The National Junior College Athletic Association has named Seward County Community College baseball players Kai Kirby and Christian Kowalchuk as the National Division I National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for the week ending April 7. The Saints went 3-1 last week with a doubleheader sweep against Cloud County Community College and a conference split at Hutchinson Community College. The Seward County baseball program has now had six players who have been named National Player or Pitcher of the Week.

Kirby, a 60 sophomore from Chickasha, Okla., batted .500 (8-for-16) with three runs scored, two doubles, four RBI and two stolen bases last week. Kirby had at least one hit in all four games, including a 3-for-5 performance against Cloud County and back-to-back two-hit games against Hutchinson C.C. Kirby led the Saints in their 7-1 victory at Hutchinson last weekend going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.

Kirby, the Saints starting center fielder and lead-off hitter this season is currently batting .307 (42-for-137) with six doubles, two triples, a home run, 13 RBI and he is 7-for-7 in stolen bases. Kirby has collected nine multi-hit games this season including five during Jayhawk West competition.

Kowalchuk, a freshman left-handed pitcher from Saskatoon, Canada, was dominating in his two outings last week, throwing back-to-back seven-inning complete games where he posted a total of 15 strikeouts, including a career-high nine strikeouts against Cloud County C.C. He allowed only two earned runs in 14 innings pitched, recording a 1.29 earned run average.

This season, Kowalchuk is tied for the team-high in victories (5) and he leads the Saints with four complete games. In 52 innings pitched, Kowalchuk has a team-high 48 strikeouts. In addition, Kowalchuk has posted wins in his last three starts for Seward County.

Former Seward County NJCAA Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week Selections:
2006: Michael Jarman (Pitcher), 2005: Josh Paul (Player), Jared Cranston (Pitcher), Shawn Taylor (Player)