By ROY ALLEN
Seward sports infomraiton director
After sweeping Pratt in a pair of close contests on Sunday at Stanion Field in Pratt, the Seward County Saints dropped a pair of close contests to the Beavers Wednesday to wrap up the series, marking the first time in program history that Seward was swept in a doubleheader by their foes from the East.
Pratt took control right away in game three of the series as they plated a run in the bottom of the first and two more in the third to take a 3-0 lead on Seward.
The Saints finally cracked the board on an RBI single from Cody Stineman in the fourth, but Pratt answered right back in the bottom of the inning to make it a 4-1 game.
Addison Kaasch drove home a run for Seward in the sixth and Montana Newell launched a home run in the seventh for the guys in green, but unfortunately, it was just a solo shot as Pratt finished the Saints off in the final inning to hang on for a 4-3 win to snap a mini three game win streak for Seward.
The Saints lose game three despite outhitting Pratt 9-4 in the contest. Newell and Stineman had two hits each and both drove in a run in the loss while Brian Tims suffered the L on the mound, going the distance while yielding four hits and four runs and striking out six to drop to 1-5 on the year.
Pratt jumped out to another quick lead in game four with a first inning tally, but this time the Saints struck back right away with two in the second to take a 2-1 lead of their own.
The Beavers answered with three in the bottom of the inning to make it a 4-2 game, but Seward evened things up with a pair of runs off of a Kaasch single in the fourth to make it 4-4.
A big three run homer for the Beavers in the bottom of the fourth gave the home team the lead back at 7-4 and Pratt added an insurance run in the fifth to make it an 8-4 ballgame.
Seward scored on a Pratt error before stretch time, but they couldn’t manage anything else as the Beavers hung on for the 8-5 win to wrap up the doubleheader sweep to split the four game series.
The Saints had 12 hits in the loss, but stranded 10 in the nine inning contest. Four different Seward players had multiple hits in the loss including Cody Coontz who was 2 for 4 with a pair of runs scored and Errett Edwards to was 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Drawing his first career start for Seward, Dominic Duran lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits and seven runs to fall to 1-2 on the year.
The Saints now sit in uncharted waters as they fell to 8-16 overall and 2-6 in Jayhawk West Conference action. Pratt improved to 12-10 overall and 2-2 in league play.
Next up for Seward will be a trip to Midwest City, Oklahoma, Saturday where they will take on Rose State in a non-conference doubleheader.