With a longstanding tradition on the baseball diamond, the Seward County Saints have had a number of sophomore signings that were memorable. However, Wednesday, as part of the monthly Saints Booster Club Meeting, there was a signing that will rank right up there with the most memorable in school history as Seward third baseman/closer Johnny Griffith became what is believed to be the first NJCAA baseball player to ever sign at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Griffith led the Saints to their 10th Jayhawk West Conference Championship since 2000 this season and has carried them to the #1 seed in the upcoming Region VI Tournament. Griffith leads the Saints and is second in the Jayhawk West with a .405 batting average and a .493 on base percentage this season. He has 11 doubles, 2 triples, and a home run to go along with 25 RBIs on the season. As accomplished on the mound as he is at the plate, Griffith leads the Saints with 5 saves in 2013 and has struck out 27 batters in just 20 innings pitched while walking only 4 batters all season. With the 5 saves this season, Griffith has moved into 2nd place on the Saints all-time list with 11 career saves, just one behind the all-time leader Travis Parker who set the record in 2009.
Army is an even .500 this season at 21-21 overall and the Black Knights are in 3rd place in the Patriot League standings at 11-9. They will open the postseason on May 11th when they travel to rival Navy for a three game series against the Midshipmen in the Patriot League semifinals.
Griffith said in a post signing press conference about attending the academy I have always wanted to be more than just a baseball player when I chose my university. West Point gave me the best opportunity to not only serve myself, my family, and my teammates, but also my country, which I am very excited to do.
Griffith and his Saints will begin the Region VI Tournament this weekend when they host the Independence Pirates for a three game series starting at 1:00 on Saturday at Brent Gould Field. The winner of the three game set will advance to Wichita for the Region VI Championships where eight teams will battle it out in a double elimination tournament to decide Region VIs representative at the Juco World Series.