Mar 11 2009
Roy under Athletics
After doing nothing but splitting so far this season and most likely giving Head Coach Andrea Gustafson a splitting headache, the Seward County Lady Saints Softball team came out this weekend in the Pratt Tournament determined to not do that anymore. Seward came out swinging Saturday afternoon against a Lamar team that they had split with two weeks ago in Lamar. In the second inning, five Lady Saints singled including two RBI blows from Brittany Kent and Alicia Reyes to open up a 4-0 lead. In the 6th, Sahara Howard followed up a Brianna Baron single with a two run home run to put the game out of reach at 6-0. The Lady Saints eventually tacked on a couple more runs and rode the right arm of Cara Russell who spun a four hit shutout while striking out a season high nine in the 8-0 victory. In their second game of pool play the Lady Saints scored four first inning runs against the host Beavers of Pratt and would need no more offense in the 5-2 win. Courtney Auger carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning when with two outs, Pratt catcher Breana Mathews decided to ruin the fun and hit the 1-1 Auger offering over the center field fence to break up the no-no and the shutout all in one swing. Auger finished the game with yet another double digit strikeout game with 11 while Marisa Coats and Jamie Gilbert combined to go 7 for 8 in the Lady Saints win. Sunday saw another pair of talented Lady Saints pitchers dominate in a pair of games with Independence. In their last game of pool play, the Lady Saints took on the Lady Pirates and took little time to dispose of their Jayhawk East opponent. Seven straight Seward County hits in the first led to four runs and one more in the second and another quartet in the third gave the Lady Saints a 9-0 advantage. This was more than enough for Lady Saints starter Erin Roufosse who threw a complete game no hitter, striking out nine and walking just one. The no-no from Roufosse was the first of its sort thrown by a Lady Saint this season. In the 9-0 mercy rule win, eight of the nine Lady Saint starting hitters had at least one hit while Coats, Baron, and Howard combined in the middle of the order for 6 RBIís. With their 3-0 record, the Lady Saints drew the top seed going into bracket play, which set them up for a repeat matchup with Independence in the first game of bracket play. Not exactly what the Lady Pirates were looking forward to. Seward again jumped on Indy with four first inning runs behind two RBI singles from Kent and Jill Rodgers. Rodgers would again be in the middle of the action in the second inning when the Lady Saints poured on six more runs as the freshman first baseman laced another single up the middle for two RBIís. In the third inning, the Lady Saints continued their onslaught scoring three more times and extending their lead to 13-0 by way of another RBI hit from Rodgers and a two out, two RBI double from Jessica Gonzalez. Rodgers finished her storybook day with a two run home run in the 4th to cap her perfect day and closeout the Lady Saints 16-0 win. Tawnee Steeman pitched the complete game for Seward, striking out five and becoming the third Lady Saint on the weekend to record a shutout. Rodgers and Gonzalez were deadly for the Lady Saints finishing the contest 7 for 7 with 10 RBIís. The win set the Lady Saints up for a championship matchup with Lamar who they defeated handily Saturday morning. Auger would give up a first inning run but followed that by striking out eight straight batters and 13 on the game without walking one Runnin ĎLope. However, Lamar would hold that 1-0 lead until the third when Seward County would score on RBIís from Baron and Rodgers before doubling that score with RBI hits from Coats and Rodgers in the fifth inning. The Lady Saints went on to a 5-0 record in the tournament with a 4-1 win in the championship game and finished the weekend giving up just three runs in five games. They improve to 13-8 by outscoring the opposition 42-3 on the weekend. They will travel to Clarendon Wednesday before returning home Friday to take on perennial power Butler Friday at Lady Saints Field at 2:00.