The Seward County Community College baseball team swept Pratt Community College 2-0 and 9-0 on Sunday afternoon to secure its 12th Jayhawk West Conference championship and its seventh conference title in the last eight seasons. The Saints swept the four-game conference series over the Beavers with a combined score of 31-1 at Brent Gould Field this weekend to record a 26-6 mark in Jayhawk West league play. Seward County picked up a pair of shutouts on Sunday from Tyler Binkley and Austin Terhune while the Saints’ batters recorded 16 hits in the doubleheader.

Seward County will be the No. 1 seed from the Jayhawk West in the upcoming NJCAA Division I Region VI Baseball Tournament, which begins next weekend with the First Round Playoff Series being held at the home field of each of the top-four seeds in the Western and Eastern Divisions. The Saints’ first-round opponent has yet to be announced with possibilities of hosting either Neosho County Community College (22-26, 11-23) or Highland Community College (12-33, 10-24).

Binkley, a 6-foot-6 sophomore right-handed pitcher from Ontario, Canada, pitched 6.2 scoreless innings allowing five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. Freshman right-handed pitcher Bobby Doran recorded the final out of the game to earn his first collegiate save with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning.

Sophomore first baseman Will Gowdy recorded both of Seward County’s RBIs in game one with a single to left field in the first inning and an infield single in the fifth inning. Lead-off hitter Keegan Morrow (2-for-3) scored on both of Gowdy’s base hits to give the Saints a 2-0 victory in the opener on Sunday. Gowdy was the only other player to record a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 at the plate for the Saints.

The Beavers scored their only run in the series in the first inning of game one. Seward County held Pratt scoreless in the final 25 innings of the four-game series.

Terhune pitched his finest game of the season with a complete-game one-hit shutout in the final game of the series, which gave Seward County the outright Jayhawk West Conference title.

The lefty from Perryton, Texas, was solid throughout game four allowing only two PCC base runners to reach scoring position past the third inning.

Terhune struck out at least one batter in all seven innings, and he finished with a career-high 11 strikeouts on the game.

The Saints’ offense scored three runs on three hits in the second inning, sparked by a two RBI single to center field from Morrow. After tallying a run in each the fourth and fifth innings, Seward collected four additional runs in the sixth inning on three base hits.

Morrow led all players going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Morrow, a freshman from Oklahoma City, is now leading the team with a .388 batting average, five triples and a .481 on-base percentage.

Sophomore David Masters, who was the designated hitter in game two, went 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI, and sophomore Michael Drzazga posted a multiple hit game going 2-for-3 while playing right field in game two.

After completing their Jayhawk West schedule on Sunday afternoon, the Saints will finish their regular season with a non-conference game on Tuesday, April 29, hosting Dodge City Community College (21-33) for a single nine-inning game starting at 6 p.m. at Brent Gould Field. Seward County will then prepare to host a first-round Region VI playoff series, May 3-4, against the Jayhawk East No. 8 seed at Brent Gould Field.