The Seward County Community College softball team split a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at home against Brown Mackie Community College. The Lady Saints shutout the Lady Lions in the first game 8-0, and then had their seven-game winning streak snapped in the second game dropping the nightcap, 3-2. Seward County is now 10-6 overall and remains 2-0 in Jayhawk West competition.

In the first game, Seward County (10-6, 2-0 Jayhawk West)) scored two runs in the first inning and four runs in the second frame, in what had the makings of a blow-out early in the game.

Sophomore catcher, Kelsey Trout hit an RBI single to left field scoring right fielder, Dana McLaren, who also singled in the first inning. Freshman, Sarah Venegas, reached base in the first inning on a walk and then scored on an error by the Brown Mackie center fielder.

In the second inning Kati Jo Gabaldon, the Lady Saints home run leader as a freshman (19), hit a three-run homer to center field putting the Saints ahead 6-0. Venegas also hit an RBI single in the second inning.

Seward County scored two runs in the sixth inning when Meshia Patterson and Haley Martin each collected RBI singles.

Lady Saints starting pitcher, Becky Holland, pitched a complete game shutout allowing two hits and one walk. Holland struck out five Lady Lions while earning her fifth victory of the season (5-2).

Martin (3-for-4), Venegas (2-for-3), Gabaldon (2-for-4), Trout (2-for-2) and Patterson (2-for-4) were the Lady Saints leading hitters in their 8-0 shutout.

In game two, Brown Mackie finally got their offense started scoring two runs on two base hits and one Lady Saint error. The Lady Saints answered back in the bottom of the first, scoring one run on an RBI single by Trout, cutting the Lady Lions lead to 2-1.

Brown Mackie held their narrow lead until the third inning when SCCC tied the game on a solo home run by Gabaldon, her third home run of the season and second of the day.

In the fifth inning, Brown Mackie scored the go-ahead run on a two-out RBI single that gave the Lady Lions a 3-2 lead they would never relinquish.

The Lady Saints offense collected only four base hits in the second game of the doubleheader.

Lady Saints starting pitcher, Stephanie McCarthy picked up the loss for SCCC, pitching a complete game while scattering seven hits and allowing two earned runs. McCarthy did strikeout a career-high seven batters in the loss.

Seward County will take the rest of the weekend off before returning to action next Tuesday, March 7, hosting Hutchinson Community College (8-0, 4-0) for a Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader. The first pitch for Tuesday is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Lady Saints Softball Field on the campus of Seward County Community College.