Saints poundCoffeyville for second straight time
Friday, 13 May 2011 10:01
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
The Saints only needed 19 innings to earn three wins at the Region VI Super Regional Tournament and advance to the Region VI championship Tournament that will begin Saturday in Wichita.
Two of those wins came with run-rule victories over Coffeyville including the title game Monday. Seward dominated the Cardinals 11-1 in five innings.
Gavin Glanz pitched the victory for the Saints and only allowed one unearned run in the fourth while the Saints pounded out 10 hits and took advantage of four Coffeyville errors.
The Saints built a 9-1 lead in the first four innings and was able to put the game away in the bottom of the fifth.
Tanner Rainey led off with a single, and a dropped catch in the outfield by the left fielder allowed Willy Gustin to reach. A short bloop to center by Jake Barrios loaded the bases, and a passed ball during J.T. Bean’s at-bat allowed Rainey to score. Bean walked to load the bases, and another wild pitch during Tyler Hill’s at-bat allowed Gustin to score the game-ending run.
Just one day earlier, the Saints knocked off Coffeyville 23-0, making a two-day total against the Cardinals of 34-1.
Seward will face Neosho County Saturday at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita. Neosho qualified by defeating Johnson County 10-0 in five innings in its Super Regional title game.
The other two qualifiers were Garden City who had to defeat Cowley County twice Monday to earn the trip, and Colby who defeated Fort Scott 7-5. Three of the final four teams are from the Jayhawk West.
Seward coach Galen McSpadden was concerned with the 10-day lay-off before the Super Regional, but despite some early rust in the opener against Labette, the Saints dominated.
“I was concerned that first game,” he said. “Barrios got a couple of good hits, and we had some great pitching. That was the key. You could tell we had been off.”
After knocking off Labette 6-2, Seward steamrolled to a 23-0 win over Coffeyville.
“I was concerned after scoring that many runs,” McSpadden said. “A lot of times, you have a day like that and then you can’t buy a run in the next one.”
But Seward followed the rout with another run-tule victory.
“We brought it right back,” McSpadden said. “This is a special group of young men. We are building on something.”