Saints Split at Butler
Brock Kappelmann - March 18, 2022 6:41 am
The Seward County Saints and Butler Grizzlies split a double header Thursday morning and afternoon at McDonald Stadium in El Dorado. The Saints won the first game 10-8 and the Grizzlies took game two 14-4 in eight innings.
In game one, Butler scored an unearned run in the first with Liberal’s Braxton Hyde on the mound for Butler. The 1-0 lead stood until the fourth. Gannon Hardin launched a grand slam over the right field wall for a 4-1 SCCC lead. Jase Schneider would later score on a wild pitch and Jaxson Gregg walked with the bases loaded for the 6-1 lead. The inning ended after a controversial call when a Seward runner tagged to score which would have made it 7-1 but Butler appealed and the umpires ruled that Seward’s runner left early. But Seward scored two more in the fifth. Tucker Livermore singled home two runs with two outs. Butler scored three runs on two hits in the fifth to make it 8-4. Luke Williams slapped a two out single to right for a 9-4 lead in the sixth. Butler plated two more in the sixth to make it 9-6. Tucker Livermore singled home a run in the seventh for the 10-6 Seward lead. Butler scored two in the seventh. Mason Martinez pitched 4 and 2/3 innings allowing four runs with five strikeouts, six walks, and 2 HBP. Zach Walker pitched 2/3 scoreless for the save. Livermore was 3-4 with three RBI’s and was the Epic Touch Player of the Game. SCCC out hit the Grizzlies 13-8 and only committed one error.
Seward’s spotty defense was costly in game two. Seward was out hit 14-8 and committed four errors. Butler scored three in the first. Seward chased two across in the second when Livermore grounded out to score a run and Jase Schneider doubled to right to score a run. The Butler right field robbed Schneider of a home run when he reached above the wall and tipped the ball in play. The Grizzlies scored one in the third to lead 4-2. Jaxson Gregg ripped a double to the left field corner to lead off the third and scored on a Jordan Crowder ground out to make it 4-3. Butler hit a two out grand slam in the third to lead 8-3. Butler added two in the fifth and three in the sixth. Hardin and Luke Williams had two hits a piece. Williams was the Epic Touch Player of the Game as he also made a diving stop at third.
Sewrad is 8-19 and 1-5 in the Jayhawk West. Butler is 13-7 overall and 4-2 in the Jayhawk West. The same two teams play Saturday at 1pm at Brent Gould Field with the Dugout Show at 12:45 on the KSCB and The Legend App. Game one will be internet only. Game two will be joined in progress on 1270 and 92.3 after the Kansas-Creighton broadcast.