The Seward County Community College baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader with Clarendon College on Wednesday afternoon in Clarendon, Texas. The No. 12 nationally-ranked Saints won the opener, 13-12, but was defeated 19-15 in game two. On a day with the wind blowing out, both teams combined to tally 59 runs, 67 base hits and 16 errors while the doubleheader lasted nearly five hours and 45 minutes. Seward County, who is leading the Jayhawk West with a 20-4 league record, has now won 19 of their last 21 games overall, and they will now prepare for a pivotal Jayhawk West four-game series this weekend against second-place Hutchinson Community College (30-11, 19-5) in Hutchinson.

Seward County remained at No. 12 in this week’s RINGOR NJCAA Division I Baseball Poll that was announced Tuesday, and after Wednesday’s split against Clarendon they are 30-14 overall this season. Clarendon, who has received votes in the last two NJCAA polls, is 33-10 overall this season.

Sophomore left-handed pitcher Rafe Alvarez was the winning pitcher for the Saints in the opener throwing 2.1 innings in relief of starting pitcher Bobby Doran. Four SCCC players had multi-hit games, including sophomore designated hitter Michael Drzazga who went 3-for-4 with three doubles and four RBI.

In two seasons at SCCC, Drzazga is a combined 9-for-13 (.692) with seven runs, five doubles, one home run and 11 RBI in four games played against the Bulldogs in Clarendon.

Freshman Kade Kauk (2-for-4, two RBI) hits his first collegiate home run with a solo shot to center field in the fifth inning, and sophomore Will Gowdy connected on his fourth homer of the season with a solo blast to left in the fifth inning. Sophomore third baseman Austin Roff went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and a RBI, and sophomore outfielder Luke Hardcastle finished game one 2-for-3 with a RBI single in the fourth inning.

Game two lasted three hours as both teams entered a total of 33 players in the contest, which included five pitchers for the Saints and four pitchers for the Bulldogs. Ten Seward County position players recorded a base hit, led by sophomore David Masters who went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

The Saints downfall in game two was their defense and pitching allowing six defensive errors and issuing seven walks. There was a total of 11 doubles and four homers hit in the nightcap as both teams combined to hit .494 (38-for-77) at the plate.

Sophomore catcher Brock Gifford launched his second home run of the season with a three-run homer in the middle of the Saints’ six-run third inning.

Seward County will be in action against Hutchinson C.C. on Saturday and Sunday with a pair of doubleheaders starting at 1 p.m. at Hobart-Detter Field.