Courtney Auger showed the Garden City Lady Broncbusters just why she was the 2008 Jayhawk West Player of the Year in the Seward County Lady Saints latest short road trip. The sophomore fanned 18 Lady ‘Busters while allowing just one hit in Seward’s 11-0 blowout win in game one of their doubleheader Wednesday. The game wasn’t as out of reach as the final scoreboard read however as Seward relied heavily on the bat of Marisa Coats in the first 6 innings before blowing it open in the 7th. Seward scored a pair in the 3rd as Coats hit a line drive homerun over the center field fence and tacked on another run thanks to shaky Garden defense in the 4th. With the score 3-0 in the 6th Coats launched a tape measure shot over the left center field fence for her 2nd home run of the game and 6th of the season to make it a 5-0 Lady Saints advantage. Seward pounded out 6 7th inning singles, including RBI knocks from Alicia Reyes, Katie Glenn, Shelby Casey, and Coats to add a 6 spot to the scoreboard and give Auger more than enough to finish off her gem. Auger tied her career best with 18 k’s, but recorded that number for the first time in a regulation 7 inning game as her previous 18 strikeout performance came in a 9 inning win over Colby. Coats finished the game 3-5 with 6 RBI’s pushing her to 7th all-time in single season RBI’s for the Lady Saints. Brittany Kent and Jill Rodgers both collected a trio of hits in the win as well.
Game two Seward again struck first as Coats and Rodgers laced RBI singled following leadoff hits from Reyes and Glenn to stake the Lady Saints to a 2-0 lead after three innings of play. However, Garden took their first lead of the day as Trisha Haslam and Kayla Jeanjaquet picked up back to back singles to score a trio of Lady ‘Buster runs. That lead wouldn’t last for long as the Lady Saints looked to avenge an earlier season loss to the Lady ‘Busters. Coats singled in Reyes who lead off the inning with a triple and then Brianna Baron and Shelby Casey found holes with clutch two out RBI singles to give Seward the 5-3 advantage. Casey again came up big with another two out RBI single in the 7th to make the Seward lead 6-3 which was more than enough for Auger who came into the game in the 4th inning in relief of starter Erin Roufosse to pick up her 16th win of the year. With the two wins on the day, Auger moves into 2nd all-time at Seward County with 37 wins in the circle, trailing just Becky Holland’s 45 for tops all-time.
The two wins propelled the Lady Saints from 4th in the conference to 2nd where they now sit tied with Garden but hold the tie-breaker thanks to a 3-1 season series lead against the Lady ‘Busters. They are now 29-14 on the year and 6-4 in Jayhawk West Conference play. Their weekend plans have changed thanks to some scheduling conflicts with teams in their planned Seminole State Tournament so they now hope to play a double header against Bethany College Friday in Lindsborg with the rest of the weekend schedule to be announced.