If the Seward County Saints would have been playing a seven inning game Wednesday afternoon in Clarendon, Texas they would have come away with a 8-6 victory in their first of four games against the Bulldogs. Unfortunately for the guys in green, this game was of the 9 inning variety that saw them falter late as they gave up six 8th inning runs to fall 12-8.

The Saints offense would pick up where it had left off the Dodge City series as the first three hitters of the game would all pick up hits including an RBI double from Jordan Dallalio and an RBI single from JT Bean to go ahead 2-0. They would get right back at it in the 2nd inning as a leadoff single from Steven Polito and back to back bean balls would load the bases with nobody out. After a pop out on the infield, Willy Gustin would be hit by a pitch to force a run home and Dallalio, Bean, and Ben Wainwright would all find holes for hits to drive in four more runs and make it 7-0 Seward after 2. Clarendon would chip away in the 3rd inning as they strung together four straight hits and a sacrifice fly to score three runs and make it a 7-3 game. Seward would go down in order again in the top of the 4th inning and Clarendon would creep to within one as three hits and a pair of free passes would plate a trio of runs to make it a 7-6 game into the 5th. In the Saints half of the 5th Jon Mestas would start things off with a single and Seward would manufacture a run as Polito bunted him over to second base and he would score on a single to right field from Dillon Bryant to put the Saints on top 8-6. That is where both offenses would hit a wall. Neither team would score as much as a single run in their next three at bats and quickly the game went to the final two innings with the score still 8-6 Seward. The Bulldogs would get a leadoff hit to start their 8th inning but things looked to be foiled as a hit and run saw a line drive nailed perfectly at a Seward infielder but the play would not be made for the sure double play and an error on the play would put two on and nobody out rather than two out and nobody on. A walk would load the bases and a double would tie the game at 8 as two runs crossed the plate. Clarendon was not done scoring yet however. Another single would again load the bases and a Seward error followed by another single would plate four more runs and put the Bulldogs ahead 12-8 when all the dust settled. The Saints would bring the tying run to the on deck circle in the 9th but couldnít get anything across to give themselves a shot and they would fall to Clarendon 12-8. The Saints would outhit the Bulldogs 14-13 in the game as they would get 3 hits apiece from Bean and Wainwright in the loss. Dallalio would finish 2 for 5 with 3 RBIís and Bryant would go 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Ethan Adams would suffer the loss on the mound for Seward but the Saints coaches were please by Jose Gonzalez, Paul Pulley, and Bryce Ruff all of which threw scoreless innings to hold the two run Seward lead through the middle innings.
The Saints fall to 25-16 overall on the season with the loss and now set their sights to the rival Garden City Broncbusters who they will take on Friday and Saturday at Williams Stadium in Garden City. The Saints and Busters are in 1st and 2nd place in both the Region VI standings and the Jayhawk West standings, making this weekendís four game set the most important thus far of the 2011 season.
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