Courtney Auger led the Seward County Community College softball team to its seventh straight victory in game one on Tuesday with a 7-0 complete-game shutout. Garden City Community College finished with a Division I Region VI doubleheader split with a 4-2 win in the nightcap at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. Seward County has now won 14 of its last 16 games overall and is 28-15 overall and 12-2 in Region VI competition. Garden City is 20-11 overall this season and in third-place in the Region VI standings with a 7-5 record.

Auger notched her eighth complete-game shutout of the season striking out 12 batters in game one. Seward gained a 3-0 lead in the third inning with a two-run home run to center field by sophomore Lindsay Garchinski, and with a bases loaded walk by freshman Katelyn Glenn.

Auger, meanwhile, was cruising in the circle striking out seven of the first 11 batters she faced. The Lady Saints added a run in the fourth frame and tacked on three runs in the seventh inning. Sophomore catcher Melissa St. Clair went 3-for-4, including a two-run RBI double in the sixth inning. Sophomore second baseman Rachel Adaza finished the scoring for SCCC with a RBI single to center field scoring St. Clair.

Freshman Jamie Gilbert (2-for-4, two runs), sophomore Jennifer Collins (2-for-4, two runs) and St. Clair all recorded multi-hit games.

Seward County outhit Garden City 10-9 in game two, but stranded nine runners on base, including the bases loaded in the sixth inning.

GCCC took the early lead with two runs on four base hits in the first inning off Lady Saint starting pitcher Cara Russell. The Lady Busters extended their lead with two additional runs in the top of the fifth inning on a two-run RBI single to left field by Kayla Jeanjaquet, taking a 4-0 lead.

Both of Seward County’s runs in the fifth inning were unearned as freshman Alicia Gonzales singled to right field with both Gilbert and sophomore Sarah Longoria scoring runs following an error by Garden City right fielder Tori Nuzum.

The Lady Saints loaded the bases with two singles and a GCCC error in the sixth inning, but Garden City reliever Taylor Cange ended the rally educing back-to-back fly ball outs from Longoria and Gilbert.

Eight Lady Saints recorded a base hit, with Gonzales leading the team going 3-for-4 at the plate. Russell allowed nine hits, four runs and three walks in six innings pitched.

Seward County will use the next week to prepare for a six-game road trip starting on Tuesday, April 15, traveling to Cloud County Community College (1-22, 0-8) for a 2 p.m. Division I Region VI doubleheader at the Concordia Sports Complex.