The Seward County Community College baseball team split two non-conference games on Wednesday afternoon in Coolidge, Arizona.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher, Chris Holguin led the Saints in a 2-0 victory over Central Arizona College. The 6’1” Lubbock native pitched a complete-game as he shutout the Vaqueros in the seven inning game. The Saints were not able to win two games on the day dropping game-two against Big Bend (Wash.) Community College 9-7. The Saints are now 16-10 overall and 3-3 on their spring break trip in Phoenix.

Holguin and the Saints defense carried SCCC to a victory over Central Arizona in a well played game by both teams. Holguin pitched seven innings with two strikeouts while scattering four hits and two walks.

The Saints defense was perfect by not committing an error, while being led by shortstop, Jeff Brewer and second baseman, Bo Merrell. Brewer recorded five assists and one put-out and Merrell added five assists with two put-outs. Brewer turned a double-play with Merrell in the fourth inning and Merrell turned another double-play in the second inning with an assist from third baseman, Toby Davis.

The Saints scored their first run in the first inning when Toby Davis was issued a bases loaded walk that scored Saints lead-off hitter, Brian Majors, who led-off the game with a single.

Seward County scored their only other run in the third inning when first baseman, Aaron Phillips hit a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Brewer, who hit a single earlier in the inning.

SCCC center fielder, Stu Schlemeyer, was the only Saint with a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 with a double.

In game-two Wednesday, Seward County’s defense committed eight errors and the Saints pitching staff allowed seven walks as Big Bend defeated the Saints 9-7. The non-conference game was a nine-inning contest played on Central Arizona’s field.

Big Bend scored seven runs that reached base by an error, walk or hit-by-pitch. Saints starting pitcher, Matt Sopic, pitched 4.2 innings allowing six hits, six runs (no earned runs) and five walks. Sopic was the losing pitcher for Seward County. Saints freshman right handed pitcher, Nick Spencer, made his pitching debut pitching one inning allowing two walks and three runs (one earned run) but did not allow a base hit.

The Saints did not score until the fifth inning when they broke out with five runs on eight hits. Sophomore, Brad Rogers added the big hit in the inning with a two-run single that tied the game.

The Saints chipped in their final two runs in the ninth inning, on a towering two-run home run by freshman, Erik Hegstad.

Seward County did record 13 hits, led by freshman center fielder, Kai Kirby, who was welcomed back into the Saints starting line-up after nursing a thumb injury that sidelined him for the past three weeks. Kirby went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two doubles in his first game since March 1.

Other Saints with multi-hits against Big Bend were Chris Capps (2-for-4), Tanner Rindels (2-for-5) and Brewer (2-for-5).