In a busy week for the Seward County Lady Saints softball team, two wins and two losses would be the final result. Tuesday, the team traveled to Borger to take on Frank Phillips, a team they had already dispatched of twice two weeks earlier. The first game went as planned with Seward jumping out to an early 4-0 lead on 1st inning RBI hits from Marisa Coats, Brianna Baron, and Alicia Gonzales. The Lady Saints added three more in the 3rd highlighted by a two out, 2 RBI single from Jamie Gilbert to extend the lead to 7-0. Courtney Auger started in the circle for the Lady Saints and threw three hitless innings striking out 6 Lady Plainsmen. Seward scored a pair more in the 4th on a 2 RBI triple from Baron as they would sail to the 9-0 run rule victory. Erin Roufosse came in and pitched the last two innings for Seward in relief of Auger and allowed just a 5th inning single in closing out the win. After outscoring the Lady Plainsmen 25-0 in the teamís first three meetings, Seward put the fourth and final game of the season series on cruise control and found themselves in a 4-2 hole entering the 7th inning of game two of the double header. The Lady Saints were not going to be denied however as they put together six straight 7th inning hits including a leadoff triple from Brittany Kent and RBI hits from Coats, Baron, and Jill Rodgers to put them back on top 6-4. Roufosse came in again for the last two innings and made sure to make the game interesting by allowing back to back singles to open the 7th frame. Thatís when she decided enough was enough and quickly shut down the side on 9 pitches, including a game ending strikeout to preserve the Lady Saints 4th straight win as they ran their record to 27-12 with the two wins.
The Lady Saints had no time to celebrate their Tuesday wins as Wednesday they returned home for arguably their most important games of the season. Butler came into the games in first place in the Jayhawk West while Seward County came in just a game behind in second. The game started with both teams trading zeros through the first two innings but Butler struck first after a leadoff error and four straight hits to jump out to a 3-0 advantage. The 4th frame was one to forget for Seward as the Grizzlies scored 6 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks to build the lead to 9-0. The lead proved too much to overcome as the Lady Saints managed just a solo 4th inning run as they fell 9-1 in the run rule loss. Seward looked to regroup in game two and at least come away with a split from the league leading Grizzlies but Butler had other plans. Butler again struck first via an unearned first inning run off Lady Saints starter Erin Roufosse but the freshman settled down nicely throwing up 0ís on the scoreboard for the next 5 frames. Unfortunately Seward wouldnít be able to score a run of their own as they stranded a runner at second base in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings and trailed 1-0 going to the 7th. Butler put together back to back singles and a sac fly in the inning to take a 2-0 lead and a two out double by Brittany Kent brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom half of the inning but a pop out to shortstop would end the game as the Lady Saints would fall 2-0 to their visitors from El Dorado. The losses dropped the Lady Saints to 27-14 on the year and 4-4 in Jayhawk West Conference play where they sit in a 4th and 5th place tie with Barton County. Seward will have a chance to rise in the standings this week however as they will take on Garden City on the road Wednesday in a critical battle for Region VI Tournament seeding. The Lady Saints will not return home until next Tuesday the 21st when they will take on nationally ranked Pratt at Lady Saints Field.