The Seward County Saints fell to 21-22 on the season Wednesday as they dropped a double header to 19th ranked Clarendon 9-2 and 9-3 at Brent Gould Field. A sporadic pitching effort on the mound and less than impressive at bats at the plate let the Saints to the pair of losses. The Saints gave out 18 free passes in the 14 innings including 12 walks and 6 hit by pitches while the Bulldogs allowed just 5.
Clarendon got on the board first in the 2nd inning as without a hit they loaded the bases before eventually taking a 1-0 lead on a fielderís choice ground ball. Seward would pitch out of a jam in the 3rd inning and allow the offense to tie the game up as a leadoff single from Kelby Tomlinson coupled with a wild pitch and a groundout would set up a sacrifice fly from Josh Dawson to make it 1-1 after 3. The tie wouldnít last for long however as Clarendon put together a power packed 5 run 4th inning thanks in large part to a monster 3 run home run from Bulldog designated hitter Jase Morgan to put the visitors up 6-1. Ty Jacobs would answer the Morgan shot with a home run of his own to lead off the inning but that would be all the offense the Saints would get in the game. Morgan would add another shot for Clarendon later in the game and the Bulldogs would take game one by the final score of 9-2. The first three batters in the Clarendon order killed the Saints in the game as all three notched 2 hits a piece while driving in 8 runs and scoring 5. The Saints 8 hits in the game were more spread out as Tomlinson and Eddie Williams were the only two to pick up multiple hits in the ballgame. Jace Moore was the lone bright spot on the mound for Seward in the contest, going 1 1/3 innings scoreless while allowing just 2 hits.
In game two the story was much less dramatic. Clarendonís first five batters of the game reached base with two scoring after getting on via a walk to put the Bulldogs up 2-0 right off the bat. A two out double in the 2nd inning would give Clarendon a 3-0 lead and four Seward bean balls along with a home run would give the Bulldogs 4 runs in the 3rd inning on just one hit. Luke Campbell would lead off the Saints 4th inning with his team leading 8th home run of the season and the Saints would get another run later in the inning after an error extended the frame but after 4 the guys in green still trailed 7-2. The teams would trade runs in the 5th with the Saints picking up their run on a two out RBI single from Eddie Williams to make the score 8-3 Clarendon. The Saints would only muster one base runner in the last two innings of the game and Clarendon would tack on an insurance run in the 7th to go to win by the final score of 9-3. The Saints first 6 hitters in their order picked up a hit in the contest but their bottom three in the lineup combined to go 0 for 8 in the loss. Josh Dawson was the only Seward starter to have more than one hit as he finished 2 for 4 in the game while Campbell, Williams and Jared Broadbent had the RBIís for the Saints.
While the significance of the midweek double header was minimal with the Saints remaining in 1st place in the Jayhawk West, the losses take Seward somewhere they havenít been in a long long time. Now 21-22 on the season, the Saints dip below the .500 mark for the first time in over 20 years. They will look to get themselves out of that precarious position this weekend when they will host Pratt on Saturday and Sunday at Brent Gould Field as they return to conference action. The Saints are currently 17-7 in conference play, 1 game up on both Garden City and Butler going into the weekend.