After a slow start to the season, the Seward County Community College baseball team has moved into a tie for first-place in the Jayhawk West Conference. The Saints have now won 11-of-14 games since returning from their spring break trip, and swept Barton County Community College 17-7 (five-innings) and 10-5, at Lawson-Biggs Field in Great Bend, tying Butler Community College for first-place in the Western Division. The Saints scored nine runs in the third inning and eight runs in the fourth inning in game-one, along with a six run inning in game-two, propelling them in their second road sweep in consecutive days. Seward County improves to 27-17 overall and to 14-6 in the Western Division. Barton County falls to 25-17 overall and to 11-7 in conference competition.

The Saints trailed 1-0 entering the third inning, but before Barton was able to record three outs, the Saints mounted a huge offensive display scoring nine runs on seven hits to take a 9-1 lead. Third inning highlights included a towering three-run home run to left field by sophomore Erik Hegstad, and a two-run single to center field from freshman Erik Hansen. A total of 14 batters came to the plate for Seward County in the third inning.

In the fourth inning, Seward County finished off Barton scoring eight runs on five hits. Sophomore center fielder Tanner Rindels collected the big hit with a three-run blast to right center field helping push the Saints to the ten-run mercy rule victory. Seward was clutch at the plate going 8-for-15 in RBI situations and 4-for-9 with two-outs.

Seward County had 10 base hits with eight starting positions players all recording at least one hit. Luke Hardcastle (1-for-4, two runs and two RBI), Rindels (2-for-4 and three RBI) and Hansen (2-for-4 and two RBI) were the leading hitters in the opener.

The Saints started freshman right-handed pitcher Karl Whitley, who had a no decision pitching 2.1 innings, allowing seven runs, six hits, two walks and collecting three strikeouts. Saints left-handed relief pitcher Curtis Hamilton was the winning pitcher, throwing 2.2 innings and allowing only two base hits.

Seward won game-two with another strong team performance at the plate. The Saints went 6-for-13 at the plate with two-outs, where they scored nine of their 10 runs. The big inning for Seward County in game-two came in the third inning with six runs on four hits.

Sophomore Bo Merrell started the inning with an infield single and advanced to third base on a single by Michael Drzazga. Hardcastle continued his strong hitting with a two-run single to center field, scoring both Merrell and Drzazga. Rindels then tripled down the right field line, giving the Saints an additional two runs with Hardcastle and Hegstad (walked) coming around to score.

Leading hitters for the Saints in game-two were Stu Schlemeyer (2-for-4), Rindels (2-for-2), Merrell (2-for-3) and Drzazga (2-for-4). Jordan Knight earned his second win on the mound this season throwing 4.2 innings, allowing six hits, five runs (four earned), two walks and posting four strikeouts. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Eric Everson picked up the save in relief throwing 2.1 innings, allowing two walks and posting one strikeout. The save was Eversonís first of the season, but the fifth of his career, moving him into fourth place all-time in Saints history for career saves.

Seward County will play their third consecutive road Jayhawk West doubleheader on Wednesday, April 18 at 3 p.m. against sixth-place Pratt Community College (14-16, 7-9) at Stanion Field.