The Seward County Community College baseball team continued its winning streak last weekend with a four-game Jayhawk West Conference sweep over Butler Community College on the road in El Dorado. The Saints swept Friday’s games 8-7 and 14-11 (eight innings) and finished winning two games on Saturday (6-1, 5-2). After taking the final three games of a four-game series against Rose State, the Saints have extended their winning streak to seven games with their first conference sweep of the season. The conference-leading Saints improve to 18-12 overall and to 9-3 in the Jayhawk West. Butler, who shared the conference crown with the Saints last season, drops to 13-16 overall and remain in seventh-place in the conference race with a 5-11 league record.

The Saints edged the Grizzlies in game one by scoring in six of the seven innings, and by having solid pitching from Christian Kowalchuk and Tyler Binkley. Kowalchuk picked up the win pitching in 5.2 innings while allowing six runs and three walks with six strikeouts. Binkley notched the save tossing 1.1 innings and allowing just one run.

Sophomore catcher David Masters batted .529 in the four-game series against Butler, and started the series well going 3-for-4 with a run scored, double and two RBI. Sophomore shortstop Austin Roff added a 2-for-3 performance with a homer, and lead-off hitter Keegan Morrow went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Game two of the Friday doubleheader was an offensive display with a combined 25 base hits and 25 runs scored during the two hour and 45 minute contest. The Saints outhit the Grizzlies, 17-8. Freshman center fielder Mikel Huston gave the Saints a spark in his first career conference start going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI.

Sophomore left fielder Will Gowdy hit his second home run of the season and went 2-for-5 with three RBI. Sophomore right fielder Michael Drzazga led the Saints with four RBI, and a 3-for-5 outing at the plate. Jordan McClintick earned the victory pitching the seventh and eighth innings for the Saints.

On the final day of the series, Huston picked up where he left off on Friday, going a combined 4-for-6 with two doubles, four runs and two RBI with a stolen base in the final two games against Butler. In the series, Huston went 7-for-10 at the dish.

Tomas Cruz continued his dominating season on the mound for Seward County on Saturday pitching a seven-inning complete-game, with 12 strikeouts in game three. Cruz is now 5-2 on the season with a 1.49 earned run average, a team-high 42 strikeouts and only three walks in 36.1 innings pitched.

The Saints completed the sweep in game four with a strong pitching performance from Austin Terhune (W, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K), and Tyler Binkley (save, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R).

Seward scored four runs in the fifth inning to take care of Butler in the series finale. Masters (2-for-4), Huston (2-for-3) and freshman second baseman Kade Kauk (2-for-3, RBI) led the Saints at the plate.

The Saints return to action this weekend, March 29-30, to host third-place Barton County Community College (13-10, 8-4) for a Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader. The Saints and Cougars are scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch on both Saturday and Sunday.