Mar 20 2009
Continuing on their longest road trip of the season, the Seward County Saints parked in Midwest City, Oklahoma Tuesday afternoon for a double dip with the Bulldogs from Rose State. The Saints fell behind early 2-0 in the 1st inning after Rose State right fielder Brian Carter cashed in on a pair of Seward County walks with a 2 RBI double. Seward roared back in the 3rd however, putting up a 5 spot of their own with a 2 RBI double from Luke Campbell directly followed by an RBI single from Mikel Huston. The score held at 5-2 until the Bulldogs scored a run in the 4th to chip into the lead but Seward County put the game out of reach in the 5th with another 5 run inning, thanks in part to home runs from Huston and David Cruz. Campbell blasted a home run of his own in the 7th to make the lead 12-3 and Rose State scored three in the bottom half but that was not nearly enough as the Saints came away with the 12-6 victory in game one. Huston and Campbell combined to go 5 for 8 with 6 RBIís in the contest. In game two of the twin bill, Kevin Schultz saw his first action as a Saint on the mound and struggled early as the Bulldogs got off to a 3-0 1st inning lead. Seward got back even after a 2nd inning RBI triple from Tanner Woods and Billy Ninemireís first career home run in the 3rd to tie the game at 3-3. A crucial 4th inning error by Seward shortstop Kelby Tomlinson led to 3 unearned Rose State runs to give them the lead for good. Seward would come as close as 6-4 but couldnít manage anymore and fell by that score. Wednesday the Saints would travel down the road to El Reno where they had a date set with Redlands C.C. For Redlands starter Ryan Fisher, it would be a date that he would soon like to forget. Seward scored 7 runs in the 1st inning before recording an out, a nice cushion for starter Michael Alger who was set to start his first game as a Saint. Jared Boadbent had the biggest blow of the inning wrapping 2 RBI triple down the right field line to extend the lead to that 7-0 mark. Redlands scored one run in the bottom of the frame but unfortunately for them, thatís the last time they would want to look at the scoreboard in the first game. Seward continued to pound the Cougar pitching, finishing the contest with 20 runs on 19 hits including 3 run shots from both Huston and Broadbent. Every Saints starter had at least one hit and Campbell, Huston, Broadbent, and Trent Martinez all finished with 3 a piece. Alger pitched the complete game allowing just 3 hits and that 1 run in picking up his first win with the Saints. Itís too bad the Saints didnít save some of those hits and runs for the second game of the double header as they scored just once in the first five innings and found themselves in an 8-1 hole after the 5th frame. A four run 6th highlighted by a 2 RBI double from Huston drew the Saints to within 3 but a pair of Cougar runs in the bottom half would extend that lead back to 10-5. Campbell launched his 5th home run of the week in a three run shot in the 7th but that was just not enough as the Saints fell 10-8. The loss drops Seward to 16-8 overall as they head into a big weekend series with 1st place Butler starting Saturday at Brent Gould Field.