It was another one of those interesting days at the old ballpark on Wednesday as the Seward County Saints and the Lamar Runnin Lopes went head to head for the second time in as many weeks. Game one did not go exactly as planned for the Saints as they were blown out 16-1 in five innings while being no hit by a pair of Lamar pitchers. In game two Seward would flip the script on the Lopes as they took an early 9-1 lead before hanging on late to win 10-6 to pick up the split.

Lamar would get things going right away in game one as an error to start off the game and back to back home runs later in the inning would quickly make it 4-0 Lopes after 1. A two out rally would see Lamar get their fifth run of the game in the 2nd while the Saints would have their first baserunner of the game in the inning as JT Bean walked, but would have him erased on a double play to end the inning later on. Lamar would send eight men to the plate in the 3rd as they strung together four straight singles with two outs to score 3 runs to go ahead 8-0. Seward would go down in order again in the 3rd inning on a pair of groundouts and a fly ball on the infield and the Lopes would get two more runs in the top half of the 4th to make it a 10-0 game in favor of the visitors. Tanner Rainey would be hit by a pitch to start the Seward 4th but for the second time in the game a double play would erase the baserunner and the Saints would remain hitless as they went to the 5th inning still down 10-0. The Saints pitching staff would again be hammered by Lamar in the 5th as the Lopes batted around en route to scoring 6 runs on 5 hits including 3 doubles to take a commanding 16-0 lead. With the outcome of the game all but determined, the Saints came to hit in the bottom of the 5th with the only question being if they would get a hit in the game or not. After the first two hitters of the inning walked and a fly ball to deep left field would move the runners up 90 feet, the Saints would finally get on the board in the runs column with an RBI groundout from Carlos Dorado but a looking strikeout to end the game would see Seward finish the 16-1 loss without a single hit on the board in the hits column.
GAME ONE BOX SCORE
In the 1st inning of game two the Saints were able to do something that they hadnít yet in the day as starter Tyler Hill was able to keep the Lopes without a run in an inning. Lamar would get on the board first in the game however as Tim Zufall hit his second home run of the day, this one a solo shot to lead off the 2nd inning to put the Lopes ahead 1-0. Seward would finally get things going on offense in the bottom of the inning as Bean and Hill picked up back to back hits to start the inning and would start a four run frame for the Saints as Brittain Ibbotson would smack a two run single up the middle with two outs and would score on an RBI triple from Rainey to make it 4-1 Saints after 2. Hill would blank the Lopes in the 3rd and Seward would build upon their lead in a big way in the bottom of the inning. A pair of walks to start the inning would set Hill up at the plate and the sophomore slugger would take advantage of it as he singled home both runs to put the Saints ahead 6-1. Hill would later move to third base as Seward loaded the sacks with one out for Ibbotson who rapped a double off the center field fence to clear the bases and give the Saints a 9-1 lead. Hill would keep the Lopes off the board through the final two innings of his scheduled five innings of work and would leave the game with Seward ahead 9-1 as the teams went to the 6th. The Lopes would breakthrough with five runs with two outs in the 6th inning to slice into the Seward lead and make it 9-6 just like that. The Saints would add an insurance run in the bottom of the inning as Willy Gustin came up big with a two out double to left to score Bean to make it 10-6 which would wind up the final score as Gavin Glanz came in in the 7th to pitch a scoreless frame to close out the win for the Saints and give them the split. Hill would earn the win for himself on the mound and at the plate as the Saints sophomore right-hander threw 5 innings allowing just 4 hits and 1 run while striking out 5 as a pitcher and would account for 5 runs at the plate, going 2 for 4 with 3 RBIís and 2 runs scored in the victory. Ibbotson would shine on offense as well for Seward in the win as he finished the game 2 for 3 with a career high 5 RBIís while Bean went 1 for 2 with 3 runs scored for the Saints.
GAME TWO BOX SCORE
The split would wrap up the Saints and Lopes season series at a 2-2 draw and would make the Saints 17-11 overall on the year.