The Seward County Community College baseball team split their season-opening Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon against Hutchinson Community College at Brent Gould Field in Liberal. The Saints knocked off Hutchinson in game-one 10-5, and then lost game-two 8-3. Seward’s pitching staff allowed 13 runs in the doubleheader but only six of the runs were earned runs.

The Saints jumped all over the defending Region VI champs in game-one scoring nine runs in the first three innings. Hutchinson was able to score three unearned runs in the second inning due to an error by Saints second baseman, Bo Merrell.

Saints starting pitcher, Brett Davis, threw 107 pitches in 6.1 innings pitched while allowing five hits, five runs (two earned) and six walks. Davis is now 2-1 this season with a 2.67 earned run average (ERA). Davis has pitched a team-high 27 innings this season.

The SCCC hitters pounded out 13 base hits in game-one including six extra-base hits. Leaders at the plate for Seward were Brain Majors (3-for-4), Brad Rogers (2-for-3), Tyler Henry (2-for-4) and Stu Schlemeyer (2-for-4). Additionally, Erik Hegstad and Toby Davis each collected two RBI for the Saints in game-one.

In the second game, Hutchinson was the team who took the early lead scoring six runs in the opening two frames. The Blue Dragons chased Saints starting pitcher, Chris Holguin, after the second inning. Holguin allowed seven hits and six runs (two earned runs) in his shortest outing of the season. Hutchinson capitalized on a field error by Saints third baseman, Kevin Johnson, which allowed Hutchinson to score four unearned runs in the second inning.

Majors continued to sizzle at the plate going 3-for-3 in game-two, Majors finished the day going 6-for-7 with five runs scored and an RBI. Saints first baseman, Aaron Phillips was the only other player for SCCC with two hits going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Majors, who is arguably the best lead-off hitter in the Jayhawk West is now batting .420 (21-for-50) with 11 runs scored, two doubles, a triple, eight RBI and three stolen bases. Majors leads SCCC in five offensive categories this season.

Phillips is also having a strong freshman season hitting .360 (18-for-50) with 10 runs scored, seven doubles, three home runs, 16 RBI and a .680 slugging percentage.

The Saints will continue Jayhawk West competition on Monday, March 13, at 5:00 p.m. hosting Garden City Community College, for a conference doubleheader.

Game-one of Monday night’s doubleheader against Garden City will be broadcasted live on the Internet by KSCB sports broadcaster, Brock Kappelmann. You can listen to the game live by going to www.kscb.net, and clicking on LISTEN LIVE, or by listening locally to KSCB 1270 AM.