What a two week stretch it has been for the Seward County Lady Saints Softball team. After winning their second straight Jayhawk West Conference Championship last week, the Lady Saints took care of business this weekend by winning the Region VI Tournament to earn a bid to the NJCAA National Tournament. To top that off, KJCCC postseason awards have been announced and 8 Lady Saints find themselves on the All-Conference/All-Region Teams for the 2010 season while Head Coach Andrea Gustafson was named Coach of the Year for the second straight season and Erin Roufosse was named Most Valuable Player of the league, the third straight season a Lady Saint pitcher has earned that award.


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Andrea Gustafson was named KJCCC Coach of the Year for the 4th time in her career Monday after leading the Lady Saints to a 47-12 regular season mark and their second straight Jayhawk West and Region VI Championship. Erin Rouofsse was named the conferenceís Most Valuable Player in a year in which she dominated Jayhawk West competition, racking up a 7-1 record and a microscopic 0.46 ERA in conference play while striking out 61 and walking just 9. Four Lady Saints including Roufosse were named 1st Team All-Conference/All-Region for their efforts on the diamond this season. Roufosse, along with Brianna Baron, Marisa Coats, and Brittany Kent were named to the first team while Alicia Reyes was named 2nd team and Shelby Casey, Kelsea Blackstock, and Sydney Cicchetti were named to the Honorable Mention list. Coats got the first team nod for the second straight season after leading the team hitting .399 with 10 home runs and 51 RBIís so far this season. Kent also earns her second set of accolades after being named first team last season, was named first team again this year after hitting .335 with 7 triples, 7 home runs, and 48 RBIís this year. Baron joins the trio on the first team list after terrorizing Jayhawk West pitching this season, hitting .489 in conference play with 3 home runs and 14 RBIís. Alicia Reyes earned second team honors this season by batting .337 on the year with a team high 56 runs scored. Casey picks up honorable mention accolades after hitting .328 with 11 doubles and 25 RBIís this year. If the voting would have happened after the Region VI Tournament Blackstock might have moved up on many teams list after she hit .556 in the three ballgames, but will settle for the honorable mention nod as a freshman after hitting .316 with 14 doubles and 41 RBIís on the year. Cicchetti also earns honorable mention all-conference-all-region after putting together one of the finer freshman years in school history in the circle for the Lady Saints. She finishes the regular season with a 19-6 record and a 1.63 ERA which both rank her in the top 5 in school history in a single season in those categories.

The Lady Saints will stash their awards away for the next week and a half as they ready themselves for the NJCAA National Tournament that begins on Thursday May 20th in St. George, Utah where they look to bring home a little more hardware for the trophy case after the 3 day tournament.