Almost a month ago, the Seward County Community College softball team lost two straight games in the Pratt Tournament to the host-school Pratt Community College, giving the Lady Beavers the tournament title. This time around the Lady Saints got revenge on the home field of Pratt C.C. Seward County swept a Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader over Pratt on Thursday afternoon, 6-2 and 17-8 (six innings), at Jerry Angood Field. SCCC used another dominating pitching performance from Courtney Auger in game one and six extra-base hits, including three home runs, in the nightcap. The conference victories put the Lady Saints back into the lead in the Jayhawk West with a 9-1 league mark. SCCC has now won nine of its last 10 games overall and improve to 23-14 on the season. Pratt drops to 17-13 overall and to 9-3 in the Jayhawk West.

Auger recorded her sixth-straight victory by striking out 14 batters in her 19th consecutive complete game. The freshman from Edmonton, Alberta, has now recorded double-figure strikeouts in 10 games this season.

Auger cruised through the first five innings with a no-hitter intact with 10 strikeouts. She then faced 14 batters in the final two innings, where she allowed five walks and three base hits. Auger finished the Lady Beavers’ rally with a strikeout and an infield fly out to end the game in the seventh frame.

Seward County scored two runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings while receiving at least one base hit from eight players.

Sophomore catcher Melissa St. Clair hit a two-run RBI single to right field in the first inning to get the Lady Saints started with a 2-0 lead. Sophomore second baseman Rachel Adaza recorded the only RBI in the fourth with a RBI double to left field, which scored St. Clair who doubled to lead off the inning. The final offense for SCCC in game one came in the seventh to secure the win as freshman Jamie Gilbert and sophomore Lindsay Garchinski each hit RBI singles.

St. Clair, who leads the team and ranks 21st in the NJCAA with 40 RBI, went 2-for-4 with two RBI, and Gilbert finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI to lead the Lady Saints.

Despite recording seven defensive errors in game two, Seward County was able to run-rule the Lady Beavers slugging 18 base hits, including three home runs. Seven Lady Saints tallied multi-hit games, being led by Garchinski who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, a double and four RBI. In each of Garchinski’s first two at bats in the opening innings, she came away with a two-run base hit.

The Lady Saints opened the game scoring three runs in the first, seven runs in the second and a run in the third inning to take an 11-6 lead. Pratt, meanwhile, was also producing runs with eight base hits in the opening three innings, but also scoring half of their runs off Lady Saint defensive errors.

Freshman right-handed pitcher Cara Russell pitched a six-inning complete game for SCCC, allowing 11 base hits, eight runs (three earned) with three strikeouts.

The first time Seward County faced Pratt pitcher Yessica Guitierrez was in Pratt’s 4-2 victory in the Pratt Tournament championship on March 9. Guitierrez, who allowed two runs in her complete game victory in the first meeting, wasn’t as fortunate this time around allowing 11 hits, 14 runs (14 earned runs) and six walks in just 2.1 innings in game two.

Seward County’s offense received plenty of hits from St. Clair (2-for-4, home runs, four RBI), Alyssa Fandrick (3-for-4, home run, three RBI), Alicia Gonzales (2-for-3, double, three runs, RBI), Gilbert (2-for-3, three runs), Rachel Adaza (2-for-4) and Jennifer Collins (1-for-5, home run, two RBI).

Seward County will entertain Brown Mackie College (0-12, 0-0) on Friday, April 4, for a non-conference doubleheader at Lady Saints Softball Field starting at 2 p.m. Brown Mackie has yet to earn a victory this season, as the Lady Lions have averaged just under two runs scored per game and are being out-scored by an average of 11.6 runs per contest.

NOTES:
Courtney Auger needs only 24 strikeouts to break the Seward County all-time record for career strikeouts, in just her first season at SCCC. Auger has pitched 23 games this season, recording 131.2 innings pitched. Former Lady Saint pitcher Becky Holland set the all-time career strikeout record (220) tossing 419.2 career innings, which included 69 career appearances (2005-2006).

Melissa St. Clair tallied six RBI on Thursday, moving her into fifth-place all-time in Lady Saints’ history for career RBI with 77. St. Clair needs 33 RBI to break the all-time career record set by Kati Jo Gabaldon (109) in 2005-2006.

Jennifer Collins is on pace to shatter the school’s all-time record for career base hits having already posted 122, needing just 12 hits to break Meisha Patterson’s all-time record (133)… Collins needs three doubles to break the all-time career doubles record set by Allison Bellar (30 in 2005-2006)… Collins is also on pace to break the all-time career batting average record (.433), with the record current standing at .430 (Jena Rue in 2007)… Collins is actually one RBI ahead of St. Clair (78) and in fourth-place all-time while both players will continue to pursue the all-time school record of 109 career RBI.