For the sixth time in the last seven years, the Seward County Community College baseball team has won the Jayhawk West Conference Championship. This season, the Saints (36-20, 23-9) tied with Butler Community College (35-13, 23-9) at the top of the league, and in head-to-head meetings the Saints and Grizzlies split four-games. Head Coach Galen McSpadden, now coaching in his 26th year at SCCC, has led the Saints to 11 Jayhawk West Conference titles, including nine over the last 13 years. Seward County has been conference champions in 1986, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007.

The Saints and Grizzlies entered the final weekend of the season tied with a 20-8 conference record. Seward County finished the regular season with four straight road games against Cloud County and Dodge City. Seward swept Cloud County and went 1-1 against Dodge City last Sunday. Butler had an identical weekend sweeping Cloud County on Saturday afternoon and then splitting their final doubleheader of the season against Colby on Sunday.

Both teams ranked at the top of the league standings which included games played against Barton County Community College, who is on KJCCC/NJCAA probation this year and is not allowed to play for a conference title or compete in the post-season. With games against Barton County not counting towards playoff seeding, the Grizzlies edged out the Saints by one game to receive the No. 1 seed from the Jayhawk West and the Saints entering post-season as the No. 2 seed from the Western Division.

The top eight teams in the Jayhawk West and East have all advanced to the First Round of the NJCAA Region VI Tournament, which will be played this weekend, May 5-6. The top four seeds from the Jayhawk West and Jayhawk East will be hosting best two-of-three playoff series which will be played against the opposing leagues bottom four seeds. The winners of the playoff series’ will advance to the eight-team NJCAA D-I Region VI Tournament next weekend (May 11-15) at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita.

Seward County and Cowley College are the only two Region VI programs that have advanced to the eight-team Region VI Tournament the last three years, since the start of the new playoff format in Wichita at Lawrence Dumont Stadium.

NJCAA Region VI First Round Best 2-of-3 Playoffs (May 5-6)
W1 Butler (35-13) vs. E8 Coffeyville (22-20) at. El Dorado, KS
E4 Neosho County (30-19) vs. W5 Hutchinson (29-23) at. Chanute, KS
W3 Colby (31-20) vs. E6 Fort Scott (30-22) at. Colby, KS
E2 Kansas City, KS (37-18) vs. W7 Dodge City (19-33) at. Kansas City, KS
W2 Seward County (36-20) vs. E7 Independence (29-25) at. Liberal, KS
E3 Johnson County (29-18) vs. Pratt (19-27) at. Overland Park, KS
W4 Garden City (32-24) vs. E5 Allen County (30-19) at. Garden City, KS
E1 Cowley College (39-15) vs. Cloud County (13-24) at. Ark City, KS