Freshman pitcher Austin Terhune pitched a nine-inning complete game to lift the Seward County Community College baseball team into the eight-team Region VI Tournament in Wichita next weekend with an 8-2 victory over Neosho County Community College on Sunday. The Saints and Panthers split on Saturday to set up the deciding game three at Brent Gould Field as the Jayhawk West champion Saints took the best-of-three series over the Jayhawk East No. 8 seed Panthers. Seward County (40-17), the No. 10 ranked team in the NJCAA, also collects its 40th win of the season, marking the eighth 40-win campaign in the program’s history. Neosho County ends its season with a 24-30 overall record.

Seward County advances to Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita for the Region VI Tournament which begins on Saturday, May 10, with a 1 p.m. first pitch against the winner of Kansas City, KS Community College (29-13) and Colby Community College (24-26). The Saints split a four-game conference series with Colby and hasn’t played KCK this season.

Terhune, a left-handed pitcher from Perryton, Texas, entered the rubber game after being named the NJCAA Pitcher of the Week last Wednesday as he helped the Saints win the outright conference championship with a 9-0 shutout against Pratt C.C. He was equally impressive against the Panthers.

He allowed a lead-off single to left fielder Chris Wagner in the first inning before retiring the next seven batters in a row. Neosho scored its first run of the game with a solo home run from center fielder Tyler Knight in the fourth inning, but then Terhune settled into a groove allowing just two base hits the following five innings to work into the ninth inning.

The Saints’ offense collected a run in the first and third innings, two runs in the fifth, a run in the sixth and three runs in the eighth inning. Holding a 2-1 lead entering the bottom of the fifth inning, Seward County scored two runs on a sacrifice fly from shortstop David Cruz, and an RBI infield single from third baseman Austin Roff to take a 4-1 lead.

Freshman Caleb Nine went 3-for-3, with a single to center field in the first, a double off the base of the center field wall in the third and with a single and run scored in the fifth inning. Nine also tallied a RBI with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning scoring center fielder Keegan Morrow who started the inning with a walk.

Seward plated three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning with a RBI ground out from second baseman Kade Kauk, and with a two RBI single to center field from Cruz.

Terhune finished his standout performance with two strikeouts in the ninth inning, despite allowing Neosho its second run of the game on a solo home run by third baseman David Wade.

Terhune allowed two runs, seven hits and added seven strikeouts without allowing a walk in nine innings of work. The six-foot 180 pound southpaw needed only 113 pitches for his fourth complete game of the season.

Cruz led all players with three RBIs, and sophomore first baseman Will Gowdy picked up a multi-hit game going 3-for-5 for the Saints.

FIRST-ROUND REGION VI TOURNAMENT RESULTS (as of 5 p.m. Sunday):
E1 Cowley (33-17) vs. W8 Garden City (21-28) – at. Arkansas City, KS
Game 1: Cowley defeated Garden City, 10-3
Game 2: Cowley defeated Garden City, 9-1
Cowley wins series, 2-0
W4 Butler (29-22) vs. E5 Allen County (26-21) – at. El Dorado, KS
Game 1: Butler defeated Allen County, 4-2
Game 2: Allen County defeated Butler, 7-6
Game 3: Allen County defeated Butler, N/A
Allen County wins series, 2-1
E3 Fort Scott (35-18) vs. W6 Dodge City (21-34) – at. Fort Scott, KS
Game 1: Dodge City defeated Fort Scott, 13-7
Game 2: Fort Scott defeated Dodge City, 9-0 (8)
Game 3: Sunday (TBA)
W2 Hutchinson (36-13) vs. E7 Coffeyville (16-24) – at. Hutchinson, KS
Game 1: Hutchinson defeated Coffeyville, 8-3
Game 2: Coffeyville defeated Hutchinson, 3-2
Game 3: Hutchinson defeated Coffeyville, 11-3 (8)
Hutchinson wins series, 2-1
E2 Johnson County (35-15) vs. W7 Cloud County (24-32) – at. Overland Park, KS
Game 1: Sunday (TBA)
Game 2: Sunday (TBA)
Game 3: “If Needed” (TBA)
W3 Barton County (24-19) vs. E6 Independence (23-26) – at. Great Bend, KS
Game 1: Independence defeated Barton County, 7-6
Game 2: Barton County defeated Independence, 14-9
Game 3: Barton County defeated Independence, 8-6
Barton County wins series, 2-1
E4 Kansas City, KS (29-16) vs. W5 Colby (24-26) – at. Kansas City, KS
Game 1: Colby defeated Kansas City, KS, 9-4
Game 2: Sunday (TBA)
Game 3: “If Needed” (TBA)
W1 Seward County (38-16) vs. E8 Neosho County (23-28) – at. Liberal, KS
Game 1: Neosho County defeated Seward County, 9-5
Game 2: Seward County defeated Neosho County, 8-7
Game 3: Seward County defeated Neosho County, 8-2
Seward County wins series, 2-1