Letís just say that the Clarendon Bulldogs have the Seward County Saints number this season. After the Bulldogs took the first two double headers from the Saints, they took their fifth straight Tuesday afternoon at Brent Gould Field by the count of 8-7 in a game the Saints once led 5-1 in the 7th inning. In the defeat, Seward shortstop Kelby Tomlinson achieved a baseball rarity by hitting for the cycle after leading off the game with a double for the Saints and finishing off the feat with an 8th inning home run to complete the cycle.
The Saints scored first after Cameron Maldonado pitched out of a jam in the top of the 1st inning and the aforementioned Tomlinson double to lead off the Seward half of the inning. He was moved to third base on a single from Quay Grant and would later come in to score on an RBI groundout by Ty Jacobs to make it 1-0 Saints after 1. The Saints would add on to their lead in the 3rd inning as consecutive hits from Grant, Luke Campbell, and Josh Dawson in the middle of the Seward lineup would lead to 3 runs and put the guys in green up 4-0 after 3. Clarendon would score their first run of the day in the 4th inning off of reliever Logan Hall put the Seward freshman limited the damage to just one run and after 4 Seward led 4-1. The Saints would get the run back in the 5th inning after Tomlinson tripled to lead off the inning and was later driven in by a one out single from Campbell to put Seward back up by 4 at 5-1. After a scoreless 6th inning the Saints remained up 5-1 and things were looking for Seward to get their first win of the season over the Bulldogs in their fifth try. Thatís when the tables were turned and the Saints good fortune quickly turned bad as the momentum shifted after Clarendon led off the 7th inning with 6 consecutive batters reaching base and scoring to put the Saints on their heels as their 5-1 lead quickly disappeared and turned into a 7-5 deficit at stretch time. Seward would fight back and scratch out a run in the bottom of the inning to make it 7-6 but the Bulldogs would quickly get that run back in the top of the 8th inning after three consecutive singles to push the lead back to 2 at 8-6. Kelby Tomlinson would complete his cycle with a wall scraping home run to lead off the Seward 8th to bring his team to back within one but that would be all the Saints would get in the inning as they trailed 8-7 going to the 9th. Clarendon would get a single from Danny Loya to lead off their half of the inning and would attempt to sacrifice him over with the next batter but after a failed bunt attempt hit Luis Jiminez and an argument from Clarendon Head Coach Mike Silva ensued, Jiminez would ground into a double play to end the threat and keep the Saints down just 1 going to the bottom of the 9th. Campbell would single to led off the inning and Dawson would sacrifice him to second with a bunt to give the Saints two shots at tying the game up. After a solid battle by Jacobs at the plate in which he saw 8 pitches, the Seward 2nd baseman would walk to put the tying run on base with runners now on first and second with just one out. Into the game as a defensive replacement earlier in the inning, Saints 3rd baseman Tyler Hill would step to the plate looking for the big hit but would ground into a double play to end the game and the Saints chances of knocking off Clarendon at least for the 2010 season as they fell 8-7. Seward got good pitching from three of four arms in the game as Maldonado, Hall, and Grant combined to throw 7 innings, allowing just 1 run while striking out 4. Tomlinson finished the game with 4 hits and 4 runs scored while recording the first Saints cycle in recent memory with a single, double, triple, and 8th inning home run to complete it. Campbell recorded 3 hits and 2 RBIís in the loss while Grant, Jacobs, and Chase Whitney all finished the game with 2 hits apiece.
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