The Seward County Lady Saints softball team moved to 5-0 on the season Saturday afternoon by defeating Clarendon 8-1 on their home turf. Seward took advantage of very poor defense from Clarendon and received another strong outing in the circle from sophomore pitcher Erin Roufosse.
Seward had traffic in the 1st as they took the bats first but left the bases loaded after a strikeout, failing to score. Clarendon went down in order for both of the first two innings and the game remained scoreless after 2. The Lady Saints got it going in the 3rd inning as Marisa Coats laced a one out double and was later driven in by Kelsea Blackstock’s double to make it 1-0 Seward. Blackstock was then knocked in by Brittany Kent’s two out single and she later scored on an error by left fielder Brittany Davis to make it 3-0 gals in green. Clarendon’s first batter in the 3rd inning would reach on a Seward error and would later come around to score on a single to chip the lead to 3-1. Seward tacked on in the 4th as Lynda Musick walked to lead off the inning to set the table later on for a two out, 2 RBI double from Coats as Seward took a 5-1 lead. Clarendon wouldn’t threaten again as they couldn’t push a runner past second base for the final 4 innings and Seward added 3 insurance runs in the 7th thanks in part to RBI singles from Blackstock and Kent to come away with the 8-1 victory.
Roufosse retired the final 8 Lady Bulldog hitters she faced en route to her 3rd win on the season as she finished the contest with 4 strikeouts, 0 walks, and just 5 hits allowed. The middle of the Seward order did the bulk of the work in this one as Coats, Blackstock, and Kent combined to go 7 for 11 with 6 RBI’s in the win.
Game two of the double header was cancelled due to freezing temperatures and a decision on a potential makeup has not been set. Seward is now 5-0 on the season and is scheduled to go to Frank Phillips Wednesday for a double header against the Lady Plainsmen in Borger, weather permitting. They will return home this weekend as Trinidad State and Otero come to town on Saturday and Sunday.