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One of, if not the most decorated Seward County softball class in school history played their last home game in their careers Tuesday in front of the biggest home crowd of the year. The Lady Saints split a double header with Region 9 power Trinidad after dropping game one 3-1 before coming back to route the Lady Trojans 8-0 in a game two run rule win.
Seward started slow in game one and fell behind 2-0 in the 2nd after a routine play, that would have ended the inning was mishandled and extended the inning for a pair of runs to score and put the Lady Saints in the hole. Seward cut the deficit in half in the 3rd inning when Lynda Musick singled with one out and set the table for Shelby Casey and Marisa Coats who both singled to push home a run and made the game 2-1 in favor of Trinidad. A botched ground ball in the Trojan half of the 5th would lead to yet another unearned run for Trinidad and after 4 ½ the Lady Saints were down 3-1. The Lady Saints and Lady Trojans each went down in order in their next at bats and the score remained the same as the teams went to the bottom of the 6th. Casey led off the 6th with a double to bring the tying run to the plate but after three shots for the middle of the Lady Saints order failed, Casey remained at second and the Lady Saints remained down 3-1. Erin Roufosse kept the game close with a 1-2-3 7th for Seward but the Lady Saints couldn’t get anything going in their last at bats as they fell by the score of 3-1. The Lady Saints defense was what cost them the ballgame as they committed 5 errors leading to 3 unearned runs while Trinidad played a clean game defensively with no errors. Rouofosse went the distance for the Lady Saints allowing 8 hits and 3 unearned runs while striking out 6 without walking a batter. Casey was the only Lady Saint with multiple hits in the game as she finished 2 for 2 against her high school teammate Sara Permenter who beat the Lady Saints for the second straight season after getting them last season while at Barton County. Coats had the lone Seward RBI in the game and Alicia Reyes scored the only Lady Saints run in the game.
GAME ONE BOX SCORE
After an emotional recognition ceremony between games for the 9 Seward sophomores, the Lady Saints came out rejuvenated in game two. They would take a quick 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning after Brittany Kent, Kelsea Blackstock, and Lynda Musick reached base and later scored with the clutch hit in the inning coming from Alicia Reyes to drive in a pair. The Lady Saints would pick up a pair of outs on the bases in the 3rd inning and Sydney Cicchetti would overcome a pair of defensive blunders behind her in the 4th to put up another zero and let Seward tack onto their lead in the bottom of the inning. The first eight batters of the inning reached in the bottom of the 4th for Seward, leading to 5 runs on RBI knocks from Kent, Blackstock, and Amy Schartz to make it 8-0 Lady Saints. Facing the run rule in the top of the 5th Trinidad managed a two out double from Shelbi Long but Cicchetti induced a pop up to end the frame and give the Lady Saints the 8-0 win. The Seward freshman pitcher finished off the complete game shutout, allowing just 4 hits while striking out 5 Lady Trojan hitters. Kelsea Blackstock finished with a pair of RBI’s and a pair of runs scored in the win while Brittany Kent had 2 hits and 2 runs scored.
GAME TWO BOX SCORE
The split makes the Lady Saints 41-11 on the season as they head back into conference play on Thursday. The Lady Saints will go to El Dorado to take on Butler in a double header that will more than likely decide the conference championship before traveling on to Great Bend to take on Barton on Friday to wrap up Jayhawk West conference play.
Seward County sophomore catcher Todd Glime has signed on the dotted line with NAIA power Missouri Baptist University. Glime, who has been the Saints primary catcher since the day he stepped on campus has caught nearly 600 innings for Seward in his two seasons and has been a solid two way player for Head Coach Galen McSpadden in both seasons. As a freshman last season, Glime hit .320 with 6 home runs and 29 RBI’s while gunning down 10 potential base stealers. This year, while slowed by a nagging injury, Glime has hit .224 but has continued to produce runs with 4 home runs and 22 RBI’s and has thrown out 15 base runners at a firm 30% on the year. Glime will join a Missouri Baptist team in St. Louis who is currently ranked 22nd in the country with a 33-12 record. Glime and the Saints return to the diamond today with a double header against top 25 foe Lamar at Merchants Park in Lamar.
In their last regular season week of Seward County softball action, Lady Saint sophomores Alicia Reyes and Erin Roufosse have been named the Jayhawk West player and pitcher of the week. Reyes helped Seward to a double header sweep over Colby on Wednesday by going 5 for 7 (.714) with 4 runs scored in the two games. In game one against the Lady Trojans the Lady Saints sophomore shortstop started a 6 run rally for Seward in the 6th inning of a scoreless game by reaching base twice in the inning and scoring the deciding run in the win. In game two Reyes collected 3 hits including a triple while scoring 3 runs to help Seward to the run rule victory. Seward ace Erin Roufosse was at it again this week as she tossed her 4th 1 hit shutout of the season against Colby on Wednesday while striking out 12 and failing to walk a batter. Roufosse seemed to get stronger as the game went along as during a stretch from the 5th to 7th inning she struck out 7 of 8 batters she faced while putting a trio of zero’s on the board. The Lady Saints will return to the field Thursday and Friday as they take on Butler and Barton respectively with the conference championship on the line.
A pair of Seward County sophomores earned weekly Jayhawk West Conference awards this week playing in their final conference home series of their Saints careers. Ty Jacobs was named the conference player of the week after his 10 RBI performance in Seward’s 4 game sweep of Pratt while Maldonado earns pitcher of the week accolades after firing a 1 hit shutout against the Beavs on Monday. Jacobs had a monster week for the Saints this week by hitting .500 in 6 games while driving in 10 runs. The Seward 2nd baseman had 11 hits in the 6 contests, helping the Saints to a four game sweep of Pratt on the week. On Tuesday against the Beavers in game four of the series, Jacobs went 4 for 5 with a double, a home run, and 5 RBI’s while leading Seward to the 11-4 win. He recorded at least one hit in every game on the week and had multiple hits 3 times. Maldonado picked up his 6th win in conference play on Monday by throwing a nearly flawless game against the Pratt Beavers. The Seward sophomore tossed a complete game shutout, allowing just 1 hit while facing the minimum 21 batters in the contest. Maldonado struck out 7 Beavers while walking just 1 and erased both runners that reached base via the double play. The Saints will play a non-conference double header against Lamar before heading to Colby with the conference title on the line this weekend against the Trojans.
The Seward County Lady Saints softball team continued its strong play in Jayhawk West Conference action Wednesday at Lady Saints Field as they took both games from upstart Colby by the scores of 6-0 and 9-1 in a 5 inning run rule game in the back end of the double dip.
Handing the Lady Saints their last loss in conference play nearly a month ago, Seward wanted to get sweet revenge on the Lady Trojans and pitcher Holly Denny who shut them out last time she faced them. They would eventually get it but they would have to wait a while as Denny the Canadian hurler from Nova Scotia and Seward’s Erin Roufosse, a Canadian herself, were locked up in a pitchers dual through 3 innings of play as neither had yielded a hit while combining for 10 strikeouts. Roufosse cruised through the 4th inning and Seward had something brewing in the bottom of the inning with runners on the corners and just one out with the meat of their order coming up. Denny on the other hand had other ideas, as she fanned a pair of Lady Saints to end the inning and the threat and the game remained scoreless through 4. Colby would take the momentum from their pitcher and use it in their next offensive chance as their first two runners of the 6th would reach base to set up a first and 3rd, no out situation for themselves. That’s when Roufosse dug into the pitching circle dirt and shut the rally down all herself with three consecutive strikeouts to leave the Lady Trojans frustrated where they stood on the bases to end the inning. Each team would go down in order in their next at bats and there was still no score after 5 ½ innings of play. Lynda Musick and Alicia Reyes would single to open the inning for Seward and Marisa Coats would coax a walk to load the bases with one out for Brianna Baron who failed to execute in a two on, one out situation in her last at bat. The sophomore would come through this time and in a big way as she laced a triple to right field to clear the bases and give the Lady Saints a 3-0 lead. After breaking the spirits of the Colby pitcher Denny, Brittany Kent laced a triple to the left center field wall to bring Baron in and would score later in the inning on an RBI groundout from Amy Schartz to make it 5-0 Seward. Musick wasn’t done in the inning however, after starting the inning with a hit, the freshman outfielder ripped an RBI single for her second hit of the inning to put the Lady Saints up 6-0, the same score that they would eventually win by after shutting the Lady Trojans down in the top of the 7th to take home the win. Roufosse was simply amazing again for the Lady Saints in the circle, winning her 20th game of the season while going the distance and allowing just 1 hit while striking out 12 and not walking a batter. While the elusive no-hitter has eluded the Seward ace thus far, Wednesday marked her 4th 1 hitter thrown this season as the sophomore has posted 38 strikeouts to just 1 walk in those 4 ballgames. Baron finished the game with the 3 RBI’s, all coming on the triple with the bases loaded while Musick ended the contest 2 for 3 with both hits coming in the 6 run 6th inning. Reyes had her prototypical day at the top of the Seward lineup, picking up 2 hits in 3 trips to the plate while scoring a run and making a pair of highlight reel defensive plays in the field.
GAME ONE BOX SCORE
Seward was determined to make sure game two was much less stressful for Head Coach Andrea Gustafson as they scored right off the bat as Shelby Casey singled, stole second, and was driven in on an RBI single from Marisa Coats to put the home team up 1-0 in the 1st. Colby would knot the game up in the 3rd after a one out triple from Charliey Stabb and a fielding error from Seward plated her to make it 1-1 after 2 ½. The Lady Saints would break it open in a 5 run 3rd inning as seven of the first eight batters to come to the plate reached with RBI singles coming off the bats of Coats, Brianna Baron, Kelsea Blackstock, and Amy Schartz to make it 6-1 Lady Saints. Alicia Reyes would lead off the Seward 4th with a triple and Coats would pick up her third RBI single of the game with a knock to right field put Seward up 7-1. After a swift 1-2-3 inning from Seward County pitcher Sydney Cicchetti, the Lady Saints were back at the plate and they made the most of it as Lynda Mucisk and Reyes got on to open the frame and were quickly moved around the bases by back to back doubles from Shelby Casey and Coats to score 2 runs and end the game via the mercy rule 9-1. Cicchetti picked up the win in the circle for Seward, going all 5 innings and allowing just the 2 hits and 1 unearned run. Wednesday was the 4th time this year that the Seward County freshman allowed 2 or less hits and no earned runs in a complete game win. Coats picked up RBI hits in all 4 of her plate appearances in the game, going 4 for 4 with 4 RBI’s and a run scored while Reyes finished 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored in the win. Casey and Blackstock had two hits apiece for the Lady Saints and both drove in and scored a run in the game.
GAME TWO BOX SCORE
The wins give the Lady Saints 40 on the season for the third time in the past four seasons and better yet move them to 10-2 in Jayhawk West Conference play after starting the season a shaky 1-2. They will return to action Friday against Butler in El Dorado with heavy conference championship implications on the line. The Lady Grizzlies are 7-3 in Jayhawk West action with 6 games to go while Seward sits atop the standings at 10-2 with 4 games left to play. Each team will take on 1-11 Barton once more while Butler still has a double dip with Garden City left to play.
After winning all four conference games against Pratt on Monday and Tuesday and improving their Jayhawk West Conference record to 21-7 on the season, the Seward County Saints baseball team dropped both games of a double header to 21st ranked Lamar Wednesday afternoon at Brent Gould Field to fall to 4-17 out of conference play this season.
The Runnin Lopes struck right away in the 1st inning as four straight hitters would reach base, scoring a run and an RBI groundout would plate another to put Seward in a 2-0 hole as they came up for their first at bats. Using wood bats for the first time since the opening week of the season, the Saints responded immediately. Kelby Tomlinson and Quay Grant singled to start the Seward 1st and the pair would later come around to score on an RBI groundout by Josh Dawson and a one out single from Luke Campbell to even the game at 2 a piece. The Lopes would score again in the 3rd inning to take a 3-2 lead as lefties Max Milot and Tanner Waite again reached and Milot was driven in on a sacrifice fly by the middle of the Lamar lineup. Neither team would score in their next two at bats and the game remained 3-2 into the bottom of the 5th inning when the Saints got a leadoff single from Jared Broadbent that turned into a run after he stole second base and later came around to tie the game at 3 after an RBI single from Dawson with two outs. With the game tied at 3 in the 6th, the Lopes turned to small ball to produce a run on a single, a sac bunt, and a sacrifice fly to take a 4-3 lead and hand it over to their record breaking closer Brandon Ward-Hersee for the 7th. The freshman quickly blew through the Saints on 12 pitches in the inning, striking out all three batters he faced to pick up his 20th save of the season and give the Lopes the 4-3 win. While the loss wasn’t what the Saints were looking for, there were some positives to come out of game one against the visiting Lopes. Jared Wagner threw a career high 6 innings, shattering his previous career high in strikeouts with 6 while walking just 2 batters in the contest. He threw nearly 60% of his 117 pitches for strikes in the game after coming in to the matchup with Lamar with a forgettable 2-14 strikeout to walk ratio. Head Coach Galen McSpadden said of his sophomores outing “this was a big step for Jared. We know what he is capable of and we are going to need him to pitch like he can if we want to accomplish our goals this season. Today was a positive for him and hopefully we can keep building on this success.” Another positive for Seward in the loss was a different Jared, this one Jared Broadbent, who picked up a hit and 2 stolen bases after going just 1 for 12 in the 4 games previous.
GAME ONE BOX SCORE
In game two the Saints fell behind big early and simply couldn’t recover. The Lopes would put 4 runs on the board in the 1st inning on just 2 hits as a pair of hit by pitches and 3 straight walks pushed 3 runs in for Lamar without having to swing the bat. Two walks to start the 2nd inning for Lamar also led to a run and a hit batter and a walk would spark a 3 run 3rd frame for the Lopes to put them up 8-1. The Saints lone run in the first 3 innings would come courtesy of a two out error and subsequent double from Jared Broadbent as the sophomore started off game two where he left off game one, swinging the bat well. Broadbent would also be in the middle of the Saints next scoring opportunity as he hit a ball sharply to short that was mishandled and gave Seward their second run of the game as they trailed 8-2 in the 4th. Lope shortstop Travis Hayes would make his third error of the game to lead off the 5th inning, leading to another Seward unearned run as the Saints would again nibble down the lead, trailing now 8-3. Holding the potent Lamar lineup in check for the final 4 2/3 innings, Seward reliever Jace Moore gave the Saints a chance late but they would leave a pair of runners on in the 6th and couldn’t get anything going in the 7th as they fell 8-3. Moore allowed just 3 hits while facing 19 batters in his 4 1/3 innings of work, keeping the 21st ranked Lopes off the scoreboard during the entirety of his outing. Ty Jacobs picked up 2 hits and scored a run for the Saints while Broadbent kept his momentum at the plate going with 2 hits and an RBI while reaching base safely in all 3 at bats.
GAME TWO BOX SCORE
After dropping the pair, the Saints are now 25-24 on the season and will enjoy a much needed 6 day break before returning back to the diamond for action. They will next take on Clarendon in an added 9 inning game Tuesday at 3:00 at Brent Gould Field before paying a return visit to the Lopes Wednesday at Merchants Park at 3:00.

The Seward County Saints picked up their 3rd Jayhawk West Conference series sweep of the season over Pratt on Monday & Tuesday behind strong pitching efforts from Cameron Maldonado and Michael Alger in games one and game four and a clutch game winning hit by Jace Moore in game three to help pull out the victory and keep the Saints on top of the conference standings.
The 1st place Saints and the last place Beavers finally took the field Monday night after the series was pushed back from Saturday due to heavy rain late in the week. Cameron Maldonado took the mound for the Saints in game one and the Seward ace was as advertised. He sat the Beavers down in order in the first 3 innings and allowed his team to take the lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Kelby Tomlinson led off with a single and later came around to score on a two out RBI single from Luke Campbell to make it 1-0 Saints after 3. An error by shortstop Skyler Sumner and a poor decision on the next play by the freshman would set the table for Ty Jacobs in the 4th inning for Seward. Jacobs would quickly take advantage of the situation and knocked in a pair to put the Saints up 3-0. Maldonado would keep cruising through the aggressive Pratt hitters as the 5th inning saw yet another 1-2-3 frame for the sophomore to allow the Saints to extend upon their lead. Two walks and a wild pitch would put runners in scoring position for the Saints leading RBI man Josh Dawson and the Seward 1st baseman would rise to the occasion like he usually does, knocking in both runners with a single to center field to put Seward up 5-0. Dawson would later move around to third with one out where Jordan Dallalio would drive him home with a sacrifice fly to make it 6-0 Saints. Maldonado still had his no-hitter intact in the 6th as he struck out the first man he faced to bring up Pratt catcher Cody Passmore to the plate. Passmore would end the no-no bid on the first pitch he saw with a single up the middle but Maldonado would erase him off the bases moments later by inducing a double play ball to end the inning and keep the shutout intact after 6. The Saints would tack on two more insurance runs in the bottom of the inning after a Beaver error with two outs but it wouldn’t be needed as the Saints ace would set the Beavs down in order again in the 7th inning to give Seward the 8-0 win. Maldonado faced the minimum 21 batters in the 7 inning contest while allowing just the one hit and one walk in the game. In fact, he was so dominate on the night that no base runner reached second base in the contest after he picked up double play balls to wipe the only two runners of the night off the bases. Quay Grant and Kelby Tomlinson combined at the top of the Seward lineup to score 5 of the 8 runs in the game while the middle of their order in Dawson and Campbell drove in 4 runs.
GAME ONE BOX SCORE
The Saints again scored first in game two as a two out double from Josh Dawson and a pair of Pratt errors would lead to a run and put Seward up 1-0 in the 1st. The Beavers would get on the board for the first time in the series in the 2nd inning as Trey DeRouen and Ethan Elrod would pick up hits to lead off the inning and would later come around to score to make it 2-1 Pratt. Pratt’s third and fourth errors of the game in the 3rd would help the Saints to a big 3rd inning as they scored 4 runs thanks to a 2 run shot from Quay Grant and a 2 RBI single from Dawson to make it 5-2 Seward after 3. Logan Hall would keep the Beavs in check in the 4th and 5th innings, retiring them in order to set up the Saints offense to add on some more runs. Luke Campbell and Ty Jacobs would drive home runs in the 4th inning to make it 7-2 Saints and Grant would bring home his third run of the game in the 5th inning with two outs to stake the guys in green to a 8-2 advantage. The Saints would score again in the 7th inning after Eddie Williams led off with a walk and Kelby Tomlinson drove him home with a sacrifice fly later in the inning and the score was 9-2 with two innings to play. Pratt would get two runs in garbage time late but the Saints would go on to win 9-4 as the 9th inning came to a close. For the second straight game the Beavers had more errors than hits as in game one they had 3 to 1 and in game two they committed 9 errors to just 8 hits. Hall went the distance for Seward, throwing 111 pitches in the 9 inning, complete game victory. The freshman fanned a career high 7 Pratt hitters while moving to 5-0 in conference play this season. On the offensive side of things the Saints were led by Grant and Jacobs who each finished with 2 hits and 3 RBI’s while Campbell also had a pair of hits and 3 stolen bases in the contest.
GAME TWO BOX SCORE
Tuesday the two teams continued their four game set at Brent Gould Field and Pratt seemed to come out a whole different ball club. They jumped all over the Saints with 3 runs in the 1st inning with two outs and took a 3-0 lead before Seward even came up to bat. For the second straight day Justin Freer started game one of the double header for Pratt and allowed just an RBI triple from Luke Campbell in the 1st as he carried a 3-1 lead into the 3rd inning. Campbell would pick up his second RBI in as many at bats in the 3rd inning with a single to drive Josh Dawson home for the second time but after 3 the Saints still trailed 3-2. Both teams would strand a pair of base runners in the 4th but Pratt would make sure to cash in on the opportunity in the 5th inning. With one out, the Beavers strung together five straight hits, scoring 3 runs to put the Saints back on their heels as they took a 6-2 lead. With their backs to the wall in the 5th, the Saints responded as they scored 5 runs with the benefit of just one hit as the Pratt bullpen imploded with 4 walks and a bean ball in the inning as they coughed up the 4 run lead to let Seward go ahead 7-6. A routine one out ground ball was not taken care of for the Saints and it came back to bite them as Cody Passmore was again the villain as he was in game one as he chopped a single through the hole to score a run with two outs and knot the game at 7. The Saints had the bottom three hitters in their order due up in the last of the 7th in the tie game and were asked to rise to the occasion. Daniel Bruce atoned for an earlier base running mistake with a one out single to bring Jace Moore to the plate for the Saints. Moore, an accomplished high school hitter who was once featured in Sports Illustrated magazine, stepped to the plate for only his seventh at bat of the season and his first in Jayhawk West Conference play. After starting 0-2, Moore battled his way back into the count at 2-2 before fouling off a pitch to extend the at bat. With the count 2-2 and Bruce on first, Moore laced a curveball just inside the third base bag into the left field corner and the race was on. As Pratt left fielder Travis Sanders finally reached the ball Bruce was on his way to third as Head Coach Galen McSpadden had his left arm waving, sending his base runner home. The throw from the outfielder hit the cutoff man as Bruce raced towards the plate but his throw was not nearly in time as the Seward right fielder crossed home plate into the arms of his teammates to give the guys in green the 8-7 walk off victory. The Saints were actually outhit in the ballgame but were saved with the clutch RBI double off the bat of the freshman Moore, who was more less in the game for defensive purposes to start the 7th inning. Campbell finished the game a perfect 3 for 3 for Seward, driving in a pair of runs as well as stealing his fourth base in two games in the process. Dawson finished with his third straight multi-hit game, picking up 2 knocks and scoring 2 runs in the 8-7 win. Quay Grant picked up the win on the mound for the Saints, throwing the 6th and 7th frames while allowing just 1 hit and 1 unearned run in the 2 innings of work.
GAME THREE BOX SCORE
The Saints wouldn’t have quite the drama in game four as Michael Alger took the hill for his second start of the 2010 season. The Saints would give him a lead right away as they strung together three consecutive singles with two outs in the first to get out to a 1-0 lead with the RBI going to Ty Jacobs. Jacobs would be back at it in the 3th inning as he singled home Quay Grant and Josh Dawson for his second and third RBI’s of the game and later scored on an error by shortstop Tucker Neal to put the home team up 4-0. Seward would end up getting 4 runs in the inning and took a 5-0 lead into the 4th but the lead would expand shortly as Luke Campbell would drive home Kelby Tomlinson with a sacrifice fly and Grant would score on a passed ball to make it 7-0 Saints. With the bases now clear, Jacobs decided to have a little fun and fun he had as he lifted a 2-1 Edgar Melendez pitch into the trees over the left field wall for his third home run of the season to put Seward up 8-0. Alger would keep the Beavers off the scoreboard until the 6th when the top of their lineup would produce a couple of runs but the Saints still led 8-2. After scoring 7 times in the 3rd and 4th innings, the Saints were given goose eggs by the Pratt bullpen in the next 3 innings but with the help of two Pratt errors and RBI doubles from Dawson and Jacobs, would score 3 times and go up 11-2 after 8. Pratt would score twice in the 9th off of Saints reliever Jose Gonzalez but the Beavs committed a cardinal sin in the game of baseball as Jacob Hollis was gunned down trying to stretch a double into a triple with two outs and was called out at third base for the final out of the inning and subsequently the ballgame as the Saints took home the 11-4 win. Alger went a career best 7 1/3 innings in the victory, allowing just 2 runs while striking out 6. Jacobs was the hero at the plate in game four, going 4 for 5 with 5 RBI’s and scoring 2 Seward County runs. The sophomore 2nd baseman finished the series with the Beavers hitting an even .500 with 10 RBI’s in just 4 games. Dawson and Grant finished the game with a combined 5 hits and 5 runs scored while Campbell drove in a pair and Tomlinson scored a pair in the win.
GAME FOUR BOX SCORE
The four game sweep takes the Saints to 21-7 in Jayhawk West Conference play and 25-22 overall on the season. They currently sit in 1st place in the conference with a one game lead on Butler and a two game lead on 3rd place Garden City. The Saints will sit back and watch this weekend as the Grizzlies and Busters do battle in Garden City while they sit back and heal up on their bye weekend as they prepare for Colby on May 1st and 2nd. They will take on Clarendon in an added non-conference game on Tuesday at home for sophomore day before traveling to Lamar for their return part of their home and home with the Lopes on Wednesday.
Seward County sophomore catcher Marisa Coats has been named the KJCCC Player of the Week for the second time this season after hitting .391 this week for the Lady Saints and picking up at least one hit in 6 of 7 games. On Saturday against Crowder the sophomore catcher hit her team leading 8th home run of the season and backed it up Sunday with a 4 for 4, 2 double, 4 RBI effort against Maple Woods. She is currently leading the team in batting average, hits, doubles, home runs, slugging percentage, and OPS. Coats will look to continue swinging the bat well as she and her Lady Saints take on Colby today at 3:00 at Lady Saints Field.
After extending their season best win streak to 11 games in game one of the 2010 BuCo Bash the Seward County Lady Saints Softball team endured a swift but still season long 3 game losing streak before breaking it with a win in the final game of the tournament to come out of El Dorado 2-3 on the weekend.
The Lady Saints took the field against Rose State in the tournament’s first game, bright and early on Saturday morning in El Dorado. Rose State got on the board right away with a run in the first inning after a misplayed ball in the outfield turned a single into a runner on third base who would later score on a passed ball to make it 1-0 Rose State. Seward would answer right away as RBI singles from Brianna Baron and Kelsea Blackstock would put them ahead 2-1 and then back to back walks would force in a run to make it 3-1 Lady Saints. Alicia Reyes would lead off the Seward 2nd inning with a single and would steal second before being driven home with two outs by Baron’s second RBI knock in as many innings to put the Lady Saints up 4-1. The two teams would trade runs in the 3rd before Brittany Kent sent a 1-1 offering towering out of the park to put Seward up 6-2 after 4. Sydney Cicchetti would shut her opponents down for the final four innings, allowing just one unearned run in her four innings of work. Seward would tack on a run in the 5th on an RBI double from Shelby Casey and Seward would go on to win 7-3. Baron led the Lady Saints with 2 hits and 2 RBI’s while Reyes had a pair of hits and 3 runs scored at the top of the lineup. Blackstock finished the game 2 for 2 with a walk as 8 of 9 Lady Saint starters picked up a hit in the win.
ROSE STATE BOX SCORE
In their second contest of the day the Lady Saints would square off with a Crowder squad that was ready to go out of the gates. Seward’s opponents from Neosho, Missouri scored a pair of runs in the first off of a two out home run, only the fourth allowed by starter Erin Roufosse in over 150 innings pitched this season. A leadoff walk in the 2nd would lead to another run and the Lady Saints quickly found themselves down 3-0. Brittany Kent would single home Brianna Baron for Seward’s first run of the game in the 4th as they cut the Crowder lead to 3-1. The Lady Saints got themselves to within two in the 6th inning when Marisa Coats led off with a home run but Crowder quickly answered with an unearned run courtesy of two Seward errors in the bottom of the inning to make it a 4-2 game in favor of the Lady Riders. Coats would get to the plate again in the 7th inning as the tying run but popped out to right field on the first pitch she saw ending the game and ending the Lady Saints 11 game win streak. The Seward offense was somewhat stagnant in the loss as they picked up just 5 hits with 2 of those coming off the bat of right fielder Lauren Barker. Even tougher to take for the Lady Saints was their 8 runners left on base, needing just one hit several times to tie the game or go ahead.
CROWDER GAME ONE BOX SCORE
The good news for the Lady Saints is they would immediately have a change to avenge the loss to Crowder as they faced them again right away in the back end of a rare tournament double header Saturday night. The Lady Saints scored first in the 2nd inning as the Lady Riders kicked three balls on the infield leading to a run and putting Seward up 1-0. Crowder would respond however as they picked up a pair of unearned runs in the 3rd inning after a two out strikeout pitch wasn’t corralled and the inning was extended to allow a bases loaded hit by pitch to score a run and make it 2-1 Crowder after 3. The Lady Saints would quickly get the lead back for starter Sydney Cicchetti with a 5 spot in the top of the 4th courtesy of 6 hits in the inning including home runs from Kelsea Blackstock and Brittany Kent to make it 6-2 Seward County. After getting a double play to end the 4th the Lady Saints tacked on a run in the 5th inning after Kent singled to lead off the inning and later stole second base and scored on a groundout by Shelby Casey to make it 7-2 Seward. With two quick outs in the Crowder 5th and just a lone runner on first base to worry about, the wheels fell off for the Lady Saints. The next six batters in the inning would reach base via hit and score with the big blow coming as the Lady Riders batted around and got a bases clearing double from their center fielder to give them the lead at 8-7. A double play would thwart a Seward threat in the 6th inning and Crowder would tack on yet another two out run as the Lady Saints faced a 9-7 deficit going into their last at bats. Brianna Baron would double with one out to bring the tying run to the plate but that is as far as she would get as a pop out and strikeout would end the inning and the Seward chances at a win as they fell 9-7. Crowder outhit the Lady Saints 15-9 in the game while all 9 Lady Rider runs came with two outs in the inning. Kent finished the game with 2 hits and 3 runs scored for Seward while Blackstock picked up a pair of RBI’s and Reyes picked up a pair of hits in the contest.
CROWDER GAME TWO BOX SCORE
Sunday morning the Lady Saints had Eastern Oklahoma on the schedule and for some reason forgot to tell their bats that there was a game. Seward failed to score through the first 4 innings of the game as they left 5 runners stranded but were picked up by Sydney Cicchetti who held the Mountaineers in check to keep the game tied through 4. She couldn’t hold the Mountaineers down forever though and they broke through in the 5th inning with three runs capped by a home run to left field to give themselves a 3-0 advantage. Cicchetti would hold them there for the rest of the game but all Seward would be able to get offensively was an unearned run in the 7th inning on a dropped fly ball as they fell to the 13-26 Mountaineers 3-1. Seward was outhit 7-3 in the game and failed to record any extra base hits in the contest. They had just singles from Shelby Casey, Kelsea Blackstock, and Brianna Baron to show for in the game.
EASTERN OKLAHOMA BOX SCORE
Whatever it was that Head Coach Andrea Gustafson said to her Lady Saints after the Eastern Oklahoma game, it worked, as Seward jumped out to an 11-0 lead after three innings against Maple Woods CC and would never look back. The Lady Saints would begin the game with three consecutive doubles from Alicia Reyes, Shelby Casey, and Marisa Coats to open up a 2-0 lead and would add onto that moments later as Brittany Kent jacked her third home run of the weekend over the center field fence to make it 4-0 Seward. They would get three more in the second on RBI knocks from Casey and Coats to make it 7-0 Lady Saints. The hit parade would continue for the Lady Saints in the 3rd as Amy Schartz doubled to drive in Leah Sitter who walked to open the inning and after two more RBI hits from Casey and Coats, the Lady Saints would lead 11-0. In fact, after the 3rd inning was complete, Casey and Coats were a combined 6 for 6 with 7 RBI’s, not a bad weekend let alone 3 innings! The Seward attack would slow down but Erin Roufosse would keep the Monarchs off the scoreboard as the Lady Saints went on to the 11-0 run rule win. Roufosse went the distance for Seward, allowing just 3 singles in the shutout win. As mentioned before, Casey and Coats would lead the offensive explosion for the Lady Saints, finishing 7 for 8 with 7 RBI’s in the victory.
MAPLE WOODS BOX SCORE
After all was said and done for the weekend, the Lady Saints came out with a 38-10 overall record, needing just a pair of wins to clinch their 3rd 40 win season in the past 4 years. Seward will now return to Jayhawk West Conference play today against Colby at Lady Saints Field at 3:00 before heading back to El Dorado Friday for a crucial late season double header with Butler that may decide the conference championship.
Friday afternoon three Seward County Lady Saint sophomores signed their National Letters of Intent to move on and play at 4 year schools. Shelia Washington, Liz Ginther, and Nadia Rosario all inked their names on paperwork Friday as Washington will attend Mississippi Valley State University, Ginther will be headed to Manhattan Christian College, and Rosario is off to Valdosta State University. Sheila Washington signed to play Division 1 ball for the Delta Devils of Mississippi Valley State after a season in which she made large strides in her game. The sophomore was one of the peskiest defenders in the league picking up 41 steals and 31 blocked shots on the season while averaging 6 points and 4 rebounds per game. Washington has been tabbed by her Head Coach Toby Wynn as “one of the most athletic players to ever put on a Lady Saints uniform”, high praise for a program that has seen a number of talented players go through it over the years. Liz Ginther will stay in the state of Kansas and go to Manhattan Christian College where she will play for the Crusaders and Coach Larry Olsen next season. Ginther will join a team who finished 5th at this year’s NCCAA Division II National Tournament and won their conference and regional championship. Ginther buried 19 3 pointers for the Lady Saints this season and will go down as one of the best free throw shooters in school history with a 92% career mark. Rosario will join former Lady Saint Jenny Head who is now an assistant coach at Valdosta State where she will play for the Blazers who participated in their 4th straight NCAA South Regional this season. Rosario was a strong post presence for the Lady Saints this season averaging nearly 10 points and 7 rebounds per game while finishing 2nd in the conference with 56 blocked shots on the season. This year’s sophomore class will go out with a 59-9 record in their two seasons while twice falling just inches short of the NJCAA National Tournament.
The Seward County Lady Saints softball team continued their forte of rock-solid pitching and timely hitting led them to two more Jayhawk West Conference wins Wednesday afternoon at Lady Saints Field against Barton to move them to 8-2 in conference play. Both teams were quiet on the offensive end early in game one as Seward managed just a 1st inning single while Barton was hitless through 3. After Erin Roufosse mowed through the middle of the Barton order 1-2-3 in the top half of the 4th, Seward was able to crack the scoreboard first in the bottom half of the inning. Brianna Baron led off the inning with a double and was driven in with a one out single up the middle from Kelsea Blackstock to make it 1-0 Seward.


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Roufosse would keep the Lady Cougars at bay in the 5th and 6th innings, coaxing 4 ground balls to go along with 2 strikeouts to keep the score 1-0 in favor of the Lady Saints. Seward would break through offensively in the bottom of the 6th inning as Marisa Coats singled to start the rally and Baron walked after her to set up a two on no out situation for red hot Brittany Kent. Kent wasted no time in taking advantage of the RBI opportunity by lacing the first pitch she saw into the left field corner for a triple to plate both runs before coming in to score herself on an RBI groundout from Lynda Musick to add an insurance run and make it 4-0 in favor of Seward. Barton would pick up their first hit of the game off of Roufosse to open the 7th inning but wouldn’t be able to push anything across the plate as the Seward ace ended the game in style with her seventh strikeout of the game to come away with the 4-0 win. Roufosse allowed just the one hit while punching out 7 and walking just 1. She has now given up just 1 earned run in her last 57 innings, good for a .12 ERA over that span. Seward managed just 5 hits in the win with Coats, Baron, and Kent scoring all 4 Lady Saints runs.

GAME ONE BOX SCORE

To start the second game each team went 1-2-3 in the 1st and left a pair of runners stranded in the 2nd. A great defensive play by Alicia Reyes got the Lady Saints out of trouble in the 3rd and took the momentum into the bottom half of the inning as Shelby Casey doubled and was knocked in by Marisa Coats to put Seward up 1-0. Neither team scored in the 4th inning and Sydney Cicchetti worked around an error in the 5th inning to keep Barton off the board and after 4 ½ the score remained 1-0 Seward. The Lady Saints did something in the dugout to wake up their bats in the bottom of the 5th as Leah Sitter, Reyes, and Casey hit three consecutive singles to open the frame with Casey driving the other two home to put Seward up 3-0. The Lady Cougars would get their leadoff hitters on in the 6th and 7th innings but would be able to advance them no further than 2nd base as Cicchetti stepped up big in the circle to earn herself her 5th shutout win of the year in the Lady Saints 3-0 victory. The Seward freshman struck out 5 and walked just 1 while allowing just 4 hits in the complete game win. Seward again struggled to have much consistency on the offensive end as Casey was the only Lady Saint to have more than one hit in the win. Sitter and Reyes both finished with a hit and a run scored in the win while Coats had the only RBI outside of Casey’s pair in the 4-0 win.

GAME TWO BOX SCORE

With the victories the Lady Saints now have a cool 11 game win streak working and have not been dented in the ‘L’ column in over 3 weeks. They are now 36-7 on the season and stay atop the conference standings at 8-2 with their BuCo Classic Tournament up next on the schedule this weekend. However, even with the 11 game winning streak intact and 8 of the 11 wins coming via shutout, the Lady Saints managed to drop to #10 from #9 in the latest NJCAA National Rankings.
The Seward County Saints fell to 21-22 on the season Wednesday as they dropped a double header to 19th ranked Clarendon 9-2 and 9-3 at Brent Gould Field. A sporadic pitching effort on the mound and less than impressive at bats at the plate let the Saints to the pair of losses. The Saints gave out 18 free passes in the 14 innings including 12 walks and 6 hit by pitches while the Bulldogs allowed just 5.
Clarendon got on the board first in the 2nd inning as without a hit they loaded the bases before eventually taking a 1-0 lead on a fielder’s choice ground ball. Seward would pitch out of a jam in the 3rd inning and allow the offense to tie the game up as a leadoff single from Kelby Tomlinson coupled with a wild pitch and a groundout would set up a sacrifice fly from Josh Dawson to make it 1-1 after 3. The tie wouldn’t last for long however as Clarendon put together a power packed 5 run 4th inning thanks in large part to a monster 3 run home run from Bulldog designated hitter Jase Morgan to put the visitors up 6-1. Ty Jacobs would answer the Morgan shot with a home run of his own to lead off the inning but that would be all the offense the Saints would get in the game. Morgan would add another shot for Clarendon later in the game and the Bulldogs would take game one by the final score of 9-2. The first three batters in the Clarendon order killed the Saints in the game as all three notched 2 hits a piece while driving in 8 runs and scoring 5. The Saints 8 hits in the game were more spread out as Tomlinson and Eddie Williams were the only two to pick up multiple hits in the ballgame. Jace Moore was the lone bright spot on the mound for Seward in the contest, going 1 1/3 innings scoreless while allowing just 2 hits.
GAME ONE BOX SCORE
In game two the story was much less dramatic. Clarendon’s first five batters of the game reached base with two scoring after getting on via a walk to put the Bulldogs up 2-0 right off the bat. A two out double in the 2nd inning would give Clarendon a 3-0 lead and four Seward bean balls along with a home run would give the Bulldogs 4 runs in the 3rd inning on just one hit. Luke Campbell would lead off the Saints 4th inning with his team leading 8th home run of the season and the Saints would get another run later in the inning after an error extended the frame but after 4 the guys in green still trailed 7-2. The teams would trade runs in the 5th with the Saints picking up their run on a two out RBI single from Eddie Williams to make the score 8-3 Clarendon. The Saints would only muster one base runner in the last two innings of the game and Clarendon would tack on an insurance run in the 7th to go to win by the final score of 9-3. The Saints first 6 hitters in their order picked up a hit in the contest but their bottom three in the lineup combined to go 0 for 8 in the loss. Josh Dawson was the only Seward starter to have more than one hit as he finished 2 for 4 in the game while Campbell, Williams and Jared Broadbent had the RBI’s for the Saints.
GAME TWO BOX SCORE
While the significance of the midweek double header was minimal with the Saints remaining in 1st place in the Jayhawk West, the losses take Seward somewhere they haven’t been in a long long time. Now 21-22 on the season, the Saints dip below the .500 mark for the first time in over 20 years. They will look to get themselves out of that precarious position this weekend when they will host Pratt on Saturday and Sunday at Brent Gould Field as they return to conference action. The Saints are currently 17-7 in conference play, 1 game up on both Garden City and Butler going into the weekend.
On National Signing Day around the country, two Seward County Lady Saint sophomore volleyball players have made their decisions to move on to 4 year universities. Taryn Westerman who played in 271 games and 86 matches in her two year career at Seward County has signed at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas to play for the Mustangs and coach Venera Flores-Stafford next season. Westerman finishes her career in the top 10 in All-Time Season Assists at Seward County as her 936 rank her 9th in school history. A well rounded threat for coach Luallen and the Lady Saints, Westerman finished in the top 5 on the team in kills, assists, aces, digs, and blocks this season as a sophomore. Amanda Savage has decided to return home to Wichita where she will play with the Newman University Jets during her junior and senior seasons. Savage started 36 of Seward’s 37 matches this season and recorded 480 digs, good for 5th most in a single season in school history. Combined with a freshman season in which she pulled up 448 balls off the hardwood, Savage ranks 4th in school history in career digs with 928. The two helped lead Seward to a 62-27 overall record in two seasons and helped the Lady Saints win their first Jayhawk West Conference championship in six seasons during the 2009 season.
With a 31-3 Jayhawk West Championship season behind them, Seward County Women’s Basketball Head Coach Toby Wynn and assistant Penny Jones knew that recruiting might be a little bit easier this offseason. But, after losing 78% of its scoring from a season ago, the Lady Saints needed to retool and that they did on National Signing Day as he has announced the signing of 8 Lady Saints players for next season including a mix of 4 in state players and 4 out of state players. Wynn’s 2010-2011 recruiting class includes:
- Mattie Yank – 5’ 10” - Guard – Gruver High School – Gruver, TX – “We are very excited about adding Mattie to our team for next year. She is someone that can really score and shoot the ball, but she also brings a great work ethic and personality to the team as well” Wynn said.

- Ashlynn Knoll – 6’0” - Wing – Happy High School – Happy, TX – “Ashlynn is a very athletic wing player who can score both inside and out” Wynn Said. “She is someone that competes very hard and has a great work ethic. We are really looking forward to having her join us here at Seward County” he continued.

- Kelsey Willson – 6’ 0” - Post – Ripley High School – Ripley, OK – “The hardest players to find these days in recruiting are post players and we feel like we have found a very good one in Kelsey. She has a tremendous work ethic, with lots of upside, and has been very well coached. Kelsey has the ability to step out shoot the 3 point shot as well as play with her back to the basket” Wynn said.

- Autumn Miller – 5’6” – Point Guard – Sacred Heart High School – Louisville, KY – “Autumn was the first girl that we had commit to us to come play here at Seward County. She is a very accomplished High School player and really knows how to play. We are really looking forward to coaching and having her be a part of our program” the Lady Saints head man said.

- Britny Butler – 5’7” – Point Guard/Combo Guard – Southwestern Heights High School – Plains, Kansas - “We are really excited about adding Britny to our team and getting a Southwestern Heights girl to join our program. Britny has had a very successful career there for Coach Mellen, and I know she will be bringing that same winning attitude to us” Wynn said. “She is a very tough kid and really competes and that is the first thing people will notice when they see her play.”

- Kayla Thomas – 5’10” – Guard – South Gray High School – Montezuma, Kansas – “Kayla is a very versatile player that can do a variety things on the court and play a variety of positions. She really knows how to play and has a great feel for the game. We are very excited having her become a part of the great tradition of Lady Saint Basketball” Wynn said.

- LaTonya Gooden – 5’10” – Forward – Liberal High School – Liberal, Kansas – “LaTonya Gooden is a going to be a great addition to our program here at Seward County. It is always nice to be able to have players from Liberal and the surrounding community and we are really looking forward to having her. She is a very athletic, plays very hard, and works hard as well” Wynn said.

- Hannah Rotolo – 5’2” – Point Guard – Liberal High School – Liberal, Kansas – Transfer from Barton County – “We are really looking forward to having Hannah back here in our community in Liberal to be a Lady Saint. She is transferring back to us from playing a year a Barton County where she was the starting point guard and had a very good season there. Hannah will bring some experience to our team which will be very good to have” Head Coach Toby Wynn said.

With 8 players now signed, Wynn and Jones say they have just a couple more pieces to add to the puzzle before they will be done with their 2010-2011 recruiting. The new look Lady Saints will open their 2010 season in the Pepsi Classic November 5th in the Greenhouse. CLICK HERE periodically for updated picture additions of all 8 Lady Saints signees.
For the third time in the past four weeks, Seward County pitcher Erin Roufosse has been named the KJCCC Pitcher of the Week. Joining Roufosse with Jayhawk honors this week is Lady Saints 3rd baseman Brianna Baron who earns the Player of the Week award after hitting .538 in four straight Seward County wins. Roufosse pitched Seward to a pair of wins this week while throwing 16 innings without giving up an earned run. Thursday against Garden City the Lady Saints sophomore struck out a career high 14, allowing just 2 unearned runs while going the distance in a 9 inning extra inning win for Seward. On Saturday Roufosse threw her 4th consecutive shutout by working 7 innings striking out 5 and walking just 1. On the week the right-hander struck out 19 while walking just one. Baron paced Seward to a 4-0 week on the offensive end by hitting at a .538 clip in the 4 Lady Saint wins. She had 3 multiple hit games on the week including going 5 for 8 in a double header sweep of Garden City on Thursday. The pair will lead their Lady Saints into more Jayhawk West Conference action this week as they tangle with Barton Wednesday at 3:00 at Lady Saints Field.
After a week in which he put up eye popping numbers in the middle of the Seward County lineup, sophomore 1st baseman Josh Dawson has been named the KJCCC Player of the Week. The left handed swinging Dawson continued his hot hitting for Seward this week hitting at a .480 clip in a 3-3 week for the Saints. Dawson had a career game in a 17-14 loss on Monday as the he went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles, a triple, and a career high 6 RBI’s. He backed that up by going 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles in game two of the double header as he reached base all 11 times he would step to the plate on the day. On Saturday he had another pair of doubles for the Saints in game two of their series with Hutchinson and on Sunday’s game four he notched a triple and a home run with 4 RBI’s in a Saints win. Dawson and the Saints are scheduled for a shootout with Clarendon on Wednesday before returning back to conference play with a 4 game home series with Pratt this weekend.
Coming off of a pair of wins at rival Garden City on Thursday, the Seward County Lady Saints looked to keep their momentum rolling Saturday as they took on the Luna Lady Roughriders in a double header under a bright sunshine at Lady Saints Field. Seward did just that with a pair of shutout victories as Erin Roufosse blanked Luna 3-0 in game one before Sydney Cicchetti put nothing but goose eggs on the board for the visitors in a 8-0 game two victory.
Seward took the lead early in game one as Alicia Reyes was hit by a pitch to lead off the game and would later come around to score on an RBI single from Marisa Coats to make it 1-0 Lady Saints after 1. The gals in green were back at it in the 2nd inning as Amy Schartz singled with one out and crossed the plate moments later after two out singles from Leah Sitter and Reyes to make it 2-0 in favor of the home team. Seward would leave runners on in the 3rd and 4th innings and after 4 innings of play the score remained 2-0 Lady Saints. A defensive miscue from Luna would spark a run scoring inning for Seward in the bottom of the 5th and the Lady Saints would lead 3-0 after the inning was complete. Luna got something going in the 6th inning as the top of their order put together back to back singles to open the frame to threaten a dent on the scoreboard. After a fly ball dropped in shallow center field, Seward was able to pick up an out at third base thanks to a base running glitch from Luna but the bases would be loaded quickly after another single to pack them full with just one out. A ground ball to third and a throw home would give the Lady Saints their second out of the inning and a spectacular diving play by Reyes would end the threat and keep the Roughriders off the scoreboard through the 6th. A strikeout and a pair of groundouts would end Luna’s hopes in the 7th as the Lady Saints came away with the 3-0 shutout win. Erin Roufosse posted her 4th consecutive shutout in the victory allowing 6 hits while striking out 5 and walking just 1. Coats finished 3 for 3 in the middle of the Seward order and accounted for 2 of the 3 runs the Lady Saints scored with an RBI and a run scored. Sitter was the only other Lady Saint to pick up multiple hits as she went 2 for 3 with a stolen base in the contest.
GAME ONE BOX SCORE
Neither team would get anything going in the 1st inning of game two as each stranded a two out base runner reaching but Luna had something going in the 2nd after a dropped third strike would turn into a runner on third with just one out as they looked to scratch out a run for the first time on the afternoon. After a pop up and a strikeout the Roughrider threat was averted and the Lady Saints came to hit in the bottom of the 2nd frame. A Brittany Kent double would start a string of seven straight Lady Saints reaching base with the big blows in the inning coming with a bases clearing double off the bat of Alicia Reyes and a two out RBI double from Brianna Baron. Seward wasn’t done scoring however as Kent ripped her second double of the inning off the center field wall to plate two more and give the Lady Saints a 7 run inning. Knocked back on their heels, Luna would go down in order in their half of the 3rd but the Lady Saints wouldn’t be able to add to their lead as they left a runner on second as the inning came to a close. A Shelby Casey double would set up a scoring opportunity for Seward in the bottom of the 4th inning and a one out single from Baron through the box would put the Lady Saints up 8-0. A two out single would be all that Luna could muster as they looked to escape the run rule but a pop out to first base would seal their fate as Seward finished off the 8-0 run rule win. Sydney Cicchetti allowed just 2 Luna hits in the ballgame while striking out 7 Roughriders in the complete game shutout. Her run support came in large part from the top of the Seward order as Reyes finished with 3 RBI’s from the leadoff spot and Baron and Kent both finished the game 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s. Casey picked up 2 hits and 2 runs scored in the win and Amy Schartz drove in and scored a run in the 8-0 victory.
GAME TWO BOX SCORE
The double header sweep was more than just two more non-conference wins for Andrea Gustafson as the Lady Saints 8th year Head Coach recorded her 300th career win with the game one victory and now sports a 301-152 overall record for the Lady Saints. The wins make the Lady Saints 34-7 on the season as they head back into conference play Wednesday against Barton at Lady Saints Field at 3:00.
This weekend’s Seward County/Hutchinson four game set at Hobart Detter Field was one that both teams come out of scratching their heads saying ‘what if?”. The Saints could have easily taken 3 of 4 in the series if not for a 9-4 lead evaporating into a game three loss while the Blue Dragons surely feel they could have swept the first place Saints if not for letting a 7-5 6th inning lead go in game one or leaving the bases loaded with their cleanup man up in the 8th inning of a 9-7 game number four. As it is, the teams exit the weekend exactly how they entered with the Saints atop the Jayhawk West Conference and the Dragons at .500.


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Seward started the series with a bang as Kelby Tomlinson led off with a double and Quay Grant quickly singled him in to put the Saints up 1-0. The score would remain 1-0 into the bottom of the 2nd when Hutch flexed their muscles for a 4 run inning helped in large part to home runs from Ryan Mayfield and David Longmore to put the Dragons up 4-1. The Saints would cut it to 4-2 in the top of the 3rd as a two out Luke Acosta error would allow Tomlinson to score but Tomlinson would give the runs right back after a two out error would lead to a pair of Hutch runs to put the Dragons up 6-2 after 3. Two more Hutchinson errors in the 4th would give the Saints a run and RBI singles from Ty Jacobs and Jordan Dallalio in the 5th would bring Seward right back into the game at 6-5. After retiring the first two hitters of the inning on just 5 pitches, Saints starter Cameron Maldonado would yield a solo home run to Hutch first baseman Shaun Hoover and the Dragons pushed their lead to two at 7-5. After allowing a single to Tomlinson and a walk to Grant to start the Saints 6th, Hutch ace Shawn Lewick was lifted in favor of David Holman and the wheels began to come off for the Dragons. Luke Campbell would drive Tomlinson home on a ground ball to first to make it 7-6 Hutch and after back to back walks by Holman, Hutch skipper Kyle Crookes was forced to make another pitching change as he brought on his closer Andrew Urban with the bases loaded and the game on the line. After getting Saints RBI leader Josh Dawson to ground out into a fielder’s choice, Jordan Dallalio would step to the plate with two outs and the bases still full. After a six pitch battle with Urban, Dallalio poked a double down the right field line to score a pair and give the Saints the lead at 8-7 after 5 ½. Maldonado would save his best for last as the sophomore ace pitched out of a jam in the 6th inning with a runner on third and just one out before slamming the door with a 1-2-3 7th against the top of the Hutch lineup to blank the Dragons and give the Saints the 8-7 game one win. Maldonado’s final line wasn’t the prettiest of his brief Seward County career but the right hander came up big when the Saints needed him, as he pitched the final 4 innings allowing just the solo home run in the 5th, more than making up for the slow start. Tomlinson finished 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored at the top of the Seward order while Dallalio finished 2 for 3 with 3 clutch RBI’s late in the ballgame.

GAME ONE BOX SCORE

Game two of the series started nearly identically to game one as Kelby Tomlinson launched a double to begin the game and Quay Grant quickly drove him in with a double to center field to put the Saints up 1-0. Hutch would get that run and more back in the bottom of the inning as they put together four hits as well as a walk and a hit batter to rack up 3 runs and put themselves up 3-1 after 1. Each team would strand a runner in the 2nd without scoring and the Saints would tie the game up at 3 in the 3rd as Luke Campbell ripped a double to left to drive in Grant and Josh Dawson who both picked up one out hits to set the table. Saints starter Logan Hall stranded another Blue Dragon at third base in the bottom of the 3rd and allowed Seward to take the lead 6-3 in the 4th on three straight RBI hits from Tomlinson, Grant, and Dawson. Hutchinson cut the lead back to two in the bottom of the inning as Luke Acosta picked up a two out hit but the Dragons cost themselves more damage after two runners were tagged out at home in the inning. Tyler Hill would lead off the Saints 5th with a single and would later be joined by Todd Glime on the base paths after the Saints backstop was hit by a pitch. With two on and two out Kelby Tomlinson blasted a 2-0 Taylor Burns offering over the center field wall for his second home run of the season to put the guys in green up 9-4. Hutchinson would get back to back doubles to open their half of the 5th inning to score a run but they would only get one as Hall would induce a pair of pop ups and get a strikeout to limit the damage to 1 and keep the Saints on top 9-5. The Saints would go down in order in the 6th and Hutch would take the moment to build on their momentum as they readied for a late charge. A leadoff double and wild pitch would set up a sacrifice fly for Jamell Cervantez and with the bases clear and one out the floodgates would open. Five straight Blue Dragons would pick up hits and four would score off of Hall and reliever Michael Alger as the Saints 5 run lead was gone, now trailing 10-9. Still with three innings left the Saints had some time to work but Hutch reliever Taylor Burns figured it was his time to get in a grove and after retiring six straight Saints in the 7th and 8th innings, the Dragons tacked an unearned insurance run on in the 8th to go up 11-9. Burns was back out for the 9th and after getting the first two batters he saw and getting the third to hit a ground ball to second, Luke Acosta made an error to extend the game and bring the tying run to the plate for Seward. That would be the end of Burns’ day but closer Andrew Urban would strike out the only batter he would face for the save and give Hutch the 11-9 game two win. The top of the Saints order was deadly in the loss going 11 for 20 with 9 RBI’s but the their 5-9 hitters were less than impressive going just 3 for 21 in the loss. Grant finished 4 for 5 on the day with a pair of RBI’s while leadoff man Kelby Tomlinson went 3 for 5 and accounted for 7 runs with 3 scored and 4 driven in. Campbell was 2 for 5 in the game with 2 RBI’s and Dawson ended the contest with 2 hits, a run scored, and an RBI.

GAME TWO BOX SCORE

Game three, simply put, would just never go the Saints way. After a 1-2-3 first on offense, Seward would fall behind 3-0 in the bottom half of the inning as Luka Acosta put the Dragons up 2 with an RBI single and Shaun Hoover added a run on a sacrifice fly. The Saints would get their only run of the game in the 3rd as Jared Broadbent led off with a home run to make it 3-1 but the gap widened even more in the bottom half of the frame. Four straight Dragons would reach to open the inning and Jory Goldstrom and Chase Loudenback would pick up RBI knocks later on and all of a sudden the Saints found themselves in a 6-1 hole. The Seward bats would be dominated throughout this one as only a Quay Grant double would scratch the hits column for Seward other than the Broadbent home run as they fell by the eventual score of 8-1. Matthew Williams threw a complete game against the Saints on just 69 pitches, one day removed from playing shortstop for the Dragons in both contests on day one. Tyler Hill pitched 3 1/3 innings out of the bullpen for the Saints allowing just 3 hits while striking out 3.

GAME THREE BOX SCORE

Looking for the series split in game four, the Saints came out of the gates strong picking up a pair of runs in the 1st on an RBI triple from Josh Dawson and RBI single from Luke Campbell to put them up 2-0. They would score 4 more times in the 2nd inning with an RBI groundout from Dawson, another RBI single from Campbell, and a two out RBI hit from Ty Jacobs to put them up 6-0 after 2. Seward starter Paul Pulley would retire the Dragons in order in the bottom of the 2nd and give the Saints a chance to build on their lead in the 3rd. A leadoff single from Jared Broadbent would fuel a 3 run inning for the Saints that was capped by a two run home run from Dawson to put the guys in green up 9-0 after 3. Hutchinson would begin to chip away at the lead with a run in the 3rd and 4 more in the 4th as the deficit was quickly cut in half to 9-5. Silent Seward bats would make way for the lead to shrink even more as Hutch picked up single runs in the 6th and 7th innings to cut the lead to 9-7. The Saints were again unable to score in the 8th and the Dragons were licking their lips as they looked to erase another big Seward County lead late in the game to come away with the series win. After loading the bases with one out against Saints closer Quay Grant, Hutch cleanup man Mace Krol was unable to come up with the big hit to knot the game up as Grant popped him up to short to end the threat and the inning without the Blue Dragons getting on the board. Grant would again take the ball in the 9th with the 9-7 lead but this time would make it a little bit less interesting for the home crowd as he got a pair of groundouts including a game ending double play to give the Saints the 9-7 victory and the series split. Ty Jacobs went 3 1/3 quality innings of relief for the Saints picking up the win while Grant notched his third save of the season by going 2 scoreless to end the game. Campbell and Dawson were the hitting stars for the Saints in this one as Campbell went 4 for 5 with a pair of RBI’s and Dawson went 2 for 5 with the 4 RBI’s in the win. Kelby Tomlinson had 3 hits and 2 runs scored while Grant helped his team at the plate as well as the mound with 2 runs scored and an RBI in the victory.

GAME FOUR BOX SCORE

While the split was not exactly what the Saints were looking for on Saturday when they traveled up to Hutchinson, Head Coach Galen McSpadden and company will settle for the 2-2 road split playing in a hostile environment at Hobart-Detter for four games. The Saints did get some help this weekend as Garden City split their series with Colby and Barton took two games from Butler to keep the Saints in 1st place in the Jayhawk West even after losing the two games. They are now 17-7 in conference play and 21-20 overall, sitting 1 game up on both Garden City and Butler and 3 games ahead of Colby who currently sits in the 4 hole in the West. Seward will take on Clarendon in a midweek double header at home on Wednesday before returning to conference play Saturday and Sunday at Brent Gould Field where they will take on Pratt.
In yet another big Jayhawk West double header Thursday afternoon in Garden City, the #9 Seward County Lady Saints came from behind in both games to come away 2-0 on the day to move to 6-2 in conference play. Seward used a 6th inning solo home run to tie game one at 2 before scoring 7 in the 9th to win 9-2 and scored 3 in the 4th and 9 in the 5th to put a run rule on the Busters in game two 12-3 in 5.


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In game one the Lady Saints looked to be in business right off the bat as Alicia Reyes and Shelby Casey singled to open the game but Seward couldn’t move them around and were blanked in the 1st. Garden City had the exact same situation in the 2nd inning and after a sacrifice bunt pushed their runners to 2nd and 3rd with one out, back to back strikeouts from Seward ace Erin Roufosse would end the threat and keep the game scoreless after 2. A leadoff single by Leah Sitter in the 3rd and a wild throw from the catcher to the pitcher after a pitch later in the inning would put Seward on the board and give them a 1-0 lead after 2 ½. The Lady Saints wouldn’t hold the lead for long however as a defensive miscue by Seward would lead to a pair of unearned Garden City runs to put the Lady Busters on top 2-1. Both teams went down in order in the 4th and 5th innings and the Lady Saints remained down by one 2-1 going into the 6th inning. Marisa Coats would continue her strong hitting against Garden City in her career by sending the first pitch of the inning screaming over the center field wall to tie for her seventh home run of the season to tie the game at 2. Roufosse kept Garden in check in the bottom of the inning and neither team would score in the 7th so for the first time this season the Lady Saints would go to extra innings in a conference battle. A 1-2-3 inning for each team would ensue in the 8th and to the 9th inning the Lady Saints and Lady Busters went, still tied at 2-2. Kelsea Blackstock would lead off the Lady Saint 9th with a base hit up the middle and a costly error on the Garden infield would open the floodgates for Seward. With two outs and two on the Lady Saints would bat through their entire lineup scoring 7 runs on RBI singles from Reyes, Casey, Coats, Blackstock, and Brianna Baron to take a 9-2 lead which was much more than Roufosse would need as she cruised through the Lady Buster lineup in the bottom of the inning with a pair of strikeouts to give Seward the 9-2 win. Seward would outhit Garden 16-6 in the victory while a trio of Lady Buster errors would lead to 7 unearned Seward County runs and the one Lady Saint error would lead to both of the Garden runs in the game. Roufosse finished with a career high 14 strikeouts in the win and allowed just the 2 unearned runs, running her streak of consecutive innings without giving up an earned run to over 25 innings. She would retire 17 straight batters from the 3rd to the 9th inning before allowing a single to Alexa Harvey in the 9th. Every Seward starter had at least one hit in the game with Reyes and Casey leading the way at the top, each going 3 for 5 in the win. Coats would finish 2 for 5 with a pair of RBI’s and a pair of runs scored while Baron and Blackstock would also have multi hit games. Garden City’s Alexa Harvey would finish with 3 of the 6 Lady Buster hits while pitcher Brandi Lovato finished the game throwing 142 pitches as she battled through her defenses shaky performance.

GAME ONE BOX SCORE

Game two of the double dip would not start how Seward County would have liked it to as a pair of doubles sandwiched around a walk would lead to a trio of Lady Buster runs in the 1st inning and the Lady Saints were quickly down 3-0. The Seward bats were also cold early as in both the 2nd and 3rd innings the gals in green would strand a runner at third base without scoring and they remained down by the count of 3-0 after 3 innings of play. They would get it going in the 4th inning though after a dropped fly ball in right field to open the inning , Brianna Baron would single through the middle and the Lady Saints center fielder Brittany Kent would launch the first pitch she saw towering over the right field wall to tie the game at 3 with a three run home run. Garden would threaten in the 4th with runners on the corner and just one out but Seward righty Sydney Cicchetti would rely on a line drive double play to right field to end the inning and the threat as poor Garden base running cost them a chance to take the lead and the momentum was quickly shifted back the way of the Lady Saints. The Seward half of the 5th would start quietly as their first hitter was retired on a routine ground ball but the rest of the inning would be anything but routine to the dismay of a rowdy bunch of Garden fans. Alicia Reyes, Shelby Casey, Marisa Coats, and Brianna Baron would single consecutively scoring a pair of runs and setting the table for Kent with two on and one out. A mishandled throw on a ground ball from Kent would score Coats from second to give Seward a 6-3 lead as two runners remained on base with one out. Kelsea Blackstock would slam a 2-1 offering to center field to drive in the pair and give the Lady Saints a 8-3 lead but they weren’t done. After yet another Garden City error, back to back singles from Lynda Musick and Leah Sitter would set the table for Casey’s second at bat of the inning as the sophomore stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. After taking a ball low on the first pitch she saw, Casey sent the next pitch to the plate on a line to the right center field fence for a bases clearing double to give Seward their seventh, eighth, and ninth runs of the inning and stake them to a 12-3 advantage. The Lady Busters weren’t ready to go home just yet however as they opened their half of the 5th with back to back hits to set up a second and third, nobody out situation for the middle of their order. After a groundball out to shortstop, another Garden base running blunder occurred and after a brief rundown the Lady Saints had a double play to quiet the threat. An 0-1 groundout from the next batter would end the game and give Seward County the 12-3 run rule victory to complete the double header sweep of the Busters. Eight of nine Lady Saint starters had a hit in the game including a 3 for 3 game from Baron and a 2 hit, 3 RBI game for Casey. Lynda Musick also picked up a pair of hits in the win and Kent and Blackstock made the most of their 2 hits, picking up a combined 5 RBI’s in the win. Cicchetti pitched the Lady Saints to her 13th win of the season allowing just the 3 first inning runs before shutting down Garden for her remaining 4 innings of work.

GAME TWO BOX SCORE

The two wins move the 9th ranked Lady Saints to 32-7 overall on the season and more importantly 6-2 in the Jayhawk West Conference. They now hold a 1 game lead on 2nd place Colby and have 8 more wins overall than any other team in the conference. Their Friday double header in Borger against Frank Phillips was cancelled due to scheduling problems so they will take the diamond next at home on Saturday at 2:00 against Luna CC.
For the second time this season, Seward County sophomores Erin Roufosse and Brittany Kent have been named the KJCCC Players of the Week. Roufosse was simply dominate this week in two starts against Jayhawk competition as first she twirled a 3 hit shutout in a huge 4-0 win over 20th ranked Butler on Tuesday and backed that up with an even better performance with a 1 hit shutout against Dodge City where she struck out 11 without walking a batter. She finished the week with a spotless 0.00 ERA and 16 strikeouts compared to just 2 walks. Kent earns the award for the second straight week as she continued to swing a hot bat hitting .636 with 5 RBI’s in four Seward County wins. She recorded 7 hits in four games including a double and two triples and finished the week with a 1.091 slugging percentage. The pair will head up Highway 83 today to take on the rival Garden City Lady ‘Busters in a big Jayhawk West Conference double header starting at 3:00.
Seward County sophomore catcher Todd Glime has been named the KJCCC Player of the Week for his work in four Saints games last week. Glime hit .455 for the Saints in the week posting a pair of back to back multi-hit games. Saturday against Garden City the sophomore backstop was 2 for 3 with a double and a home run. He has caught 32 of the Saints 37 games thus far and had been the starting backstop for 12 straight games before getting a game off on Sunday against the Busters. He has cut down 11 would be base stealers this season and is second on the team with a .986 fielding percentage.
There are good offensive games and then there are offensive games like fans at Brent Gould Field saw this weekend. The carousel of runners crossing home plate was so potent that 13 runs wouldn’t have won you a single game in the series. After an 111 hit, 98 run four game series, the 1st place Seward County Saints and the 2nd place Garden City Broncbusters were back to square one after a split of both Saturday and Monday doubleheaders.


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The series didn’t start a whole lot prettier than it ended as the initial pitch of the four game set was planted into Garden leadoff man Cody Schramm’s hip and the second baseman would later come around to score and give the Busters a 1-0 lead on a two out double from Axel Rivera. The Saints would strike back in the 2nd inning when Jared Broadbent hit a towering home run over the left field wall for a two run home run to put the Saints up 2-1. After a scoreless 3rd inning the fireworks began in the 4th. A leadoff single for Garden would be followed by a home run from Rivera and a double from Erik Mattingly who would later score and the Broncbusters were up 4-2. Seward would knot the game up in the bottom half of the inning when Broadbent and Todd Glime would hit back to back blasts to make the score 4-4. Just when it looked like the Saints had the momentum rolling their way, the Busters would bat around in the 5th and Mattingly would send the first pitch he saw in his at bat over the center field wall for a three run bomb to put Garden in front 7-4. The Saints would get the tying run to the plate in their half of the 5th with just one out but a strikeout and an infield popup later the Busters were at the plate again and threatening. In the Garden 6th, six of their first seven batters would reach base with three runs being scored with just one hit on the board as Seward pitching failed to find the strike zone and when they did and the ball was put in play, the defense was less than impressive as the Saints would commit a pair of errors while walking two and hitting a man as Garden took a 10-4 lead. The onslaught continued in the Buster 7th as a one out walk would lead to a run and Rivera would launch his second home run of the game to cap a 9-0 run for Garden in the final three innings and after the Saints went down in order in the bottom half of the inning, game one was complete with Garden City winning the tussle 13-4. Cameron Maldonado suffered his first loss in conference play on the mound for Seward throwing 5 innings and allowing 10 hits and 8 earned runs while his counterpart Joey Cifuentes was lights out after giving up 4 runs in the first 4 innings, finishing the game retiring 8 straight batters picking up the win for Garden. Broadbent finished 2 for 3 in the contest with the 2 home runs and 3 RBI’s while Glime was the only other Saint to pick up more than 1 hit in the game as he finished 2 for 3 with the home run and 1 RBI.

GAME ONE BOX SCORE

With the two teams now tied atop the conference standings, the importance of game two on Saturday was amplified for both clubs with each trying to stake their claim to the top of the Jayhawk West for Easter Sunday. The game two box score started nearly identical to game one as Cody Schramm was hit by a pitch to lead off the game for Garden and would later come around to score on a wild pitch this time to make it 1-0 Busters after a half inning of play. The Saints would come back immediately to take their first lead of the game as Kelby Tomlinson would lead off the Saints half with a single and would later score on a double play to tie the game at one and Luke Campbell, Todd Glime, and Ty Jacobs would string together three consecutive singles to score a run and put the Saints up 2-1 just as they had been earlier in the day in game one. Each team would go in order in the 2nd inning but the Busters would tie the game at 2 each in the 3rd after an RBI groundout from CJ Gilman to score third baseman Luke Kordsmeier. The Saints wouldn’t let the tie stand for long however as they exploded for a six run 3rd inning on RBI knocks from Josh Dawson, Quay Grant, and Jordan Dallalio as well as a bases loaded bean ball to Chase Whitney and a walk to follow that to Kelby Tomlinson to plate another pair to put Seward up 8-2 after 3 innings of play. Saints starter Logan Hall blanked the Busters in the 4th and allowed his teams to get back to the dish where they scored three more times in the bottom of the 4th after a leadoff home run from Campbell and runs later in the inning from Jared Broadbent and Dallalio to put the guys in green up 11-2. Garden would get a run in the 5th but after a scoreless bottom of the 5th for Seward and top of the 6th for Garden, it was 11-3 Saints after 5 ½. Jacobs led off the Saints 6th with a double and later scored on a single from Dallalio to make it 12-3. Dallalio would find his way to third base after a single from Tomlinson and with the run rule 90 feet away Grant would chop an infield single to give the Saints the 13-3 win after 6. Logan Hall went the distance for the Saints picking up his 4th Jayhawk West Conference win in 5 starts and was supported at the plate by Grant and Campbell who each went 4 for 4 with a combined 4 runs scored and 4 RBI’s in the win. Seward outhit Garden 18 to 6 in the victory and 8 of 9 hitters in the Saints lineup had at least one hit. Dallalio finished the game 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI’s while Jacobs and Tomlinson each had 2 hits in the win.

GAME TWO BOX SCORE

With the split Saturday the teams entered Monday the same place that they entered two days earlier, separated by just one game atop the Jayhawk West standings. Game three started slowly as Seward starter Jose Gonzalez retired the first two batters he saw on just 4 pitches and there were quickly two outs and nobody on base in the Garden first. That is when the trouble got started and after a single and walk behind that, the Busters got on the scoreboard with a double from Erik Mattingly to take a 1-0 lead. They weren’t done there unfortunately for Saints fans as Andrew Phelan would follow the double with a 2 RBI single on a 3-2 offering and the Busters were up 3-0 before the Saints came to bat. Seward would put a dent in the scoreboard themselves in the bottom of the first as Kelby Tomlinson singled to lead off and after an error by first baseman Alex Kelley, the Saints had two on and nobody out. Josh Dawson took that opportunity to drive in the pair with a triple off the right center field wall to cut the lead to 3-2 and put himself on third base with nobody out. The Saints strong start stopped there as after a pair of check swing groundouts and a called strike three, Dawson remained at third when the inning ended and the Saints found themselves behind by that 3-2 mark after 1. Garden was at it again in the 2nd as they took advantage of a one out error to score three runs and take a 6-2 lead as the Saints came to bat in the 2nd. After their leadoff man was retired, the Saints had eight straight batters reach base and five straight score as the big blow again came off of the bat of Dawson who narrowly missed a grand slam with a double off the top of the center field wall to clear the bases and tie the game at 6 apiece. Luke Campbell followed Dawson’s triple up with a double to score him and was later moved around to third base after back to back walks. The bases were now chucked again with just one out but Seward could not keep the pressure on the Busters and after back to back strikeouts, left the bases loaded to end the inning but did hold a 7-6 advantage after 2. Garden wouldn’t stay down for long however as the first eight batters of the inning reached base culminating in luckily just four runs as the Saints were able to pick up three outs unconventionally on the base paths and keep the Buster lead to just 10-7. Seward would keep on fighting though and a leadoff bean ball to right fielder Daniel Bruce would spark a five run rally for the Saints. Josh Dawson would pick up another extra base hit with yet another double off the wall to plate Bruce and an RBI single from Campbell and a two run bomb from Todd Glime would cap the inning and put the guys in green in front 12-10. Mattingly homered to start the Garden 4th but that is all the Busters would get in the inning and the Saints would hold onto the one run 12-11 lead after 3 ½. The Saints would go quietly in the 4th and Garden City would take advantage in their next at bats as some sloppy Saints defense and an Axel Rivera double would plate three and Seward again found themselves behind, this time 14-12. Jordan Dallalio would get a two out RBI single in the bottom of the 5th to make it 14-13 and Daniel Bruce would line a 2-1 pitch over the left field fence to tie the game at 14 in the 6th and the game was all knotted up after 6 innings of play. After Saints reliever Tyler Hill struck out back to back hitters to open up the 7th, things were looking up for the Saints but after a two out error on the infield Garden had two on and two outs with first baseman Alex Kelley coming to the plate. It looked as if Hill was going to get out of the inning after he got a first pitch can of corn off the bat of Kelley but the Seward outfield seemingly didn’t want anything to do with the would be third out of the inning and the ball fell to the outfield turf to score two runs and extend the Garden half of the inning. Two batters later Kelley would be driving in to give the Busters a 17-14 lead and all the momentum as the Saints came to hit with their last three outs to work with. Glime would single to start the inning and Jared Broadbent would walk with one out as the Saints brought the tying run to the plate. After a strikeout and a fly out to left field, the Saints rally was shot down and Garden escaped game three with a 17-14 victory to again knot themselves and the Saints at the top of the Jayhawk West standings. When all the dust settled there were 31 runs, 29 hits, 13 walks, 8 hit batters, 8 wild pitches, and 7 recorded errors in the game with a combined 11 pitchers used for the two sides in the 7 inning affair. Dawson was the star at the plate for the Saints going 3 for 3 with a triple, 2 doubles, 3 runs scored, and 6 RBI’s in the contest. Campbell and Glime had identical lines as each went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s and a run scored in the game. Garden got a consistent effort from their entire lineup as their 2 through 7 hitters recorded 2 RBI’s each in the game with Gilman and Mattingly ending the game with 4 hits each.

GAME THREE BOX SCORE

The game line for game four was much the same as for game two just two days earlier as the teams were again tied in the standings with this game being the tiebreaker in the last time the two would see each other during the 2010 regular season. Amazingly neither team scored in the 1st inning but the Busters would get on the board in the 2nd as an Erik Mattingly single followed by an Andrew Phelan double and Alex Kelley home run would put Garden up 3-0. The Saints couldn’t push a run across in their half of the 2nd and the Busters extended their lead to 6-0 after a two run home run from CJ Gilman and back to back doubles from Mattingly and Phelan. Just when you thought the Saints might have used everything they had in the game three loss, the light switch flipped. The first six Seward hitters of the inning reached base including RBI hits from Quay Grant, Luke Campbell, and Kevin Domzralski to score five Saints runs. They weren’t near done in the inning however as they hit all the way through their lineup with Jared Broadbent, Chase Whitney, Kelby Tomlinson, Grant, and Campbell picking up RBI’s the second time through. When all was said and done the Saints scored 11 runs on 11 hits in the inning with the five batters getting multiple at bats in the inning going 9 for 10 with 8 RBI’s and 8 runs scored. With the Saints putting up 11 in the 3rd to take the 11-6 lead it was somewhat unbelievable when neither team could muster anything in the 4th and so to the 5th inning they went with the score still 11-6 Seward. Yet another leadoff walk followed by back to back doubles would highlight a three run Garden 5th but the Saints were ready to put another crooked number up in the bottom half of the inning when it was their turn. The top of the lineup was at it again as Tomlinson was hit to open the inning and was quickly driven in on a double from Grant to make it 12-9 Saints. Dawson doubled behind Grant and Campbell and Domzralski were hit by pitches to force home a run and the Saints had the bases loaded and no outs already with a 13-9 lead. Jordan Dallalio would single to drive home a pair and a groundout by Broadbent would give Seward their 5th run of the inning and put them up 16-9. CJ Gilman continued to torment the Saints pitching staff and slammed a three run shot in the 6th to put yet another three spot on the board for Garden in the inning and chipped into the Saints lead at 16-12. Seward would get a pair of sacrifice flies in the bottom half of the inning to score their 17th and 18th runs of the game and the Busters would get one in the 7th to make it 18-13 Seward as the fans at Brent Gould Field got a well deserved 7th inning stretch. Garden would get a pair of runs in the 8th inning but failed to push a run across after that despite having the bases loaded and no outs in the inning. A two out single from Tyler Hill would score Dawson in the 8th to add an insurance run and the guys in green were up 19-15 as Garden came to bat in the 9th. With the meat of the Buster order coming up fans at Brent Gould Field weren’t sure if the four run advantage would hold up but Seward sophomore reliever Quay Grant was ready to make sure it would and after a devastating change up to fan Gilman, Grant got Axel Rivera to pop up and Mattingly to swing through strike three to end the ballgame and give the Saints the 19-15 win. For the second straight game the final numbers were mind boggling; 34 runs on 38 hits, 14 doubles, 7 hit batters, 10 pitchers used, and a partridge in a pair tree. Grant was the star at the plate and on the mound for Seward as the sophomore went 3 for 5 with 5 RBI’s and 3 runs scored in the contest while closing out the game on the bump picking up his first save of the season. Dawson finished 4 for 5 with 5 runs scored capping a day in which he reached base in each of his 11 plate appearances in the double header. Campbell picked up 3 hits in the contest as well as driving in 3 runs while Whitney, Dallalio, Tomlinson, and Eddie Williams all finished with 2 hit games. Ty Jacobs picked up the win on the mound for Seward throwing 3 quality innings in relief of starter Paul Pulley while Jace Moore tossed an inning and a third allowing just 1 run while posting a hold. Mattingly tried getting himself off the hook for the loss on the mound at the plate by going 4 for 6 with 4 runs scored but the sophomore couldn’t outdo the 11 runs he gave up in just 2 2/3 innings on the hill as he was tagged with his first loss of the season and had his ERA more than double from 2.48 entering the game to 5.61 when he came out of the contest. Gilman finished 2 for 5 with the 5 RBI’s on the 2 home runs and Phelan and Kelley combined to go 5 for 8 with 5 RBI’s in the loss.

GAME FOUR BOX SCORE

The offensive numbers for the series were staggering with nearly 25 runs and 28 hits recorded per game with many players on each side putting up amazing numbers. Luke Campbell hit .588 in the series driving in 6 runs while Josh Dawson hit .563 with 6 extra base hits and 7 RBI’s in the four games. Quay Grant and Todd Glime both hit an even .500 in the series with Grant driving in 8 and Glime driving in 4 with a double and 2 home runs while playing just three games. For Garden, Erik Mattingly hit .556 with 5 doubles and 2 home runs while driving in 7 and CJ Gilman hitting a .529 clip with a pair of doubles and home runs with 9 RBI’s. Axel Rivera hit .467 with 4 doubles and 2 home runs and tied Gilman for the team lead with 9 RBI’s on the weekend.

The split makes the Saints 19-18 on the year and 15-5 in Jayhawk West action. They remain in 1st place one game ahead of Garden City and Butler who both finish the weekend at 12-4. Next up for Seward is another Jayhawk West rival in Hutchinson this weekend at Hobart Detter Field in Hutchinson on Saturday and Sunday with double headers starting at 1:00.
The Seward County Lady Saints continued their mastery in the circle Thursday afternoon as Erin Roufosse and Sydney Cicchetti twirled a pair of shutouts in 5-0 and 8-0 wins for Seward over Dodge City at Lady Saints Field. Seward was a little slow in getting going in game one as they scored an unearned run in the 2nd and a two out run in the 4th, but led just 2-0 going into the 6th inning against the Division 2 Conquistadors. Roufosse didn’t need any more support than that however as the Lady Saints ace dominated the Dodge lineup. At one point from the 3rd to the 5th inning, the sophomore struck out 7 straight hitters and from the 3rd to the 6th actually fanned 10 of 11 hitters she faced. The Lady Saints bats would finally get going in the 6th as Shelby Casey and Marisa Coats led off the inning with singles and with one out Brittany Kent, Kelsea Blackstock, and Amy Schartz would string together 3 straight hits to plate 3 runs and put Seward up 5-0. As she did the whole afternoon, Roufosse would cruise through the Dodge 7th to give Seward the 5-0 win in game one. Other than a single given up to the second batter of the game, the Lady Saints number one pitcher was perfect, setting down the final 20 hitters she faced in order to come away with the 1 hit, complete game shutout win. Roufosse finished with 11 strikeouts without walking a batter while throwing just 88 pitches, 68 for strikes, in her 8th shutout of the season. Marisa Coats, Brianna Baron, Brittany Kent, and Kelsea Blackstock finished a combined 7 for 10 in the middle of the Seward order while Blackstock picked up 3 of the 4 Seward RBI’s in the game.
GAME ONE BOX SCORE
Unfortunately for Dodge City the Lady Saints wouldn’t start nearly as slow as they did in game one in the second game of the double dip. After a 1-2-3 top of the 1st for the Lady Conqs, Seward put up a 5 on the scoreboard highlighted by the first 5 Seward hitters reaching base and scoring to put the gals in green up 5-0. The big blow in the inning came off the bat of Brittany Kent who slammed a bases loaded triple to wall in right center field to clear the bases and give the reigning NJCAA National Player of the Week 3 RBI’s in her first at bat. Neither team could get their offense going in the 2nd and 3rd innings but Seward tacked on another run in the 4th on an RBI single from Marisa Coats to put the home team up 6-0. Kent would triple to lead off the Seward 5th and would be driven in with a double from Kelsea Blackstock who would move to third on a single by Leah Sitter to set up a runners on the corners, no out situation for right fielder Serena Erpleding. With the score 7-0 and the mercy rule run on third base, Erpleding laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to score the run and give the Lady Saints the 8-0 walk off win. Overshadowed because of an 11 hit offensive outburst, Sydney Cicchetti tossed a 1 hit gem for the Lady Saints in the win. It is the sixth straight start for the Seward freshman in which she has allowed 2 runs or less and extends her scoreless innings streak to 17 innings. Offensively Kent was again the star for Seward, going 2 for 3 with a pair of triples and 3 RBI’s in the win while Alicia Reyes also finished 2 for 3 with a pair of runs scored at the top of the Lady Saints lineup.
GAME TWO BOX SCORE
The Lady Saints reach the 30 win plateau for the 6th straight season as they move their record to 30-7 on the year. Next up for the 7th ranked Lady Saints is Garden City on Wednesday at 3:00 in a huge conference road matchup. Seward currently sits tied atop the Jayhawk West with Colby at 4-2 while Garden is just one game behind at 3-3.
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Rachel Barnes might just have gotten the icing on top of her cake for her Seward County career this morning as the sophomore forward was named a 1st Team NJCAA All-American for her effort on the hardwood this season for the Lady Saints. This season, the Lady Saint sophomore was 3rd in the country in scoring at 21.3 points per game and was less than .8 of a point per game from leading the entire country in scoring for the season. As well as leading the conference in scoring by over 4 points per game, Barnes also finished in the top 4 in the Jayhawk Conference in field goal percentage, free throw percentage and rebounds. She became only the 7th player in school history to top the 1,000 career point mark as she finished with 1,169 career points which ranks her between Kim Ortega and Tracy Wynn in 4th place on the Seward County All-Time scoring list. She also found her way into the record books this season by scoring 41 points in a postseason win over Cowley giving her the single game scoring record. The sophomore is in the process of making her Division 1 visits and hopes to be making her college choice once those visits are complete.
The Seward County Lady Saints softball team picked up two huge Jayhawk West Conference wins Tuesday at Lady Saints Field with 2-0 and 5-0 shutouts of previously 17-1 Butler to move to 4-2 in conference play.
Seward got the scoring started in the 2nd inning as Brianna Baron doubled to lead off the frame and later scored on an RBI groundout from Kelsea Blackstock to make it 1-0 gals in green after 2. Leah Sitter would walk to lead off the 3rd inning for the Lady Saints and after a sacrifice bunt from Shelby Casey, would come around to score on an infield single from Marisa Coats to stake Seward to a 2-0 lead. Seward wouldn’t see another base runner reach base but they would need no more offense in this one as Erin Roufosse dealt her way through the Butler lineup allowing just 3 hits in the game, battling out of a jam in the 6th inning and finishing with a 1-2-3 7th as Seward collected the 2-0 win over the rival Lady Grizzlies. Each team would get just 3 hits in the game as Roufosse tossed the complete game shutout and Regina Lehr came in out of the Butler bullpen to throw 2 perfect innings of relief.
BUTLER GAME ONE BOX
In game two the Lady Saints sent Sydney Cicchetti to the circle as the Lady Grizzlies looked to flip the script on the home team. The Seward freshman set the tone setting Butler down in order in the 1st inning and allowing her team to take an early lead in their first at bats. Alicia Reyes singled to lead off the Seward 1st and was moved around on a fielder’s choice and a single as the Lady Saints loaded the bases with one out in the inning. They didn’t waste any time in getting those runners moving as Brittany Kent scalded the first pitch she saw over the right fielders head, against a stiff breeze blowing in from right to score a pair and put the Lady Saints up 2-0. With Brianna Baron on third and Kent on second, Kelsea Blackstock hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Baron and after a throwing error by the right fielder Courtney Harp, Kent was able to trot her way home and put Seward up 4-0. Neither team would get on the board in the 2nd inning and Butler would threaten but couldn’t push anything across in the 3rd after they loaded the bases with two outs and the score would stay 4-0 into the 4th. Seward found themselves in another scoring opportunity in the bottom of the 4th inning as the bases were loaded with just one out as Shelby Casey flied to center field, but after a dart thrown home from Butler center fielder Ashley Reyes to cut down Lauren Barker trying to score, the Lady Saints were retired without a run crossing the plate and 4-0 remained the score to the 5th. Butler would go down in order in the top of the 5th and Seward would strand a pair and the score was still 4-0 after 5. The Lady Griz couldn’t do anything with a leadoff single in the 6th and Marisa Coats would pick up a Texas League two out RBI single in the bottom half of the inning to add an insurance run for Seward and push the lead to 5-0 with just 3 Butler outs left in the game. The rival Grizzlies wouldn’t go down without a fight as they put two runners on in the 7th but leading hitter Blair Brooks would groundout to end the game and the Lady Saints would pick up a big Jayhawk West sweep on the day with the 5-0 win. Reyes, Baron, and Kent all had 2 hits in the game with Kent again getting the big blow in the game with the bases loaded double in the 1st. Cicchetti went the distance allowing just 5 hits and 1 walk in the shutout while striking out 4 Lady Grizzlies. Much of the Seward pitching and defensive success on the day came thanks to keeping Butler speedsters Blair Brooks and Kacy Covert off the base paths. Coming into the double header the two were a combined 47 for 47 in stolen base attempts on the year with a combined .522 batting average. The two against Seward on Tuesday were just 3 for 13 and Brooks was gunned down in the only stolen base attempt of the day for Butler.
BUTLER GAME TWO BOX
The two wins improve the Lady Saints to 28-7 on the season and push them to 4-2 in the Jayhawk West Conference. They are now tied atop the standings with Colby who is 5-3 and are 1 game ahead of 3-3 Butler. More good news came to the Lady Saints early Wednesday morning as they moved up two spots in the most recent NJCAA National Top 20 poll to #7, once again the highest ranking in school history. The 7th ranked Lady Saints take on Dodge City in non-conference action Thursday at 2:00 at Lady Saints Field before taking the week off and heading to Garden City for a big Jayhawk West tilt next Wednesday afternoon at 3:00.

For the second straight week a Seward County Lady Saint has been named the NJCAA National Player of the Week. This week’s honoree is sophomore outfielder Brittany Kent who won’t soon be forgotten by North Platte and Colby after hitting .667 with 2 home runs and 8 RBI’s in the four games against the two. She helped Seward to a double header sweep of North Platte with home runs in each game, including a grand slam in the second game of the day. Against Colby Kent led the Lady Saint offense with 5 hits in the double header split. Kent and her Lady Saints teammates take on Dodge City at home today at 2:00 before taking a week off and returning to Jayhawk West play with a tilt against Garden City next Wednesday.
Seward County Lady Saint Tennis player Anitgone Lowery signed her National Letter of Intent Tuesday to join the Judson University Eagles next season. Lowery will head to Elgin, Illinois to try and help turn the Eagles around next season after they have struggled early this season. Lowery was the main reason that Seward qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament last season as the, then freshman, won the Region VI Tournament in her #5 singles bracket to push the Lady Saints into 3rd place by just ½ point and send them to Tucson. She finished a team best 4-6 last season in singles play and combined for a pair of wins with Sylvia Perez in doubles play last year.
If you were to ask Seward County Head Baseball Coach Galen McSpadden what he thought of his teams play Sunday after they swept a double header at Dodge City you would have probably gotten a fairly positive response. If you would have asked him the same question Monday after the Saints had the favor returned on them by the Conqs, the response would likely have been a whole lot different. After holding the Conqs scoreless Sunday in 5-0 and 6-0 wins, the Saints managed just 1 unearned run in the two games Monday as they were beaten 10-1 in game one and 4-0 in game two to split the series at Cavalier Field.
Everything started out good for the Saints as they came into their series with Dodge City 11-1 in conference play on the season and coming off a four game sweep of Barton at home on Monday and Tuesday. The guys in green jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 3rd inning Sunday with RBI singles from Josh Dawson and Jordan Dallalio and tacked on 3 more runs in the 4th on five hits in the frame to take a 5-0 advantage. That would be 4 runs more than Seward starter Cameron Maldonado would need as the Saints ace finished the game by retiring 12 of the final 13 batters he would face as he closed out an 81 pitch complete game shutout for his 5th win of the season. The Saints right hander allowed just two runners to second base in the win and didn’t allow any base runners any closer than 180 feet from home plate. He allowed just two hits in the game and struck out a season high 8 batters without walking any in the 5-0 victory. Quay Grant, Josh Dawson, and Jordan Dallalio had 2 hits apiece in the contest for the Saints while the Conqs had twice as many errors (4) than hits (2) in the loss.
DODGE CITY GAME ONE BOX
Game two shaped into an unexpected pitchers dual as Dodge starter Zane Watkins who entered the game with nearly an 8.00 ERA matched up with Saints starter Logan Hall who had scuffled out of the gates after being one of the Saints top arms in the fall. The two teams offensive production nearly mirrored each other through 3 innings of play as each team had their leadoff man of the game single before being erased on an inning ending double play along with two out singles in the 3rd that would be stranded and the teams were scoreless after 3. Quay Grant led off the Saints 4th win a double and would find his way to home plate moments later on a double from Josh Dawson to put the Saints up 1-0. Dodge would get a pair on in the bottom of the inning but couldn’t do anything with them as they would end the inning with 2 LOB’s and the Saints remained up 1-0 midway through. Neither team would get anything going through the middle innings and it was the 7th inning before another run was scored as Seward would load the bases with no outs and score only thanks to a wild pitch to plate Jordan Dallalio with two outs to make the game 2-0 Seward. The first three batters for the Saints in the 8th would reach base and Dawson and Ty Jacobs would pick up RBI singles to give the guys in green some breathing room as they extended their lead to 4-0. The Conqs would threaten in their half of the 8th inning with runners on first and third with just one out but Rudy Krist would bounce into a double play to end the inning and the threat and the Saints would take a 4-0 lead to the 9th. The Saints weren’t done scoring however as a pair of bases loaded walks would plate runs and put Seward up 6-0 and that is the score they would win by as Hall induced yet another ground ball double play in the 9th on his way to a three pitch inning to complete his 96 pitch complete game shutout in the Saints 6-0 win. The Saints freshman right hander fanned 6 Conqs and induced 4 double plays in the win. Grant finished the game 2 for 4 with 3 runs scores while Luke Campbell picked up a pair of hits and scored a pair of runs in the win. Josh Dawson added onto his team leading RBI total with 2 RBI’s and Ty Jacobs finished with a 2 for 5 day.
DODGE CITY GAME TWO BOX
Unfortunately for the Saints, the next two games of the series were on Monday, which was a totally different story for the guys in green. The 1st inning would tell the story for the Saints as a 1-2-3 top of the inning led off by a looking strikeout would be followed by a bottom of the 1st inning in which 1 out of the first 17 pitches of the game would find the strike zone while Dodge would score its first runs of the series in a 6 run explosion capped by a 3 run home run from left fielder Miguel Ortega as the Saints found themselves shell shocked down 6-0. Seward would manage just one hit through 5 innings and Dodge would tack on a run in the bottom of the 5th as the Saints found themselves behind 7-0 after 5. The Saints would finally scratch a run out in the 6th inning on a two out error but Dodge would score three more times in the bottom of the inning to go up 10-1 and go on to win by the same score to snap an 11 game losing streak against the Saints for Dodge City. Seward came away with just 3 hits in the game while the middle of their lineup struggled mightily going 0 for 11 in the loss.
DODGE CITY GAME THREE BOX
Looking for their 4th straight Jayhawk West series win, the Saints entered game four trying to bounce back from an ugly game three loss at Cavalier Field. Throwing their rotation in reverse order against the Saints, Dodge City sent their ace TJ Millspaugh to the bump in game four and he held Seward in check through the first two inning and allowed his Conqs to take a 1-0 lead after two on a solo home run from 1st baseman Rudy Krist. The Saints remained hitless through 4 innings and Dodge took advantage scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 4th inning thanks in large part to a triple to the right center field wall from Zach Danowicz to score a pair and after 4 the Conqs led 4-0. The Saints would respond in their next at bats as Jordan Dallalio would lead off with a walk and Daniel Bruce would single to left and after a sacrifice bunt from Todd Glime the Saints were in business with runners on 2nd and 3rd with just 1 out. The threat ended unfortunately for the Saints after a pop up to 1st base and a groundout to end the inning without the Saints crossing the plate for a run. Jose Gonzalez would pitch 6 innings for the Saints keeping the score at 4-0 but Seward offense couldn’t manage any scoring and the southpaw was on the hook for the loss as he left after 6 with his team behind. The Saints again threatened in the 7th inning as a Dallalio single and a Glime double would put the two in scoring position with two outs but a strikeout would end the inning and the threat and Seward was down to their final 6 outs trailing by 4. Saints reliever Paul Pulley would wriggle out of a jam in the 7th to give Seward a chance in the 8th but the Saints were unable to score after putting runners on 2nd and 3rd with 0 outs and loading the bases with 1 out, before being blanked again in the 9th to fall 4-0. Gonzalez struck out a career high 7 in the 6 innings of work while Pulley threw 2 innings out of the Seward bullpen to earn himself a likely game four start in the next series but the Saints offense just couldn’t push runners home on the day leaving 10 runners on base in the 4-0 defeat.
DODGE CITY GAME FOUR BOX
With the split the Saints sit at 17-16 on the season and still atop the Jayhawk West Conference at 13-3. They will now look ahead to a huge weekend series upcoming at Brent Gould Field as the 2nd place and 22nd ranked team in the country, the rival Garden City Broncbusters come to down for a split Saturday/Monday four game set in Liberal, slated at 1:00 both days.
Seward County sophomores Quay Grant and Cameron Maldonado have been named KJCCC Player and Pitcher of the week for their performances last week against Barton and then Dodge City this past weekend. Grant led Seward’s offense to 6 straight wins by hitting an even .500 on the week with 10 runs scored at the top of the Saints lineup. He finished the week 11 for 22 and had at least one hit and one run scored in each contest while putting together 4 multiple hit games on the week. Maldonado was 2-0 in two starts during the week to pick up his 4th and 5th wins of the season. On Monday the right hander went 6 innings against Barton leading the Saints to a 7-5 win and Sunday he tossed a 2 hit complete game shutout while striking out a career high 8 in a 5-0 win over Dodge City. The pair will now set their sights on Garden City who will come to Brent Gould Field for double headers on Saturday and Monday in a pivotal mid season set between the two.
After a week long layoff following their Spring Break trip to Arizona, the Seward County Lady Saints Softball team was back in action this past weekend with a trip to North Platte, Nebraska followed by a return to conference play with a date with the Lady Trojans of Colby on Sunday. After dropping the Knights 4-0 and 14-2, they split their matchup with Colby losing game one 2-0 before taking game two 3-1 to move to 26-7 on the season and 2-2 in Jayhawk West conference play.
The trip started with a visit to North Platte, Nebraska to take on the Knights. Seward and North Platte were locked in a pitching duel early as after 5 innings were complete, each team had managed just 1 hit with the game still scoreless. The Lady Saints got on the board first in the 6th as Alicia Reyes launched a 1-0 offering over the left field fence to give Seward a 1-0 lead. North Platte would attempt to answer in the bottom half of the inning as pitcher Kayla McDonald singled to lead off the inning but would later be thrown out at third base and after a pair of Erin Roufosse strikeouts, the game stayed 1-0 in favor of Seward. In the 7th the Lady Saints would get it going as a leadoff single from Brianna Baron and a one out single from Kelsea Blackstock would set the table for Brittany Kent who sent an 0-1 pitch towering over the center field wall for a 3 run home run to put Seward up 4-0. Roufosse would cruise in the bottom of the inning through the Knight lineup and would finish the game on a comebacker that she would toss to first base to finish off the 4-0 shutout win on just 87 pitches in the game. Seward picked up just five hits in the ballgame but with the pitching performance they got from Roufosse, that would be more than enough as the sophomore ace allowed just 3 hits in the game while punching out 11 North Platte batters without walking one.
NORTH PLATTE GAME ONE BOX
The Lady Saints got a much better start in game two of the double dip as they scored 4 1st inning runs on just 2 hits, thanks in part to a pair of Knight fielding miscues. A leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning led to 1 North Platte run but in the Lady Saints next at bat they continued to put the pressure on the home team as three consecutive singles and a walk loaded the bases for Brittany Kent who crushed a 1-2 pitch out of the park for a grand slam home run to put Seward up 9-1. Leah Sitter would pick up an RBI single for Seward in the 3rd to give them their 10th run of the game and a Kelsea Blackstock 2 run bomb in the 4th would stretch the lead to 12-1. After a single by Sitter and a double from Marisa Coats, Brianna Baron would lace her 3rd hit of the ballgame in the 5th to drive in those two and put the Lady Saints up 14-1 after 4 ½ innings of play. Facing a run rule loss on their own field the Knights were able to pick up one run in the bottom of the inning but would ground into a double play with two runners on to end the game and give the Lady Saints the 14-2 win. The middle of the Lady Saint lineup was deadly in the win as their 2 through 5 hitters went a combined 11 for 16 with 12 RBI’s and 13 runs scored. Leading that pack were Brianna Baron who finished 3 for 4 with 3 RBI’s, Kelsea Blackstock who ended the afternoon with 3 RBI’s and 3 runs scored, and Brittany Kent who went 2 for 2 with 5 RBI’s before exiting in the 3rd inning.
NORTH PLATTE GAME TWO BOX
After two wins over North Platte in convincing fashion, the Lady Saints looked to continue their road show with a double header Sunday at Colby as they returned to Jayhawk West Conference play. Apparently someone forgot to remind the bats to come with them as they re-entered Kansas as the Lady Saints were shutout picking up just 3 hits in a 2-0 loss to the Lady Trojans. Colby scored an unearned run in the 4th inning on a two out error and picked up another in the 6th on a 2 out RBI double from Peggy Nichols while Seward threatened in 7th with one runner being thrown out at the plate and two runners left on as the game came to the end. Kelsea Blackstock, Brittany Kent, and Lynda Musick picked up the only Seward hits in the game.
COLBY GAME ONE BOX
Seward nearly equaled their offensive production in game one in the 1st inning with a one out single from Shelby Casey followed by a double from Marisa Coats but the Lady Saints couldn’t capitalize as they left the pair stranded to end the inning. Colby would take a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning as game one pitcher Holly Denny would hit a home run on the first pitch of the inning and Seward was again behind. The Lady Saints matched the Colby home run with a first pitch bomb of their own as Lauren Barker went up top on the initial pitch of the 3rd inning and the game was tied at 1 after 3. Neither team could push a run across in the 4th inning and Seward would take their first lead of the game in the 5th as Lynda Musick drilled a two out single to score Brianna Baron to put the Lady Saints ahead 2-1. Baron would pick up a 2 out RBI single as well in the 6th inning to score Alicia Reyes and Seward would find themselves ahead 3-1 after 6. Colby would put together a furious rally in the bottom of the 7th inning getting the tying run to second base with just one out and loading the bases with two outs, but they couldn’t push a run across against Seward starter Sydney Cicchetti as the Lady Saints would hold on to win 3-1 and manage the split. The Lady Saints outhit Colby 14 to 5 in the game as they got hits from 8 of 9 starters including a 4 for 4 day from Brittany Kent and a 3 hit effort from Brianna Baron for the second time in 3 games.
COLBY GAME TWO BOX