Neosho Ends Seward’s Season
Brock Kappelmann - May 16, 2021 8:01 am
LIBERAL, Kan. – Seward County Community College loses to Neosho County Community College in the semifinals of the Region VI Sub Regional at Brent Gould Field to be eliminated from the tournament. The Saints end their 2021 season with a 26-25 overall record and had a 20-12 conference record in the regular season.
To start the game the Saints found themselves down 2-0 after a two run home run from Neosho in the top of the first inning. Seward County responded in the bottom of the first with a single from Wyatt Grant that scored Kase Johnson from second base. A batter later AJ Folds grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Grant to tie the game at two all.
In the top of the second inning, the Panthers hit another two run home run to take the lead back 4-2. Once again Seward County matched them in the bottom of the second with Sam Berberich scoring off of a wild pitch. KP Werner put the Saints ahead with a two run home run to left field that scored George Gallardo to lead 5-4 entering the 3rd inning.
Neosho started the fifth inning with a home run to tie it at 5 all. The Panthers continued their hot hitting with a two-run home run to lead 7-5. A double to left-center field scored one from third and a single two batters later singled to score another run to give the Panthers a 9-5 lead. In the top of the fourth inning, the Panthers added one more run with a sacrifice fly to center field.
In the bottom of the fifth inning the Saints started to get their offense back on track. Peter Goldy singled to center field to score Braden Biosvert from third base. The next batter Sam Berberich hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored AJ Foldson a tag up at third and the Saints trailed 10-7.
Neosho connected for on a double o center field that scored one more to lead 11-7 over the Saints. In the bottom of the sixth, KP Werner scored off of a ground ball to shortstop by Wyatt Grant in a fielder’s choice but Seward still trailed 11-8.
Seward County was able to turn a double play on a ground ball over the second base but Neosho score from third base to take a 12-8 lead. The Panthers connected on a two-out double that scored two more runs to take a 14-8 advantage. The Panthers continued to score with a single to left field to score a runner from third to lead 15-8.
The Saints made one final push in the bottom of the ninth with a fielder’s choice that scored Boisvert from third base to trail 15-9. Richard Armijo the next batter hit into a fielder’s choice as well and scored AJ Folds to make it a 15-10 Panthers lead.
Eric Turner received the loss from the mound as he went two and a third innings with nine runs allowed on nine hits and struck out one batter.
The Sub Regional finals will have Kansas City Kansas Community College against Neosho County at 11 AM at Brent Gould Field.
Game audio, first five innings:
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