The Seward County Community College softball team swept their Jayhawk West Conference opening doubleheader yesterday at Pratt Community College. The Lady Saints defeated Pratt 8-6 in game one and finished the sweep with a 4-0 shutout in game two. The Lady Saints improve to 9-5 overall and 2-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference. Seward County is currently on a six-game winning streak.

The defending Jayhawk West champions from 2005 held off Pratt in game one behind a strong pitching performance from sophomore Becky Holland, who allowed only three earned runs in her complete game effort. Holland is now 4-2 this season and has 30 career victories on the mound for the Lady Saints.

The SCCC offense produced runs in the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. In the first inning, freshmen Dana McLaren and Sarah Venegas recorded back-to-back singles reaching base, and then scored on a two run single by sophomore, Kati Jo Gabaldon, giving SCCC an early 2-0 lead.

In the third inning, Seward County scored three runs on just two base hits and two Lady Beaver errors. Gabaldon and freshman, Haley Martin each had RBI singles in the third inning.

In game one, Gabaldon led all players at the plate going 4-for-4 with three RBI and two doubles. Stephanie Jaime went 2-for-4 with a run scored, double and triple.

In game two, both teams remained scoreless until the top of the sixth inning when SCCC scored three runs. Sophomore catcher, Kelsey Trout, led off the inning with a walk and was followed by another walk by freshman third baseman, Meisha Patterson. Trout advanced on a passed ball and Patterson stole second base to give the Lady Saints two runners in scoring position.

Sophomore first baseman, Allison Bellar, came through for SCCC hitting a single to left field that would score both Trout and Patterson.

Martin put down a sacrifice bunt and Lynsey Deaton hit a single, before Jaime drove in Bellar with an RBI single to left field giving the Lady Saints a 3-0 lead.

Pratt would have just a few opportunities to score runs because of the dominating pitching performance from Lady Saints pitcher, Sarah Wittwer. The right-handed sophomore tossed a complete game allowing Pratt just one base hit. Wittwer walked two batters and struck out one, improving her season record to 3-2.

Bellar led the Lady Saints offense going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Jaime was the only other Lady Saints player to record a multi-hit game going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Seward County will start a six-game home stand on Saturday, March 4, hosting Brown Mackie Community College for a non-conference doubleheader starting at 2:00 p.m. Next week, SCCC hosts Hutchinson (Mar. 7) and Dodge City (Mar. 9) for conference doubleheaders starting at 2:00 p.m. at Lady Saints Softball Field, on the campus of Seward County Community College.