Less than a month removed from narrowly missing the NJCAA World Series, four Seward County Saints Baseball players have signed on the dotted line to continue their baseball careers at four year universities.
Bobby Doran will head to Lubbock and join the Red Raiders of Texas Tech next season where he will play for coach Dan Spencer and a Tech team that finished 7th in the always tough Big 12 Conference last season. Doran finished the season 10-3 on the mound for the Saints and posted a 2.58 ERA in 92 1/3 innings of work. The big right hander from Flower Mound, Texas sparked interest from many division 1 schools and pro scouts near the end of the season when he pitched into the 9th inning of two Region VI playoff games, picking up wins in both contests. Doran chose Texas Tech over Clemson, New Mexico, and Louisiana-Lafayette among many others.
Doranís partner in crime on the mound this season Corey Collins also made his college choice recently as the lanky righty from Littleton, Colorado will head to Mississippi State University next season where he will join a tradition rich Bulldogs team who has made 8 trips to the College World Series, most recently in 2007. Collins was ace 1b for the Saints in 2009 as he chalked up a 9-3 record and a 2.59 ERA in 75 2/3 innings on the mound this season. In two playoff starts and a relief appearance for the Saints in 2009 Collins threw 20 innings allowing just 3 runs and posting a 2-0 record. Collins picked the Diamond Dogs over Oklahoma State, North Carolina State, Southeast Missouri State, and many other division 1 schools. Travis Parker will remain in the Midwest as he will pack his bags for the Gateway City and join the Billikens of St. Louis University for next season. SLU plays in the Atlantic-10 Conference and posted their 3rd straight 30 win season in 2009 under 2nd year Head Coach Darin Hendrickson. Parker was everything the Saints could have wanted and more in his only season in Liberal as he batted .371 with 16 doubles, 9 home runs, and 54 RBIís at the plate as well as setting an all-time school record on the mound with 12 saves and a team best 1.85 ERA. Parkerís two way performance brought him attention from Creighton, Southeast Missouri, and New Mexico among others before deciding on SLU.
Saints shortstop David Cruz has signed to play at NAIA national power Lubbock Christian University next season. Cruz will compete for a spot in the Chaps starting lineup as they look to defend their 2009 National Championship they captured just over a week ago. LCU finished this season 52-8 while winning their 2nd National Championship in school history. Cruz was a fixture up the middle for the Saints this season as the sophomore from Venezuela started 51 games at shortstop and recorded a team high 110 assists. The soft handed shortstop hit .321 for Seward County in 09í blasting 2 home runs and driving in 23 runs.