To put it in the most simple terms possible, runs were not at a great premium Wednesday in Clarendon as the host Bulldogs took on the Saints of Seward County. Game one was a wild and crazy game that ended up being a nail biter at the end. Clarendon jumped out to a 11-0 advantage after just three innings capitalizing on a struggling Seward County pitching staff that allowed 6 walks in the first three frames without recording a strikeout. The Saints began to chip into the lead in the 4th inning as Luke Campbell followed a Travis Parker double with a two run home run and then collected another two run shot in the 5th to cut the lead to 11-5. Todd Glime got into the big fly frenzy in the 6th hitting a two run shot of his own after Billy Ninemire put up his second zero in a row the previous half inning against the Bulldogs. Down 11-7 going into their last at bats in the 7th, the Saints mounted a furious comeback scoring 3 runs on RBI knocks from Keegan Morrow and David Cruz to cut the lead to 11-10 but Cruz would be stranded on first base as the tying run as the game came to a close. Saints pitchers didn’t help their own cause in the loss walking 10 Clarendon batters while fanning just 2.
Game two would be somewhat of a reversal of scripts as the Saints wouldn’t wait until the second half of the game as Mikel Huston and Kelby Tomlinson singled to open the game and Campebll drove the pair in for his 5th and 6th RBI’s of the day to give Seward a 2-0 lead. Morrow would single in Trent Martinez in the 2nd inning with two outs to extend the lead to 3-0 and after a pair of scoreless innings of work from Roldan Ochoa the Saints held that lead to the 3rd. In the 3rd the Seward bats exploded for 8 runs on just 5 hits including a 2 RBI triple from Austin Vanderwork to push their lead to 11-0. Clarendon wouldn’t lay down however as they scored 5 runs with two outs and 6 total in the 3rd inning to get back into the contest at 11-6. After another two out RBI single from Morrow, the Saints led 12-6, but another crooked number for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the 4th cut the lead to 12-9. In the inning Clarendon scored those three runs on just one hit but benefited from three Saints walks, who all scored, for the three spot. RBI hits from Huston, Campbell, Morrow, and Tanner Woods in the 6th opened the lead to 17-9 in favor of the Saints and another tally in the 7th brought the lead to 18-9. Parker finished the game with his second scoreless inning to seal the deal and give Seward their 27th win of the season. On the day there were 576 pitches thrown, 50 hits, 49 runs, and 27 walks, needless to say, not the best day to be on the mound for either team. The split takes the Saints to 27-17 on the season and they remain at 13-11 in Jayhawk West Conference standings. They will host rival Hutchinson in a crucial Conference matchup Saturday and Sunday at Brent Gould Field with both games starting at 1:00.