Mar 20 2009
While most college students traveled to Mexico and Florida for spring break, the Seward County Baseball team decided to take a road trip together. However, the road trip wasnít for fun, it was to take care of business, starting with a stop in Concordia to face fellow Jayhawk West foe Cloud County in a four game series that started Saturday. Game one matched the Saints against Cloud County pitcher Brent Adkisson who entered Saturday with a sub 1 ERA and a 3-0 record. Seward didnít seem to find a problem with the T-Bird ace however banging him around for 7 runs in three innings including a two run, first inning home run from Luke Campbell, his first as a collegiate, as they jumped to a 7-3 lead early in the game. The Saints built the lead to 8-4 going into the final inning and looked to have things under control but back to back hits and a walk put Cloud back in business in the bottom of the 7th with no outs. The T-Birds eventually pushed four runs across to tie the game at 8 and forced the game to extra innings. Tanner Woods doubled to lead off the 8th for Seward County where he stayed until there were two outs and thatís when Mr. Do It All Travis Parker came to the Saints rescue, driving a 3-1 fastball over the left field fence to give the Saints a 10-8 lead. Parker then traded his third basemanís glove for his pitchers glove and promptly jumped onto the mound for a 1-2-3 inning to nail down the win for the Saints. Parker finished the game 4-5 with 2 RBIís and 3 runs scored to go along with his 4th save of the season. Catcher Todd Glime had his best day of the early season going 4-4 including a double, RBI, and run scored. In game two Saturday, the Saints were far less dramatic. Mikel Huston laced a two RBI double in the first to follow up back to back knocks from Parker and Campbell to give the Saints an early 2-0 lead which is all Seward starter Corey Collins would need as the sophomore righty improved to 4-0 on the season, tossing 5 shutout innings in the complete game, mercy rule, 10-0 win. The Saints bats exploded in the 4th inning of the 10-0 win as they batted around with Billy Ninemire collecting two hits in the inning as well as two run home runs from both Glime and Parker to cap the 7 run frame. In the third game of the series, Seward took just a 4-3 lead into the 5th inning but had their first four batters of the inning reach base including a 2 RBI single up the middle by Quay Grant. After a strikeout, Jared Broadbent walked and Glime connected on his second dinger of the season in a 3 run bomb over the center field fence to put the game out of reach. Cloud scored a pair of their own in the bottom of the 5th of Seward County starter Austin Terhune but Matt Stevens came into the game in the bottom of the 6th and pitched two quality innings to go along with Grantís first career home run to lock down the 11-6 victory. Seward was looking for the sweep in game four of the series but cloud wasnít going to let that happen on their home turf. The T-Birds erased a 2-0 Saints lead in the 3rd, capitalizing on a walk, two hit by pitches, and a pair of 2 RBI doubles to take a 5-2 lead. Seward battled back in the 5th to tie the game at 5 a piece, thanks to Campbellís second home run of the game but the early season Achilles heel for the Saints came back to bite them as the bullpen couldnít keep the game tied, giving up two in the bottom of the 5th and two more in the bottom of the 6th to give Cloud the 9-5 victory. Kelby Tomlinson had a pair of RBI singles in the loss as he and Campbell provided for all 5 of Seward Countyís run in the defeat. The three wins on the weekend took the Saints to 5-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference, good for second place.