With one week remaining in the Jayhawk West Conference regular season, the Seward County Community College baseball team sits alone in first-place in the conference standings and in the Region VI Western Division standings. The Saints continued to play well on Sunday afternoon sweeping Barton County Community College, 6-3 and 4-1, at Brent Gould Field in Liberal. The two victories guarantee Seward of a home playoff berth in the First Round of the Region VI Tournament, May 5-6. The Saints are the only team in the Jayhawk West who control their own destiny to win the conference and to place first in the Western Division for Region VI seedings.

Seward County improves to 33-19 overall, tying Cowley College (Jayhawk East) for the most victories in the Region VI this season. The Saints also improve to 20-8 in league play. Barton County, who will not be allowed to compete in post-season play due to NJCAA/KJCCC probation, falls to 28-20 overall and to 14-10 in conference play.

Saints game-one starting pitcher, Jordan McClintick, dodged a bullet in the first-inning walking the first three batters he faced, before striking out the next three batters to escape the first inning without surrendering a run. The freshman right-hander threw 37 pitches in the first frame.

The Seward County batters then gave McClintick a cushion scoring two runs in each of the first three innings, being led by Stu Schlemeyer (3-for-4, two RBI), Tanner Rindels (2-for-2, RBI) and Toby Davis (2-for-3, two RBI).

Rindels continued his tear at the plate hitting his fifth home run in five games, with a solo blast to right field to start the third inning. Rindels currently leads the Saints and is tied for seventh in the nation with 12 home runs.

McClintick stayed in the game until the sixth inning when the Saints brought in freshman right-handed pitcher, Chris Johnson. Barton County did score two runs in the sixth and one run in the seventh inning, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Saints picked up their third straight conference win. McClintick threw 5.1 innings, allowing two hits, two runs and seven walks. McClintick is now tied for the team lead in wins (7-2), and has pitched 44 innings with a 3.68 earned run average.

Seward County was led in game-two by starting freshman pitcher, Nathaniel Weems, who pitched six innings, allowing six hits, one run (no earned runs), two walks and posting three strikeouts. Christian Kowalchuk entered the game in the seventh inning to collect his second save of the season.

In game-two, Rindels went 2-for-3, collecting his eighth multi-hit game in the last 10 games. During that period, Rindels is batting .548 (17-for-31) with 12 runs scored, three doubles, two triples, six home runs and 21 RBI. Rindels and SCCC lead-off hitter Kai Kirby were the only Seward County players who tallied RBI.

The Saints will finish their regular season with four road games this week starting on Wednesday, April 25 traveling to eighth-place Cloud County Community College (11-28, 3-19) for a 2 p.m. scheduled first pitch in Concordia. Seward County will conclude their regular season on Saturday, April 28 at seventh-place Dodge City Community College (17-29, 8-18) for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.