It isnít a reach by any stretch of the imagination to say that this season has been an up and down one for the Seward County Saints baseball team. Not often do you have a team that was 4-20 in non-conference play and scratching and clawing to finish above .500 in the race for the conference title. However, the 2010 Seward County Saints made a stand to take care of business on the weekends in Jayhawk West Conference play and forget about that non-conference record long enough to put themselves in a race for the conference title into the last weekend of the season. After taking three of four on the road at Colby, the Saints locked up their 8th Jayhawk West Championship in 10 seasons and assured themselves of the #1 seed out of the West in the upcoming Region VI Tournament that will have the first round sub-regional now hosted at home in Liberal.


In game one of the series the Saints and Trojans would swap runs in the 1st inning and were tied at 1, after 1. With two outs in the 2nd frame, the Saints would begin their hit parade, scoring 4 runs on an RBI single from Quay Grant and a 2 run home run from Luke Campbell to put themselves up 5-1. After a rapid bottom of the 2nd for Colby, the Saints were at it again in the top of the 3rd as Todd Glime would lead off with a home run and the Saints would be on their way to another 4 run inning with a 2 RBI double from Daniel Bruce and an RBI single by Kelby Tomlinson to put Seward up big 9-1. Glime sent his second homer of the day sailing out of center field in the 4th inning with one out and the Saints were now up 10-1. Seward would get a pair of unearned runs in the top of the 5th inning but were unable to force the run rule as Colby would get two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to make it 12-3. The Trojans would score a lone run in the bottom of the 6th inning but RBI knocks from Campbell and Ty Jacobs in the 7th would stretch the lead back to 10 at 14-4 as Colby came up for their last at bats. With the game coming to a close Colby came to bat in the bottom of the 7th and were able to scratch out just one run in the 7th and Seward would go on to win 14-5 in the opener. The top three hitters in the Saints lineup were electric in the win as Tomlinson, Grant, and Campbell combined to go 9 for 11 with 6 RBIís and 8 runs scored. Glime finished the contest with his second multi home run game of his career as he went 2 for 3 with the 2 solo home runs to help pace the offense. Cameron Maldonado picked up his 7th Jayhawk West Conference win by going 4 innings, allowing just 3 hits and 1 run before leaving when the score was 12-1.


The two teams would again trade runs in the 1st inning of game two as Todd Glime would pick up an RBI single for Seward and Jess Cooper an RBI double for Colby and the teams went to the 3rd with that same score 1-1. Seward would get 2 runs in the 3rd inning after an RBI single from Luke Campbell and a pair of Colby errors to score him and make it 3-1 Saints after 2 Ĺ. Colby would play small ball in the 3rd and get a run but it was evident that 1ís werenít going to win this game as the Saints were right back on the sticks in the top of the 4th. After two quick outs in the 4th the top of the Seward lineup started a rally in which six straight batters would reach base and four would score on RBI singles from Josh Dawson and Campbell to put the Saints up 7-2. Unfortunately for Seward, the Trojans were also ready for a slugfest and opened their half of the 4th with three consecutive singles, all of which would score and again bring them to within two at 7-5. Jared Broadbent would lead off the Seward 5th with a single and would quickly score after Kelby Tomlinson laced a single to center to make it 8-5. Seward wasnít done in the inning though as Quay Grant singled behind Tomlinson and Dawson would hit a sacrifice fly to score Tomlinson from third to put the Saints up four, 9-5. With two outs, Campbell would pick up his third hit in as many innings, this time of the big fly variety as he left the yard to left for his ninth home run of the season to stretch the Seward lead to 11-5. After a 1-2-3 inning for Logan Hall in the 5th, Ty Jacobs would rip a home run over the center field wall to make it 12-5 and after another 1-2-3 frame for the Seward freshman, the Saints would get a 2 RBI double from Jordan Dallalio in the 7th to put them up 14-5. Boston Langley would launch a three run bomb after stretch time for the Trojans to bring them to within striking distance at 14-8 and Colby would get another in the 8th to bring themselves to within 5 at 14-9. Sensing that a 5 run lead might not be enough with the way the ball way flying on this day, Glime would pound out his third home run of the day, this one of the 2 run variety to extend the Seward lead to 16-9. Michael Alger would punch out a pair and work around a two out walk in the Colby 9th to put up a zero and close it out for the Saints as they went on to win 16-9 to complete the double header sweep. The Saints outhit the Trojans 20 to 16 in the victory as 6 of 9 Seward starters had multiple hits and the first four hitters in the lineup had 3 or more for the Saints. Campbell had possibly the best game of his illustrious Seward County career, going 4 for 5 with 4 RBIís and 5 runs scored in the win. Dawson also had himself a 4 hit game, finishing 4 for 5 with 2 RBIís and 2 runs scored. Tomlinson and Grant continued to be one of the finest pair of table setters in the conference as the two each had 3 hits and 3 runs scored at the top of the Seward lineup. Glime backed up his 2 homer game in game one with a 2 hit, 3 RBI performance in game two in which he also left the yard once. Hall picked up his 6th Jayhawk West win, improving his conference record to 6-0 by going 7 2/3 innings, striking out 6 without walking a batter.


With a Butler loss to Hutchinson in game one on Saturday, the Saints now controlled their own destiny. With a double header sweep on Sunday against the Trojans they would win the conference all to their selves, with a split, they would have to hope for the rival Blue Dragons to take at least one game from the Griz to have the title to themselves and having both games of the double dip taken by the Trojans would mean the Saints needed big help to be in the running for the championship. Colby struck first in game number three of the series after a dropped fly ball to lead off the inning would turn into a pair of unearned runs to stake the Trojans to a 2-0 lead after 2. After two quick outs in the Seward half of the 3rd, Kelby Tomlinson would double and Quay Grant would single him home to cut the lead in half at 2-1. Neither team would score in their next at bats and after 3 Ĺ the game was looking nothing like the two games the teams had played a day before. Colby would give fans a little bit of the same feeling in the bottom of the 4th when Brendan Miller singled and scored two pitches later when Jess Cooper ignited a 1-0 fastball over the center field wall to put the Trojans on top 4-1. Seward would battle back with 2 runs of their own in the top of the 5th inning as Ty Jacobs singled to lead off the inning and Jordan Dallalio doubled behind him and both would score to again make it a 1 run game at 4-3 in favor of the Trojans. Colby added an insurance run in the 6th and the Saints just couldnít get anything going like they had a day before as they fell in game three of the series 5-3. Jared Wagner had his third straight positive outing on the mound for the Saints, going all 6 innings for Seward, allowing just 3 earned runs while walking just 1 Trojan batter. Tomlinson continued his tear at the plate, going 3 for 4 while middle infield mate Ty Jacobs collected 2 hits and scored a run in the loss.


A Seward loss in game three coupled with a Butler win over Hutchinson meant that the two teams were again deadlocked as they went to the 32nd and final game of the Jayhawk West Conference. With a win the Saints would assure themselves of at least a share of the conference title and the #1 seed from the West in the Region VI Tournament after having defeated the Grizzlies 3 out of 4 games in El Dorado early in the season. The Saints started off well as Quay Grant rattled a ball off of the foul pole as Sewardís second batter of the game to put them up 1-0 after the Saints half of the 1st. Seward starter Jose Gonzalez would blank the Trojans in each of the first two innings and allow the Saints to add onto their lead in the 3rd as a Josh Dawson single brought home Kelby Tomlinson to put the guys in green up 2-0. The Saints would go off for 7 runs in the 4th on 6 hits and a walk, including a 3 run bomb from Ty Jacobs and a solo shot from Jordan Dallalio to stake Seward out to a 9-0 advantage. A leadoff walk in the Colby half of the 4th would lead to a run but Gonzalez would wriggle out of a bases loaded jam with a groundout to end the inning and allow just the 1 run as the Saints still led 9-1 after 4. Tomlinson would hit a solo home run with one out in the Seward 5th but the Saints would run themselves into two outs on the bases and Colby would escape without further damage as the run rule was not yet in effect as Seward led 10-1 after 5. Unfortunately for the Trojans, Todd Glimeís one out bomb in the 6th, his fourth of the weekend, would push the Saints out to a 10 run lead at 11-1 and Gonzalez would do the rest. The Seward freshman southpaw would punch out the first batter he saw in the bottom of the 6th and would benefit from a line drive double play to end the game as the Saints captured the conference championship with the 11-1 win. Gonzalez went the distance for Seward, striking out 5 and allowing just 4 hits and 1 run in his 6 innings of work. Grant and Dawson each had 3 hits and 2 RBIís for Seward in the win while Jacobs dealt the big blow in the game with the 3 run shot in the 7 run 4th inning. Tomlinson capped a fantastic series with 2 hits and 3 runs scored at the top of the Seward order as 8 of 9 Saints picked up at least one hit in the victory.


The victory gave the Saints at least a share of the conference championship, their 8th in 10 seasons and the #1 seed from the West in the upcoming Region VI Tournament. It was looking promising for the Saints to win the title outright as Hutchinson held an 8th inning 5-4 lead on Butler in game four of their series but the Blue Dragons would let the game slip through their fingers in the bottom of the inning and the Grizzlies would go on to win 9-4 to share the conference title with the Saints.

The Saints finish the regular season 28-28 overall and 24-8 in Jayhawk West Conference play. The 24 conference wins are the 2nd most in the past five seasons for Seward. The weekend results mean that the Saints will now host a Region VI Sub-Regional this weekend in Liberal at Brent Gould Field starting with the Saints game against Labette at noon. The other two teams in the Seward Sub-Regional will be the 4 seed from the East, the Neosho County Panthers as well as Colby. Those two will square off at 3:00 Saturday with the losers from the two games playing an elimination game at 6:00 Saturday night. For a complete Region VI Tournament bracket stay tuned to throughout the week.