As the regular season draws to a close, Seward baseball coach Brock Anderson said the Bluejays are playing well.
“We’ve gotten more consistent,” he said. “I think we’re peaking at the right time.”
Seward is in the top eight of Class B wildcard points, Anderson said. The top six teams will host districts, which start Saturday, May 4.
Seward’s strength so far has been its pitching. Anderson said the pitching staff usually keeps the Jays in games, giving the team chances to win. Hitters are starting to come around, as well, he said.
“The games we’ve lost, we’ve missed the big hit,” he said. “We haven’t done anything to beat ourselves.”
The Jays were 4-1 in the past week’s games, including a 2-0 day April 22 in their home invitational. The Jays defeated Central City 11-3 and Wayne 9-1.
The Jays batted around in the first inning and scored four runs against Central City. Jaxson Simmerman and Max Peery were both 3-4 with doubles. Derek Holtorf hit a two-run home run in the fourth.
Brett Meyer got the win, pitching six innings and striking out four.
In the championship game, the Jays defeated Wayne. Meyer and Carson Core were both 3-4, and Holtorf drove in three runs. Joseph Krause was the winning pitcher, striking out eight in seven innings. He also drove in two runs.
Seward started the week with a 13-3 win over Crete/Milford April 15. Core was 4-4 to lead the offense, and Peery hit a double and a home run. Simmerman doubled twice and drove in three runs.
On April 16, Seward beat Mount Michael Benedictine 13-1 in five innings. Meyer was 4-4 with a double to lead the offense. Krause got the win on the mound, striking out five in five innings.
The Jays lost to Norris 14-8 April 18. Meyer and Colton Meyer were each 2-4. Tayte Rolenc took the loss on the mound, allowing six runs in 3 2/3 innings.
Norris scored four runs in the fourth and sixth in the fifth to put the game out of reach.
Seward (12-4) is scheduled to travel to Waverly Thursday, April 25, and to Grand Island Tuesday, April 30.