The Seward County Community College baseball team was eliminated from the NJCAA Division I Region VI Tournament on Saturday afternoon with two losses to Independence Community College, 12-7 and 20-14. The No. 2 seeded Saints suffered their first doubleheader sweep of the season while ending their season short of the eight-team Region VI Tournament in Wichita for the first time since the tournament changed to its current format in 2004. The No. 7 seeded Pirates pulled off the biggest upset in the Region VI Tournament since 2004, when No. 2 Neosho County was upset at home against No. 7 Colby, 6-1 and 11-9. Seward County ends their season with a 36-22 overall record, and for the first time since 1991, failed to advance to the Region VI Tournament Final Four.

Saturdayís twin-bill was nothing short of a slugfest, with a total of 53 runs scored, 63 base hits and 18 pitchers who entered the game. The doubleheader also produced a total of 28 walks, eight hit-by-pitches, eight wild-pitches, six passed balls, nine errors (all by SCCC) and 721 pitches, in six hours and 25 minutes of baseball.

The No. 18 ranked Saints grabbed a 3-0 lead in game-one, after Tanner Rindels hit his 13th home run of the season in the first inning and then added a run in the fifth inning. Independence finally got to Saints starter Christian Kowalchuk in the sixth inning when they tallied six runs, and chased the Saints ace lefty after throwing 5.1 innings. Kowalchuk ended up allowing eight hits, six runs and four walks in his first loss since Feb. 22.

Seward County relied on the top of their batting order for their production as the top four batters combined went 9-for-17 with five runs and three RBI. Besides catcher Luke Hardcastle (1-for-3, home run, three RBI), the rest of the Saints line-up went a combined 1-for-16.

Rindels finished the game going 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI and Toby Davis went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Kai Kirby (2-for-4) and Stu Schlemeyer (2-for-5) also posted multi-hit games.

Independence was led by Tino Robbins, who tagged Kowalchuk for a grand slam in the sixth inning, and went 2-for-4 with four RBI. Pirates left fielder, Trevor Hannum (3-for-4) and Justin Beal (2-for-4) also collected two-hit games. Independence relief pitcher Logan Dotson enter the game in the sixth inning and posted the win by throwing 3.2 innings and allowing four hits, three runs, two walks and tallying two strikeouts.

In game-two, the Saints scored three runs in four separate innings, and the Pirates recorded more than two runs in six different innings at the plate. Neither teamís starter made it longer than four innings, with Saints starter, Jordan McClintick (five hits, six runs), exiting after two innings and Pirate starter, Josh Beal, needing relief after four innings, allowing 10 hits and seven runs.

The Pirates offense wouldnít be stopped as they scored two runs in the sixth inning, three in the seventh, three in the eighth and four runs in the ninth inning. The Saints defense allowed eight unearned runs by committing six errors. Independence had six players who logged multi-hit games and six players also collected more than two RBI each.

The Saints were led offensively by Toby Davis, who played his final game for the Saints and went a career-best 5-for-5 with five runs scored and five RBI, with a double and two home runs. Davis, a two-time First Team All-Conference third baseman, finishes his career at SCCC with a .337 batting average and with 120 base hits, 24 doubles, six triples, 22 home runs, 104 RBI, 53 walks and only 48 strikeouts in 356 at bats. Davis now ranks in three Top 10 all-time career record books at SCCC including, 5th in home runs, ninth in RBI and ninth in base-on-balls.

Seward County was also led at the plate by Kirby (4-for-6), Schlemeyer (3-for-6, three RBI), Hardcastle (3-for-5), Bo Merrell (3-for-5) and Matt Deacon (2-for-4).

Independence will advance to the Region VI Tournament, May 11-15, in Wichita for the first-time in the programís history. The Pirates will face Jayhawk East foe, Johnson County Community College at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 11 at Lawrence Dumont Stadium.