For the fourth consecutive season, the Seward County Saints Baseball team finished their conference opening series with a split. Maybe not such a bad sign when you look deeper to realize the Saints won the conference the last two times they did that. In game one, the Saints defense hurt them early as they fumbled two balls on the infield to fall behind 2-0 to the upstart Trojans from Colby. Colby would extend upon their lead to 5-0 in the fifth inning but Seward County come back and get within striking distance thanks to a two out, two RBI double from Travis Parker to cut the lead to 5-2. Parker would again knock in a run in the 7th but would be too little too late in the 7-3 Colby victory. In the second game of the day Saturday, the Saints again found themselves down early thanks to a pair of two out first inning doubles but they quickly responded with a run of their own in the second inning thanks to a Jared Broadbent towering shot over the right field fence. Seward starter Corey Collins would respond with three straight strikeouts in the third inning and zero’s in the 4th and 5th to allow a Keegan Morrow fifth inning single to give the Saints a 2-0 advantage. Parker would come into the game on the mound in the sixth to extinguish any hope of Colby getting closer and Kade Kauk’s sacrifice fly in the 6th would add an insurance run as Parker closed the door on the Trojans in the seventh to pick up his third save of the year. Sunday, the Saints fell behind for the third straight game in the first inning and scored two more in the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead. Facing a 3-0 deficit and with the bases loaded, Mr. do it all, Travis Parker walked up to the plate and blasted a 1-1 Max Greve offering over the scoreboard for a grand slam and gave the Saints a 4-3 lead. The lead stayed there until the seventh when Parker proved he was human by giving up the tying run with two outs on a flair over third baseman Kade Kauk’s head to tie the game at 4-4. After Seward failed to score in the bottom half of the inning and Parker held the Trojans scoreless in the top of the eighth, Billy Ninemire doubled down the right field line and was eventually plated by a sac fly from Broadbent to win the game. In the series finale, the Saints found themselves in a familiar situation, getting down 5-0 before they even had a chance to hit. Seward County starter Roldan Ochoa failed to record an out in the four hitters he faced to open the game and was lifted for Matt Stevens who lasted just an inning and a third after that. The Saints battled back to trail just 6-5 after three and had a golden opportunity in the fifth to get back into the game when Keegan Morrow and Mikel Huston laced back to back hits to set the table for the middle of the Saints lineup which promptly popped up three straight times to fail to move the runners past first and second. The Saints day got rapidly worse as four Colby runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh put the game away as the Saints dropped to 11-5 with the 13-5 loss. Trent Martinez connected in the third inning on a three run home run and Huston collected three hits as the lone bright spots for the Saints in the game. Seward will now enjoy a week off before heading back into conference action Saturday and Sunday at Cloud County before heading to Oklahoma to face Rose State and Redlands Tuesday and Wednesday.