The Seward County Community College softball team squared off with Hutchinson Community College, with both teams entering Tuesday’s doubleheader with a perfect Jayhawk West record. The Lady Saints were the only team that left Tuesday’s games with an unblemished conference record. The Seward County Lady Saints (12-6, 4-0 Jayhawk West) defeated Hutchinson 9-0 and 4-3 at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. The Lady Blue Dragons fall to 11-4 overall and 4-2 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

Seward County starting pitcher, Becky Holland, pitched a four-hit shutout in game one allowing just two Lady Blue Dragons to reach base after the first inning. Holland improves to 6-2 this season with a 2.19 earned run average (ERA).

The middle of the SCCC line-up gave Holland all the support she needed as sophomores Kati Jo Gabaldon and Kelsey Trout along with freshman, Sarah Venegas, combined went 7-for-9 with seven runs scored, six RBI and four extra-base hits.

SCCC scored three runs in the first inning, four in the third and two runs in the fourth inning to secure the game one victory.

In game two, Hutchinson struck first on a solo home run by designated player, Denise Degenhardt, in the top of the second inning.

Seward County answered back with two runs in the bottom of the inning when Trout, Meisha Patterson and Allison Bellar led off the inning with three consecutive singles. Lynsey Deaton scored Trout on a bases loaded walk and Stephanie Jaime drove in Patterson on an RBI sacrifice fly to center field, giving SCCC a 2-1 lead.

Lady Saints starting pitcher, Sarah Wittwer, pitched strong with a 2-1 lead until the top of the fifth inning when Hutchinson scored two runs to regain the lead 3-2. Once again the Lady Saints bats came alive scoring the games final two runs when Venegas and Gabaldon hit back-to-back singles to lead off the fifth inning. Patterson singled home Venegas and Bellar hit a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Gabaldon.

Wittwer came back and protected the one-run lead by pitching two perfect innings in the sixth and seventh by recording four groundballs, one pop fly and a strikeout to win her fourth game this season.

Venegas finished the day going 5-for-7 with four runs scored. Venegas is now batting .448 (26-for-58) with 21 runs scored and 11 RBI. Trout continued her impressive sophomore season at the plate going 4-for-6 against Hutchinson. Trout is leading the Lady Saints batting .467 (21-for-45) with 13 runs scored and 16 RBI.

Seward County will host another Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader Thursday, March 9, against Dodge City Community College at Lady Saints Softball Field. Last season, SCCC won the Conference while Dodge City finished in second place in the Jayhawk West. First-pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.