of starter Erin Roufosse to pick up her 16th win of the year. With the two wins on the day, Auger moves into 2nd all-time at Seward County with 37 wins in the circle, trailing just Becky Holland’s 45 for tops all-time.
The two wins propelled the Lady Saints from 4th in the conference to 2nd where they now sit tied with Garden but hold the tie-breaker thanks to a 3-1 season series lead against the Lady ‘Busters. They are now 29-14 on the year and 6-4 in Jayhawk West Conference play. Their weekend plans have changed thanks to some scheduling conflicts with teams in their planned Seminole State Tournament so they now hope to play a double header against Bethany College Friday in Lindsborg with the rest of the weekend schedule to be announced.
On official signing day across the nation, two Seward County Lady Saints Basketball players have signed their name on official Letter of Intents to play at Division One universities. Amanda Pierson put her John Hancock on paperwork from the University of Arizona where she will play for former University of Tennessee National Champion Niya Butts. Pierson will join the Wildcats after a memorable career at Seward County where she finished fourth all-time in career blocked shots (136) and holds 6th and 8th place on the single season blocked shots list (82 & 54). She averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds a game for the Lady Saints in 2009 and was a 2nd Team All-Jayhawk West All-Conference pick as a sophomore. “It just felt right” Pierson said of signing with the Wildcats. She also strongly considered the University of Texas-Arlington and Colorado State University before signing with Arizona. “They are graduating all of their post players so I should have a chance to go in and compete for playing time next season” Pierson said. When asked of her most memorable moment as a Lady Saint Pierson replied “there are so many it is hard to think of just one. The people here have given me so much support in my two years here, it has led me to the success I have had and finally matriculated into me signing at the University of Arizona.”
LaNell Taylor will take her talents and vibrant personality to the University of Texas at Arlington next season. Taylor, a sharpshooter from Houston, Texas (Elsik High School) will join a Mavericks team who reached the WNIT Tournament last season. She averaged 9.3 points a game last season for the Lady Saints while knocking down 75 three-pointers, passing current Seward assistant coach Kim Ortega-Davis for 5th all-time in single season trifectas. Her 97 career three-pointers made puts her 7th all-time at Seward County in that category. Taylor also considered Portland University before deciding on UTA saying of her visit at UTA “I knew as soon as I got done there that it was right for me. It was the same feeling as I had after I came on my visit here to Seward County and it worked out as good as possible here so I decided to sign there.” “Coach Wynn and Coach K have given us everything we need to succeed at the next level” Taylor said. “They have taught us how to win and given us the skills on and off the court to accomplish something later in life” she continued. “You don’t have to be around LaNell long to understand the kind of person she is” Head Coach Toby Wynn said. “She brings so much energy and is a natural leader, both of which will help her be successful at the next level” he said. As Wednesday’s press conference style signing came to a close Taylor made sure to thank everyone in attendance and those that weren’t able to attend saying “I just want to thank everyone here in Liberal for everything they have done for me the last two years. The support, the friendliness, and the overall feeling that they have given me is something I will never forget.”
With first place on the line in Garden City this weekend, the Seward County Saints Baseball team traveled North in search of the Jayhawk West’s throne with just two weekends remaining in conference play. The Saints started slow Friday afternoon failing to score in the first three innings while Garden was able to squeak across an unearned 2nd inning tally to take a 1-0 lead. Seward opened the 4th inning with three straight hits from David Cruz, Travis Parker, and Luke Campbell to score a pair of runs and with two outs Jared Broadbent laced a single up the middle to take a 3-1 Saints lead. Garden responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the 4th but Seward quickly answered that with back to back doubles in the 5th by Cruz and Parker to hold their 2 run advantage at 4-2. A leadoff walk and three straight hits for the Broncbusters in the 5th tied the game at 4 heading to the 6th. That’s when Mikel Huston ignited his third home run of the season over the right-center field fence, into a stiff breeze to give the Saints a 5-4 lead. Trent Martinez and Quay Grant picked up hits behind Huston and with two outs Keegan Morrow squeezed a ball through the right side to put the Saints up 7-4. That’s when Seward starting pitcher Bobby Doran dug in his cleats and shut down the ‘Buster bats for the 6th and 7th innings to give the Saints the win tying them for first place in the West with the victory.
Game two would, unfortunately for the Saints, be a very different story. Seward would go down in order both of the first two innings while Garden capitalized on 6 hits for 2 runs off Saints starter Corey Collins. A 3rd inning triple by Jared Broadbent and subsequent sacrifice fly from Todd Glime would cut the Garden lead in half at 2-1. The ‘Busters would add to their lead in the 3rd as their first four hitters reached and three scored to stretch their lead back out to 5-1. A 4th inning home run by Luke Campbell would chip back into the Garden lead but the Saints failed to take advantage of a runner on third with just one out in the 5th as they left Broadbent stranded on base after in infield popup and ground out to third. The teams traded runs in the 5th and 6th but Seward was never able to put a crooked number on the board and fell 6-3. Jared Wagner pitched well for the Saints in relief of Collins as he went the final four innings allowing just 3 hits and one unearned run in the defeat.
Saturday was a new day and another opportunity for the Saints to find themselves in first if they were able to return to Liberal with two wins on the afternoon. The Saints early inning struggles continued as they went in order at the plate in both the 1st and 2nd innings while Garden took advantage of subpar defense from the Saints to score runs in both innings and take a 2-0 lead. Another blank in the top half of the 3rd set Garden City up for an explosion of offense in the bottom half of the inning as they scored 4 runs on 4 hits, a walk, and a hit by pitch to take a 6-0 lead. Seward would remain scoreless through the 4th, 5th, and 6th while Garden tacked on a trio of runs to build their lead to 9-0. Josh Dawson and Todd Glime picked up 7th inning RBI hits but the two runs weren’t nearly enough as the Saints fell 9-2 in game one.
The Saints staked to a 1-0 lead in game four of the series with the ‘Busters as Mikel Huston and Kelby Tomlinson singled to open the game followed by a RBI groundout from Travis Parker to score Huston from third. Kevin Schultz looked to turn the Saints tide on the mound and tossed a scoreless first, working around a two out bean ball to keep the score at 1-0. Keegan Morrow singled in Billy Ninemire in the 2nd to make the lead 2-0 but it would be short lived as Garden bounced back for a pair of runs in the 2nd and one in the 3rd to take a 3-2 lead after three. The Saints again lulled through the middle innings and allowed Garden to break the game open with a 6 spot in the 5th courtesy of three hits and four free passes to take a 9-2 lead. With the rain picking up in the 6th, Garden added another run to make it 10-2 when the game was called due to poor field conditions. The series loss to the ‘Busters was the first time in 3 years that the Saints would have a losing record to their rival from the North. The losses drop the Saints to 26-16 overall and 13-11 in Jayhawk West Conference Play, good for a 5th place tie with Barton County. While the losses severely hurt the Saints chances of a 2009 regular season Jayhawk West title, they still remain just 3 games back of Garden and Colby who are tied for first. The Saints will travel to Clarendon for a non-conference double header with the Bulldogs Wednesday before returning home Saturday and Sunday to Brent Gould Field to take on Hutchinson in a critical four game set with the Dragons.
In a busy week for the Seward County Lady Saints softball team, two wins and two losses would be the final result. Tuesday, the team traveled to Borger to take on Frank Phillips, a team they had already dispatched of twice two weeks earlier. The first game went as planned with Seward jumping out to an early 4-0 lead on 1st inning RBI hits from Marisa Coats, Brianna Baron, and Alicia Gonzales. The Lady Saints added three more in the 3rd highlighted by a two out, 2 RBI single from Jamie Gilbert to extend the lead to 7-0. Courtney Auger started in the circle for the Lady Saints and threw three hitless innings striking out 6 Lady Plainsmen. Seward scored a pair more in the 4th on a 2 RBI triple from Baron as they would sail to the 9-0 run rule victory. Erin Roufosse came in and pitched the last two innings for Seward in relief of Auger and allowed just a 5th inning single in closing out the win. After outscoring the Lady Plainsmen 25-0 in the team’s first three meetings, Seward put the fourth and final game of the season series on cruise control and found themselves in a 4-2 hole entering the 7th inning of game two of the double header. The Lady Saints were not going to be denied however as they put together six straight 7th inning hits including a leadoff triple from Brittany Kent and RBI hits from Coats, Baron, and Jill Rodgers to put them back on top 6-4. Roufosse came in again for the last two innings and made sure to make the game interesting by allowing back to back singles to open the 7th frame. That’s when she decided enough was enough and quickly shut down the side on 9 pitches, including a game ending strikeout to preserve the Lady Saints 4th straight win as they ran their record to 27-12 with the two wins.
The Lady Saints had no time to celebrate their Tuesday wins as Wednesday they returned home for arguably their most important games of the season. Butler came into the games in first place in the Jayhawk West while Seward County came in just a game behind in second. The game started with both teams trading zeros through the first two innings but Butler struck first after a leadoff error and four straight hits to jump out to a 3-0 advantage. The 4th frame was one to forget for Seward as the Grizzlies scored 6 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks to build the lead to 9-0. The lead proved too much to overcome as the Lady Saints managed just a solo 4th inning run as they fell 9-1 in the run rule loss. Seward looked to regroup in game two and at least come away with a split from the league leading Grizzlies but Butler had other plans. Butler again struck first via an unearned first inning run off Lady Saints starter Erin Roufosse but the freshman settled down nicely throwing up 0’s on the scoreboard for the next 5 frames. Unfortunately Seward wouldn’t be able to score a run of their own as they stranded a runner at second base in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings and trailed 1-0 going to the 7th. Butler put together back to back singles and a sac fly in the inning to take a 2-0 lead and a two out double by Brittany Kent brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom half of the inning but a pop out to shortstop would end the game as the Lady Saints would fall 2-0 to their visitors from El Dorado. The losses dropped the Lady Saints to 27-14 on the year and 4-4 in Jayhawk West Conference play where they sit in a 4th and 5th place tie with Barton County. Seward will have a chance to rise in the standings this week however as they will take on Garden City on the road Wednesday in a critical battle for Region VI Tournament seeding. The Lady Saints will not return home until next Tuesday the 21st when they will take on nationally ranked Pratt at Lady Saints Field.
Coming off their high point of the ’09 season, the Seward County Saints Baseball Team remained on a roll Wednesday as they welcomed Luna CC to Brent Gould Field for a non-conference doubleheader. Saints starting pitcher Jared Wagner set the tone of the game with an flawless 1-2-3 first inning that allowed Seward to jump ahead early as they scored 4 runs in the bottom of the frame to stake out a 4-0 lead. The Saints scored their 4 runs after Kelby Tomlinson and Travis Parker set the table and back to back errors by Luna shortstop Gavin Lujan gave Josh Dawson an opportunity to drive in a run and that’s just what he did with a sac fly ahead of an RBI double from Kade Kauk. Keegan Morrow singled to lead off the 2nd and after a steal of 2nd base, was driven home by a single to right field off the bat of Parker. The Saints got another 4 spot in the 4th inning capped by a 2 RBI single from Luke Campbell and a 2 RBI double from Dawson with two outs. Luna got their first hit and run in the 5th inning off relieve Avram Carlson but the freshman would thwart the rally and allow just the single run to allow Seward to score a pair in the bottom half of the inning for the 11-1 run rule win. Morrow, Tomlinson, and Parker went a combined 8 for 10 with 8 runs scored at the top of the Saints lineup in the win.
Game two wouldn’t bring much relief for the Rough Riders as Seward would again jump to an early lead at 3-0 as Tanner Woods and Jake Yeary cracked two out RBI hits in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Luna would score their lone run of the contest as they strung together back to back doubles in the 3rd inning but that run was quickly countered with a Seward run of their own in the bottom of the 3rd as Mikel Huston drove in Billy Ninemire with an RBI double. Seward would add three more in the 4th on consecutive RBI singles from Morrow, David Cruz, and Quay Grant and then a trio more in the 5th to stretch the lead to 10-1. Roldan Ochoa threw a scoreless 6th inning for the Saints, allowing Huston and Tomlinson to double back to back to score the Saints 11th run and win by a repeat 11-1 score in another run rule victory against the ‘Riders. With the two wins, Seward moved to 25-13 on the year heading into their crucial four game set with Garden City on the weekend at Williams Stadium.
After a disappointing showing in an early week series against Barton County in Hays, the Seward County Saints Baseball Team knew it was make or break time in this weekend’s series with visiting Dodge City. The Saints sat at an unfamiliar 8-8 record in Jayhawk West play but only two games out of the conference lead going into Saturday’s game with the Conquistadors. With the wind howling out of the yard Saturday afternoon, Seward fell behind early 1-0 on a windblown home run by Dodge center fielder Cody Lunsford. The Saints showed they weren’t going to let the Conqs come onto their home field and push them around however as they bounced back with a rocket shot, three run home run from Jared Broadbent in the bottom of the 2nd to take a 3-1 lead. The Saints added three more in the 3rd inning on RBI singles from Luke Campbell and Josh Dawson to take a 6-1 lead half way through game one. Seward would capitalize on a two out error by Dodge shortstop Jorden Johnson in the 4th as David Cruz would wrap his 2nd home run of the season around the right field foul pole to take a seven run lead. That would be more than enough for Saints starter Bobby Doran who pitched a complete game, picking up his second straight conference win and fifth win on the season in the 9-3 victory. Doran struck out 8 Conqs while failing to walk a man in his 7 innings of quality work in the game.
Seward would fall behind again in the first inning of game two after Dodge City leadoff man Taylor Doan singled and was later knocked in by Mike Schnedar to take the 1-0 lead. To put it mildly, that 1-0 advantage wouldn’t last long. The Saints stormed back for an 8 spot in the bottom of the first as six straight batters reached base against Conq starter Kyle Neufeld who was chased after just 2/3rds of an inning. In the inning, Seward received RBI knocks from Campbell, Mikel Huston, Broadbent, and Keegan Morrow to take the seven run advantage. The Saints scored one in the 2nd and 5 more in the 3rd on a three run shot by Travis Parker and RBI hits from Broadbent and Trent Martinez. Corey Collins would pick up his 6th victory of the season as he pitched a complete game for the Saints allowing just five hits in the 17-3 win.
Sunday’s scheduled games were pushed back to Monday due to poor weather conditions but unfortunately for the Conqs it didn’t slow down the Seward County attack. The Saints scored in the first two innings of Monday night’s matchup thanks to RBI’s from Cruz and Tanner Woods. Dodge battled back for a run of their own in the 3rd to cut the lead to 2-1 where it stayed until the bottom of the 5th. Seward plated a pair on a bases loaded walk to Huston and a sacrifice fly from Martinez to take a three run advantage. Saints sophomore pitcher Austin Terhune quickly retired the side in the top of the 6th and allowed the Saints to score 6 runs in the bottom of the inning to push the lead to 10-1. In the inning the Saints saw RBI triples from Parker and Martinez as well as a two out RBI double from third baseman Quay Grant. Terhune came out and retired the Conqs in the 7th to pick up his 3rd win on the year in the 10-1 victory for the Saints.
Dodge saved their number one starter Stephen Leddy for game four against the Saints but little did the Conqs know, the Saints had an ace up their sleeve as well. Seward sent Kevin Schutlz to the mound for the nightcap Monday after an impressive two inning outing Tuesday against Barton County which had run his innings pitched total on the season to 5 2/3rds. Schultz made Head Coach Galen McSpadden more than happy with his decision setting down the first 8 Dodge hitters he would face. The Saints however, weren’t able to capitalize on their early inning opportunities after having a runner at second and third and no outs in the first and a runner on third and one out in the second failing to score. Schultz was cruising when in the 3rd inning with two outs his control eluded him as he loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a hit batter. He wriggled out of that jam by inducing a pop up to right field to end the threat and the inning. After a quick 1-2-3 inning for the Saints hitters in the 3rd, Schultz again created some drama in the 4th by hitting the Dodge leadoff man followed by the first Conq hit of the day, a bloop single by 1st baseman Javier Alvarado to put runners at 1st and 2nd with nobody out. Schultz struck out shortstop Jorden Johnson but then walked Scott Absher to load the bases with just one out. The sophomore righty dug his cleats in and decided enough was enough and punched out the next two Dodge hitters to keep the game tied at 0. The stand jumpstarted the Seward offense as they took advantage of a two out walk and a stolen base as Mikel Huston laced a single to left field to score Trent Martinez and take the 1-0 lead. Schultz was done messing around with the Dodge offense and shut down the Conqs in order in both the 5th and 6th to keep the 1-0 lead. Quay Grant singled with one out in the bottom of the 6th and a walk to Martinez moved him to second. That’s when Huston struck again with an almost identical single to left to score Grant and give the Saints an insurance run to lead 2-0. McSpadden then took the ball from his star of the night and gave it to closer Travis Parker who looked to break the school’s all-time single season saves record if he was able to lock down the win. He did just that, pitching around a walk to strike out a pair and pick up his 7th save of the year in the Saints 2-0 victory. The one hit gem spun by Schultz and Parker completed the sweep for the Saints and brought them to 23-13 overall and 12-8 in the Jayhawk West Conference. Seward will now host Luna C.C. in a non-conference double header Wednesday at Brent Gould Field before returning to conference action this weekend against Garden City. Instead of playing Saturday evening and Monday afternoon at Garden City, the Saints and ‘Busters have moved their series to Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon with both double headers starting at 1:00 p.m. The series is a crucial one for both teams as Garden currently sits tied atop the conference standings with Colby at 13-7 while Seward sits in a third place tie with Hutchinson just one game behind at 12-8.
Going into Friday’s makeup double header with Barton County, the Seward County Lady Saints Softball team had an opportunity to make a statement as the Jayhawk West’s best team by sweeping a pair from the Cougars who knocked off league favorite Butler last week. Game one started just the way the Lady Saints planned as they jumped to an early 1-0 lead thanks to Alicia Gonzales extending the second inning drawing a hit by pitch and Brittany Kent coming up with a big two out triple to score Gonzales. Seward tacked on another pair of runs in the third with RBI singles from Brianna Baron and Shelby Casey to take the 3-0 lead after three. Seward loaded the bases in the 5th but wasn’t able to capitalize as the game stood at 3-0 going into the last inning of play. Baron singled with one out and later came around on an RBI single from Kent to add an insurance run for ace Courtney Auger to close it out in the bottom of the 7th. Auger did just that, but not without a little bit of drama. After walking the first two hitters of the inning, Auger punched out a pair of Cougars and popped one up to end the game in a 4-0 Seward County victory. The shutout was Auger’s 17th of her career as a Lady Saint.
Seward had a chance to take control of the Jayhawk West Conference with a win in game two of the double header and looked like they were going to do so with a pair of first inning runs to take a 2-0 lead. Barton battled back in the second inning as they strung together three straight singles to knot the game at 2. Both teams went quietly through the middle innings and the game remained tied at 2 into the bottom of the 5th. Barton got a leadoff single from 1st Baseman Ashley Newberry but after a strikeout and a groundout, the threat looked to be thwarted. The Cougars wouldn’t be denied however as they put together another single and then a three run home run from Brigett Hitschmann to take the 5-2 lead. The Lady Saints put pressure on the Cougars in both the 6th and 7th as Seward leadoff hitters reached in both innings but were stranded at the end of both innings as their winning streak came to an end at 7 in the 5-2 loss.
After Friday afternoon’s games, the Lady Saints headed on to Wichita where they had a double header with the Friends University JV scheduled on Saturday evening. The Lady Saints came out swinging against the Falcons as Alicia Reyes wasted little time, driving a 1-2 pitch over the right field fence to open up a 1-0 lead as the first batter of the game. Seward would lead off the 2nd with three straight singles from Baron, Marisa Coats, and Liz Ginther to score a run and then Reyes came up big again with a two out single to stretch the lead to 3-0. Seward would get another pair in the 3rd after Jill Rodgers singled to open the inning and Baron sent her 5th home run of the season sailing over the center field fence to make it 5-0 Lady Saints. Seward hurlers Cara Russell and Courtney Auger kept the Falcon bats quiet in the 4th and 5th innings and allowed the Lady Saints to put up a four spot in the 6th capped by back to back home runs from Shelby Casey and Rodgers to come away with the 9-0 run rule victory. In game two with the Falcons, the Lady Saints would score in all five innings, backed by a complete game shutout from Erin Roufosse to win 16-0. Every Lady Saint starter had a hit in the game and eight of nine had two hits or more. Marisa Coats went 4 for 4 with a double and 3 RBI’s and Casey went 2 for 4 with a triple and a homer in the victory.
Seward is now 25-12 overall and 4-2 in Jayhawk West Conference Play which puts them in a three way tie with Butler and Garden City. The Lady Saints will take on the Grizzlies in a huge matchup Wednesday at Lady Saints Field starting at 2:00.
Not having played a conference game in nearly a month, the Seward County Lady Saints Softball team almost forgot what it was like to play another team from the Sunflower State. The Lady Saints were retired in order the first two innings of Wednesday’s matchup with Colby but starter Courtney Auger kept them right in it fanning the first 6 Lady Trojans of the game swinging to keep the game scoreless through two. In the third the bottom of the Seward County order loaded the bases with a pair of walks sandwiched around a double from Brittany Kent. Alicia Reyes then stepped to the plate and knocked in a pair to give the Lady Saints the 2-0 lead. Katie Glenn and Marisa Coats followed with RBI hits of their own to open the lead to 4-0 after three. Both offenses struggled to get anything going through the middle innings, however Seward capitalized on a pair of Colby errors to score two unearned runs and run their lead to 6-0 going to the bottom half of the 7th. Colby finally figured Auger out in the last inning but it was too little too late as their 3 7th inning runs were not nearly enough as Auger punched out Colby right fielder Charliey Stabb for the third time on the day to end the game and secure the 6-3 Lady Saints win. Auger finished the contest with 14 strikeouts, tying her season best.
Simply put, game two would have much less drama than the first game in the twin bill. Glenn started the Lady Saints off by walking and stealing second with one out and then scored on an RBI single from Jill Rodgers with two outs in the frame. Following Rodgers’ single Brianna Baron took advantage of a 2-0 offering from Colby starter Jaylen Reed as she sent it flying over the center field fence for her 4th home run of the season to give Seward the 3-0 lead. The Lady Saints scored 3 more in the 2nd highlighted by a 2 RBI double from Reyes and yet another two out RBI single from Rodgers to stretch the lead to 6-0. After another 1-2-3 inning from Seward starter Cara Russell, the Lady Saints jumped right back on the bats and tallied a 6 in the 3rd inning on RBI hits from Reyes, Coats, and Rodgers. 12 wasn’t enough for Seward County as they chalked up another pair of runs in the 4th as Coats collected her 2nd and 3rd RBI’s of the game on a single up the middle scoring Reyes and Glenn. Colby was able to put together three hits in the bottom of the 5th to score three runs but it wasn’t enough to eliminate the mercy rule as the Lady Saints came out on top 14-3. The top two hitters in the Lady Saints order, Reyes and Glenn set the table nicely for Seward in the win scoring 6 runs while finding their way on base a combined 7 of 8 plate appearances in the game. The table setting at the top led to multiple opportunities for the meat of the Seward order to take care of business as Coats and Rodgers combined for 5 RBI singles, driving in 7 runs in the game. However, the pairs solid efforts were overshadowed by a career high 5 RBI’s from leadoff hitter Alicia Reyes who accounted for over half of the Lady Saints runs with those 5 RBI’s and 3 runs scored. Russell picked up her 9th win of the season in the victory pitching all 5 innings and allowing just the three runs.
With the win, the Lady Saints move to 22-11 on the season and extend their season long winning streak to 6 games. They are now 3-1 in Jayhawk West Conference Play with moves them into a first place tie with Garden City and Butler. Seward County will now hit the road for a weekend road trip that will lead them to Great Bend for a pair of conference games with Barton County Friday before traveling to Wichita Saturday to take on Friends University.
As much as Galen McSpadden and Mike Davidson would like to think Monday and Tuesday’s series against Barton County was an early April Fools joke that their team played on them, it wasn’t. The Saints traveled to Hays to make up their four game set with the Cougars and came home licking their wounds, losing the series to Barton, the first time Seward County has dropped a series since the evolution of the four game sets last season. The series looked hopeful as the Saints came into it setting in a three way tie for third place with Garden City and Colby and they came out swinging scoring three 2nd inning runs helped by a pair of RBI knocks from Billy Ninemire and Trent Martinez to take the early lead. Barton battled back in the 3rd to cut the lead to one with a pair of RBI doubles of their own which was where the score sat going into the 5th inning. That is when Todd Glime’s storybook day started as the freshman from Aurora, Colorado launched a leadoff homerun over the left field fence followed by a single from David Cruz and another homerun from Travis Parker to give the Saints the 6-3 lead. After Barton scored three unearned runs in the bottom half of the 5th, the game was once again a one run differential at 6-5. Glime wouldn’t let that stand for long as he pounded his second Matt Robertson pitch in two innings out of the park to push the lead to 9-5. To put the game out of reach in the 7th, Luke Campbell had an RBI double and Martinez hit a two run bomb to plate him and make the score 11-5. Jared Broadbent walked with two outs behind Martinez to set the stage for Glime who capitalized on the opportunity blasting his third homerun in as many innings over the left field wall to finish off a 3 for 3, 3 homerun, and 6 RBI game in the 14-5 win. The 3 homerun showing is believed to be the first since Paul Bruder accomplished the feat in 2002. Bobby Doran pitched solidly for the Saints in the win going the complete game, giving up just 2 earned runs while striking out 8 and walking just 1 to pick up his fourth victory on the year. All was well with the guys in green, but as soon as night fell in Hays, so did the Saints offense as they were able to muster just three hits in the nightcap of the double dip with the Cougars as they lost 3-1. The Saints failed to capitalize on 6 Barton County walks as they left 9 runners on base in the game and managed just the one run thanks to a Broadbent bunt single to break up Cougar starter Spencer Blades no-hit bid in the 5th, followed by an RBI double from Glime to bring him to the plate. Seward County starter Corey Collins suffered the tough luck loss in the defeat as he went a complete game scattering 7 hits and giving up just the three runs while fanning 8. The Saints first seven hitters combined to go 0 for 19 in the game. With the loss behind them, Seward came out Tuesday ready to avenge their defeat and opened the game with a flurry of hits including a 2 RBI single from Martinez to open up a four run lead before they took the field in the 1st. Barton wouldn’t roll over however as they put together back to back hits to open their half of the 1st followed by a sacrifice fly to score their first run. With one out, Saints starter Austin Terhune induced a tailor made double play ball that the Saints failed to take advantage of on the back end, which led to a two out 2 RBI double from Cougar first baseman Eric Messerli to cut the lead to 4-3. The Saints jumped back on the board in the 2nd with a pair of runs via Parker’s 8th homerun of the year and held the three run advantage into the bottom of the 7th. With the score 7-4, Terhune returned to the mound and after recording a ground ball out, walked Cougar cleanup hitter David Albritton to force Head Coach Galen McSpadden to bring on the Saints fireman Travis Parker. Parker was seeking his school record 8th save this season but received anything but as the sophomore transfer gave up three free passes and two RBI singles to allow Barton to tie the game at 7 and send the game to extra innings. Seward went quietly in the top half of the 8th while Barton’s first three batters reached in their half of the 8th to load the bases for Cougar right fielder Brent Schwartz who laced a walk off single to left field with one out to win the game 8-7. The Saints couldn’t stop the bleeding in game four as Barton scored in the first four innings to open up a 6-1 lead after four. Seward mounted a rally in the 5th scoring a pair of runs to get themselves within three but struck out with the bases loaded to strand the tying run at first base. Barton would add an insurance run in the 6th and Seward would go in order in the 6th and 7th to fall 7-3 in the series finale. The loss drops the Saints to 19-13 on the year and 8-8 in the Jayhawk West Conference. They find themselves in an unfamiliar 5th place tie but sit just 3 games out of first place going into today. They will return home Saturday to take on Dodge City at Bent Gould Field at 1:00.