Saints blow four run lead in seventh

The Seward County Saints had a plan for their non-conference game against Clarendon on Tuesday. Pitch by committee and get a win to add momentum into this weekend. Their plan almost worked. Coach Galen McSpadden started Cameron Maldonado against Clarendon and was going to throw him for three innings and bring in second starter Logan Hall for three innings. The two got through their six total innings with Maldonado throwing three shutout innings after allowing three hits and Hall giving up one run on four hits in his three innings of work. The Saints had the offense firing on all cylinders as they started off the first inning with a double by Kelby Tomlinson who would later score on a fielder’s choice. The scoring would pick up again in the third when the Saints put up three runs giving them a 4-0 lead. Chase Whitney started off the inning with a single and was forced out at second on a fielders choice by Tomlinson. Tomlinson would steal second and score on a Quay Grant single to centerfield. Luke Campbell came to the plate and crushed a double to the fence in center, allowing Grant to score from first. Josh Dawson scored Campbell from second on a single to left field. The Saints added another run in the fifth when Tomlinson had a lead off triple and Campbell would score Tomlinson on a single to right field. Michael Alger was inserted into the game as the pitcher in the seventh inning and that is when Clarendon fought back having a six-run seventh inning. Alger gave up six runs, five earned, on seven hits giving Clarendon a 7-5 lead going into the bottom of the seventh. Normally the Saints would need to tie up the game in the seventh to keep playing, but with the game slated for nine innings the Saints still had time to mount a comeback. Ty Jacobs would score a run in the seventh after singling to center and scoring on a fielder’s choice. Paul Pulley would give up one lone run in the eighth as Clarendon pulled ahead by two. Tomlinson capitalized on his already monsterous game by just sneaking a ball over the left field fence with two outs to pull the Saints within one. That is where the scoring would stop as the Saints managed to get two runners on base before Tyler Hill grounded into a game ending double play. The Saints have a chance to host a first round Region VI playoff game with one win over Colby Community College this weekend and can clinch the Jayhawk West with a sweep.

Crusader photo/Will Rector Kelby Tomlinson connects on a base hit against Clarendon on Tuesday. Tomlinson’s homerun in the eighth would not be enough to put the Saints on top as they lost 8-7. Tomlinson was 4-5 in the game with four runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI from his homerun.
Crusader photo/Will Rector
Kelby Tomlinson connects on a base hit against Clarendon on Tuesday. Tomlinson’s homerun in the eighth would not be enough to put the Saints on top as they lost 8-7. Tomlinson was 4-5 in the game with four runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI from his homerun.