Feb 16 2009
Opening up the season ranked as high as 12th in some national publications, the Seward County Saints Baseball Team had high expectations for the start of their 2009 campaign. The Saints did little to disappoint this weekend winning three of four against reigning Region 9 Champion Northeastern Junior College from Colorado. In the first game the Saints rode the pitching of Bobby Doran who tossed 6 innings of 2 hit baseball while striking out 10 Plainsmen in his season debut. Keegan Morrow scored two of the three Seward County runs and Trent Martinez had a pair of hits in the 3-1 win. Travis Parker picked up the save for Doran and also drove in a run in the contest. In game two Saturday the Saints bats were silenced by NJC sophomore southpaw Matt Klein who threw a complete game shutout against the reigning Jayhawk West Champions. In the 6-0 loss, NJC got hits from eight of their nine hitters and outhit the Saints on the day 14-5. Sunday was a different story with the Saints offensive attack as they chased Northeastern starter Ty Cardona after just one inning after Luke Campbell cleared the bases with a first inning 3 RBI triple to the left center field gap. Seward County ran 12 players across the plate, combined with a quality first start for sophomore pitcher Corey Collins, came away with the 12-3 win in game three of the series. Mikel Huston, Jared Broadbent, and Billy Ninemire all collected three hits in the game while Campbell and Tanner Woods had a pair each. Game four brought more drama than any other game of the series as Seward County responded to a first inning run from NJC with one of their own in the bottom of the second to tie the score at 1. In the third inning Josh Dawson dialed up a two out single to plate Campbell and Parker to give the Saints a 3-1 lead. Northeastern responded with a pair of runs themselves off of Seward County starter Roldan Ochoa in the top of the fifth to deadlock the game at 3. The score remained tied at three until the final inning when Northeastern plated a run on a Scott Dalrymple single to take a 4-3 lead going into the Saints half of the 7th. After Kade Kauk was retired to lead off the inning, Parker doubled and Trent Martinez tripled off the center field fence to score him and tie the game at 4. With one out and a 1-0 count, Campbell laced a single through the drawn in infield to plate Martinez and the Saints came away with a walk off 5-4 win. Seward County won’t have much time to celebrate their series win however as they are right back in action today at Brent Gould field against Western Nebraska at 1:00 for a double header.