In yet another big Jayhawk West double header Thursday afternoon in Garden City, the #9 Seward County Lady Saints came from behind in both games to come away 2-0 on the day to move to 6-2 in conference play. Seward used a 6th inning solo home run to tie game one at 2 before scoring 7 in the 9th to win 9-2 and scored 3 in the 4th and 9 in the 5th to put a run rule on the Busters in game two 12-3 in 5.


In game one the Lady Saints looked to be in business right off the bat as Alicia Reyes and Shelby Casey singled to open the game but Seward couldn’t move them around and were blanked in the 1st. Garden City had the exact same situation in the 2nd inning and after a sacrifice bunt pushed their runners to 2nd and 3rd with one out, back to back strikeouts from Seward ace Erin Roufosse would end the threat and keep the game scoreless after 2. A leadoff single by Leah Sitter in the 3rd and a wild throw from the catcher to the pitcher after a pitch later in the inning would put Seward on the board and give them a 1-0 lead after 2 ˝. The Lady Saints wouldn’t hold the lead for long however as a defensive miscue by Seward would lead to a pair of unearned Garden City runs to put the Lady Busters on top 2-1. Both teams went down in order in the 4th and 5th innings and the Lady Saints remained down by one 2-1 going into the 6th inning. Marisa Coats would continue her strong hitting against Garden City in her career by sending the first pitch of the inning screaming over the center field wall to tie for her seventh home run of the season to tie the game at 2. Roufosse kept Garden in check in the bottom of the inning and neither team would score in the 7th so for the first time this season the Lady Saints would go to extra innings in a conference battle. A 1-2-3 inning for each team would ensue in the 8th and to the 9th inning the Lady Saints and Lady Busters went, still tied at 2-2. Kelsea Blackstock would lead off the Lady Saint 9th with a base hit up the middle and a costly error on the Garden infield would open the floodgates for Seward. With two outs and two on the Lady Saints would bat through their entire lineup scoring 7 runs on RBI singles from Reyes, Casey, Coats, Blackstock, and Brianna Baron to take a 9-2 lead which was much more than Roufosse would need as she cruised through the Lady Buster lineup in the bottom of the inning with a pair of strikeouts to give Seward the 9-2 win. Seward would outhit Garden 16-6 in the victory while a trio of Lady Buster errors would lead to 7 unearned Seward County runs and the one Lady Saint error would lead to both of the Garden runs in the game. Roufosse finished with a career high 14 strikeouts in the win and allowed just the 2 unearned runs, running her streak of consecutive innings without giving up an earned run to over 25 innings. She would retire 17 straight batters from the 3rd to the 9th inning before allowing a single to Alexa Harvey in the 9th. Every Seward starter had at least one hit in the game with Reyes and Casey leading the way at the top, each going 3 for 5 in the win. Coats would finish 2 for 5 with a pair of RBI’s and a pair of runs scored while Baron and Blackstock would also have multi hit games. Garden City’s Alexa Harvey would finish with 3 of the 6 Lady Buster hits while pitcher Brandi Lovato finished the game throwing 142 pitches as she battled through her defenses shaky performance.


Game two of the double dip would not start how Seward County would have liked it to as a pair of doubles sandwiched around a walk would lead to a trio of Lady Buster runs in the 1st inning and the Lady Saints were quickly down 3-0. The Seward bats were also cold early as in both the 2nd and 3rd innings the gals in green would strand a runner at third base without scoring and they remained down by the count of 3-0 after 3 innings of play. They would get it going in the 4th inning though after a dropped fly ball in right field to open the inning , Brianna Baron would single through the middle and the Lady Saints center fielder Brittany Kent would launch the first pitch she saw towering over the right field wall to tie the game at 3 with a three run home run. Garden would threaten in the 4th with runners on the corner and just one out but Seward righty Sydney Cicchetti would rely on a line drive double play to right field to end the inning and the threat as poor Garden base running cost them a chance to take the lead and the momentum was quickly shifted back the way of the Lady Saints. The Seward half of the 5th would start quietly as their first hitter was retired on a routine ground ball but the rest of the inning would be anything but routine to the dismay of a rowdy bunch of Garden fans. Alicia Reyes, Shelby Casey, Marisa Coats, and Brianna Baron would single consecutively scoring a pair of runs and setting the table for Kent with two on and one out. A mishandled throw on a ground ball from Kent would score Coats from second to give Seward a 6-3 lead as two runners remained on base with one out. Kelsea Blackstock would slam a 2-1 offering to center field to drive in the pair and give the Lady Saints a 8-3 lead but they weren’t done. After yet another Garden City error, back to back singles from Lynda Musick and Leah Sitter would set the table for Casey’s second at bat of the inning as the sophomore stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. After taking a ball low on the first pitch she saw, Casey sent the next pitch to the plate on a line to the right center field fence for a bases clearing double to give Seward their seventh, eighth, and ninth runs of the inning and stake them to a 12-3 advantage. The Lady Busters weren’t ready to go home just yet however as they opened their half of the 5th with back to back hits to set up a second and third, nobody out situation for the middle of their order. After a groundball out to shortstop, another Garden base running blunder occurred and after a brief rundown the Lady Saints had a double play to quiet the threat. An 0-1 groundout from the next batter would end the game and give Seward County the 12-3 run rule victory to complete the double header sweep of the Busters. Eight of nine Lady Saint starters had a hit in the game including a 3 for 3 game from Baron and a 2 hit, 3 RBI game for Casey. Lynda Musick also picked up a pair of hits in the win and Kent and Blackstock made the most of their 2 hits, picking up a combined 5 RBI’s in the win. Cicchetti pitched the Lady Saints to her 13th win of the season allowing just the 3 first inning runs before shutting down Garden for her remaining 4 innings of work.


The two wins move the 9th ranked Lady Saints to 32-7 overall on the season and more importantly 6-2 in the Jayhawk West Conference. They now hold a 1 game lead on 2nd place Colby and have 8 more wins overall than any other team in the conference. Their Friday double header in Borger against Frank Phillips was cancelled due to scheduling problems so they will take the diamond next at home on Saturday at 2:00 against Luna CC.