Baseball season opener notches McSpadden’s 1100th win, team starts 2-3 in opening series

The Saints are currently 2-3 on the season. After a juggling act to decide which day would be the best weather to start the Saints season, both team’s coaches decided that Feb. 3 would be the best day to hit the diamond. This game was played against McCook, Neb. at Brent Gould Field.

In this game the Saints helped   head baseball coach Galen McSpadden picked up his 1,100th win. McSpadden is one of only five active coaches in the country that has reached this record. Compared to McCooks finished with 11 hits, the Saints managed to a couple more hits for a total of 13. The Saints ended the game with a score of 7-3.

After their victory against McCook, the Saints traveled to Arlington, Texas, to play a four game series. This would be the first chance to hit the field in more than a week. Although the Saints traveled in winter weather conditions to get to Arlington to play the first of the four game series against the Galveston Whitecaps, the Saints lost 3-0.

As Roy Allen, Sports Information Director/ Assistant to Athletic Director said, “ The Saints bats were as cold as the winter weather they battled.”

J.B. Olson pitched five and two- third innings. During his innings he had five strikeouts, no walks and allowed four hits, all on only 68 pitches.

Olson explained two of the runs were earned and one was unearned.

In the second game against the Whitecaps, the Saints still struggled with getting their sticks going and lost 3-2.

Reed Thompson said that the team had “a couple defensive mistakes” and “the team missed opportunitys offensively which cost the team runs.”

In the third game, going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Saints were down by six but  scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Pitcher Grant Glaze came in and shut the Whitecaps down in just 10 pitches. Bryson Allen, Olson and Thompson all agreed that Glaze secured the win for the team. Glaze added, “the team battled to get the momentum going but kept it going throughout the game so they could finish strong.” The Saints won this game 7-6.

In the final game of the weekend series, the Saints lost 9-5. Scoring three in the second inning and two in the third inning totaling their five runs.

Olson, Thompson and Allen agreed that the team hit the ball well but didn’t execute in the opportunities that were given. Allen feels the team is ready for a breakout game. “We’re going to put on a show this weekend against Northeastern Junior College,” Allen said.

If the weather permits, the Saints baseball team will play this weekend against Northeastern Junior College.

On Saturday the teams will play at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. On Sunday the team will match up again against the Plainsmen at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Brent Gould Field.

 

Crusader photo/Kelci Bedingfield Seward baseball player Reed Thompson attempts a slide into second base but gets tagged by the McCook shortstop and called out. The Saints went on to defeat McCook with the score of 7-3 on a freezing cold season opener Feb. 3.
Crusader photo/Kelci Bedingfield
Seward baseball player Reed Thompson attempts a slide into second base but gets tagged by the McCook shortstop and called out. The Saints went on to defeat McCook with the score of 7-3 on a freezing cold season opener Feb. 3.