Feb 25 2009
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The Seward County Lady Saints Softball Team had an action packed weekend planed with two of the better teams in the region. They kicked off their four game weekend schedule with a double header Friday afternoon in Lamar. In game one of the twin bill, Seward County rode the arm of sophomore sensation Courtney Auger who struck out 14 batters in a complete game, four hit, shutout of the Runniní Lopes. Seward County blew the game open in the 5th inning after a pair of singles from Alicia Gonzalez and Marisa Coats followed by back to back errors from Lamar third baseman Rachel Foltz. In the win, the Lady Saints offense was led by two hits apiece from Coats, Alicia Reyes, and Brianna Baron. In the second game of the afternoon the Lady Saints pounded out 17 hits but were unable to hold onto a 4-0 4th inning lead and then a 7-6 6th inning lead as Lamar scored 6 against Seward County starter Cara Russell in the bottom half of the 4th and then a pair on a two out home run from the ĎLopes Kayla Bruner in the 6th off of Erin Roufosse to take the lead and eventually go on to win the game 8-7. In the loss, Seward County had 3 hit games from Coats, Reyes, and Baron who combined to go 15-25 on the day. Sahara Howard had a pair of hits and RBIís while Katie Glenn and Brittany Kent both tallied multiple hit games. Saturday the Lady Saints took on a fellow top 30 team in #10 Western Nebraska. The Cougars came into the season off a trip to the National Tournament and boasted the nationís Pre-Season First Team All-American pitcher in Kelsey Garner. Seward County however was unimpressed, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning off of Garner by way of five hits including RBI doubles from Howard and Coats. The Lady Saints sailed into the 7th inning with a 5-2 lead but disaster struck when a two out infield popup wasnít handled and the Cougars took advantage to the tune of four runs. Facing a 6-5 deficit in the bottom of the 7th, Coats led off with yet another double, her third of the game, and later scored on a Shelby Casey RBI groundout to tie the game at 6 and send it to extra innings. Western Nebraska leadoff hitter Adena Hagen led off the 8th win a double and after back to back Cara Russell strikeouts, Katie Groves singled up the middle to give WNCC the lead for good at 7-6. In the second game of the Saturday double header the Lady Saints started slow walking the leadoff batter of the game followed by an error which led to a pair of WNCC first inning runs. That is all the Cougars would be able to get off of Seward County starting pitcher Cara Russell as she finished the game with 5 shutout innings. Brittany Kent and Brianna Baron launched balls over the fence in the 2nd and 3rd innings respectively for their first career homeruns and every Lady Saint started collected at least one hit including seven of them who had two or more. The 10-2, mercy rule victory is the second win over a top 10 team for the Lady Saints, marking the first time in school history that that has been accomplished. Coats finished her weekend with yet another three hit performance, totaling 11 hits in the four games on the weekend. Tasia McEntire had a two hit, two RBI game for Seward County while Jamie Gilbert continued to have solid at bats and finished with two hits and an RBI in the second game. The Lady Saints are now 4-4 and will hit the field next Thursday at home against Northern Oklahoma starting at 2:00.