The Seward County Saints continued their non-conference woes Wednesday afternoon at Merchants Park in Lamar, Colorado as they dropped both games of a double header with the ĎLopes after taking early leads in both games. The Saints lost game one 11-8 after holding an early 4-1 advantage and a 6th inning 8-7 lead in the game. In game two the Saints would lead 5-2 midway through before giving up 3 in the 4th and 8 in the 5th to fall 13-7.

The Saints would start down 1-0 in game one after three consecutive Lamar singles led to a run in the 1st inning of play. However, the Saints would take a lead of their own in the 2nd inning after Todd Glime and Kelby Tomlinson hit home runs and David Morgan drove in another run with a double to put Seward up 4-1. The Lopes would take advantage of playing with aluminum bats in their cozy park for the first time in the 2010 season in the bottom of the 2nd as they launched 3 balls out of the park and coupled with a pair of singles and a walk, had a 7-4 lead before the Saints knew what hit them. The score remained 7-4 into the 4th inning when Morgan got into the home run party with a solo shot of his own over the left field wall to cut the Lamar lead to 7-5 after 4. The Saints would keep the momentum rolling in their direction after Jared Wagner was able to stop the bleeding on the mound, as Seward tied the game up in the 5th inning with RBI singles from Ty Jacobs and Morgan to knot it up at 7 after 5 innings of play. A Tomlinson triple and Quay Grant single behind that would give Seward the lead in the top of the 6th but the Saints would leave the bases loaded and get just the 1 run in the inning to take the 8-7 lead. After lifting Wagner from the game after an outstanding 4 inning effort out of the bullpen to preserve him for a Sunday start against Colby, the Seward bullpen imploded, giving up 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning on a pair of walks, a pair of doubles, and a mishandled groundball to give the Lopes back the lead at 11-8 and allow them to give the ball to their lock down closer Brandon Ward-Hersee who pitched out of trouble in the 7th to blank the Saints and give the Lopes the 11-8 comeback win in game one. Wagner had his second straight positive outing with arguably his best showing as a Saint Wednesday, going 4 scoreless innings, allowing just 3 hits while striking out 3 and not walking a batter. Morgan gave it his all at the dish going 4 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIís while Josh Dawson had yet another 3 hit day with a 3 for 4 performance in the contest. Tomlinson backed up his cycle Tuesday with another strong effort in the leadoff spot, picking up 2 hits, 2 runs, and 2 RBIís in the loss.

GAME ONE BOX SCORE



Kelby Tomlinson continued his hot hitting in game two of the double dip as he led off the game with a triple and scored on an RBI groundout from Quay Grant and the Saints led 1-0 just 7 pitches into the game. Lamar would get the run back in the bottom of the 1st frame after a walk, a single, and a misplayed fly ball led to an unearned run to tie the game at 1 apiece. Each team would strand a runner in the 2nd inning and the Saints would go ahead in the 3rd after Tomlinson doubled to lead off the half inning and Luke Campbell walked to set the table for Josh Dawson and Ty Jacobs who drove the pair in to make it 3-1 Seward. Max Milot would hit the second pitch of the bottom of the 3rd over the wall for Lamar to cut the Saints lead in half at 3-2 but Jacobs would punch out the side on just 10 pitches after that to keep Seward ahead by 1 after 3. The Saints would continue to put the pressure on the Lamar defense in the 4th as Tyler Hill led off with a walk and Eddie Williams doubled behind him to put two runners in scoring position with nobody out in the inning. Grant and Campbell would again come up big at the start of the Saints order as they picked up back to back singles to score the runs and stake Seward out to a 5-1 lead. Two walks and two hits would pave the way for 3 two out Lamar runs to slice into the Seward lead and after 4 innings of play, just one run separated the two teams as the Saints led 5-4. With the momentum beginning to swing in the favor of the Lopes, the Saints went down in order in the top half of the 5th inning to pave the way for Lamar to break out. Logan Lippert would hit a solo home run to lead off the inning and tie the game at 5 and that would just be the start for the Lamar right fielder in the inning. After a groundout from Tanner Waite Saints pitcher Hayden Holub struggled finding the strike zone as he loaded the bases and pushed the go ahead run across without the Lopes having to lift a bat off of their shoulder. After a single, a sacrifice fly, and another walk to reload the bases, the Lopes had taken an 9-5 advantage. Now with the bases loaded and two outs, Lippert stepped to the plate again and wasted no time in launching his second home run of the inning out of the yard for a grand slam to make it 13-5 Lopes after 5. After the first two Seward batters of the 6th went down quietly on 4 pitches, the Saints could have given up but Tomlinson doubled and Grant homered to right field to bring Seward a little bit closer at 13-7. That would be it for the scoring as neither team would get anything going in their last at bats and the Saints would lose to the Lopes for the fourth time in two weeks, dropping the contest 13-7. Grant finished with 2 hits and 4 RBIís in the loss while Tomlinson ended the game 3 for 4 with 4 runs scored.

GAME TWO BOX SCORE



The losses drop the Saints to two games under .500 at 25-27 but Seward more importantly is 21-7 in Jayhawk West Conference play going into the final weekend of competition. They will take on Colby on the road this weekend with the conference title in their sights. At 21-7 Seward is tied with Butler atop the standings but the Saints do own the tiebreaker with the Griz after taking 3 of 4 from them on the road earlier in the season. Seward will clinch a home sub-regional tournament with 1 win over the Trojans or 1 Garden City loss to Barton in Great Bend this weekend.