The Seward County Saints are going to have to find a way to play seven innings of baseball during their pregame warm-ups if they keep with their current trend. The Saints again dropped the first game of their split double header Monday to the Midland Chaparrals 6-2 before bouncing back to take the back end of the double dip 11-3 over the Ranger Rangers thanks in part to a strong effort with the bats in Midland.

Seward would get leadoff singles from Steve Polito and Jordan Dallalio in both the 1st and 2nd innings but would be unable to use those leadoff knocks and still had a zero next to their name after two. Midland would have traffic of their own in their first two trips to the plate but could cash two hits and three walks into just one unearned run as they led 1-0 after two. The Saints half of the 3rd would see two runners on base after a two out single and error but a strikeout would end the frame and keep them trailing 1-0. A misplayed fly ball and a pair of walks would put the Chaps in business in their portion of the 3rd inning and they would pick up their second run of the game without the courtesy of a hit after a groundout and would lead 2-0 to the 4th. The Saints would get a single run in both the 4th and 5th innings to tie it thanks to a two out RBI double by Eddie Williams in the 4th and a one out single by Jake Barrios in the 5th to make it 2-2. Midland would respond to the Saints knotting it up in the top half of the 5th as after two quick outs, three consecutive Chaps reached base in front of their nine hole hitter Justin Lee who made Seward pay for the lack of focus with two down as he laced a double down the left field line to clear the bases and give Midland a 5-2 advantage after five. The big inning seemed to take the fight out of the Saints as they would go down in order in the 6th and 7th innings and the Chaps would tack a run on in the 6th on a solo home run to give them the win by the final count of 6-2. Austin Beisel would take the loss for the Saints, going 5 innings allowing 6 hits and 6 runs while striking out 5 and walking 4. The Saints offense would outhit the Chaps 8-6 in the loss and saw two hits apiece from Polito and Dallalio in the game.
In the back end of the double header the Saints as usual were ready to go as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning on RBI singles from JT Bean, Dillon Bryant, and Brittain Ibbotson back to back to back and then scored two more in the 2nd as Polito and Jon Mestas got RBI knocks to make it 5-0 Seward. Ranger would get on the board with a pair of unearned runs in the 3rd inning and would then cut the Seward lead to 5-3 with a single run in the 4th. Seward would get the run back in the bottom of the 4th as Mestas led off with a single and stole second base before being driven home on Beanís second RBI single of the game to put the Saints up 6-3. Keegan Hucul would finish his 5 innings of work for Seward by retiring three straight after a leadoff walk in the 5th and the Saints wouldnít score in the bottom of the inning and to the 6th the game went with Seward still on top 6-3. After a rough start in game three of the Odessa series, Jose Gonzalez would take the bump again in relief on Monday against the Rangers and would fare much better. The sophomore lefty would come in in relief of Hucul in the 6th and would get a strikeout and two ground outs to retire the side and get the Saints back up to the plate. They would respond with a 5 run inning after a Ranger error got things going and Bean picked up his third RBI hit of the afternoon followed by a walk and then a double in the gap by Ibbotson to plate two more to make it 9-3 Seward. The Saints would get another RBI single from Tanner Rainey and then a sacrifice fly from Polito and when the inning was done would hold an 11-3 advantage after 6. Now with a comfortable lead, Gonzalez would hammer the door shut in the top of the final inning with a 1-2-3 frame to pick up his first career save and hand the Saints the 11-3 win. A number of players would shine for the Saints in the win as they outhit the Rangers 13-2 in the victory. Hucul would pick up his first career win on the hill by going 5 innings and allowing just 2 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 5 and the aforementioned Gonzalez would earn the save by going 2 perfect innings and striking out a pair. Five different Saints had multiple hits in the win lead by Bean who finished 3 for 4 with 3 RBIís and Mestas who would reach base in all four plate appearances, going 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored and a walk in the ballgame. Ibbotson would finish 2 for 4 with 3 RBIís, Polito would rack up 2 hits, 2 runs, and 2 RBIís in 3 official trips to the plate, and Rainey would enjoy his second multi-hit game of his Seward career going 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI in the win.
The Monday split brings the Saints to 7-5 overall on the season and an even 3-3 on their 6 game road trip to the Lone Star State. Seward is now 1-5 in the front end of double headers and 6-0 in the back end. They will take the week off of game action until Saturday when they open their defense of the Jayhawk West crown with a four game set with the Colby Trojans at Brent Gould Field with double headers starting both Saturday and Sunday at 1:00.