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The Jayhawk West Champion Seward County Saints opened the 2013 Region VI Playoffs by blowing out the visiting Independence Pirates 12-4 in the first of a best of three series, but game two was much closer for the two teams and it took a bottom of the 9th walkoff hit by Deven Nelson to give the Saints a thrilling 1-0 win to advance to the Region VI Championships in Wichita next weekend. In game one the Saints used an eight run 2nd inning to blow the game open early before going on to win 12-4. In game two it was a classic pitcher’s duel as Hayden Howard and Jacob Reid went toe to toe on the mound in a game that was scoreless into the 9th. In the Seward half of the 9th the Saints put two runners on in front of third year sophomore Deven Nelson and the Saints right fielder delivered with a single to left field and after a bang bang play at the plate, the Saints had the only run of the game as the celebration started with a 1-0 victory to send them to the next round.

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Seward County’s Johnny Griffith is in the middle of a historic week of firsts. Wednesday, he became the first NJCAA baseball player to sign to play for Army and on Thursday he was the only junior college player of nearly 400 college baseball players to be named to a Capital One Academic All-District Team.

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In a career in which she continues to pile up different awards and records on the softball diamond, Thursday Seward County’s Stephanie Mark received recognition for her work on the field and in the classroom as she was one of just three junior college student-athletes out of the nearly 400 selected to be named Capital One Academic All-District.

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With a longstanding tradition on the baseball diamond, the Seward County Saints have had a number of sophomore signings that were memorable. However, Wednesday, as part of the monthly Saints Booster Club Meeting, there was a signing that will rank right up there with the most memorable in school history as Seward third baseman/closer Johnny Griffith became what is believed to be the first NJCAA baseball player to ever sign at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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