The Seward County Community College baseball team was eliminated from the Region VI Tournament losing 9-7 to Kansas City Kansas Community College on Monday evening at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita. The Saints scored six runs in the second inning, but were held to one run the rest of the game as KCK left-handed pitcher Tyler Link pitched the final 7 2/3 innings in relief for the victory. The No. 10 nationally-ranked Saints finish their season with a 42-19 overall record while KCK (34-18) advances to play Cowley College in the loserís bracket final at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Johnson County Community College will await the winner of the loserís bracket final in the championship game tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.

The Blue Devils jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning as catcher Wade Schwerdtfeger hit a double off the left-field wall, and Jared Herbert and Jarid Renzelman tacked on RBI singles against Seward starting pitcher Tyler Binkley. Two batters later, center fielder Zach Theademan ripped a two RBI double to give KCK the early lead.

Seward County answered immediately in the bottom of the second inning with six runs on six straight base hits. Catcher David Masters started the inning with a double into the right-center gap and scored on a RBI double from freshman Caleb Nine.

Erik Hansen reached base on a single, and freshman Mikel Huston hit a two-RBI single to left field. Freshman second baseman Trent Martinez followed with a single to left field, and freshman Keegan Morrow plated two runs with his sixth triple of the season - hit into the left-center field gap to give the Saints a 6-4 lead.

KCK added an unearned run in the third inning as third baseman Travis Parker led off the inning with a single up the middle and later scored on an error by SCCC second baseman Trent Martinez.

The Saints took a 7-5 lead on Hansenís RBI double to left field, which scored David Cruz who led off the inning with a double down the right-field line.

Seward County, who entered the game with only three extra-base hits in its first three games in Wichita, recorded five extra-base hits in the opening three innings against KCK.

Saintsí head coach Galen McSpadden went to the bullpen in the top of the fourth inning after Travis Parker hit a two-run home run off Binkley to tie the score, 7-7. Binkley allowed eight hits, seven runs (six earned) and hit two batters with three strikeouts.

Later in the fourth frame, KCK took the lead, 8-7, on a RBI single from Herbert off Saintsí reliever Corey Collins, scoring Schwerdtfeger for the Blue Devilsí 10th base hit of the game. Collins was the losing pitcher allowing seven hits, two runs (one earned) and one walk with three strikeouts.

The Saints attempted to tie the score in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs when Will Gowdy hit a bloop single to shallow right field, but Austin Roff was thrown out at home plate to end the inning. Masters was also called out at home plate when trying to score in the third inning.

After four innings of action every Saintsí player had at least one base hit, with a balanced offensive attack producing 11 base hits in 21 plate appearances. The final five innings the Saints werenít as fortunate collecting five hits with no base advancing to third base.

Link, who entered in the second inning, shutdown the Saintsí offense scattering 10 hits and allowing one run with four strikeouts. Blue Devil starting pitcher Luke Perry lasted just 1 1/3 innings after allowing six runs on six base hits while facing only 10 batters.

Freshman outfielder Mikel Huston led the Saints going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Other Saints with multi-hit games included Cruz (2-for-5), Masters (2-for-5), Hansen (2-for-4) and Martinez (2-for-4).

Herbert led KCK at the plate going 2-for-4 with three RBI. Parker picked up two RBIs going 2-for-4.

- It is the third straight appearance for the Saints at the Region VI Tournament in Wichita where they finished in the final four after winning their first game, losing their second game, winning their third game and then losing their fourth game.

- The Saintsí 42 victories mark the sixth most wins ever in a single-season at Seward County.

- It is the first time since the Region VI Tournament format changed in 2004 that three schools from the same division (Jayhawk East or West) have made up the final three teams left in tournament competition (Johnson County, Cowley and KCK remain contenders for a tournament title).


Saturday, May 10:
Johnson County defeated Barton County, 7-4
No. 10 Seward County defeated Kansas City, 10-3
Hutchinson defeated Fort Scott, 9-5
Cowley defeated Allen County, 16-6 (6)

Sunday, May 11:
Kansas City defeated Barton County, 8-4
Fort Scott defeated Allen County, 6-5
Johnson County defeated No. 10 Seward County, 6-3
Cowley vs. Hutchinson @ 7 p.m. (winner's bracket)

Monday, May 12:
No. 10 Seward County defeated Fort Scott, 4-3
Kansas City defeated Hutchinson, 7-6
Johnson County defeated Cowley, 7-6
Kansas City defeated No. 10 Seward County, 9-7

Tuesday, May 13:
Kansas City vs. Cowley @ 4 p.m. (loserís bracket final)
Johnson County vs. KCK/Cowley winner @ 7 p.m. (Championship Game)

Wednesday, May 14:
ďIf Necessary GameĒ @ 7 p.m. (Championship)