The Seward County Community College baseball team has returned back to Liberal from their seven day spring break trip to Phoenix, Arizona, where the Saints played six junior colleges from Arizona, Kansas and Washington. The Saints went 3-4 overall playing six games with wooden bats and one game with aluminum bats. The Saints are now 16-11 overall and remain 4-2 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

The Saints earned victories over Glendale Community College (twice) and Central Arizona, while dropping games to South Mountain Community College, Fort Scott Community College, Big Bend Community College and Chandler Gilbert Community College.

The Saints opened competition in Phoenix with a come from behind victory over Glendale C.C. 9-8. Sophomore, Chris Holguin picked up the victory while freshman, Eric Everson earned the save. SCCC lead-off hitter, Brian Majors, led the way going 4-for-6.

After having to cancel two games due to rain on Sunday, the Saints played games against South Mountain and Glendale on Monday. The Saints dropped game one to South Mountain 8-6, after allowing the Cougars two runs in the eighth inning to break a 6-6 tie. South Mountain is the defending Arizona state champions after last year participating in the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.

In game two on Monday, the Saints defeated Glendale again in the ninth inning scoring four runs to beat the Gauchos 7-4. Freshman right fielder, Tanner Rindels hit the game winning double to drive in two runs for the Saints in the ninth inning.

The Saints found a familiar foe in Arizona, scheduling Fort Scott Community College for a nine-inning game on Tuesday afternoon. Fort Scott got the best of the Saints 11-4, as the Saints used 17 players and Fort Scott hammered out 15 base hits. Erik Hegstad went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a triple to lead SCCC.

Seward Countyís finest showing came on Wednesday against Central Arizona, when Holguin pitched a complete-game four hit shutout against the Vaqueros to lead the Saints in a 2-0 victory. Aaron Phillips and Toby Davis collected RBIís and the Saints defense was flawless by not committing an error. Holguin collected his second victory on the trip in a sensational outing on the mound against Central Arizona.

The Saints didnít fare quite as well in the second game on Wednesday dropping a nine-inning contest to Big Bend (Wash.) 9-7. The Saints committed eight errors on defense and the Seward County pitching staff allowed seven walks despite out hitting Big Bend 13-6. Outfielder, Kai Kirby, made his first appearance in the Saints line-up after injuring his left thumb on a diving catch on March 1 against Clarendon in Liberal. Kirby was impressive in his first game back going 3-for-5 at the plate with a run scored and two doubles.

Seward County finished their spring break trip yesterday with a 4-3 defeat at Chandler Gilbert Community College. The Saints tied the game 3-3, to send the game into extra innings. The Saints once again showed their depth on their roster playing 19 players in the ten inning contest. Toby Davis went 3-for-5 at the plate and Everson pitched six innings, allowing seven hits, three runs (one earned) and striking out two batters in his second start on the mound this season.

Offensive leaders for the Saints in Phoenix were Hegstad (.381 average, eight hits, five RBI), Chris Capps (.364 average, three runs, four hits) and Phillips (six hits, double, home run, six RBI). On the mound the Saints compiled an impressive 3.81 earned run average in 59 innings pitched. Holguin went 2-0 and Everson picked up two saves with a 1.13 earned run average.

The Saints were originally scheduled to play two conference doubleheaders at home this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, but heavy snow fall at the beginning of the week has postponed both conference doubleheaders.

The Seward County baseball season is about to get very busy, because starting Monday there will be 33 days remaining before the start of the First Round of the Region VI Tournament and the Saints will play their 26 remaining regular season Jayhawk West Conference games during that time span.