In the final game of the regular season, the Seward County Community College baseball team dropped Dodge City Community College 21-9 in a non-conference nine-inning game Tuesday evening at Cavalier Field in Dodge City. The Saints hit six home runs and played 19 players in a final tune-up game before the Region VI First-Round Playoff Series beginning Saturday afternoon. The Jayhawk West Conference champion Saints (38-16) will host Jayhawk East No. 8 seed Neosho County Community College (22-28) in a first-round best 2-of-3 series starting Saturday, May 3, at 1 p.m. at Brent Gould Field. Seward County and Neosho County will be scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday, with the “if necessary” game scheduled for Sunday. All games played in the post-season are nine-inning contests.

The Saints unloaded on Dodge City scoring in eight-of-nine innings during the two hour, 45 minute non-conference affair. The Saints scored early with a two-run home run from sophomore catcher David Masters to put the Saints in the lead 2-0 in the top of the first inning.

The Saints collected 23 base hits in the game including a two RBI double from Masters in the second inning and a solo home run to right field by freshman outfielder Caleb Nine.

Dodge City’s offense also put up runs scoring two runs apiece in the second, third and fourth innings to trail 6-11 after four innings of play.

Masters hit his second homer of the day going back-to-back with sophomore first baseman Will Gowdy in the fifth inning to take a 13-6 advantage. Masters finished going 3-for-4 with a game-high five RBI. Gowdy also tallied three base hits going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI.

A total of 18 Dodge City position players accounted for 10 base hits, but no Conquistador recorded a multi-hit game.

Seward County’s final two blasts came with a solo shot to left field from freshman Kade Kauk in the seventh inning and with a solo home run from freshman shortstop David Cruz in the ninth.

The Saints saw action from four pitchers including freshman Corey Collins who posted his second victory of the season in a predetermined three-inning start. Collins allowed five hits and four runs (three earned) with two strikeouts.

Seward’s offense was also paced by Keegan Morrow (4-for-7, three runs), Austin Roff (2-for-5, three runs), Nine (2-for-3, three RBI) and Erik Hansen (2-for-4, RBI).

REGION VI TOURNAMENT FIRST-ROUND PLAYOFF SERIES (BEST 2-OF-3)
East #2 Johnson County (35-15) hosts West #7 Cloud County (24-32) (winner Game-1 in Wichita)
West #3 Barton County (24-19) hosts East #6 Independence (23-26) (winner Game-1 in Wichita)
East #4 Kansas City, KS (29-16) hosts West #5 Colby (24-26) (winner Game-2 in Wichita)
West #1 Seward County (38-16) hosts East #8 Neosho County (22-28) (winner Game-2 in Wichita)
East #3 Fort Scott (35-18) hosts West #6 Dodge City (21-33) (winner Game-3 in Wichita)
West #2 Hutchinson (36-13) hosts East #7 Coffeyville (16-24) (winner Game-3 in Wichita)
East #1 Cowley College (33-17) hosts West #8 Garden City (21-28) (winner Game-4 in Wichita)
West #4 Butler (28-22) hosts East #5 Allen County (26-21) (winner Game-4 in Wichita)

For more information on the NJCAA Region VI Tournament: http://www.kjccc.org/baseball/baseindex.html