LIBERAL, Kan. – The Seward County baseball team (25-26) continued their hot streak on Tuesday, winning their final non-conference matchup against the Clarendon Bulldogs 17-6. With the win, the Saints have now won seven of their past ten games.
Braeden Gould started on the mound for the Saints, pitching a two inning no-hitter before being replaced by West Reddell. Reddell (1.0 IP), Brooks Williams (1.0 IP), Blake Hale (0.1), Brendan Madsen (1.2 IP), Spencer Sackett (2.0 IP) and Jacob Nielsen (1.0 IP) all pitched in relief efforts. Madsen, the everyday center fielder for the Saints, came away with is first win on the mound.
The Saints came away with 17 hits in the game. Three Saints went yard in the game. Benny Ayala and Trent Powell both hit solo bombs in the second inning, while Austin Tidwell jacked one over the wall for a three-run home run in the seventh inning.
Ayala started the Saints scoring in the bottom of the second with a leadoff bomb to right center, cutting through the cold spring wind to find its way over the fence. Powell hit the second bomb of the inning, coming with two outs over dead center to make it 2-0.
It took until the fifth inning for the Bulldogs to get on the board. Following a walk and a batter being hit, Clarendon connected on a deep two-run home run to take a 3-2 lead. With runners on first and second, Austin Tidwell took a bad read off the bat, allowing an RBI single. The Bulldogs put two more on the board to finish their six run inning from a single and an error to make it 6-2.
Powell scored again in the bottom of the fifth. After hitting a double down the left field line, an error brought him in. An error on a Dylan Paul ball allowed the fourth run of the day to cross the plate for the Saints.
Nielsen got on base in the bottom of the sixth before Powell drove him with an RBI double that bounced off the left field wall to cut the deficit to one run.
Tidwell connected on a three-run blast to right field in the bottom of the seventh to put the Saints back on top 8-6. With a two outs and a full-count, Kennedy sliced a ball down the left field line to drive in two more runs. With the next at bat, Bergdall drove in his first RBI of the day with a single to left field to score Kennedy, making it 11-6.
Cruz Shope continued the two-out rally with a triple down the right field line to score Bergdall from first base. Paul became the fourth straight batter to RBI, this time coming from a single up the gut of the infield. After two straight walks to load the bases, two straight wild pitches scored two more runs for the Saints. Two walks loaded the bases for Seward again before a third straight walk scored the 12th run of the inning to make it 17-6.
The Saints will be back in action at 3:00 p.m. at Brent Gould Field for their final home games of the year, taking on the Hutchinson Blue Dragons for Sophomore Night.