Apr 01 2009
As much as Galen McSpadden and Mike Davidson would like to think Monday and Tuesday’s series against Barton County was an early April Fools joke that their team played on them, it wasn’t. The Saints traveled to Hays to make up their four game set with the Cougars and came home licking their wounds, losing the series to Barton, the first time Seward County has dropped a series since the evolution of the four game sets last season. The series looked hopeful as the Saints came into it setting in a three way tie for third place with Garden City and Colby and they came out swinging scoring three 2nd inning runs helped by a pair of RBI knocks from Billy Ninemire and Trent Martinez to take the early lead. Barton battled back in the 3rd to cut the lead to one with a pair of RBI doubles of their own which was where the score sat going into the 5th inning. That is when Todd Glime’s storybook day started as the freshman from Aurora, Colorado launched a leadoff homerun over the left field fence followed by a single from David Cruz and another homerun from Travis Parker to give the Saints the 6-3 lead. After Barton scored three unearned runs in the bottom half of the 5th, the game was once again a one run differential at 6-5. Glime wouldn’t let that stand for long as he pounded his second Matt Robertson pitch in two innings out of the park to push the lead to 9-5. To put the game out of reach in the 7th, Luke Campbell had an RBI double and Martinez hit a two run bomb to plate him and make the score 11-5. Jared Broadbent walked with two outs behind Martinez to set the stage for Glime who capitalized on the opportunity blasting his third homerun in as many innings over the left field wall to finish off a 3 for 3, 3 homerun, and 6 RBI game in the 14-5 win. The 3 homerun showing is believed to be the first since Paul Bruder accomplished the feat in 2002. Bobby Doran pitched solidly for the Saints in the win going the complete game, giving up just 2 earned runs while striking out 8 and walking just 1 to pick up his fourth victory on the year. All was well with the guys in green, but as soon as night fell in Hays, so did the Saints offense as they were able to muster just three hits in the nightcap of the double dip with the Cougars as they lost 3-1. The Saints failed to capitalize on 6 Barton County walks as they left 9 runners on base in the game and managed just the one run thanks to a Broadbent bunt single to break up Cougar starter Spencer Blades no-hit bid in the 5th, followed by an RBI double from Glime to bring him to the plate. Seward County starter Corey Collins suffered the tough luck loss in the defeat as he went a complete game scattering 7 hits and giving up just the three runs while fanning 8. The Saints first seven hitters combined to go 0 for 19 in the game. With the loss behind them, Seward came out Tuesday ready to avenge their defeat and opened the game with a flurry of hits including a 2 RBI single from Martinez to open up a four run lead before they took the field in the 1st. Barton wouldn’t roll over however as they put together back to back hits to open their half of the 1st followed by a sacrifice fly to score their first run. With one out, Saints starter Austin Terhune induced a tailor made double play ball that the Saints failed to take advantage of on the back end, which led to a two out 2 RBI double from Cougar first baseman Eric Messerli to cut the lead to 4-3. The Saints jumped back on the board in the 2nd with a pair of runs via Parker’s 8th homerun of the year and held the three run advantage into the bottom of the 7th. With the score 7-4, Terhune returned to the mound and after recording a ground ball out, walked Cougar cleanup hitter David Albritton to force Head Coach Galen McSpadden to bring on the Saints fireman Travis Parker. Parker was seeking his school record 8th save this season but received anything but as the sophomore transfer gave up three free passes and two RBI singles to allow Barton to tie the game at 7 and send the game to extra innings. Seward went quietly in the top half of the 8th while Barton’s first three batters reached in their half of the 8th to load the bases for Cougar right fielder Brent Schwartz who laced a walk off single to left field with one out to win the game 8-7. The Saints couldn’t stop the bleeding in game four as Barton scored in the first four innings to open up a 6-1 lead after four. Seward mounted a rally in the 5th scoring a pair of runs to get themselves within three but struck out with the bases loaded to strand the tying run at first base. Barton would add an insurance run in the 6th and Seward would go in order in the 6th and 7th to fall 7-3 in the series finale. The loss drops the Saints to 19-13 on the year and 8-8 in the Jayhawk West Conference. They find themselves in an unfamiliar 5th place tie but sit just 3 games out of first place going into today. They will return home Saturday to take on Dodge City at Bent Gould Field at 1:00.