Not having played a conference game in nearly a month, the Seward County Lady Saints Softball team almost forgot what it was like to play another team from the Sunflower State. The Lady Saints were retired in order the first two innings of Wednesday’s matchup with Colby but starter Courtney Auger kept them right in it fanning the first 6 Lady Trojans of the game swinging to keep the game scoreless through two. In the third the bottom of the Seward County order loaded the bases with a pair of walks sandwiched around a double from Brittany Kent. Alicia Reyes then stepped to the plate and knocked in a pair to give the Lady Saints the 2-0 lead. Katie Glenn and Marisa Coats followed with RBI hits of their own to open the lead to 4-0 after three. Both offenses struggled to get anything going through the middle innings, however Seward capitalized on a pair of Colby errors to score two unearned runs and run their lead to 6-0 going to the bottom half of the 7th. Colby finally figured Auger out in the last inning but it was too little too late as their 3 7th inning runs were not nearly enough as Auger punched out Colby right fielder Charliey Stabb for the third time on the day to end the game and secure the 6-3 Lady Saints win. Auger finished the contest with 14 strikeouts, tying her season best.
Simply put, game two would have much less drama than the first game in the twin bill. Glenn started the Lady Saints off by walking and stealing second with one out and then scored on an RBI single from Jill Rodgers with two outs in the frame. Following Rodgers’ single Brianna Baron took advantage of a 2-0 offering from Colby starter Jaylen Reed as she sent it flying over the center field fence for her 4th home run of the season to give Seward the 3-0 lead. The Lady Saints scored 3 more in the 2nd highlighted by a 2 RBI double from Reyes and yet another two out RBI single from Rodgers to stretch the lead to 6-0. After another 1-2-3 inning from Seward starter Cara Russell, the Lady Saints jumped right back on the bats and tallied a 6 in the 3rd inning on RBI hits from Reyes, Coats, and Rodgers. 12 wasn’t enough for Seward County as they chalked up another pair of runs in the 4th as Coats collected her 2nd and 3rd RBI’s of the game on a single up the middle scoring Reyes and Glenn. Colby was able to put together three hits in the bottom of the 5th to score three runs but it wasn’t enough to eliminate the mercy rule as the Lady Saints came out on top 14-3. The top two hitters in the Lady Saints order, Reyes and Glenn set the table nicely for Seward in the win scoring 6 runs while finding their way on base a combined 7 of 8 plate appearances in the game. The table setting at the top led to multiple opportunities for the meat of the Seward order to take care of business as Coats and Rodgers combined for 5 RBI singles, driving in 7 runs in the game. However, the pairs solid efforts were overshadowed by a career high 5 RBI’s from leadoff hitter Alicia Reyes who accounted for over half of the Lady Saints runs with those 5 RBI’s and 3 runs scored. Russell picked up her 9th win of the season in the victory pitching all 5 innings and allowing just the three runs.
With the win, the Lady Saints move to 22-11 on the season and extend their season long winning streak to 6 games. They are now 3-1 in Jayhawk West Conference Play with moves them into a first place tie with Garden City and Butler. Seward County will now hit the road for a weekend road trip that will lead them to Great Bend for a pair of conference games with Barton County Friday before traveling to Wichita Saturday to take on Friends University.