Mar 23 2009
The Seward County Lady Saints softball team took a spring break trip down to Las Vegas and Arizona just like many other college spring breakers do this time of year. Unfortunately, the Lady Saints had business to take care of rather than fun, to the tune of eight games in just five days against some of the nation’s best teams. Their trip started with a visit to Henderson, Nevada to take on the 13th ranked College of Southern Nevada Monday where they lost a pair of hard fought games to the Coyotes. In game one, the Lady Saints outfield defense was less than stellar as three errors led to three unearned CSN runs. Jill Rodgers had two hits in the loss while Cara Russell went the distance giving up just three earned runs in the 6-0 loss. In game two against the ‘Yotes, the Lady Saints picked up an RBI double by Alicia Reyes in the 3rd inning to plate Tasia McEntire but couldn’t get any more offense going as they lost 4-1 despite a solid pitching effort from freshman Erin Roufosse. Seward had two hits apiece from Reyes, Jessica Gonzales, and Brittany Kent but left nine runners on base in the three run loss. After their travel day Tuesday, the Lady Saints returned to action Wednesday with a slated double header against GateWay Community College in Phoenix. A first inning three run home run from Brianna Baron was all the Lady Saints would need on the day but they also got RBI hits from Marisa Coats, Jamie Gilbert, and Reyes in the 13-0 win. Courtney Auger went the distance in the two hit shutout for Seward as she struck out 13 Gecko’s in the victory. Kent was active in the win for the Lady Saints scoring three runs and stealing a bag in the contest. In game two Cara Russell got the nod and pitched 3 2/3 innings of one hit ball before Roufosse came in to pick up the save. Seward struggled on offense early in the contest leading just 3-0 going into the 5th inning after RBI doubles from Coats and Rodgers. The Lady Saints would break out in the 5th however to put up a snowman and take an 11-0 lead. In the inning Baron and Alicia Gonzales had back to back RBI singles while Coats and Reyes knocked in a pair each with RBI hits. In the win, Serena Erpelding picked up her first two hits as a Lady Saint in a 2 for 3 effort. The Lady Saints then took their road show to Glendale where they faced the 16th ranked Gauchos. Glendale struck in the first against Seward starter Courtney Auger but the Lady Saints would answer that in the 2nd with an RBI double from Shelby Casey and then a two out RBI single from Katie Glenn. After a scoreless third, Glenn would strike again, this time via a 2 RBI triple to left field to plate Baron and Casey. Alicia Reyes would score Glenn on the next pitch with an RBI single which was more than they would need for Auger who dialed up yet another double digit strikeout performance with 10 in the 5-1 win. The two teams found themselves in a pitching battle in game two as Cara Russell took on Glendale’s Kayla Carlson. Down 1-0 in the 6th inning, Sahara Howard singled home Baron who earlier reached on an error from the second baseman to tie the game at 1. With two outs in the Gaucho half of the 6th a misplayed ball by the Seward outfield led to 5 Glendale runs to open the lead to 6-1. The Lady Saints didn’t roll over after the error however scoring a pair of runs in the 7th on yet another RBI double from Coats and a sac fly from Rodgers but the effort was not enough as Glendale went on to win the game 6-3. Friday’s schedule sent the Lady Saints to South Mountain C.C. to take on the Cougars. Seward came out swinging scoring 4 runs on 6 hits including RBI singles from Coats, Casey, and Howard. The Lady Saints added another run in the 2nd after an Alicia Reyes leadoff walk and a single from Katie Glenn allowed for Coats to pick up her second RBI in as many innings. The 5-0 lead was all Auger would need as the sophomore right hander took a no hitter into the 7th inning where with two outs and two strikes, South Mountains nine hole hitter Tomika Thomas singled to left field to break up the no-no bid. In game two, Seward fell behind early 4-0 after two innings but Cara Russell would come to the rescue in the circle as the finished the final 5 2/3 innings giving up just two runs and giving the Lady Saints a chance to come back. And come back they did scoring one in the 3rd, one in the 4th, and three in the 5th thanks to a three run home run from Coats to cut the deficit to just 6-5 going into the final frame. Coats doubled to lead off the 7th and Baron quickly singled her to third. With one out, Jill Rodgers launched an RBI double to score Coats and move Baron to third. Howard gave the Lady Saints the lead with an RBI groundout to short and Alicia Gonzales capped a 3 for 4 day with a two out RBI single to add an insurance run at 8-6. South Mountain would threaten in the bottom of the 7th with runners on second and third and just one out but back to back fly outs ended the threat and sent the Lady Saints back to Liberal happy with the 8-6 win. The success on the week takes Seward to 18-11 on the season, the record in which they will take into Tuesdays home double header with Frank Phillips at Lady Saints Field starting at 2:00.