Saints Split with Cloud on Wind Blown Day
Brock Kappelmann - March 8, 2020 10:07 am
With the wind blowing out at up to 40 miles per hour, Seward and Cloud’s baseball teams slugged it out Saturday at Brent Gould Field in Liberal. The Thunderbirds won the first game 18-7 before the Saints claimed game two 12-7.
The Saints struggled in game one. They committed five errors and saw the T-Birds score in six of seven innings. Cloud scored three in the first and one in the second to take the lead against starter Eric Turner. AJ Folds doubled home Sam Berberich in the second to make it 4-1. Cloud plated to in the third and five in the fourth to lead 11-1. KP Werner homered to lead off the fourth. Kason Haggard doubled home a run to make it 11-3. The T-Birds scored four in the fifth to lead 15-3. The Saints avoided the run rule with four in the fifth. Werner slammed a two run homer to left to make it 15-5. Folds doubled home two to make it 15-7. Cloud scored three in the seventh. Werner was 3-4 with two homers and Folds was 2-3 with two doubles.
Seward turned it around and did good things on the mound, in the field, and at the plate in game two. Buoyed by their game one win, the Thunderbirds plated three first inning runs against starter Noah Potthast. Folds singled home Wyatt Grant in the bottom of the first to make it 3-1. Cloud used a Noah Olson homer in the second for the 4-1 lead. Sam Berberich singled home Peter Goldy in the second to make it 4-2. The T-Birds scored two more in the third for the 6-2 lead. It could have been worse if not for a hot smash up the middle striking the leg of Potthast leading for a 1-6-4-3 double play. The Saints struck back in the fourth. Grant delivered a clutch bases loaded three RBI double to tie the game 6-6. Grant scored on a wild pitch for the 7-6 lead. Potthast settled down and put up goose eggs in the fourth and fifth innings. George Gallardo launched a mammoth two run shot over the trees in left for the 9-6 lead. Cloud scored in the sixth after two walks and two bean balls. Seward scored two in the seventh when Goldy doubled home a run and Berberich singled home a run for the 11-7 lead. Werner’s blast to left gave the Saints an insurance run in the eighth. It was his third of the day and fifth of the season. Seward turned a 6-4-3 double play to end the game. Seward’s bullpen picked them up as Cory Didier pitched 1 and 1/3 scoreless and Berberich went two scoreless. The Saints didn’t allow a hit from the from the 4th through the 8th innings. Seward out hit Cloud 17-8 and only had one error.
Seward is 7-12 overall and 2-2 in the Jayhawk West while Cloud is 12-3 and 2-2 in the Jayhawk West. The Saints host Redlands Tuesday at 1 at Brent Gould Field. Seward’s hosts Hutchinson Thursday in conference at 1. Thursday’s game one airs on kscbnews.net and game two will also air on 1270 and kscbnews.net.
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