One of, if not the most decorated Seward County softball class in school history played their last home game in their careers Tuesday in front of the biggest home crowd of the year. The Lady Saints split a double header with Region 9 power Trinidad after dropping game one 3-1 before coming back to route the Lady Trojans 8-0 in a game two run rule win.
Seward started slow in game one and fell behind 2-0 in the 2nd after a routine play, that would have ended the inning was mishandled and extended the inning for a pair of runs to score and put the Lady Saints in the hole. Seward cut the deficit in half in the 3rd inning when Lynda Musick singled with one out and set the table for Shelby Casey and Marisa Coats who both singled to push home a run and made the game 2-1 in favor of Trinidad. A botched ground ball in the Trojan half of the 5th would lead to yet another unearned run for Trinidad and after 4 Ĺ the Lady Saints were down 3-1. The Lady Saints and Lady Trojans each went down in order in their next at bats and the score remained the same as the teams went to the bottom of the 6th. Casey led off the 6th with a double to bring the tying run to the plate but after three shots for the middle of the Lady Saints order failed, Casey remained at second and the Lady Saints remained down 3-1. Erin Roufosse kept the game close with a 1-2-3 7th for Seward but the Lady Saints couldnít get anything going in their last at bats as they fell by the score of 3-1. The Lady Saints defense was what cost them the ballgame as they committed 5 errors leading to 3 unearned runs while Trinidad played a clean game defensively with no errors. Rouofosse went the distance for the Lady Saints allowing 8 hits and 3 unearned runs while striking out 6 without walking a batter. Casey was the only Lady Saint with multiple hits in the game as she finished 2 for 2 against her high school teammate Sara Permenter who beat the Lady Saints for the second straight season after getting them last season while at Barton County. Coats had the lone Seward RBI in the game and Alicia Reyes scored the only Lady Saints run in the game.
After an emotional recognition ceremony between games for the 9 Seward sophomores, the Lady Saints came out rejuvenated in game two. They would take a quick 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning after Brittany Kent, Kelsea Blackstock, and Lynda Musick reached base and later scored with the clutch hit in the inning coming from Alicia Reyes to drive in a pair. The Lady Saints would pick up a pair of outs on the bases in the 3rd inning and Sydney Cicchetti would overcome a pair of defensive blunders behind her in the 4th to put up another zero and let Seward tack onto their lead in the bottom of the inning. The first eight batters of the inning reached in the bottom of the 4th for Seward, leading to 5 runs on RBI knocks from Kent, Blackstock, and Amy Schartz to make it 8-0 Lady Saints. Facing the run rule in the top of the 5th Trinidad managed a two out double from Shelbi Long but Cicchetti induced a pop up to end the frame and give the Lady Saints the 8-0 win. The Seward freshman pitcher finished off the complete game shutout, allowing just 4 hits while striking out 5 Lady Trojan hitters. Kelsea Blackstock finished with a pair of RBIís and a pair of runs scored in the win while Brittany Kent had 2 hits and 2 runs scored.
The split makes the Lady Saints 41-11 on the season as they head back into conference play on Thursday. The Lady Saints will go to El Dorado to take on Butler in a double header that will more than likely decide the conference championship before traveling on to Great Bend to take on Barton on Friday to wrap up Jayhawk West conference play.