The Seward County Community College baseball team swept a Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader Monday night against Butler Community College, 13-3 and 8-7. The Saints put the ten run-rule into effect in the sixth inning of game-one and needed extra innings to defeat the Grizzlies in game-two for the sweep. Seward County improves to 19-12 overall and is tied for first place in the Jayhawk West with a 7-3 conference record. Butler falls to 16-7 overall and drops into a tie for sixth place with a 3-5 conference mark.

In game-one, the Saints scored three run in four separate innings and also chipped in a run in the second frame in their 13-3 run-rule victory over Butler.

Saints starting pitcher, Michael Jarman, kept the Grizzlies off balance throwing a six-inning complete game to pick up his third victory of the season. Jarman struck out four batters to improve his team-best 40 strikeouts over 37.2 innings pitched this season.

Leading hitters in game-one for the Saints were shortstop, Jeff Brewer, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored and designated hitter, Tanner Rindels, went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two RBI.

In the second game, Seward starting pitcher, Zeb Birch, allowed four runs (no earned runs) and four hits in the first inning as Butler took an early 4-0 lead. The Saints bounced back quickly scoring two runs in the first, second and third innings to take the lead 6-4.

Birch held the two run lead until the top of the seventh inning when Butler scored two runs to tie the game at 6-6. The Saints were unable to score in the bottom of the seventh inning sending the game into extra innings.

Butler broke the tie with a run in the top of the ninth inning on a passed ball that allowed Dustin Koca to score the go ahead run. Saints freshman, Toby Davis, started the game at third base and then relieved Birch on the mound in the top of the seventh inning. Davis led off the ninth inning for the Saints with a line-drive off the left center field wall for a lead-off triple. Freshman, Kai Kirby, followed with an RBI sacrifice fly to right field to score Davis to tie the score 7-7.

Also in the ninth, freshman, Bo Merrell, from Perryton, Texas, started the next rally for the Saints with a single to left field with one out. Sophomore, Kevin Johnson, followed with a walk and then sophomore catcher, Tyler Henry, won the game for the Saints with an RBI double to left field to score Merrell for the winning run. Davis picked up his first collegiate win in 2.1 innings of relief for SCCC.

Henry finished the game going 3-for-5 with three doubles, two runs scored and three RBI. Henry has been the Saints top hitter since returning from Phoenix, Arizona. In four Jayhawk West Conference games in the last two days, Henry is 9-for-14 with five doubles, five runs scored and eight RBI.

The Saints hitters batted .453 (29-for-64) yesterday with 19 RBI and 10 extra base hits (eight doubles, one triple and one home run). Seven Saints accounted for nine multi-hit games in yesterday’s doubleheader.

Seward County will travel to Colby Community College on Wednesday, March 29, to take on the Trojans for a 1:00 p.m. Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader. The Trojans are also tied for first place with a 7-3 Conference record. Game-two of the Seward vs. Colby doubleheader will be broadcasted by KSCB sports anchor, Brock Kappelmann, and can be heard on the Internet by going to www.kscb.net and clicking on LISTEN LIVE. The game can also be heard locally by listening to KSCB 1270 AM.