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Saints Walk Off Grizzlies Twice

Brock Kappelmann - April 9, 2017 8:25 am

Seward grabbed two walk off wins over the Butler Grizzlies Saturday at Brent Gould Field in Liberal.  On a sunny day with very little win and temperatures in the mid to upper 80’s, Seward won a pair of games 7-6.

In game one, Seward grabbed a 3-1 lead in the third.  Addison Kaasch drove home two with a single and Tim Fitzgerald scored on a wild pitch.  The Grizzlies scored two in the fourth to tie the game 3-3.  The Saints grabbed a 6-3 lead in the fourth as Law Greiner blasted a towering homer over the right field wall.  Butler scored two in the sixth and one in the seventh to tie the game.  Jacob Nielsen lofted a sacrifice fly to right to score Brendan Madsen and win the game 7-6 in the bottom of the seven.  Dominic Duran pitched 2/3 scoreless in relief of Jared Biddy for the win.

Seward grabbed a 1-0 lead in game two when Madsen walked and scored on an error.  Butler tied the scored in the second.  Tim Fitzgerald tripled to right center to scred Cody Stineman and make it 2-1 Saints in the second.  Butler quickly tied the scored in the third.  The Saints loaded the bases with no outs in the third but only scored twice.  It took a two out single from Brian Tims to avoid only a one run inning.  But the Grizzlies tied the game at 4-4 in the fourth.  SCCC starting pitcher Ethan Earhart left after four innings in which he logged 93 pitches.  Butler took a 6-4 lead with two in the seventh.  Seward crept closer with a run in the seventh when Code Stineman ripped a 3-0 pitch to right to scored Tims who had doubled.  Seward walked off in the ninth as Biddy walked, Tims reached on an error, and Cody Coontz came through.  In his first at bat of the day, he ripped a two RBI double just to the left of center to score the tying and winning runs.  The Saints mobbed Coontz near second base after the game clinching hit.  Jordan Pepper pitched two scoreless innings in relief before allowing two runs without recording an out in the Butler seventh.  Only one run was earned.  Duran (3-1)  picked up another win as he went three innings with four strikeouts without allowing a run.

The Saints have won five of their past six and are 8-10 in the Jayhawk West.  Butler is 6-15.  The two teams play again on Sunday at 1 with Saints Dugout Show at 12:45 on 1270 and


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