The Seward County Community College baseball team swept a Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader against Cloud County Community College 8-1 and 18-15, on Friday afternoon on a neutral field at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan. The Saints sweep moves them another step closer to winning their sixth Jayhawk West Conference title in the last seven years. Seward County was led by their offense in the doubleheader sweep and by the pitching of their freshman ace Christian Kowalchuk, who tallied his team-leading eighth win of the season. First-place Seward County improves to 35-19 overall and to 22-8 in the Jayhawk West Conference. Cloud County falls to 13-32 overall and to 5-23 in the Jayhawk West.

The Saints used another stellar pitching performance from Kowalchuk in game-one, to upend the eighth-place Thunderbirds 8-1.

In game-two, the Saints offense never stopped producing runs as they scored a season-high 18 runs. Earlier this season, the Saints scored 17 runs in a five-inning victory at Barton County Community College (17-7). Saints starting pitcher Tomas Cruz earned the victory, improving his season record to 5-2.

The Saints power at the plate was led by freshman Brock Gifford, who hit three home runs on the day, including a grand slam. Erik Hegstad, Kai Kirby, Luke Hardcastle and Toby Davis also went deep for the Saints. Sophomore first baseman Tanner Rindels, the NJCAA National Player of the Week, hit a two-run single in game-one helping lead the Saints to their third straight doubleheader sweep of the season.

No. 19 nationally-ranked Seward County has now won 13 of their last 15 games played. The Saints will finish their regular season on Saturday, April 28 at seventh-place Dodge City Community College (18-32, 9-21) for a 1 p.m. Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader.