Feb 25 2009
With a week off behind them and nothing but blue skies above them, the Seward County Baseball team had to have been using the old saying “what a day for baseball” Sunday afternoon at Brent Gould Field where the 25th ranked Saints had a scheduled double header with Clarendon College from Texas. In game one, Seward County took advantage of sloppy Bulldog defense to score three early runs and jump out to a 3-0 and then 5-0 lead through the first four innings. Clarendon scored a 5th inning run on a pair of doubles to cut the lead to 5-1 but Seward County starter Bobby Doran would allow nothing more, cruising to his 2nd win of the season throwing 6 innings and allowing just 1 run in a dominating affair. Mikel Huston was active for the Saints knocking in a pair of runs on sacrifice flies as well as collecting a hit and scoring a run. Trent Martinez pulled a pair of doubles down the left field line and drove in a 1st inning run while Jared Broadbent connected on the Saints first home run of the season in a mammoth shot over the 400 foot center field wall in the 6-1 win. Game two looked much like game one early on with Clarendon scoring a 2nd inning run to take a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the 3rd. That’s when things got a whole lot different than fans at Brent Gould Field had seen in the first 9 ½ innings of the day. Seward County roped three consecutive doubles to open up their half of the 3rd inning and put on a hitting display with 8 3rd inning hits good for 7 runs to take a 7-1 lead. But, just when the Saints thought they were smooth sailing, the wheels came off as Seward County allowed 9 4th inning runs on 7 hits highlighted by a Scott Tabrett grand slam following a dropped third strike to extend the inning. The Saints weren’t going to be held down after the nine run inning however as they came back with a 5 spot of their own capped by a 2 RBI single from Travis Parker, his 3rd hit and 4th RBI in two innings. When the dust settled at the end of the 4th the Saints led 12-10 and looked in good shape to collect the win with their well rested bullpen in place. After cleaning up the mess in the 4th and throwing a scoreless 5th, Seward County reliever Hayden Holub lost his control of the strike zone walking a pair coupled with a dropped third strike, the Bulldogs scored three times to take the 13-12 lead. The Saints were unable to get to Clarendon reliever Ryan Griffin who retired 6 of the final 7 hitters of the game while Clarendon tacked on a pair of 7th inning runs to come away with the 15-12 victory. Every Saints starter had a hit in the contest including three a piece from Kelby Tomlinson and Parker, as well as two each from Tanner Woods, Josh Dawson, and Kade Kauk. The split moves Seward County to 6-2 on the season where they will have a full week off before heading to the Lone Star State to take on Odessa and Midland Monday and Tuesday before returning home for their conference opener against Colby on March 7th.