After coming up just short for the second straight season in the Region VI Championship game, four Seward County Saint sophomores have been named to the NJCAA All-Region VI team. Infielders Kelby Tomlinson, Quay Grant, and Josh Dawson as well as outfielder Luke Campbell have received hardware after leading their squad to the Jayhawk West Conference Championship and a second place finish in the Region VI Tournament.
Sewardís left side of the infield in Kelby Tomlinson and Quay Grant were both named 1st Team All-Region after a season in which they created havoc at the top of the lineup for opposing pitchers. Tomlinson was the Saints hottest hitter in the second half of the season, raising his batting average nearly 80 points to .352 by seasonís end while notching 10 multi hit games in Sewardís final 14 contests, including a streak against Clarendon, Lamar and Colby in which he went 20-29 (.690), notching 2 or more hits in 7 straight games. Quay Grant was named the top 3rd baseman in Region VI this season after hitting .365 with 13 doubles and 7 home runs during the 2010 campaign. Grant was rock solid in the two hole for Seward this season, finishing in the top 3 on the team in hits, runs, at bats, doubles, triples, RBIís, and stolen bases.
The Saints top two hitters this year, Josh Dawson and Luke Campbell received 2nd Team All-Region honors in their final year at Seward. Campbell hit .378 for Seward this season, playing in all 63 games while leading the team in OPS at 1.015 with 16 doubles, 9 home runs, and 65 runs driven in. Dawson was as steady as they come this season for the Saints at 1st base, as his batting average didnít drop below the .333 mark at any point past the Saints 5th game of the season. He finished the season with a team high 22 doubles while finishing second on the team to Campbell in batting average at .370 and RBIís with 58.

Coming off of a Jayhawk West Championship, eight Seward County Saints have been named to the KJCCC All-Conference teams. Josh Dawson, Kelby Tomlinson, Quay Grant, and Luke Campbell were named first team All-Jayhawk while Cameron Maldonado and Jordan Dallalio were named second team and Todd Glime and Logan Hall were named Honorable Mention. Also for the 5th time in his career, Seward skipper Galen McSpadden was named the Jayhawk West Coach of the Year.
Josh Dawson was named the top 1st baseman in the conference after leading the Saints in hitting during the regular season and finishing the year hitting .370 with a team high 22 doubles and was second on the team with 58 RBIís and 87 hits on the year. Future Texas Tech Red Raider Kelby Tomlinson was named 1st Team All-Conference at shortstop for Seward after a season in which he hit .352 with a school record 90 runs scored at the top of the lineup and a team high 28 stolen bases in 32 attempts this season. Quay Grant earns 1st Team honors at the hot corner after punishing Jayhawk West Conference pitching this year, hitting at a .446 clip in conference play while driving in 31 runs in 32 games and rapping 8 doubles and 4 home runs. Luke Campbell finds his way onto the All-Conference list for the second straight season after leading the Saints in hitting this season. Campbell finished the season hitting .378 with a team high 27 extra base hits and 65 RBIís while finishing second on the team with 11 stolen bases and 87 hits on the season. His 2010 conference stats were eye popping this season as he finished with 6 home runs and 43 RBIís in just 32 games while hitting at a .433 clip.
The Saints horse on the mound, Cameron Maldonado was named 2nd Team All-Conference after a season in which he went 7-1 on the mound in conference play, posting a 3.11 ERA while tossing 47 1/3 innings, striking out 37 and walking just 8. Jordan Dallalio was also named to the 2nd team at the utility position after hitting .301 with 9 doubles and 22 RBIís this season as a freshman.
Todd Glime was tabbed an Honorable Mention pick as the Saints backstop this season after he led Seward in home runs with 11 and was 4th on the team with 44 RBIís. Also named Honorable Mention was Sewardís #2 starter Logan Hall who was an often overlooked part of the Saints success this season. As a freshman Hall went undefeated in conference play at 6-0 while posting a 3.89 ERA in a team high 50 1/3 innings pitched.
Seward had more players named 1st Team than any of the other eight teams in the Jayhawk West Conference and also tied with Butler for the most number of players overall to be selected to the list.

2009 Jayhawk West Coach of the Year and Seward County Head Coach Bert Luallen has released the Lady Saints 2010 fall Volleyball schedule with a number of intriguing dates on the slate. Seward will again start their season at the Lamar Kick-Off Classic August 27 & 28 and will then immediately start their defense of their 2009 Jayhawk West Championship with a road date at Pratt to begin conference play. Their first home match of the season will come September 8th when Cloud County rejoins the Division 1 ranks of Jayhawk volleyball and Garden City will give the Lady Saints their second home match of the week on Saturday with a 2:00 tilt in the Greenhouse. Seward will return to the Wyo-Braska Shootout September 23-25 in Torrington, Wyoming and Scottsbluff, Nebraska and will host their annual Ozfest Invitational with Hutchinson, Midland, Redlands, and Western Nebraska invading the Greenhouse October 8 & 9. The next weekend the Lady Saints will travel to Jacksonville, Florida to take on some of the Sunshine Stateís best in the Florida State College at Jacksonville Classic. Seward will wrap up their 2010 regular season with sophomore recognition night on October 27th against Hutchinson in a match that is sure to have an impact on the 2010 Jayhawk West standings. November 2nd the Lady Saints will hope to host a Region VI Tournament first round match and with a win they would advance to the Region VI Final Four on November 6 & 7 at a site to be determined. If the Lady Saints could win the Region VI Tournament, they would find themselves in West Plains, Missouri November 18-20 competing for a ring at the 2010 NJCAA Division 1 National Championships.
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For the second straight season the Seward County Lady Saints have come home from the NJCAA National Tournament in the top 10 in the country. After falling in their opener 4-0 to Seminole State who finished 4th, the Lady Saints beat Pitt CC from North Carolina 5-2 in 8 innings before dropping their final game 8-0 to 7th ranked Chattanooga State to end their season. Seward finishes in 9th place in the country after a 7th place finish in 2009.
Their first game of the tournament was bright and early Thursday morning at the Canyons Complex in St. George, Utah. Their first opponent was the 9 seed for the tournament, the Seminole State Lady Trojans from Seminole, Oklahoma. A good Seminole team to start with, along with a red hot pitcher in Kaci Quintero made it a long day for the gals in green. Seminole had first crack at scoring as the visiting team in the 1st and put together a two out rally with a double and infield single but Erin Roufosse picked up a big strikeout to end the inning and keep the Trojans off the scoreboard in the 1st. Shelby Casey picked up a one out single around a pair of strikeouts but was called out for leaving early while attempting to steal second to retire the Lady Saints in order in their half of the inning. Sam Verska led off the Seminole 2nd inning with a solo home run to center and the Lady Trojans would later take a 2-0 lead on a single from second baseman Adriana Asano to put Seward in a hole. Six straight strikeouts is what was to come for Seward in their halves of the 2nd and 3rd and after 3 innings of play the Lady Saints remained down 2-0. Neither team would score in the 4th inning but Seminole used three consecutive Seward errors on the infield in the 5th to set up a bases loaded, no out situation in the top half of the 5th. Roufosse came up huge by inducing a comebacker double play ball that went down 1-2-3 in the book, followed by a pop up to left to end the threat with the Lady Trojans unable to push a run across. However, it didnít matter much what Roufosse was doing in the circle for Seward after the Lady Trojans took the 2-0 2nd inning lead as the Lady Saints were simply dominated by the Seminole right hander Quintero. She racked up five consecutive strikeouts in the 5th and 6th innings, coupled with a solo home run from Chelsea Zuchnik in the 6th, made it 3-0 Seminole as the teams entered the last inning of regulation. A leadoff single by Katie Campbell would turn into an insurance run for the Lady Trojans in the 7th to put them up 4-0 and that would be more than enough for Quintero who struck out her 15th and 16th batters of the game in the bottom half of the inning to put the Lady Saints away and push her team onto the next round while Seward fell to the elimination bracket with the 4-0 defeat. Seward was outplayed in every facet of this one as Seminole outhit Seward 10-1 while Seward committed 3 errors to 0 for the Lady Trojans. Casey had the only Seward hit against Quintero whoís final line was 7 innings pitched, 1 hit allowed, no walks, no runs, and 16 strikeouts. Roufosse allowed 3 runs on 8 hits while walking one and striking out 3 and freshman Sydney Cicchetti came in for an inning and 2/3rds at the end for Seward, striking out 3 and allowing 2 hits.
With the loss to Seminole, the Lady Saints were sent to the elimination bracket in the same fashion that they were during their 2009 run. This time the Lady Saints would face off with Pitt CC from Greenville, North Carolina with each of their seasons on the line. Seward hit first and got on the scoreboard right away as Alicia Reyes walked to leadoff the game and coupled with a Bulldog error, would come around to score on an RBI single from Brianna Baron to make it 1-0 Seward after 1. Seward would load the bases with just one out and the meat of their order at the plate but a strikeout and a pop up to the catcher ended the threat and left a zero on the board for the Lady Saints. Pitt also had traffic in the 2nd but Seward starter Erin Roufosse racked up three strikeouts in the inning to avoid the threat and keep the Lady Saints in front 1-0 into the 3rd. Both teams would go quickly in the 3rd and Seward wouldnít score in their half of the 4th inning so halfway through the score remained 1-0 in favor of the Lady Saints. The Bulldogs would scratch the scoreboard in the bottom half of the 4th with back to back singles to start the inning and a wild pitch to the backstop to score a run and tie the game at 1. Seward would try to answer in the 5th as Shelby Casey and Baron walked in the inning but three strikeouts would leave them stranded and Pitt would take advantage in the bottom of the frame. After a leadoff walk to start the inning and a sacrifice bunt to move the runner over, Pitt nine hole hitter Casey Mitchell then doubled to the left center field fence to drive in the runner from second and put the Bulldogs up 2-1. Seward would have their chance to answer in the 6th as Leah Sitter walked with two outs and Reyes singled behind her but they were again unable to push anything across and after a zero put up by Roufosse the teams went to the 7th inning with Pitt leading 2-1. With their last at bats of their Seward County careers on the line, Baron and Brittany Kent slammed back to back doubles to left field to score a run and tie the game in dramatic fashion. Pitt got their leadoff hitter on in the bottom half of the inning looking for the win but a big strikeout by Roufosse stymied anything more from happening and with the score 2-2 the teams went to the 8th inning for some extra innings action. Being the visiting team on the scoreboard the Lady Saints hit first in the 8th and the inning started how far too many of them had on the day, with two quick outs and after a groundball back to the pitcher Charity Watson, the inning looked to be another of the 1-2-3 variety. However, thankfully for Seward fans, Watson launched the ball over the head of first baseman Amy Godly and the inning was extended for the Lady Saints. That brought Casey to the plate and the Seward sophomore quickly rolled a base hit up the middle to put runners on the corners for team RBI leader Marisa Coats. Although 0 for 7 so far in the tournament, Coats picked a good time to get her first hit of the trip as she laced a single up the middle to score Reyes and moved to second herself on the throw home to put Seward ahead and set up a two on, two out situation for the Lady Saints hottest hitter Brianna Baron. After falling behind in the count, Baron stung a single to center to score Casey from third and create a play at the plate for Coats who was attempting to score from second on the hit. The throw from center fielder Christie Brown beat Coats to the plate but catcher Kristen Garner couldnít hold onto the throw as Coats slid in safely to put the Lady Saints up 5-2. With all the momentum on their side, the Lady Saints headed out to the field looking to close out the game and the win to move onto the next round. Roufosse quickly picked up a ground ball to retire the first hitter of the inning and then finished the game in style with back to back strikeouts to the joy of Seward fans as the Lady Saints advanced to the round of 12 with the 5-2 win in 8 innings over the Bulldogs. Baron was the savior for Seward in the game, going 3 for 4 with 2 RBIís and a run scored in the win. Coats went just 1 for 5 in the game but picked a good time for her first hit with the 2 RBI single in the 8th to give Seward the 4-2 advantage. Reyes had 2 hits and Casey scored 2 runs at the top of the lineup while Roufosse struck out 7 and allowed just the 2 runs in 8 innings of work in the ballgame.
With day one behind them, the Lady Saints looked to turn around their offensive struggles at the Big Dance on day two. Their first opponent on Friday would be the 7th ranked team in the land, the Chattanooga State Lady Tigers. Seward got back to back two out singles from Marisa Coats and Brianna Baron in the 1st but wouldnít be able to push a run in and the game was scoreless as Chattanooga came to back in the bottom of the inning. Tabitha McNew walked to lead off the Lady Tiger 1st but was only at second with two outs in the inning and Kendall Bruning coming to the plate. After an inauspicious start, the next few minutes resembled the fourth of July as three consecutive singles and a long two run home run by Brittany Cooley shocked the Lady Saints and pushed Chattanooga out to a 5-0 advantage after 1 inning of play. Seward would leave a runner on in both the 2nd and 3rd innings but Erin Roufosse was able to bounce back with a pair of zeroís and keep the game at 5-0 into the 4th. Brittany Kent would single to start the Seward 4th and Amy Schartz would later find a hole up the middle to put two runners on for Seward but they left them stranded and were still without a run after 4. Coats and Baron would pick up their second hits of the game in the top half of the 5th inning as Coats singled to left and Baron smashed a double off the left field fence but a fly ball on the infield would end the Seward inning again with two runners on and after 4 Ĺ they still trailed 5-0. In the bottom half of the 5th Chattanooga cashed in a pair of hits for a run to go up 6-0 as the teams went to the 6th. Kelsea Blackstock walked to lead off the Seward 6th and Lynda Musick singled behind her to put two on and nobody out as the Lady Saints looked to get back into the game. After a fielderís choice and a strikeout, Alicia Reyes walked to load the bases for Seward as they had their most serious threat of the contest. Unfortunately, the Lady Saints would continue a trend that they saw far too often in the tournament as they left the bases loaded at the end of the frame after a strikeout and they were still blanked through 6. The Lady Tigers would get a pair of singles in the bottom of the 6th but Seward still looked like they were going to get out of the inning without any damage done as a two out groundball was hit on the infield which looked like it was going to be out number three. The ball was mishandled to score one run and make it 7-0 and two pitches later another error on the infield would lead to Chattanoogaís eighth run of the game to end the game due to the run rule as the Lady Tigers came away with the 8-0 victory. The Lady Saints left 11 runners on in the loss while failing to score for the second time in three games, a feat that happened only four times during the entire 2010 regular season. Coats and Baron combined for 4 of the 8 Seward hits in the game while Roufosse was tagged with the loss, giving up 8 runs, 6 earned in 5 2/3 innings of work while striking out 4 and walking 1.
The loss to Chattanooga ends the Seward season at 48-14, the second most wins in a single season in school history. The Lady Saints finish 9th in the country after winning the Jayhawk West Conference regular season title as well as going undefeated in the Region VI Tournament to advance to the National Tournament. Many school records were broken during the 2010 season including their team ERA of 1.40 shatters the previous best mark set in 2009 of 1.82. Individual records broken during the 2010 campaign include Marisa Coats breaking the all-time RBI record with 115 career RBIís as well as career hits with 158. Brittany Kent broke the schoolís all-time triples record of 10 with her 11th career triple in Sewardís win over Garden City in the Region VI Tournament which also tied her for the single season record of 7 in a year. Erin Roufosse had possibly the finest statistical season in school history in the circle, accumulating a school record 1.00 ERA as well as ranking 2nd in wins with 25, strikeouts with 196, and innings pitched at 216 1/3. The 2011 version of the Lady Saints will have big shoes to fill next spring as Seward loses their top 5 hitters and their top pitcher as sophomores this season.
For the second straight season the Seward County Saints Baseball team could almost taste the thin air of Grand Junction, Colorado, home of the NJCAA World Series, but on Tuesday their dream came up just short again as they fell 8-6 in 12 innings to Hutchinson and were eliminated in second place of the Region VI Tournament.
The Saints first matchup in Wichita saw them head to head with a familiar foe, the Cowley Tigers. After all, the two had played three times last season in the Region VI Tournament with the Saints coming out on top of the first game but the Tigers storming back to take both championship games from the Saints and ending their season. Seward started off well in this one as Kelby Tomlinson walked to lead off the game and would quickly steal second, advance to third on a ground ball and score on a sacrifice fly from Luke Campbell to put the Saints up 1-0 in the 1st. The score was still 1-0 in favor of Seward in the 3rd but the Tigers wouldnít have it that way for long as they cashed in 3 runs with two outs and went ahead 3-1. The Saints couldnít get much going through the middle innings, coaxing just two walks in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th, out of Cowley starter Zach Cargill who found his rhythm after a shaky 1st. Cameron Maldonado was equally as tough however, holding Cowley in check through the 5th and the score remained 3-1 Tigers after 5. Thatís when the guys from Arkansas City put their foot on the gas pedal and got something going in the 6th as five hits and a walk would lead to 3 runs and after 6 the Tigers would hold a 6-1 advantage. Seward would get absolutely nothing going late in the game as Cargill retired the final nine hitters he would face in the 7th, 8th, and 9th while Cowley tacked on an insurance run in the 8th and 3 in the 9th to blow the game open and come away with the 10-1 win. The Tigers outhit the Saints 18-2 in the ballgame while Seward made 4 errors while Cowley played a clean game defensively. The lone Seward hits came off the bats of Todd Glime and Ty Jacobs while Campbell drove in the only run of the game and Tomlinson scored the Saints only tally.
The loss sent the Saints to the elimination bracket where their next game would see them go toe to toe with the team that they shared the Jayhawk West Conference title with this season in the Butler Grizzlies. Both teams relied mostly on their offense to come away with their 24 conference wins so Mondayís elimination matchup was expected to be an offensive showcase but freshman Kyle Kinman and Logan Hall had other ideas as the starting pitchers for the game. Hall battled out of a bases loaded jam in the 1st and allowed just one hit through the next three innings and had the Grizzlies in check through 4. Kinman worked around singles from Josh Dawson and Ty Jacobs in the 2nd and a one out double by Kelby Tomlinson and matched zeroís with Hall through 3. The first scoring of the game would come in the 4th inning as Dawson doubled with one out and later came into score on a costly error by Butler shortstop Sheldon Howell to make it 1-0 Saints after 4. Hall would continue to get the Grizzly hitters to pound the ball into the Lawrence Dumont carpet for the next three innings as he picked up six outs on the ground while keeping his shutout intact through 7. The Jayhawk West Freshman of the Year Kinman wasnít going to let that one unearned run get to him however as he held the Saints in check in the 5th, 6th, and 7th by allowing just one hit and with two innings to go the score remained 1-0 in favor of the guys in green. Butler would tie the game in the 8th after three consecutive singles and a sacrifice fly but Hall would work his way out a jam yet again, leaving the bases loaded with Grizzlies and allowing just 1 run to keep the game tied at 1 after 8. After allowing a leadoff hit in the 9th, Hall was lifted in way of closer Quay Grant who battled his way out of his own first and second, nobody out mess in the inning to put up a zero and keep the game tied at 1. The Saints would again go in order in the 9th and to extra innings the two teams would go with their seasons on the line. The Grizzlies would again find themselves in a bases loaded situation in the 10th inning off of Grant but they were unable to push anything across again as a one hopper back to the Seward stopper would end the threat and the inning as the teams went to the bottom of the 10th. Kinman would stay in and throw through the 10th and did a masterful job at that, retiring the bottom three in the Seward order on just nine pitches to send the game into the 11th inning. Butler would not cash in after a pair of singles in the inning and Seward would be unable to get anything going after a two out walk to Luke Campbell and 11 innings wasnít enough as the teams went to the 12th tied at 1-1. For the third straight inning, Butler would have a heavy flow of traffic on the bases but yet again Grant would wriggle his way out of the mess unscaved and give the Saints yet another chance in the bottom of inning number 12. A misplayed ball by Butler first baseman JC Ochoa would get the inning started for Seward and after a sacrifice bunt by Jacobs to move Dawson to second, the Saints had two shots to drive in the run from second and advance in the tournament. After a good battle with Butler closer Brett Macari, Jordan Dallalio popped to center field for the second out of the inning to bring Tyler Hill to the plate in just his 11th start of the season in right field. After working the count to 2-1, Hill came up with undoubtedly the biggest hit of his Seward County career with a single to right field to score Dawson and give the Saints the 2-1 walk off win. The Saints won despite being outhit 15-6 in the game thanks in large part to the Grizzly defense which committed 4 errors and allowed 2 unearned Seward runs. Dawson was the only Saint with more than one hit in the game as he finished 2 for 5 and scored both Seward runs while Hall picked up a tough luck no decision after going 8 innings and allowing just 1 run in the contest. Grant picked up the win in relief for Seward in a career high 4 innings pitched, allowing 5 hits and no runs while walking 2 and striking out 1. Kinman was the story for Butler, pitching 11 innings and throwing 140 pitches, allowing just 5 hits and 1 unearned run while retiring 16 straight Saints from the 6th to the 11th innings and picking up the no decision.
The Seward win coupled with a Cowley loss to Hutchinson meant that the Saints and Tigers would renew their rivalry again with their seasons on the line Monday night in an elimination matchup with the winner moving onto the championship game and the loser heading home empty handed. The game didnít start out as the Saints drew it up as Cowley jumped ahead 2-0 in the 2nd inning after a misplayed ground ball coupled with two, two out hits, played a pair of runs to put Seward behind. The Saints would chip away in the 3rd as Josh Dawson singled up the middle to plate Kelby Tomlinson who singled earlier in the inning to make it 2-1 Tigers. Three walks would turn into 2 runs for Cowley in the 5th inning to put them up 4-1 but a resilient Seward County team would match the Cowley two spot with a pair of their own on RBI singles from Luke Campbell and Ty Jacobs to keep the deficit at 1, 4-3. On in relief of starter Jose Gonzalez, Jared Wagner was lights out out of the Seward bullpen in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings, retiring the Tigers in order in each inning to keep the Saints within striking distance as the teams went to the bottom of the 8th frame. Seward took advantage of Wagnerís brilliance, picking up clutch two out RBI singles from Tomlinson and Quay Grant to tie the game at 4 and then push them ahead at 5-4 with just one inning to go. A leadoff walk would keep the fans on the edge of their seats and after a sacrifice bunt, the Tigers had a runner in scoring position with one out and two shots to tie the game. Catcher Rey Otero would ground out to second moving the runner to third but first team All-Region pick Ronnie Melendez would fly out to right to end the game and move Seward onto the championship game of the tournament. Wagner came up as big as he possibly could in his final outing as a Saint, going 4 2/3 innings out of the bullpen, allowing just a single hit and a single walk while not allowing a run and picking up his second win of the season. After being outhit 18-2 in their first matchup with Cowley, the Saints returned the favor in this one, outhitting the Tigers 15-3 including multi-hit games from Tomlinson, Grant, Dawson, Campbell, Jacobs, and Tyler Hill to come away with the 5-4 win. The top of the Seward order was a combined 10 for 18 while all four had an RBI and three scored a run.
The Saints win meant that for the second straight season they would play for the Region VI Championship and a trip to Grand Junction and the NJCAA World Series on the line. Paul Pulley would toe the rubber for the Saints in just his second start of his Seward County career. The freshman did his job early, putting up back to back zeroís in the 1st and 2nd innings, allowing just one hit to allow the Saints to take an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single from Tyler Hill in the 2nd. Pulley would again allow just one hit in the next two innings he would pitch and going to the bottom of the 4th inning, Seward led 1-0. Ty Jacobs would lead off the Seward 4th with a single and would score with two outs after Daniel Bruce launched a triple off the center field wall to make it 2-0 in favor of the guys in green. Hutch would get their first run of the ballgame in the 5th after a two out error extended the frame but midway through the Saints would still lead 2-1. Neither team would get much going through the 6th and 7th as one runner was left for each team in the 6th and 7th and with two innings to go, the Saints remained up one at 2-1. A defensive miscue and a single to start the 8th would end Pulleyís day as Quay Grant came into the game with two on and nobody out in the frame. Hutch would get an RBI single from Shaun Hoover to tie the game and then a bases loaded walk and a sacrifice fly to score runs and put the Dragons up 4-2 with an inning and a half to go. Seward would go 1-2-3 without a whisper in the 8th on just 9 pitches and to the final inning the teams would go with Hutch in the lead 4-2. Hutchinson would again put the pressure on Seward in the 9th as a leadoff single from Ryan Mayfield and a one out home run from Luka Acosta added a pair of insurance runs and the Saints 2010 season looked to be in the balance. Down 6-2 going to the 9th inning, the Saint didnít exactly start the inning how they would have liked to as five pitches lead to two outs and nobody on as they were down to their last out. Kelby Tomlinson worked a two out walk and Quay Grant would double to drive him in to cut the lead to 6-3. After an error by Acosta to move Grant to third and put Josh Dawson at first, Luke Campbell doubled home Grant to slice away at the Hutch lead and make it 6-4. With two on in scoring position and two outs, the Saints sent their hottest hitter in the past two weeks, sophomore catcher Todd Glime to the plate. Glime fell behind early in the count and quickly had two strikes in the at bat. But with the tournament bracket already filled out with Hutchinsonís name on it and everybody but the guys in the third base dugout thinking the game was over, Glime doubled to left center field, plating both Dawson and Campbell to tie the game at 6 apiece. For the second time in as many days, the Saints were going to extra innings. Each team stranded a runner in the 10th while Hutch threatened with a runner at third and one out in the 11th but were unable to score and Seward went 1-2-3 as the game swiftly moved to the 12th. Catcher Dan Klein would single to leadoff the 12th for the Dragons and after a sacrifice and a bean ball, the Dragons had two on and one out looking for the go ahead run in extras. An Andrew Dixon single would give the Blue Dragons the go ahead run and a fielderís choice ground ball would give them another and after 11 Ĺ the Saints again found themselves behind the eight ball, down 8-6. Seemingly out of gas and emotionally drained the Saints went down in order in the 12th and watched Hutchinson celebrate on the field as they dropped the 8-6 decision to end their 2010 season. The first six hitters in the Seward order all scored a run in the defeat while Hill and Grant led the way offensively with a combined 5 hits. Pulley threw admirably for Seward on the mound, going 7+ innings, allowing 6 hits and just 1 earned run while striking out 5 in the no-decision.
The loss ends the Seward season in second place in the region for the second straight season while the Saints will hang a banner in the summer after winning the Jayhawk West Championship. Seward finishes the year 33-30 overall and puts Head Coach Galen McSpadden within 14 wins of 1,000 at 986 at yearís end. A few of this yearís 2010 Saints will go down in the record books as Kelby Tomlinson finishes the season with 90 runs scored which breaks Cory Pattonís school record of 85 in 2002. Tomlinsonís 28 stolen bases this season will also put him 4th all-time in single season stolen bases. Luke Campbellís 65 RBIís this season push him into the company of Patton, Chaz Eiguren, and Tim Forkner on the all-time RBI leader board where he will sit 4th as he leaves with 122 career runs batted in. The Saints will have a number of contributors to replace in 2011 as all 8 fielders in their most common starting lineup of the season have seen their last Seward County action while statistically speaking, 3 of their top 4 pitchers in 2010 will not set foot on the Brent Gould dirt again.
After a strong two year career for the Saints of Seward County, sophomore guard Robert Sigala has signed his National Letter of Intent to head to Washburn University where he will join an Ichabods team that went 16-14 last season under legendary Head Coach Bob Chipman. As a sophomore this season, Sigala became a fixture in crunch time for the Saints. The guard from Southwestern Heights averaged 6.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game this season while also chipping in with 2.4 assists and 1.7 steals per contest. While Sigala wowed the crowd many times in his two seasons here in Liberal, his most memorable moment will undoubtedly be from the Saints early February matchup in the Greenhouse with Colby where he glided to the basket with time winding down to finish off a layup and get fouled to give the Saints a win at the horn after a furious late game comeback. When asked what he would miss most about Seward County, Robert replied ďI will miss the people, the way they support you through everything. There are many people here that have helped me grow as a player and more importantly as a person and gotten me ready to play at the next level.Ē Although Robert is moving on to Washburn, this wonít be the last that you hear about the Sigala last name as in the fall of 2010 Robertís brother Oscar will join Coach Zollinger and the Saints on the hardwood.
This morning the Seward County Saints 2010 NJCAA National Tournament came to a close after a very successful week in Plano, Texas. Seward will finish 10th at this yearís National Tournament after accumulating 20 total points on the week after a pair of consolation bracket wins this morning. On Wednesday the Saints had limited action on the court but did have some success in consolation bracket matches. Nathan Nelmes beat Corey Arnold of Kaskaskia College easily 6-1, 6-0 in the consolation semis and early this morning dispatched of Daniel Little of Gadsden State 6-2, 6-2 in the final to bring home the consolation bracket championship. In #4 singles, Christian Romanzini worked his way into the round of 8 Wednesday morning but lost 6-2, 6-2 to Matt Davis of Collin to finish in a 5th place tie as his tournament came to an end. After dropping his first match of the tournament Eduardo Munoz made a stand to play as long as he could in the consolation bracket and he did just that winning Wednesday 6-1, 6-1 over Kaleb Bone of Kaskaskia in the semifinals and then defeating Jeremy Falls of Itawamba CC in straight sets Thursday morning to capture the championship. The Saints last doubles team standing on Wednesday was Fernando Soni and Carlos Souza who advanced Tuesday to the quarterfinals but were dropped there by the 2nd ranked team of Jonas Imhof and Christian Valencia who ended the Brazilian duoís season with a hard fought 6-3, 6-4 victory to knock them out in 5th place. With the wins this morning the Saints finish the tournament with 20 points and have locked themselves into the #10 spot regardless of the outcome of the rest of the tournament.
It wasnít quite as good as day one but after two days of the 2010 NJCAA National Tennis Tournament, the Seward County Saints remain in the top 10 of the standings. On day two the Saints saw their #1 player Laericio Lobo fall 6-0, 6-2 to the countryís #1 ranked player Damian Hume of Collin in a hard fought match that was closer than the final score. After Nathan Nelmes dropped his first round match, he was bounced to the consolation round but didnít let it ruin his week. The Aussie took care of his first consolation round opponent Charles Norman of Glendale 7-5, 3-6, 10-5 before receiving a bye in the next round to move into the consolation quarterfinals where he beat Austin McAlister of Spartanburg Methodist 6-0, 6-3 to move to the semifinals on Wednesday. In #3 singles, Carlos Souza fell 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in a lengthy battle with Niles Jackson of Scottsdale CC to end his National Tournament while Fernando Soni suffered the same fate in #4 singles as he fell to 2nd ranked Antoine Raffaelli of Laredo CC 6-2, 7-5 to finish his Seward County career. Christian Romanzini was the only Saint to win his first two singles matches as he defeated Ryan Wilson of Gadsden State 6-3, 6-0 to assure himself of a top 8 finish. Eduardo Munoz moved through the first two rounds of his consolation bracket without a ball touching his strings as byeís advanced him to the quarterfinals where he beat Nick Barajas of Temple College 7-5, 6-2 to find his way into the consolation semifinals against Kaleb Bone of Kaskaskia College on Wednesday.


In doubles action Tuesday the Saints went just 1-2 after a perfect 3-0 record on Monday. Soni and Souza was the only combo to win Tuesday as they dropped Ray Burns and Zack Funk of Lewis & Clark 6-2, 6-4 to set up a 1:00 dual Wednesday with the 2nd ranked team Jonas Imhof and Christian Valencia of Vincennes University in the tournament quarterfinals. In #1 doubles, Lobo and Nelmes fell 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 in a heated battle with Mario Jakovljevic and Pier Pieracianni of Tyler JC while Romanzini and Munoz fell 6-3, 6-1 to Rodolfo Bustamante and Matt Davis of Collin to end their 2010 National Tournament hopes.

The Saints are now in 10th place with 18 points but are just 6 points away from finding their way into the top 5 as they enter day three on Wednesday.
Region VI Coach of the Year and Seward County Lady Saints Head Volleyball Coach Bert Luallen has been selected as the Head Coach of the USA Athletes International team that is headed to the 2010 Sunshine Games held in Barbados June 1-5. The Sunshine Games is a friendship series against Caribbean Island teams held annually. The team is made up of college students from around the country to participate in the tournament. Players committed to Luallenís squad so far have been hand selected from a number of different levels and colleges around the country including Montana State, Bethany, McPherson, Bucknell, Montana Tech, and Rocky Mountain College so far. Assisting Luallen on this yearís team will be Ann Marie Larese from Dartmouth and Christi Kelsey from Williams College.
The Seward County Saints finished day one of the NJCAA National Tennis Tournament in Plano, Texas in 2nd place, trailing the leader, Temple College, by just two points. Laercio Lobo started off the winning for Seward, taking care of Kyle Watson of Lewis & Clark 6-0, 6-2 and Carlos Souza beat Sam Murphy of Kaskaskia College 6-2, 6-1 to move onto the round of 16. Sewardís #4 and #5 players Fernando Soni and Christian Romanzini won their singles matches 6-2, 6-2 and 6-0, 6-3 respectively over Lorenzo Pineda of New Mexico Military and Matt Lancaster of Pima CC. Nathan Nelmes lost a tough first round match with Romain Viellard of ABAC in a 0-6, 6-1, 7-5 decision while Eduardo Munoz lost 6-3, 6-2 to Justin Romero of New Mexico Military. In doubles play the Saints were perfect on day one as Lobo and Nelmes as well as Soni and Souza won in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 over Moraine Valley and Hinds CC and Munoz and Romanzini won 7-5, 6-1 over Gadsden State to move to the round of 16.
What a two week stretch it has been for the Seward County Lady Saints Softball team. After winning their second straight Jayhawk West Conference Championship last week, the Lady Saints took care of business this weekend by winning the Region VI Tournament to earn a bid to the NJCAA National Tournament. To top that off, KJCCC postseason awards have been announced and 8 Lady Saints find themselves on the All-Conference/All-Region Teams for the 2010 season while Head Coach Andrea Gustafson was named Coach of the Year for the second straight season and Erin Roufosse was named Most Valuable Player of the league, the third straight season a Lady Saint pitcher has earned that award.


Andrea Gustafson was named KJCCC Coach of the Year for the 4th time in her career Monday after leading the Lady Saints to a 47-12 regular season mark and their second straight Jayhawk West and Region VI Championship. Erin Rouofsse was named the conferenceís Most Valuable Player in a year in which she dominated Jayhawk West competition, racking up a 7-1 record and a microscopic 0.46 ERA in conference play while striking out 61 and walking just 9. Four Lady Saints including Roufosse were named 1st Team All-Conference/All-Region for their efforts on the diamond this season. Roufosse, along with Brianna Baron, Marisa Coats, and Brittany Kent were named to the first team while Alicia Reyes was named 2nd team and Shelby Casey, Kelsea Blackstock, and Sydney Cicchetti were named to the Honorable Mention list. Coats got the first team nod for the second straight season after leading the team hitting .399 with 10 home runs and 51 RBIís so far this season. Kent also earns her second set of accolades after being named first team last season, was named first team again this year after hitting .335 with 7 triples, 7 home runs, and 48 RBIís this year. Baron joins the trio on the first team list after terrorizing Jayhawk West pitching this season, hitting .489 in conference play with 3 home runs and 14 RBIís. Alicia Reyes earned second team honors this season by batting .337 on the year with a team high 56 runs scored. Casey picks up honorable mention accolades after hitting .328 with 11 doubles and 25 RBIís this year. If the voting would have happened after the Region VI Tournament Blackstock might have moved up on many teams list after she hit .556 in the three ballgames, but will settle for the honorable mention nod as a freshman after hitting .316 with 14 doubles and 41 RBIís on the year. Cicchetti also earns honorable mention all-conference-all-region after putting together one of the finer freshman years in school history in the circle for the Lady Saints. She finishes the regular season with a 19-6 record and a 1.63 ERA which both rank her in the top 5 in school history in a single season in those categories.

The Lady Saints will stash their awards away for the next week and a half as they ready themselves for the NJCAA National Tournament that begins on Thursday May 20th in St. George, Utah where they look to bring home a little more hardware for the trophy case after the 3 day tournament.
Last season, the Seward County Saints fell one game short of the NJCAA World Series. This season, it appears at least, that the Saints are ready to make another run and this time hopefully get one game further. That quest started this weekend at Brent Gould Field as Seward County hosted one of four sub-regional tournaments across the state and the Saints defending their home turf with a 6-5 win over Labette and 11-5, 19-7 wins over Colby to advance them through to the Region VI Championship Tournament in Wichita this weekend.
The top ranked Saints took on the 8th seeded team from the East, the Labette Cardinals in a game that most would have already advanced the Saints in their bracket before the game was started. Unfortunately for Seward fans, the Labette Cardinals were ready to make the most of their first trip to the Regional Tournament in 5 seasons and they werenít going to go down without a fight. Seward got behind right off the bat as J Hensley doubled in Robert Kizer with two outs in the first to make it 1-0 Labette. The Saints took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Luke Campbell was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Todd Glime walked behind him to set up an RBI situation for Jordan Dallalio and the Saints designated hitter came through with a single through the hole at short to score Glime and move Campbell to third. Daniel Bruce followed up Dallalioís hit with a RBI groundout to score Glime and the Saints were up 2-1. The lead wouldnít be Sewardís lead for long as a two out routine groundball turned into an adventure that would eventually cost the Saints 3 runs and put them behind 4-2. The Saints would manufacture a run in the 5th inning after Kelby Tomlinson was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Quay Grant singled behind him before Campbell would hit a sac fly to score Tomlinson and cut the Cardinal lead to 4-3. After Seward reliever Michael Alger put up a zero in the next half inning for Labette, the Saints would get right back to the scoring as Ty Jacobs and Dallalio would reach to start the frame and Bruce would clean the bases with a single up the middle to put Seward up 5-4. Alger would keep the game there with 1-2-3 innings in the 7th and 8th but in the 9th would give up a one out double and subsequent single to score the run and tie things up at 5. Labette closer James Gerheardt would stay in the game in the 9th and would commit a cardinal sin of baseball as he walked Tomlinson to lead off the inning. After a flyout, Josh Dawson drew a walk from the Cards pitcher and Seward was in business with runners on first and second with just one out. An infield single from Campbell would load the bases for the Saints and set up a game winning situation for Sewardís hottest hitter of late Todd Glime. After taking the first pitch low, Glime laced a single to right, over the drawn in infield to give the Saints the 6-5 walk off win. Seward escaped the first round while being outhit 12-7 by the Cardinals and committing an error that cost them 3 unearned runs. Grant and Dallalio led the way with 2 hits a piece while Bruce did the majority of the damage for the Saints out of the 9 hole with 3 RBIís on the day. Saints starter Cameron Maldonado went 4 innings, allowing just 1 earned run while Alger came out of the bullpen giving the Saints a very strong effort, going 5 innings while picking up the win, allowing 1 run and 5 hits while punching out a pair.
Next up on the docket for the Saints was a team that they were very familiar with, having played them four times the previous weekend, the Colby Trojans. After an inauspicious start in the 1st inning for Colby after their first two hitters were retired, they took advantage of a two out walk and a subsequent double to threaten in the 1st. With two on and two out, Jess Cooper sent a 2-2 offering up into the wind and out of the park to stun the home crowd and put the Saints down 3-0 before they had their first at bats. The Saints wouldnít wait long to get it back however as Kelby Tomlinson, Quay Grant, and Josh Dawson would load the bases with nobody out and Luke Campbell was hit with a pitch to bring in the first run and Todd Glime would poke a single to score 2 and the score was quickly tied at 3. Each team would strand a runner on third in the 2nd and Colby would pick up another two out hit in the 3rd to take the lead back 4-3. Jordan Dallalio would get the Saints 4th inning going with a single and after a groundout to advance him to second, would score on a two out single from Tomlinson to tie the game at 4. The Saints werenít done scoring in the inning though as Grant walked to the plate to the tune of Space Cowboy and promptly ignited the first pitch he saw over the center field fence to put the guys in green up 6-4. Both teams went in order in the 5th and a Daniel Bruce RBI single would put the Saints up 7-4 as the teams went to the 7th. Thatís about when things got very interesting. With one out the Trojans were able to load the bases with three consecutive singles to chase Seward starter Logan Hall out of the game. With Matt Edwards at the plate 1 for 2 with an RBI in the game, the Saints backs were to the wall as Colby sent the go ahead run to the plate with just one out. On reliever Paul Pulleyís first pitch to Edwards, the Trojans tried to pull a rabbit out of a hat as they attempted a rare bases loaded hit and run. After Edwards swung and missed at the pitch, the Colby runners were hung up all over the bases and the Bad News Bears base running clinic was on. Saints catcher Todd Glime was somewhat shocked when he stood up with the ball in his right hand as the runner on first was nearly to second and the runner at second was nearly at third, while the runner on third didnít look like he was going anywhere as he was just a few feet off the bag. Glime wisely threw the ball to the first baseman Dawson who chased the trail runner to second and then threw the ball to the third baseman Grant who tagged out the runner trying to go from second to third. The story isnít over; the runner that started on first but had made it to second decided for some reason he was going to try to reverse paths and go back to first and Grant took the opportunity to throw a strike to second baseman Ty Jacobs to tag him out and end the inning! So after your routine 2-3-5-4 double play, Colby went from having the go ahead run at the plate to being out of the inning and giving Seward all the momentum in the world. It was evident which way the tides turned in the Saints half of the 7th as Dawson walked to lead off the inning and Campbell singled behind him to put two on and no out in the frame. Glime then came up and did the only thing he knows how to do against Colby and that is drive in runs as he punished the first pitch he would see from Terry Steiner over the left field wall for a 3 run home run to put the Saints up 10-4. After another inning ending double play for Colby in the 8th, this time a more conventional 5-4-3, the Saints added another run in the bottom of the 8th with a leadoff home run from Tomlinson that left the park before the shortstop could even leave the batterís box. With everything but the final score decided, Colby added a lone run in the 9th inning but would still fall 11-5 as Seward County advanced to the final game of the Sub-Regional with the win over the Trojans. The Saints offense much like many games in the past week and a half, by Todd Glime who finished the contest 2 for 5 with 5 RBIís and a run scored. Tomlinson and Grant combined at the top of the Seward order to go 5 for 9 with 5 runs scored and 4 RBIís while Dawson and Dallalio also did their part with 2 runs scored apiece. Hall picked up the win on the mound, going 6 1/3 innings allowing just 4 runs while striking out 5 and walking just 1. Pulley earned his third save of the season, working 2 2/3 innings and giving up just 2 hits and 1 run.
As the Saints watched on Saturday evening following their win over the Trojans, Colby beat Neosho County for the second time in as many days to earn the right for a rematch with the Saints in the final game. For the Saints, it was a draw that I am sure they didnít mind, being that they had beaten the Trojans 4 times by an average of 9 runs per game in the past week while the Trojans felt they had nothing to lose, going to the final game with a chance to dethrone the home team after finishing just 5th in the Jayhawk West Conference regular season standings. The Saints faced a rarity when they began the game with the Trojans as they would hit first as the visiting team on the scoreboard for the first time this season on their home field. It didnít seem to bother them much as they started right where they left off on Sunday by scoring 3 runs in the 1st inning with RBI knocks from Josh Dawson, Todd Glime, and Ty Jacobs to make it 3-0 Seward after a half inning of play. Aritz Garcia would get one up into the wind and it would carry out to start the Colby 1st and after 1 it was 3-1 Saints. Seward would get 2 more in the 2nd inning on RBI singles for Quay Grant and Luke Campbell, their second hits in as many innings to make it 5-1 Saints. Colby would chip away with two runs in the 3rd and another in the 4th and after 2 runs in the 5th, took a 6-5 lead on Seward after 5. If you read the game recap above and thought that the bases loaded hit and run was crazy, wait until what happened next. Trailing by one in the 6th, the Saints picked up a leadoff single from Jordan Dallalio and after a strikeout, would have Dallalio on first with one out and their nine hole hitter up. Still a pretty comfortable situation for the Trojans but that would soon change. Daniel Bruce would triple to tie the game and it would start one of the most memorable innings in Seward County history. After Bruce tripled, and Tomlinson singled behind him to give the Saints the 7-6 lead, an error and a pair of walks would load the bases for catcher Todd Glime, the Trojans worst nightmare. After all, the Saints backstop had 5 home runs and 11 RBIís against them in five games in the past week. Letís just say Colby Head Coach Ryan Carter will not be sending Glime a Christmas card this year as Glime laced a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall for a grand slam to blow the game open 12-6. Seward wasnít done, in fact they werenít even close to done as the next nine batters would reach base with RBI hits coming from Dallalio, Bruce, Grant, Dawson, and then Glime again to put Seward County up 19-6 after a 14 run 6th inning which saw 19 batters come to the plate. Five Saints scored 2 runs in the inning and three had 2 hits in the frame including Glime who had 6 RBIís in the inning. Maybe even more amazing is the fact that Dallalio made his way to the plate three times in the inning, leading it off and finishing it while going 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored. Colby used five pitchers in the inning with three of them failing to get an out while combining to give up 10 runs. Colby would get a run in the bottom of the inning and load the bases with nobody out but a double play and a strikeout would kill the threat and give the Saints the 19-7 run rule victory. The box score for this one is definitely one to look at as seven Saints had multiple hits, 6 had multiple runs, and 4 had multiple RBI games in the win. Tomlinson finished 2 for 2 with 4 runs scored while Grant had a perfect day going 4 for 4 with 4 runs scored and 3 RBIís. Dawson picked up a hit, 2 runs, and 2 RBIís and Campbell scored a pair of runs and had 2 hits. Jacobs had 2 hits with an RBI and a run scored while Dallalio had the 2 hits and 2 runs in the 6th along with an RBI in the game. Bruce finished the game with 2 hits, 2 runs, and 2 RBIís but the story of the game was Glime who finished 3 for 5 with 7 RBIís including the 6th inning grand slam to start the madness. Glime finished his six games against Colby this season with 6 home runs and 18 RBIís after posting just 5 home runs and 24 RBIís in the 40 games previous to that this year. Jose Gonzalez battled the elements for 4 2/3 innings on the mound and gave way to Paul Pulley who picked up the win and then Michael Alger who came in in the 6th to close the door on the run rule win.
With the win of the sub-regional the Saints advance to the Region VI Championship Round in Wichita this weekend where they will take on the winners of the Johnson County/Hutchinson, Garden City/Cowley, and Butler/Coffeyville matchups on Tuesday. Sewardís first game will be Saturday at 3:00 against either Cowley or Garden City and will then either play at 1:00 Sunday with a win or 6:00 Saturday with a loss. The winner of this weekendís tournament at Lawrence Dumont Stadium will be crowned Region VI Champions and will represent the Jayhawk Conference at the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction at the end of the month.
The Seward County Lady Saints Softball Team earned their second straight trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in St. George, Utah Saturday afternoon in Wichita after defeating Garden City 3-1 in the Region VI Tournament Championship Game. To get to the title game the Lady Saints took care of Barton 6-0 on Friday before knocking Garden City to the losers bracket in the morning game on Saturday 5-1. Seward will now head to the place where they finished 7th in the country last year and bring back 6 starters from last yearís tournament team to look to improve on their finish from a season ago.

Sewardís defense of their 2009 Region VI Tournament Championship began on Saturday as they took on the same Barton team that they had clinched the Jayhawk West Championship against just a week before. The Lady Saints jumped ahead early in this one as Alicia Reyes singled to lead off the Seward half of the 1st inning and didnít take long to come around and score as Marisa Coats put a charge into one in her first at bat and sent it flying over the left field wall for a 2 run home run to put Seward up 2-0. Sydney Cicchetti would hold the Lady Cougar offense down and allow the Lady Saints to add onto their lead in the 5th inning after Leah Sitter walked to lead off the inning and Reyes would reach after her and both would later score on an RBI single from Coats to put Seward up 4-0 after 5. Cicchetti again retired Barton in order in the 6th inning and Seward was able to add a pair of insurance runs on RBIís from Lauren Barker and Reyes to take a 6-0 lead going into the final inning of play. Cicchetti was now the story as the freshman hadnít given up a hit through the first 6 innings of the game and was looking for the Lady Saints first no-hitter of the season in the circle. She got the first hitter she faced to tap back to her for the first out of the inning but gave up singles to the next two hitters she would face to lose the no hit bid. However, the right hander did keep her shutout intact by popping up the next batter and finishing the game off by inducing a ground ball to second as Seward wrapped up the 6-0 victory in game one. Cicchetti was great in the win, allowing just the 2 hits in the complete game shutout. She struck out 4 Barton hitters and didnít allow a walk while throwing an even 100 pitches. Coats provided the offense Seward would need in the victory, going 2 for 3 with 3 RBIís while Kelsea Blackstock also collected a pair of doubles to finish 2 for 3.


The Lady Saints would next draw the Lady ĎBusters of Garden City, a team that had played Seward relatively close throughout the 2010 regular season. Garden would score first in this winners bracket contest as Blair Stalder would triple home Alex Wall in the 3rd inning to make it 1-0 ĎBusters. Seward would answer quickly as Leah Sitter led off the Lady Saints 3rd with a single and would score three pitches later as Alicia Reyes played pepper with the wall on a double to right field to tie the game at 1-1. A misplayed ball in the Garden outfield would allow Reyes to score and after 3 innings the Lady Saints were on top 2-1. Seward would add onto their lead in the 4th inning as Lynda Musick walked with one out and was driven in on a double to center field by Sitter to make it 3-1 in favor of the gals in green. With the momentum clearly in the favor of Seward, Erin Roufosse breezed through the top of the ĎBuster lineup in the top of the 5th and got her teammates into the dugout to do some damage offensively in the bottom of the inning. After back to back singles from Shelby Casey and Marisa Coats to start the inning, Kelsea Blackstock got the big blow with a double to right to score 2 runs and put Seward County up 5-1. Roufosse would do the rest in the circle for Seward, retiring the last six hitters of the game in order to preserve the win and send Seward County to their second straight title game appearance. Sitter finished 3 for 3 with a stolen base at the bottom of the Seward order while Reyes was 2 for 4 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored at the top. Blackstock had just the one hit in game but it was the big blow as it went for 2 RBIís and broke the game open to allow Seward to move to the final game of the tournament. Roufosse continued her strong pitching efforts in the circle, going all 7 innings, allowing just 4 hits and 1 run while striking out 9 and walking just 1 batter.


As the Lady Saints rested after their semifinal win, Garden City had to battle their way back through the losers bracket and eventually came out on top of a wild 15-14 win over Butler to earn a rematch with the Lady Saints in the title game. A tired Garden City team showed up to play early though and werenít ready to roll over for the favored Lady Saints. Both pitchers were on in the first 3 innings of this one as Brandi Lovato went 1-2-3 through the Seward order the first time through and Erin Roufosse battled out of a jam in the 1st before setting down the ĎBusters in order in the 2nd and 3rd as the game was scoreless after 3. Garden City would again score first in the 4th inning after a two out error led to a run to make it 1-0 ĎBusters after 4. Seward would knot the game up in the bottom of the 5th inning as Brittany Kent led off with a triple and was driven in by hot swinging Kelsea Blackstock with a single to make the score 1-1 with two innings to go. Roufosse would hold the score there after a 1-2-3 6th and Seward would take advantage as Marisa Coats and Brianna Baron would pick up back to back one out singles and would later score on a sacrifice fly from Kent and a two out single from Blackstock to put the Lady Saints up 3-1. From a tie game to a three outs to the national tournament situation it went for Seward as they took the field in the 7th. With a veteran on the rubber for their squad, the Lady Saints had to like their chances as they entered the last inning of play. Roufosse got Lovato to pop out to right to open the inning and quickly dispatched of Alexa Harvey on a four pitch strikeout and there were two outs and nobody on as Seward was just one out away from the big dance. After a long battle with Roufosse, Garden City catcher Megan Courtois earned a walk to bring the tying run to the plate but Shelby Bennett would hit a popup on the infield that was taken care of by Baron to seal the Lady ĎBusters fate and send Seward County to the 2010 National Tournament. Seward outhit Garden 6-2 in the win with two of the key knocks again coming off the bat of Blackstock who finished 2 for 3 with 2 RBIís. Coats, Baron, and Kent all finished 1 for 3 with a run scored and Shelby Casey picked up the other Seward County hit and also stole a base in the clincher. Roufosse showed again why she was the top pitcher in the Jayhawk Conference this season, throwing yet another complete game for the Lady Saints, allowing just 2 hits and 1 unearned run in the victory.


With the tournament win, the Lady Saints advance to the NJCAA National Tournament for the second straight season which begins May 20th in St. George, Utah. ďI am very proud of our girls for making it back to the National TournamentĒ Head Coach Andrea Gustafson said. ďThis is a really good group of kids and they have put in the work all season long to get to this point, now they just have to keep pushing forward and see what they can do next weekĒ she continued. Seward is now 47-12 on the season and is just two wins short of tying the school record for wins in a season. The Lady Saints will head to the great southwest on Monday before arriving Tuesday and having their official practice on Wednesday afternoon. They will then play on Thursday and participate in opening ceremonies before playing another game Thursday afternoon/evening depending on their opening round outcome. All of the Lady Saints 2010 NJCAA National Tournament games will be available via radio broadcast at . For opening round draw and any other updates on the tournament, make sure to stay tuned to
After taking his team to a 31-3 season and their second straight trip to the Region 6 Championship game, Seward County Lady Saints Head Womenís Basketball Coach Toby Wynn has been selected to work the Team USA Under 18 National Team tryout camp. Wynn will assist Head Coach Jen Rizzotti (University of Hartford) and assistant coaches Sue Semrau (Florida State University) and Joi Williams (University of Central Florida) in many different aspects of the tryout including putting the players through drills, conditioning, and scrimmages. 30 of the top players from around the nation will be invited to the event with the top 12 selected to play on the team that will represent the USA at the Under 18 FIBA Americas Cup to be played in Colorado Springs, Colorado June 23-30. Some of the former players to represent the U18 Team USA are: Jayne Appel, Tamika Catchings, Tina Charles, Rebecca Lobo, Maya Moore, Candace Parker, Cappie Pondexter, and Diana Taurasi. The tryout camp will run June 7-11 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
The Seward County Lady Saints Tennis team finished their 2010 NJCAA National Tournament trip to Tucson, Arizona 24th after recording 5 Ĺ points on the week. Fanny Benincasa and Kauana Goncalves got Seward off to a good start on day one with wins but that would be the only wins the Lady Saints would be able to get on day 1. Benincasa and Goncalves both lost their next matches to eliminate them from the tournament but the Lady Saints would get wins from Antigone Lowery and Lindy Kowalchuk in the consolation bracket to end up with 5 Ĺ points. Seward finished 4-10 in singles play in the tournament and failed to win a doubles match going 0-6.

Fanny Benincasa- #1 singles:
Def. Jones County 6-0, 6-0 in 1st round
Lost to Hillsborough 6-3, 6-3 in 2nd round

Kauana Goncalves- #2 singles:
Def. Snead State 6-1, 6-1 in 1st round
Lost to Johnson County 4-6, 7-6 (5), 5-0 (Ret, inj) in 2nd round

Antigone Lowery- #3 singles:
Lost to Florida CC- Jax. 6-2, 6-0 in 1st round
Def. Central Alabama 8-3 in consolation quarters
Lost to Institute ASA 8-2 in consolation semis

Sylvia Perez- #4 singles:
Lost to Temple 6-1, 6-0 in 1st round
Lost to Lewis & Clark 8-2 in consolation round 1

Shaley Thomas- #5 singles:
Lost to Temple 6-1, 6-1 in 1st round
Lost to Glendale 8-1 in consolation quarters

Lindy Kowalchuk- #6 singles:
Lost to Jones County 6-4, 6-1 in 1st round
Def. Institute ASA 9-8 (8) in consolation round 1
Lost to Lewis & Clark 9-7 in consolation quarters

Benincasa/Goncalves- #1 doubles:
Lost to St. Petersburg 6-4, 6-2 in 1st round
Lost to Snead State (Wo, inj) in consolation round 1

Lowery/Perez- #2 doubles:
Lost to Jones County 6-4, 6-1 in 1st round
Lost to Hillsborough 8-2 in consolation round 1

Thomas/Kowalchuk- #3 doubles:
Lost to Mesa 6-2, 6-0 in 1st round
Lost to Harford 8-3 in consolation round 1
Two more Seward County Lady Saints have signed to play at 4 year colleges. Rachel Barnes and Vaneza Junior have made their choices and they are headed to different shorelines. Barnes will go to Providence College, a team that competes in the Big East while Junior is headed to join current teammate Nadia Rosario at Valdosta State in Georgia.
Barnes had one of the finest careers in Lady Saints history in the past two seasons at Seward County. A 1st Team All-Conference and All-Region pick as a freshman turned into a 1st Team All-American and Jayhawk West and Region VI Player of the Year during her sophomore season. Barnes averaged over 21 points per game this year, under 1 point per contest under the national leader. She also did an unbelievable job on the glass for Head Coach Toby Wynn, pulling down a team best 8.4 rebounds per game including over 4 per game on the offensive side. Barnes 90 steals led the team and her 96 assists were second while her 78% from the free throw line and 50% from the field also paced the squad. She will head back closer to home to join a Providence Friars team has one of the top 30 recruiting classes coming to campus in the fall of 2010 and a team that finished in the middle of the pack in the Big East this season and earned a trip to the NIT Tournament in which they made it to the quarterfinal round.
Junior will head to Division II power Valdosta State where she will join a Blazers team that has participated in a regional four straight seasons. She will head to Georgia after a very good two year career at Seward County where she earned Honorable Mention All-Conference and Region VI All-Tournament Team honors as a sophomore. Junior put up 10 points and 3 assists per game as a sophomore in 2009-10 and tied Barnes for the team lead with 90 steals on the year. Junior leaves the Lady Saints in 6th place all-time in steals with 163 and was noted by Head Coach Toby Wynn to be the teams ďlock downĒ defender this season, being asked to guard the opposing teams best player the majority of the year.
Having another banner season, the Seward County Lady Saints Tennis Team has been presented with yet another outstanding award. Sewardís number one player, Fanny Benincasa has been named the NJCAA National Freshman of the Year as awarded at Sunday nightís awards banquet at the NJCAA National Tournament. This is the first time in school history that Seward County has had a Womenís Tennis player achieve this honor. Benincasa and her Lady Saints opened up the 2010 National Tournament yesterday before she received the award and her along with Kauna Goncalves won their first round matches and have advanced to the tournament quarterfinals.
It isnít a reach by any stretch of the imagination to say that this season has been an up and down one for the Seward County Saints baseball team. Not often do you have a team that was 4-20 in non-conference play and scratching and clawing to finish above .500 in the race for the conference title. However, the 2010 Seward County Saints made a stand to take care of business on the weekends in Jayhawk West Conference play and forget about that non-conference record long enough to put themselves in a race for the conference title into the last weekend of the season. After taking three of four on the road at Colby, the Saints locked up their 8th Jayhawk West Championship in 10 seasons and assured themselves of the #1 seed out of the West in the upcoming Region VI Tournament that will have the first round sub-regional now hosted at home in Liberal.


In game one of the series the Saints and Trojans would swap runs in the 1st inning and were tied at 1, after 1. With two outs in the 2nd frame, the Saints would begin their hit parade, scoring 4 runs on an RBI single from Quay Grant and a 2 run home run from Luke Campbell to put themselves up 5-1. After a rapid bottom of the 2nd for Colby, the Saints were at it again in the top of the 3rd as Todd Glime would lead off with a home run and the Saints would be on their way to another 4 run inning with a 2 RBI double from Daniel Bruce and an RBI single by Kelby Tomlinson to put Seward up big 9-1. Glime sent his second homer of the day sailing out of center field in the 4th inning with one out and the Saints were now up 10-1. Seward would get a pair of unearned runs in the top of the 5th inning but were unable to force the run rule as Colby would get two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to make it 12-3. The Trojans would score a lone run in the bottom of the 6th inning but RBI knocks from Campbell and Ty Jacobs in the 7th would stretch the lead back to 10 at 14-4 as Colby came up for their last at bats. With the game coming to a close Colby came to bat in the bottom of the 7th and were able to scratch out just one run in the 7th and Seward would go on to win 14-5 in the opener. The top three hitters in the Saints lineup were electric in the win as Tomlinson, Grant, and Campbell combined to go 9 for 11 with 6 RBIís and 8 runs scored. Glime finished the contest with his second multi home run game of his career as he went 2 for 3 with the 2 solo home runs to help pace the offense. Cameron Maldonado picked up his 7th Jayhawk West Conference win by going 4 innings, allowing just 3 hits and 1 run before leaving when the score was 12-1.


The two teams would again trade runs in the 1st inning of game two as Todd Glime would pick up an RBI single for Seward and Jess Cooper an RBI double for Colby and the teams went to the 3rd with that same score 1-1. Seward would get 2 runs in the 3rd inning after an RBI single from Luke Campbell and a pair of Colby errors to score him and make it 3-1 Saints after 2 Ĺ. Colby would play small ball in the 3rd and get a run but it was evident that 1ís werenít going to win this game as the Saints were right back on the sticks in the top of the 4th. After two quick outs in the 4th the top of the Seward lineup started a rally in which six straight batters would reach base and four would score on RBI singles from Josh Dawson and Campbell to put the Saints up 7-2. Unfortunately for Seward, the Trojans were also ready for a slugfest and opened their half of the 4th with three consecutive singles, all of which would score and again bring them to within two at 7-5. Jared Broadbent would lead off the Seward 5th with a single and would quickly score after Kelby Tomlinson laced a single to center to make it 8-5. Seward wasnít done in the inning though as Quay Grant singled behind Tomlinson and Dawson would hit a sacrifice fly to score Tomlinson from third to put the Saints up four, 9-5. With two outs, Campbell would pick up his third hit in as many innings, this time of the big fly variety as he left the yard to left for his ninth home run of the season to stretch the Seward lead to 11-5. After a 1-2-3 inning for Logan Hall in the 5th, Ty Jacobs would rip a home run over the center field wall to make it 12-5 and after another 1-2-3 frame for the Seward freshman, the Saints would get a 2 RBI double from Jordan Dallalio in the 7th to put them up 14-5. Boston Langley would launch a three run bomb after stretch time for the Trojans to bring them to within striking distance at 14-8 and Colby would get another in the 8th to bring themselves to within 5 at 14-9. Sensing that a 5 run lead might not be enough with the way the ball way flying on this day, Glime would pound out his third home run of the day, this one of the 2 run variety to extend the Seward lead to 16-9. Michael Alger would punch out a pair and work around a two out walk in the Colby 9th to put up a zero and close it out for the Saints as they went on to win 16-9 to complete the double header sweep. The Saints outhit the Trojans 20 to 16 in the victory as 6 of 9 Seward starters had multiple hits and the first four hitters in the lineup had 3 or more for the Saints. Campbell had possibly the best game of his illustrious Seward County career, going 4 for 5 with 4 RBIís and 5 runs scored in the win. Dawson also had himself a 4 hit game, finishing 4 for 5 with 2 RBIís and 2 runs scored. Tomlinson and Grant continued to be one of the finest pair of table setters in the conference as the two each had 3 hits and 3 runs scored at the top of the Seward lineup. Glime backed up his 2 homer game in game one with a 2 hit, 3 RBI performance in game two in which he also left the yard once. Hall picked up his 6th Jayhawk West win, improving his conference record to 6-0 by going 7 2/3 innings, striking out 6 without walking a batter.


With a Butler loss to Hutchinson in game one on Saturday, the Saints now controlled their own destiny. With a double header sweep on Sunday against the Trojans they would win the conference all to their selves, with a split, they would have to hope for the rival Blue Dragons to take at least one game from the Griz to have the title to themselves and having both games of the double dip taken by the Trojans would mean the Saints needed big help to be in the running for the championship. Colby struck first in game number three of the series after a dropped fly ball to lead off the inning would turn into a pair of unearned runs to stake the Trojans to a 2-0 lead after 2. After two quick outs in the Seward half of the 3rd, Kelby Tomlinson would double and Quay Grant would single him home to cut the lead in half at 2-1. Neither team would score in their next at bats and after 3 Ĺ the game was looking nothing like the two games the teams had played a day before. Colby would give fans a little bit of the same feeling in the bottom of the 4th when Brendan Miller singled and scored two pitches later when Jess Cooper ignited a 1-0 fastball over the center field wall to put the Trojans on top 4-1. Seward would battle back with 2 runs of their own in the top of the 5th inning as Ty Jacobs singled to lead off the inning and Jordan Dallalio doubled behind him and both would score to again make it a 1 run game at 4-3 in favor of the Trojans. Colby added an insurance run in the 6th and the Saints just couldnít get anything going like they had a day before as they fell in game three of the series 5-3. Jared Wagner had his third straight positive outing on the mound for the Saints, going all 6 innings for Seward, allowing just 3 earned runs while walking just 1 Trojan batter. Tomlinson continued his tear at the plate, going 3 for 4 while middle infield mate Ty Jacobs collected 2 hits and scored a run in the loss.


A Seward loss in game three coupled with a Butler win over Hutchinson meant that the two teams were again deadlocked as they went to the 32nd and final game of the Jayhawk West Conference. With a win the Saints would assure themselves of at least a share of the conference title and the #1 seed from the West in the Region VI Tournament after having defeated the Grizzlies 3 out of 4 games in El Dorado early in the season. The Saints started off well as Quay Grant rattled a ball off of the foul pole as Sewardís second batter of the game to put them up 1-0 after the Saints half of the 1st. Seward starter Jose Gonzalez would blank the Trojans in each of the first two innings and allow the Saints to add onto their lead in the 3rd as a Josh Dawson single brought home Kelby Tomlinson to put the guys in green up 2-0. The Saints would go off for 7 runs in the 4th on 6 hits and a walk, including a 3 run bomb from Ty Jacobs and a solo shot from Jordan Dallalio to stake Seward out to a 9-0 advantage. A leadoff walk in the Colby half of the 4th would lead to a run but Gonzalez would wriggle out of a bases loaded jam with a groundout to end the inning and allow just the 1 run as the Saints still led 9-1 after 4. Tomlinson would hit a solo home run with one out in the Seward 5th but the Saints would run themselves into two outs on the bases and Colby would escape without further damage as the run rule was not yet in effect as Seward led 10-1 after 5. Unfortunately for the Trojans, Todd Glimeís one out bomb in the 6th, his fourth of the weekend, would push the Saints out to a 10 run lead at 11-1 and Gonzalez would do the rest. The Seward freshman southpaw would punch out the first batter he saw in the bottom of the 6th and would benefit from a line drive double play to end the game as the Saints captured the conference championship with the 11-1 win. Gonzalez went the distance for Seward, striking out 5 and allowing just 4 hits and 1 run in his 6 innings of work. Grant and Dawson each had 3 hits and 2 RBIís for Seward in the win while Jacobs dealt the big blow in the game with the 3 run shot in the 7 run 4th inning. Tomlinson capped a fantastic series with 2 hits and 3 runs scored at the top of the Seward order as 8 of 9 Saints picked up at least one hit in the victory.


The victory gave the Saints at least a share of the conference championship, their 8th in 10 seasons and the #1 seed from the West in the upcoming Region VI Tournament. It was looking promising for the Saints to win the title outright as Hutchinson held an 8th inning 5-4 lead on Butler in game four of their series but the Blue Dragons would let the game slip through their fingers in the bottom of the inning and the Grizzlies would go on to win 9-4 to share the conference title with the Saints.

The Saints finish the regular season 28-28 overall and 24-8 in Jayhawk West Conference play. The 24 conference wins are the 2nd most in the past five seasons for Seward. The weekend results mean that the Saints will now host a Region VI Sub-Regional this weekend in Liberal at Brent Gould Field starting with the Saints game against Labette at noon. The other two teams in the Seward Sub-Regional will be the 4 seed from the East, the Neosho County Panthers as well as Colby. Those two will square off at 3:00 Saturday with the losers from the two games playing an elimination game at 6:00 Saturday night. For a complete Region VI Tournament bracket stay tuned to throughout the week.
Although they have compiled yet another 40 win season this year, home runs havenít been a huge part of the Seward County Lady Saints repertoire this season. That changed last week as they traveled to El Dorado and Great Bend with the conference championship on the line. Seward launched 6 long balls and scored 26 runs in the 4 game set to come back 3-1 and champions for the second straight year of the Jayhawk West Conference.
Seward took on their rival, the Butler Lady Grizzlies in game one of their trip, a fitting way for the title to be decided on the second to last day of the season between the two historic titans of the Jayhawk West Conference. The Lady Saints would come out ready to play and jumped to a 2-0 lead in their first at bats behind a leadoff single from Alicia Reyes and a 2 run home run from Brianna Baron to put them ahead right off the bat. Seward would not be able to add onto their lead in the next two innings but Lady Saints pitcher Erin Roufosse would face just one batter over the minimum while putting zeroís on the board for Butler in the first 3 innings as Seward led 2-0 after 3. Baron would walk to leadoff the 4th inning for Seward and after a costly two out error by Butler, would later score on another misplayed ball by the Griz to put the Lady Saints up 3-0. Roufosse would strand a single Butler runner on base in each of the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th innings and the Lady Saints would need no more offense as the Seward ace shut the Grizzlies out in a 3-0 win to give Seward at least a share of the Jayhawk West crown. Roufosse was again spectacular for Seward, throwing her second straight shutout against Butler this season by going all 7 innings, allowing just 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4. Roufosse was so dominate in this start that she held the first five Butler hitters to a combined 0 for 14 in the game, keeping speed threats Blair Books and Kacy Covert off the bases in 6 trips. Baron provided all the offense Seward would need in the 1st inning with her 2 run blast as the sophomore 3rd baseman finished the game accounting for all 3 Lady Saint runs by driving in a pair and scoring a pair in the victory. Reyes was the only other Seward hitter to pick up multiple hits in the game as she finished 2 for 4 at the top of the lineup, scoring on Baronís home run in the 1st.
In game two the Lady Saints again jumped all over the home team early scoring 4 runs before Butler even had a chance to step to the plate. Alicia Reyes again led off the game with a single, setting the table for the middle of the Seward lineup. Marisa Coats took advantage this time as she crushed the first pitch she saw over the center field fence for a 2 run home run to put the Lady Saints up 2-0. Brianna Baron was next and she would pick up game two right where she left off in game one with a towering home run over the left field wall to put Seward up 3-0. The Lady Saints werenít done yet though as Brittany Kent lined a ball to the left center field wall for a double and would later come around to score on a two out RBI single from Lynda Musick to make it 4-0 Seward after 1. In the 2nd, the Lady Saints would string together three consecutive singles, started by Reyes and finished by Coats to push the lead to 5-0 and keep Butler on their heels. Just when you thought that Seward had knocked the wind out of the Lady Griz and were ready to put their foot down and cruise to the outright conference title, the gals in purple and black had other ideas. Butler would take advantage of a pair of Seward errors in the 3rd and score 4 runs, 3 unearned as they batted around in the inning. After the dust settled in the inning the Lady Saints still had the lead 5-4 but the momentum had definitely shifted Butlerís way and it wasnít broken by a quick top of the 4th for Seward. Right back to the sticks Butler went and continued their offensive assault scoring 3 runs on four consecutive hits to take a 7-5 lead and put the Lady Saints on their heels much as Butler had been early in the game themselves. The Lady Griz would leave the bases loaded in both the 5th and 6th innings but it wouldnít matter as Seward managed just one hit in the last three innings, going quietly 1-2-3 in the 7th to give Butler the 7-5 win. The Butler win would keep the Lady Saints from celebrating a conference championship all of their own for the time being as Butler was still mathematically in the equation 2 games out with 2 games for each team to go. Reyes had another big day at the top of the Seward lineup, going 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored while Coats also filled up the stat sheet with 2 hits and 3 RBIís in the contest. Musick had her second multi hit game of the week as she went 2 for 3 while Kent and Baron both finished with a hit and a run scored.
With the game two loss against Butler on Thursday, the Lady Saints were now forced to win one of their two games with last place Barton on Friday, a team they handled easily earlier in the season. However, the Lady Cougars, playing for virtually nothing but pride in the double dip, were not going to let the Lady Saints have the title as easily as some may have expected. After leaving two runner on in the 1st, Seward committed a throwing error to open up the Barton half of the inning and after some small ball behind the blunder, the Cougs had their first run of the season against the Lady Saints and were up 1-0. Neither team would score in the 2nd inning but Seward would get on the board in the 3rd as singles from Alicia Reyes and Shelby Casey to open the inning turned into runs after RBI hits from Marisa Coats and Brittany Kent to put Seward up 2-1. In the 4th, Reyes scored another Seward run after doubling to the right center field wall and later scoring on a wild pitch to make it 3-1 Lady Saints. Barton would get that run back in the bottom of the inning after a botched groundball with two outs to make the score 3-2 in favor of Seward. The score would remain the same into the 6th when Seward finally began to find their stroke at the plate. Leah Sitter would walk and steal second with one out and would later be able to trot around the bases ahead of Alicia Reyes who scalded a 1-0 pitch over the center field wall for her third hit and third run scored of the contest to make it 5-2 Seward. The Lady Saints werenít done though as Casey would single behind the bomb and would score on an RBI single from Brianna Baron to add an insurance run and push the lead to 6-2. Barton would score their first earned run of the game in the 7th after a leadoff double from Chelsea Bauer to make it 6-3, but would get no more as Seward clinched the Jayhawk West Conference Championship all to their selves with a double play to end the game and give themselves a 6-3 win. Seward outhit Barton 12 to 7 in the game including 3 hits apiece from Reyes and Casey at the top of the lineup. Reyes finished another monster game with 3 hits, 3 runs scored and 2 RBIís while falling just a triple short of the cycle. Baron, Kent, and Lauren Barker also had multi hit games for Seward as each had 2 hits in the win. Roufosse picked up her second win in as many days and finished her Jayhawk West Conference season with 7 wins and a 0.46 ERA while striking out 61 batters and walking just 9.
With the conference wrapped up and not a worry in the world in game two of the double header, it was time for the Lady Saints to loosen up and have some fun and they did just that at the expense of the Lady Cougars in their final regular season game of the year. Tawnee Steeman took the ball for the first time in conference play for the Lady Saints in game two and was noticeably nervous in the 1st inning, allowing a run on a pair of walks and a groundout to start the game. Her offense would bounce back and pick her up in the 2nd as Sewardís first eight hitters of the inning would reach back with 6 of them scoring to put the Lady Saints up 6-1. Brianna Baron singled to lead off the inning and Lauren Barker would walk with the bases loaded to push her in and give Seward their first run. Leah Sitter would then double to the wall to score two more Seward runs, and Alicia Reyes would single to clear the bases and would later score on a Barton error to give Seward their sixth run of the inning. Barton would get a single run in the 2nd after a walk and a single but Seward would get that run back quickly in the top of the 3rd after Baron led off with her third home run of the road trip to put Seward up 7-2. Steeman would settle down and retire the Cougars in order in the 3rd and allowed the Lady Saints to tack onto their lead in the 4th with 3 runs on a 2 RBI double from Baron and a bases loaded walk to Lynda Musick to put Seward up 10-2. The Lady Saints hit parade would continue in the 5th as Shelby Casey joined the home run derby, sending a 1-1 pitch well over the left field wall to put Seward up 12-2. Steeman would do the rest as the Seward sophomore picked up three groundball outs in the bottom of the 5th to retire her 8th, 9th, and 10th straight batters and secure the 12-2 run rule win for the Lady Saints. While throwing in just her third game of the season, Steeman looked like a veteran in the circle Friday, firing a 1 hit complete game shutout while throwing just 68 pitches in the game. Brianna Baron finished her regular season on a tear, going 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBIís in the game while benefiting from the combo of Reyes and Casey at the top of the Lady Saints order who had 3 hits, 4 runs, and 4 RBIís in the win. Kent had 2 hits in the game and stole a base while Sitter had a hit, a run, and 2 RBIís in the game.
By winning 3 of 4 on the road trip, the Lady Saints move their overall record to 44-12 on the season and 13-3 in Jayhawk West Conference play as they captured their second straight title. Seward will now take on the winner of Friday mornings Colby/Barton game at 2:00 on Friday at Wichita State University. If the Lady Saints were to win their game on Friday they would move to the 10:00 game on Saturday morning where they would take on the winner of the Butler/Garden City matchup, or with a loss would play at 12:00 Saturday in an elimination game. The Region VI Tournament is a quick one in softball with a winner being decided in just over 30 hours from start to finish, so the Lady Saints will know by Saturday evening whether their season will continue with a trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in St. George, Utah or if it will come to an end in Wichita.

The Seward County Saints continued their non-conference woes Wednesday afternoon at Merchants Park in Lamar, Colorado as they dropped both games of a double header with the ĎLopes after taking early leads in both games. The Saints lost game one 11-8 after holding an early 4-1 advantage and a 6th inning 8-7 lead in the game. In game two the Saints would lead 5-2 midway through before giving up 3 in the 4th and 8 in the 5th to fall 13-7.

The Saints would start down 1-0 in game one after three consecutive Lamar singles led to a run in the 1st inning of play. However, the Saints would take a lead of their own in the 2nd inning after Todd Glime and Kelby Tomlinson hit home runs and David Morgan drove in another run with a double to put Seward up 4-1. The Lopes would take advantage of playing with aluminum bats in their cozy park for the first time in the 2010 season in the bottom of the 2nd as they launched 3 balls out of the park and coupled with a pair of singles and a walk, had a 7-4 lead before the Saints knew what hit them. The score remained 7-4 into the 4th inning when Morgan got into the home run party with a solo shot of his own over the left field wall to cut the Lamar lead to 7-5 after 4. The Saints would keep the momentum rolling in their direction after Jared Wagner was able to stop the bleeding on the mound, as Seward tied the game up in the 5th inning with RBI singles from Ty Jacobs and Morgan to knot it up at 7 after 5 innings of play. A Tomlinson triple and Quay Grant single behind that would give Seward the lead in the top of the 6th but the Saints would leave the bases loaded and get just the 1 run in the inning to take the 8-7 lead. After lifting Wagner from the game after an outstanding 4 inning effort out of the bullpen to preserve him for a Sunday start against Colby, the Seward bullpen imploded, giving up 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning on a pair of walks, a pair of doubles, and a mishandled groundball to give the Lopes back the lead at 11-8 and allow them to give the ball to their lock down closer Brandon Ward-Hersee who pitched out of trouble in the 7th to blank the Saints and give the Lopes the 11-8 comeback win in game one. Wagner had his second straight positive outing with arguably his best showing as a Saint Wednesday, going 4 scoreless innings, allowing just 3 hits while striking out 3 and not walking a batter. Morgan gave it his all at the dish going 4 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIís while Josh Dawson had yet another 3 hit day with a 3 for 4 performance in the contest. Tomlinson backed up his cycle Tuesday with another strong effort in the leadoff spot, picking up 2 hits, 2 runs, and 2 RBIís in the loss.


Kelby Tomlinson continued his hot hitting in game two of the double dip as he led off the game with a triple and scored on an RBI groundout from Quay Grant and the Saints led 1-0 just 7 pitches into the game. Lamar would get the run back in the bottom of the 1st frame after a walk, a single, and a misplayed fly ball led to an unearned run to tie the game at 1 apiece. Each team would strand a runner in the 2nd inning and the Saints would go ahead in the 3rd after Tomlinson doubled to lead off the half inning and Luke Campbell walked to set the table for Josh Dawson and Ty Jacobs who drove the pair in to make it 3-1 Seward. Max Milot would hit the second pitch of the bottom of the 3rd over the wall for Lamar to cut the Saints lead in half at 3-2 but Jacobs would punch out the side on just 10 pitches after that to keep Seward ahead by 1 after 3. The Saints would continue to put the pressure on the Lamar defense in the 4th as Tyler Hill led off with a walk and Eddie Williams doubled behind him to put two runners in scoring position with nobody out in the inning. Grant and Campbell would again come up big at the start of the Saints order as they picked up back to back singles to score the runs and stake Seward out to a 5-1 lead. Two walks and two hits would pave the way for 3 two out Lamar runs to slice into the Seward lead and after 4 innings of play, just one run separated the two teams as the Saints led 5-4. With the momentum beginning to swing in the favor of the Lopes, the Saints went down in order in the top half of the 5th inning to pave the way for Lamar to break out. Logan Lippert would hit a solo home run to lead off the inning and tie the game at 5 and that would just be the start for the Lamar right fielder in the inning. After a groundout from Tanner Waite Saints pitcher Hayden Holub struggled finding the strike zone as he loaded the bases and pushed the go ahead run across without the Lopes having to lift a bat off of their shoulder. After a single, a sacrifice fly, and another walk to reload the bases, the Lopes had taken an 9-5 advantage. Now with the bases loaded and two outs, Lippert stepped to the plate again and wasted no time in launching his second home run of the inning out of the yard for a grand slam to make it 13-5 Lopes after 5. After the first two Seward batters of the 6th went down quietly on 4 pitches, the Saints could have given up but Tomlinson doubled and Grant homered to right field to bring Seward a little bit closer at 13-7. That would be it for the scoring as neither team would get anything going in their last at bats and the Saints would lose to the Lopes for the fourth time in two weeks, dropping the contest 13-7. Grant finished with 2 hits and 4 RBIís in the loss while Tomlinson ended the game 3 for 4 with 4 runs scored.


The losses drop the Saints to two games under .500 at 25-27 but Seward more importantly is 21-7 in Jayhawk West Conference play going into the final weekend of competition. They will take on Colby on the road this weekend with the conference title in their sights. At 21-7 Seward is tied with Butler atop the standings but the Saints do own the tiebreaker with the Griz after taking 3 of 4 from them on the road earlier in the season. Seward will clinch a home sub-regional tournament with 1 win over the Trojans or 1 Garden City loss to Barton in Great Bend this weekend.
Letís just say that the Clarendon Bulldogs have the Seward County Saints number this season. After the Bulldogs took the first two double headers from the Saints, they took their fifth straight Tuesday afternoon at Brent Gould Field by the count of 8-7 in a game the Saints once led 5-1 in the 7th inning. In the defeat, Seward shortstop Kelby Tomlinson achieved a baseball rarity by hitting for the cycle after leading off the game with a double for the Saints and finishing off the feat with an 8th inning home run to complete the cycle.
The Saints scored first after Cameron Maldonado pitched out of a jam in the top of the 1st inning and the aforementioned Tomlinson double to lead off the Seward half of the inning. He was moved to third base on a single from Quay Grant and would later come in to score on an RBI groundout by Ty Jacobs to make it 1-0 Saints after 1. The Saints would add on to their lead in the 3rd inning as consecutive hits from Grant, Luke Campbell, and Josh Dawson in the middle of the Seward lineup would lead to 3 runs and put the guys in green up 4-0 after 3. Clarendon would score their first run of the day in the 4th inning off of reliever Logan Hall put the Seward freshman limited the damage to just one run and after 4 Seward led 4-1. The Saints would get the run back in the 5th inning after Tomlinson tripled to lead off the inning and was later driven in by a one out single from Campbell to put Seward back up by 4 at 5-1. After a scoreless 6th inning the Saints remained up 5-1 and things were looking for Seward to get their first win of the season over the Bulldogs in their fifth try. Thatís when the tables were turned and the Saints good fortune quickly turned bad as the momentum shifted after Clarendon led off the 7th inning with 6 consecutive batters reaching base and scoring to put the Saints on their heels as their 5-1 lead quickly disappeared and turned into a 7-5 deficit at stretch time. Seward would fight back and scratch out a run in the bottom of the inning to make it 7-6 but the Bulldogs would quickly get that run back in the top of the 8th inning after three consecutive singles to push the lead back to 2 at 8-6. Kelby Tomlinson would complete his cycle with a wall scraping home run to lead off the Seward 8th to bring his team to back within one but that would be all the Saints would get in the inning as they trailed 8-7 going to the 9th. Clarendon would get a single from Danny Loya to lead off their half of the inning and would attempt to sacrifice him over with the next batter but after a failed bunt attempt hit Luis Jiminez and an argument from Clarendon Head Coach Mike Silva ensued, Jiminez would ground into a double play to end the threat and keep the Saints down just 1 going to the bottom of the 9th. Campbell would single to led off the inning and Dawson would sacrifice him to second with a bunt to give the Saints two shots at tying the game up. After a solid battle by Jacobs at the plate in which he saw 8 pitches, the Seward 2nd baseman would walk to put the tying run on base with runners now on first and second with just one out. Into the game as a defensive replacement earlier in the inning, Saints 3rd baseman Tyler Hill would step to the plate looking for the big hit but would ground into a double play to end the game and the Saints chances of knocking off Clarendon at least for the 2010 season as they fell 8-7. Seward got good pitching from three of four arms in the game as Maldonado, Hall, and Grant combined to throw 7 innings, allowing just 1 run while striking out 4. Tomlinson finished the game with 4 hits and 4 runs scored while recording the first Saints cycle in recent memory with a single, double, triple, and 8th inning home run to complete it. Campbell recorded 3 hits and 2 RBIís in the loss while Grant, Jacobs, and Chase Whitney all finished the game with 2 hits apiece.