Playing for the first time in eight days, some might have thought the Seward County Saints Baseball Team would come out flat against Odessa Monday to start out their four game Texas two-step. The Saints certainly didnít do that as they pounded out 10 hits and scored nine runs against the Wranglers, while riding 6 1/3 quality innings of work from starter Bobby Doran to win 9-4. Seward got their scoring underway when Jared Broadbent, Todd Glime, and Mikel Huston laced consecutive singles to score a run in the third, before a Travis Parker sac fly plated Glime and a two out Trent Martinez single brought Huston home. The Saints then blew it open in the 5th when Kelby Tomlinson singled in front of a two-run shot from Parker and then back to back bean balls set the table for Keegan Morrow to drive in a run. The Saints came away with six 5th inning runs to take a 9-2 lead while Odessa battled back in the bottom half of the 5th to score two runs, thatís all they would get as Doran and Hayden Holub would shut the door to secure the Saints 7th win of the season. In game two of the double header the Saints took advantage of poor Odessa pitching as well as timely hitting to come away with the 16-12 win. The Saints scored 12 second inning runs as they strung together eight consecutive batters reaching base including five straight bases loaded walks to score runs. Morrow had two RBI singles in the inning and Parker and Luke Campbell both poked 2 RBI hits to extend upon the lead. After Odessa got back into the game at 13-8 in the 4th inning, Seward tacked on three more runs to extend the lead to 16-8 and eventually held on to win 16-12. In the game, Odessa allowed 14 free passes including two pitchers that combined for just 2/3rds of an inning pitched in the 2nd that gave up 7 walks and 11 earned runs.
Day two found the Saints matched up with a quality Midland team but somebody forgot to tell Seward County starter Corey Collins that the Chapparals were loaded with deadly weapons. The sophomore right hander went right after the Chaps, taking a 4 hit shutout into the 7th inning. Midland managed a run in the 7th but it wasnít nearly enough as the Saints came away with the 4-1 victory. Jared Broadbent laced a single to right field to score a pair of runs in the 2nd and Luke Campbell blasted a 4th inning fastball to center field to plate 2 more on an RBI double to do the scoring for the Saints. The fourth and final game of the Saints road swing didnít exactly go as planned. After a solid pitching performance in the first game of the double dip, the Saints had close to the opposite result against the Chaps in game two giving up 14 runs on 13 hits in the 5 inning 14-4 loss. Highlights for the Saints in the defeat were two for two days from Quay Grant and Tanner Woods who combined to drive in three of the four Seward County runs in the loss.
The Saints now sit at 9-3 going into Saturdayís Conference opener against Colby with first pitch scheduled for 1:00. The Saints were the only Jayhawk West team with the day off from conference competition last weekend as Colby defeated Pratt three out of four games to take the early season lead in the Jayhawk West at 3-1.