Addison Kaasch (20) receives congratulations after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning of the first game of a four-game series against Northeastern Junior College Friday at Brent Gould Field. Seward won the opener 6-3 but dropped the nightcap 18-12. L&T photos/Earl Watt
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
With temperatures hovering in the low 80s in February, early season baseball was given a reprieve form the winter chill, and the Saints thrived in the warm weather in the opening game of a four-game series with Northeastern Junior College, taking the game 6-3. But as the evening cooled off, so did the Saints, and multiple errors led to an 18-12 loss in the nightcap.
Northeastern scored first with an RBI single in the first inning, but Jared Biddy settled in and limited the damage to a single run.
Seward quickly responded when Trent Powell hit a double that scored Addison Kaasch and Brendan Madsen, and the Saints took a 2-1 lead after the first inning.
But Biddy made one last pitching mistake in the third, giving up a two-run home run with two outs after allowing a walk, and Northeastern took a 3-2 lead in the third inning.
Again, Seward answered in the bottom half of the frame when Jared Hasik hit a single that scored Cody Stineman, and the Saints tied the score, 3-3.
Seward regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Errett Edwards reached and Kaasch launched a bomb over the center field wall to give the Saints a 5-3 lead.
Hasik delivered his second RBI later in the inning when Stineman reached and Hasik singled him home.
Biddy pitched two more scoreless innings before being relieved in the top of the seventh by West Reddell, and three batters later, the Saints had a 6-3 win.
Hasik went 2 for 2 with two RBIs for the Saints, and Powell was 2 for 3 with two RBIs. The big blast from Kaasch also gave him two RBIs.
Both teams committed an error each.
That would not be the case in the nightcap. Northeastern committed three errors under the lights, but the Saints committed seven in an 18-12 loss.
Northeastern jumped all over Seward starter Brian Tims, scoring four runs in the first inning.
But the Saints returned the favor against Northeastern’s Zach Demchenko by plating eight runs in the first inning on five hits and three walks including a triple by Law Greiner.
But a wild pitch by Tims in the third allowed a Northeastern run to score, and Tims struggled in the fourth, allowing three more runs before being relieved by Ethan Earhart.
Northeastern added two more runs before the fourth ended, and the Plainsmen took a 10-8 lead over the Saints.
Earhart pitched a scoreless inning in the fifth, but he was pelted in the sixth, giving up five more runs before being relived by Damian Chavez.
Trailing 15-8, Seward managed to push a run across in the bottom of the sixth when Kaasch scored on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice after Jacob Nielsen put the ball in play, but Seward couldn’t add another run and trailed 15-9.
Seward added two more in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 15-11, but Chavez joined the rest of the Saints pitching staff in struggling to get a timely pitch when he gave up a base-clearing triple that scored three runs and ended his day on the mound.
Seward scored on in the bottom of the eight, but couldn’t get any closer in an 18-12 loss.
Seward fell to 3-5 on the season and the two teams played two more games late Saturday.