It was “just one of those days” Tuesday as the Seward County Saints baseball team traveled to Clarendon to take on the Bulldogs in a midweek double header. The Saints didn’t muster much in game one as they managed just 5 hits and 1 unearned run in the first game they had metal bats in their hands this year and game two was better but still didn’t come out as they would have liked as they couldn’t hang on to an early 3-0 lead as they fell 7-6.
In game one the Saints went quietly in the 1st before having to hold back an early charge from Clarendon as they loaded the bases with just one out against Seward starter Hayden Holub before the sophomore battled his way out of the inning unharmed. In the 2nd, the Saints would get their first two hitters on but couldn’t move them any further than that as a pair of groundballs and a strikeout ended the threat. The Bulldogs would score 3 in the bottom of the inning as John Mihic was hit to open the inning and later came around and scored after a double from Danny Loya. Loya would score on a single from center fielder Gabriel Thibodeau and Thibodeau would be driven in by Edwin Arroyo to put the Saints in a 3-0 hole. The Saints went in order again in the 3rd and another leadoff HBP followed by a double and a sac fly would push them deeper in a hole down 5-0. Neither team could get much going through the middle innings and the game remained 5-0 as the 6th inning came around. Seward would scratch out a run in the 6th after an error by shortstop Luis Jiminez and an RBI single by David Morgan but the Saints would pop out with the bases loaded and two outs and they looking to get a big hit to get back into the game. Clarendon would match the Saints run in the bottom of the inning and Seward would be unable to pick anything up as they left two runners on in the 7th as they fell 6-1. Clarendon lefty Ryan Griffen stymied the Saints all day allowing just 3 hits and 1 unearned run in 6 innings of work. Thibodeau sparked the Clarendon offense from the top as he went 4 for 4 with 2 stolen bases and 2 runs scored. Morgan finished with the only Seward RBI in the game going 1 for 2 with that two out single and only four other hits would be managed by the Saints in the game.
Looking for the split in game two, the Saints came out swinging and eclipsed their total offensive output in the first game just 5 batters in. After a one out walk to Quay Grant and a two out walk to Josh Dawson, Jared Broadbent and Jace Moore would lace RBI singles and Ty Jacobs would reach on an error by Luis Jiminez to put Seward up 3-0 early. Clarendon would get one run back in the bottom half of the inning as Gabriel Thibodeau led off with a single and after a walk to Edwin Arroyo the Saints defense let them down with an error to score Thibodeau to make the score 3-1. Both teams would go 1-2-3 in the 2nd and Seward failed to score again in the 3rd and after 2 and ˝ it was Saints 3 Bulldogs 1. The bottom of the 3rd wasn’t pretty for the Saints as a one out error led to 4 Bulldog runs and Seward found themselves in a 5-3 hole. Both teams threatened but couldn’t score through the middle innings and after 5 ˝ innings of play the score remained 5-3 Clarendon. A leadoff walk and hit by pitch to start the Clarendon half of the 6th followed by a sac fly and another Seward error led to two runs to extend the Bulldog lead to 7-3. Kelby Tomlinson would walk to get something going for Seward in their last at bats and would later score on an error from Clarendon right fielder Danny Loya. Broadbent would double and Jordan Dallalio would be hit by a pitch to put two on for the Saints and Ty Jacobs would bring them home with a double to pull Seward to within one at 7-6. With Jacobs in scoring position and two outs, a ground ball to shortstop would end the game as the Saints would fall 7-6. Seward outhit the Bulldogs 8 to 6 in the game but 3 errors turned into 5 unearned runs and was the different in the 1 run defeat. Broadbent finished 4 for 4 for the Saints and knocked in a run as well as scored a pair while Luke Campbell picked up a pair of knocks to finish 2 for 4 on the day.
With the losses the Saints fall to 1-3 on the early season while their slate won’t get any easier as they will take on Midland in a four game set this weekend followed by a double header in Lubbock against New Mexico JC Monday.