When people hear or heard the scores from Seward Countyís weekend baseball series with Dodge City, the overwhelming majority are likely to have said ďhow does that happen?Ē Well, after the Saints dropped game one 10-1 to the Conqs, they would storm back to win game two 25-2, game three 12-2, and game four 17-7, making the question a valid one.

Seward was dominated in all facets of the game in the series opener against the Conqs but would flip the script in the next three games to win the series and claim the top spot in the conference all to themselves at weekend.
Dodge City would take control early in game one as their first four hitters of the game would reach base, scoring two runs to quickly put them on top 2-0. The Conqs would be right back at it in the 2nd as they would score two more runs with three consecutive hits to open the frame to go up 4-0. Dodge starter Dan Talley would have the Saints baffled at the plate through the middle innings and would allow his team to get another run in the 4th to go ahead 5-0. Seward would finally put a run across as the 5th inning got underway when Jon Mestas sent a 2-0 fastball over the scoreboard in left center field to make it 5-1 in favor of Dodge. It looked like that might spark the Saints but it did not. Dodge would score two more runs in the 6th and another three in the 7th before going on to win 10-1. The Saints were outhit 17-6 in the game with JT Bean having the only multi-hit game for Seward as he finished 2 for 3. Logan Hall suffered the loss on the mound for Seward, surrendering a season high 13 hits in 5 2/3 innings of work.
The back end of the double header would be the game that would make many in attendance scratch their heads wondering what had just happened. A scoreless first two innings for Dodge and a scoreless bottom of the 1st would have the teams tied at 0 as Seward came to hit in the bottom of the 2nd. It looked as if again it would be a battle between the two long time conference rivals until the Saints started to get on track in their half of the 2nd. After their leadoff man was retired Seward would see their next eight hitters reach base safely while pushing across six runs to go ahead 6-0. Carlos Dorado and Sam Pack would get the scoring started with RBI singles with Tyler Hill would drive home two with a blooper to right and Jake Barrios would bring in another with a double to left center. With two outs Jon Mestas would get his second at bat of the inning and would rip a 2 RBI single through the left side to finally make it 8-0 in favor of the guys in green. The teams would trade runs in the 3rd and Seward starter Gavin Glanz would keep Dodge from getting anything across in the 4th to keep it a 9-1 Saints lead after 3 Ĺ. In the Seward 4th the Saints would throw up another crooked number on the board. The Saints would load the bases with just one hit to get things going and Ben Wainwright would be the beneficiary of the ducks on the pond. The Seward freshman designated hitter would launch the first pitch he saw towering over the left field wall for his second grand slam of the season to put the Saints on top 13-1. Seward wasnít done yet. Dorado and Tanner Rainey would single with two outs and Hill would collect his third and fourth RBIís of the game with a triple to the gap to score both and put Seward up 15-1. Dodge would get a run in the top of the 5th and their players began to line up for the postgame high five line when they were informed that the run rule did not kick into effect until the 7th inning of this nine inning game. Neither team would score in their next at bats and the Conqs would be hoping that that run rule would have taken place earlier after the Saints were done hitting in the 6th. Three consecutive one out singles would load the bases and a sacrifice fly would bring a run home but put Sewardís second out of the inning up. Just when it looked like Dodge might have their second straight easy inning the Saints made them think otherwise. Barrios would hammer a 3-1 pitch over the left field wall for a three run home run to make it 19-2 and the next two hitters would reach base in front of Wainwright to give him a chance to have an even more memorable day at the plate. He would take advantage of that opportunity as he would blast his second home run of the day down the left field line for a three run shot, giving him his second home run of the day and bringing his RBI total for the day to 7. The Saints wouldnít stop there as they continued to pour it on the hapless Conqs pitching staff, scoring three more runs in the inning and taking a 25-2 lead after 6. Depleted of any fight after the 10 run inning, the Conqs would go down in order in the 7th and would be thankful that the run rule would now end the game with the Saints the victors of a 25-2 contest. Seward would put up 23 hits in the game and would see seven different starters have multi-hit games in the win. Hill would go 2 for 5 with a career high 5 RBIís and Dorado would go 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored. Barrios, Wainwright, and Pack all had three hit games while Barrios drove in 4 and scored 3 runs, Pack drove in 1 and scored 3, and Wainwright finished his career game with the two home runs, 7 RBIís, and 3 runs scored. Rainey and Willy Gustin both went 4 for 5 in the game and Gustin scored 4 runs at the bottom of the order and flipped it over to Rainey who drove in 4 and scored 3. Glanz earned the win by going 5 innings and allowing just 2 earned runs while striking out 4 and Bryce Ruff threw 2 perfect innings out of the bullpen to close the game out.
After one of the oddest turnarounds in a double header that you will ever see, the two teams took the field again on Sunday looking to find a winner of the series. Seward showed that they had not used up all of their runs in game two as they quickly took a 4-0 1st inning lead as Mestas was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home a run and Ben Wainwright would double to score two more later on in the inning to give Seward the early four run lead. Dodge would cut the lead in half in the 3rd as they got a pair of doubles coupled with a Seward error to make it a 4-2 game. The Saints wouldnít wait long to get those runs back though as Mestas and Wainwright would walk to start the inning and would later be plated on a bases loaded walk to Gustin and a groundout by Steven Polito to push the lead back to four. Four more Conq walks would give the Saints a run without a ball in play and a single and sac fly later the bases would be cleared with four runs coming home for Seward to make it 10-2. Seward starter Paul Pulley would pitch his way into a jam in the 5th with the eight run lead as he walked three Dodge hitters, but would wiggle his way out of it with a comebacker that he took care of to end the inning and keep the Saints on top 10-2. Hill would double to start the Seward 5th and on the third pitch he saw Barrios would ignite a 1-1 fastball over the left center field fence for a two run home run to give the Saints the 12-2 run rule win. An odd final line for the Saints, Seward would score 12 runs on just 6 hits as Dodge City pitching walked 10 Saints hitters and hit two in the game. Hill would finish 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and runs scored while Barrios, Wainwright, and Pack would all go 1 for 2 with 2 runs driven home. More odd stat lines for the game go to Mestas who was 0 for 0 in the game while scoring 3 runs and driving in 1, and Gustin who was also 0 for 0 with 2 RBIís. Pulley earned the win going all 5 innings and allowing just 3 hits and 1 earned run while fanning 4.
There would be no shortage of runs in the series finale as the Saints looked for the series victory and the Conqs looked to salvage the split. Dodge would get two straight hits to open the top of the 1st to score a run and would get a wild pitch to bring their second run plateward and make it 2-0 before the Saints came to hit. Seward would get a run back in the bottom of the inning as Hill singled to score Jordan Dallalio to make it 2-1 but the Conqs would go back up by two in the top of the 2nd as a one out walk and a two out single brought a run home to make it 3-1. Two straight batters would be hit to start the Seward 2nd and Brittain Ibbotson would cash both of them in with a double to tie the game at 3. He Would then score on a Dodge City error and the Saints would add another run later in the inning to make it 5-3 Seward. Three more walks from the Seward pitching staff would be the building blocks for a Dodge run in the 3rd but the Saints hitters would get that run back and more in the bottom half of the 3rd on RBI knocks from Ibbotson, Gustin, and Dallalio to make it 8-4 Seward after 3. The runs continued to come in the 4th inning as Dodge again crept back to within two with a two run 4th to make it 8-6. The Dodge pitching staff just had no answer for the Saints though and four straight singles by Seward in the bottom of the 4th would bring home two runs and another RBI double by Ibbotson followed by an RBI single from Gustin would plate two more to make it 12-6 Saints. Almost unbelievably neither team had as much as a base runner in the 5th inning and the score remained 12-6 as the 6th inning began. Dodge City would get a run in the 6th after the middle of their order produced back to back hits but as they had all day, the Saints would one-up them with three more tallyís in the bottom half with another RBI double from Ibbotson and a liner up the middle off the bat of Gustin to make it 15-7. Both teams would strand a runner in the 7th and Seward reliever Austin Beisel would keep the Conqs off the scoreboard again in the 8th. Looking to finish the series strong, the Saints first three hitters of the 8th would reach base resulting in one run and with the bases loaded Hill would hit a chopper up the middle that the Conqs could not turn a double play on which would score a run and end the game due to the run rule with the Saints on top 17-7. Ibbotson and Gustin were nearly unstoppable in the game. The two combined to go 8 for 9 with 9 RBIís and 8 runs scored as Ibbotson was a perfect 4 for 4 with 3 doubles, 6 RBIís, and 5 runs scored and Gustin was 4 for 5 with 3 RBIís and 3 runs scored. Dallalio finished 3 for 5 with 2 RBIís and Hill and Wainwright both had 2 hit games as well. Keegan Hucul earned the win for the Saints going 5 strong innings out of their bullpen while allowing just 5 hits and 3 earned runs and tying a career high with 6 strikeouts in the win.
So here is where things get a little bit interesting as for where these games stack up in the standings with Dodge City no longer being a Division 1 member of Region VI. The games count towards the Jayhawk West standings where the Saints now sit at 14-6 and in 1st place. However, the games do not count for Region VI Western Division standings where the Saints remain at 11-5 and in a 2nd place tie with Colby. Seward is now 25-15 overall on the season and will hit the diamond again on Wednesday when they travel to Clarendon for the first of four matchups this season with the Bulldogs.