Feb 05 2010
Collegiate Baseball Magazine has named three Seward County Saints baseball players some of the best in the country in their recent college preview issue. Shortstop Kelby Tomlinson who has committed early to play at Texas Tech University next season was named one of the top 25 shortstops in the NJCAA after impressing many this fall with his glove work, speed, and hitting with his 6í3 frame. Tomlinson was the fastest player to run at the Jayhawk Conference Showcase for all sophomores in the league and is widely considered one of the top players in the region for the upcoming season. Last season Tomlinson was the Saints top utility man as he hit .275 with 15 runs driven in and showed a good eye at the plate as the only Saint to walk more than he struck out. Outfielder Luke Campbell was tabbed one of the top 35 outfielders in the nation after slugging a team best 11 home runs and 57 RBIís last season. The Arvada, Colorado native also led the team with 16 doubles on the year and was second on the team with a 1.106 OPS. While he had an All-Conference freshman season, Campbell has come back even stronger this season and should be one of the top power hitters in the region. Saints righty Jared Wagner was also named in the report as one of the top 50 right handed pitchers in the nation after a solid fall campaign for Seward and a freshman season last year where he went 3-0 with 1 save. Wagner was the Saints top man out of the bullpen late last year as he struck out 12 in 19 1/3 innings of work. The trio and the rest of their Saint teammates open their season next Saturday at home against Northeastern JC in a rematch of last yearís season opening series in which the Saints won 3 out of 4 games.