The Seward County Community College baseball team made the biggest move of any team in the nation in this week’s National Junior College Athletic Association Top 20 poll, jumping to No. 12 in the nation after ranking 20th last week. The Saints (26-12) continued their 15-game winning streak last week with a four-game conference sweep on the road against Dodge City Community College. It is the highest regular season ranking for Seward County since ranking 11th on April 14, 2004. Seward County is in first place in the Jayhawk West Conference with a 17-3 league record. They are currently two games ahead of Hutchinson Community College (25-11, 15-5) for the top spot in the Western Division.

After starting the season 8-10 overall, the Saints have won 18 of their last 20 games overall. SCCC was rained out of a non-conference doubleheader today against Luna Community College, and will now prepare for a weekend conference series at home against Garden City Community College on Saturday and Sunday.

Offensively the Saints have been led by Mikel Huston and Keegan Morrow, a pair of freshmen outfielders. Huston has been an every-game starter for the Saints over the last three weeks where he has batted .541 (20-for-37) with seven doubles and 15 RBI in 12 conference games. Morrow has hovered around the .400 batting clip all season from the lead-off spot and is currently batting .386 with nine extra-base hits and a .480 on-base percentage.

Other offensive leaders for the Saints include sophomore catcher David Masters (.368, 43 hits, 4 home runs, 26 RBI), sophomore infielder Erik Hansen (.340, nine doubles, 19 RBI) and sophomore infielder Austin Roff (22 runs, 11 doubles, 20 RBI).

The Saints’ pitching staff has been among the best in the Region VI this season with a 3.98 earned run average, with 220 strikeouts and only 81 walks. Three pitchers have at least five wins this season, led by sophomore righty Tomas Cruz (7-2, 2.23 ERA, 56 strikeouts, 7 walks).