The Seward County Community College baseball team finished an eight game road trip yesterday with a conference doubleheader split against Butler Community College. The Saints earned their sixth road victory in seven games, in game-one, behind two home runs and five RBI from sophomore Tanner Rindels. SCCC lost game-two, 12-2, as Butler hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning to put the 10 run mercy rule into effect. Seward and Butler entered play on Thursday with a share of the conference lead and remained tied at the top of the conference with each team posting a 16-8 league record. Seward County is now 29-19 overall, after going 6-2 on their recent road trip.

In game-one, Rindels and sophomore Toby Davis powered the Saints offense combining for three home runs and seven RBI, while Christian Kowalchuk, the ace of the Saints pitching staff, continued his improve on his already stunning freshman season throwing five innings to collect his team-best seventh win of the season.

The Saints scored in the top of the first inning with Toby Davis hitting a sacrifice fly scoring Stu Schlemeyer, giving the Saints a 1-0 lead. Seward then posted four runs in the third inning to take a 5-0 lead, before Butler answered back with four runs in the bottom of the third inning to cut the Saints lead to 5-4.

The Saints put the game out of reach from the Grizzlies in the following inning with Rindels and Davis hitting back-to-back home runs, giving the Saints three insurance runs. Saints freshman relief pitcher, Karl Whitley, came into the game for Kowlachuk in the sixth inning and shut the door on Butler tossing two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, one walk and recording three strikeouts.

Rindels (2-for-3, two runs, five RBI), Davis (1-for-4, two RBI) and freshman designated hitter Michael Drzazga (1-for-4, RBI) combined for all of the Saints RBI in game-one.

In game-two, the Grizzlies manufactured runs with 12 of their 16 base runners scoring runs, helping Butler to the 12-2 victory. Saints right-handed freshman, Tomas Cruz, allowed nine runs (eight earned), seven hits and two walks in four innings pitched. Seward County sophomores Bo Merrell (2-for-2) and Erik Hegstad (2-for-3) were the only SCCC players with multi-hit games.

Butler was led by Ryan Bohanan (2-for-3), Jay Pitschka (2-for-3) and Cameron Asbill, who hit a game ending grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Seward County will be back at Brent Gould Field to play their remaining four home games of the regular season staring on Saturday, April 21 against Garden City Community College at 1 p.m.