The end of the Seward County Saints Spring Break trip undoubtedly didn’t end up being the fun trip that the rest of their friends were having across the country. Battling an illness that made its way through most of the team on top of it being the back end of a 7 game in 5 day swing, the Saints dropped three straight games to Rose State and De Moines Area CC to fall to 11-14 on the season.

A familiar face was in the Rose State dugout as the Saints took them on at Oklahoma City University Monday afternoon. Former Saint player Coty Cooper was leading the Raiders as Seward stepped between the lines for a 9 inning affair. The Saints scratched the scoreboard first in the 2nd inning as Quay Grant led off with a single and later scored on an RBI single from Todd Glime to put Seward up 1-0. Seward starter Hayden Holub would battle out of trouble in the 1st and 2nd innings but wouldn’t be able to wriggle off the hook in the 3rd as a 1 out walk would ignite a 3 run inning and the Raiders would go up 3-1. Leadoff walks in both the 4th and 5th would score for Rose State and after 5 innings, the score was 5-1 in favor of the team from Midwest City. Saints reliever Quay Grant would hold Rose there for the 6th and 7th innings and a Luke Campbell single in the 8th would cut the lead to 5-2. However, in the Raider half of the 8th, an error and 3 hit by pitches would spark a 5 run inning as Rose State would go on to extend their lead to 10-2 and eventually go on to win by that same count. Grant and Glime each had 2 hits in the loss and combined for 4 of Seward’s 6 hits in the game.

After being embarrassed by the Raiders in Monday’s affair, the Saints looked for some redemption Tuesday when the two teams took the field again, this time in Midwest City. Seward got on the board first when Quay Grant was hit by a pitch and later scored on an RBI groundout from Josh Dawson to make it 1-0 Saints before Rose came to bat. Seward starter Logan Hall would put up three straight goose eggs on the board for Rose State and allow the Saints to tack on to their lead with a run in the 4th courtesy of an RBI single from Tyler Hill. However, the Raiders would put a tally on the scoreboard in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings to take a 3-2 lead with 3 innings to go. Seward couldn’t get anything going in the 7th and 8th innings and Rose tacked on an insurance run with a homerun off the bat of Jordan Hughes in the bottom of the 8th and the score was 4-2 going to the last frame. The Saints managed to bring the tying run to the plate in the top of the 9th inning but their hopes were quickly erased with a game ending double play as Rose State went on to win 4-2. Kelby Tomlinson picked up 3 hits at the top of the Seward order and Jordan Dallalio had another multiple hit game going 2 for 4 in the loss. Logan Hall picked up the tough luck loss going 7 2/3 innings allowing 4 runs while striking out 4.

After dropping the pair to Rose State, the Saints decided to pick up one more game in the Sooner State before heading home and their opponents would be the 4th ranked De Moines Area CC Bears in Enid, Oklahoma Wednesday. The game started off well for the Saints as Kelby Tomlinson singled, stole second and later scored on an RBI groundout from Quay Grant to give Seward a 1-0 lead. They would pick up another run in the 2nd after a Jared Broadbent double with one out, followed by a sacrifice fly to drive him home from Todd Glime. The Bears would tie the game up in the bottom of the 2nd with a pair of RBI groundouts and after 2 the score was knotted at 2 apiece. DMACC would get another 2 runs in the 3rd on a two out single from shortstop Brashad Johnson to go up 4-2. The Bears would blow the game open in the 4th , recording 5 extra base hits and scoring 6 runs to take a 10-2 lead. The Saints would never recover as DMACC picked up a run in the 6th and would end the game on the run rule in the 7th after a towering 3 run shot from left fielder Scott Schebler to put Seward away 14-2. The Saints managed just 3 hits in the game as Tomlinson, Dawson, and Broadbent picked up the lone knocks while De Moines Area pounded out 16 hits against 7 Seward County pitchers on the day.