The Seward County Community College baseball team split a Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader last night against Garden City Community College. The Broncbusters defeated Seward County in game-one 6-1, and the Saints won game-two in the bottom of the seventh inning under the lights at Brent Gould Field, 5-4. Seward County is now 11-7 overall and 2-2 in the Jayhawk West Conference. Garden City is now 12-4 overall and 3-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

In game-one, SCCC starting pitcher, Michael Jarman pitched well for the Saints but received little defensive support from his teammates. In the second inning, Seward County committed three errors which allowed Garden City to plate four unearned runs.

Jarman finished the game throwing five innings and scattering seven hits and three walks while striking out seven GCCC batters. Jarman allowed five runs, but only one run was earned.

Seward County faced Broncbuster ace, Aaron Breit in game-one. The Saints hitters stranded eight runners on base including the bases loaded in both the fourth and fifth innings. The fifth inning was the only frame where the Saints hitters recorded more than one base hit. Breit pitched a complete game allowing five hits, one run, and six walks while striking out nine.

Breit, a San Diego Padres draftee, improves to 3-0 over the Saints in his two-year career at Garden City C.C.

Brett Davis hit an RBI double in the sixth inning scoring sophomore, Brad Rogers, for Seward’s only run in the first game.

In game-two, Garden City scored their first run in the second inning before SCCC tied the game 1-1, on an RBI single by sophomore, Jeff Brewer in the fourth inning to score Toby Davis, who led off the inning with a single to right field.

After Garden City scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning, Seward scored three runs (two earned runs) in the bottom of the fifth.

Both teams went three-up-three-down in the sixth inning, and in the seventh inning Garden City tied the game when designated hitter, Andy Preston hit an RBI single to left field to make the score 4-4.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Brian Majors reached base on an error by Garden City relief pitcher, Adam Morrison. With one out, Aaron Phillips hit a single to right field advancing Majors to second base. Toby Davis then hit a routine fly ball to Garden City second baseman, Tyler Robbins, who dropped the fly ball to load the bases with only one out. After Hegstad struck out swinging, Chris Capps received a bases-loaded two-out walk that would end the game giving the Saints a 5-4 victory.

Majors led the Saints going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Hegstad led the Saints with two RBI.

Saints starting pitcher, Zeb Birch, received a no-decision leaving the game in the seventh inning after GCCC tied the game. Birch threw extremely well in 6.2 innings scattering seven hits and striking out a career-high eight batters. Sophomore, Chris Holguin pitched the last out of the seventh inning earning his team-best third win of the season.

Seward County will travel to Dodge City Community College on Wednesday, March 15, to take on the Conquistadors who are 3-15 overall and 1-5 in the Jayhawk West for a 3:00 p.m. Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader at Cavalier Park in Dodge City.