The Seward County Community College softball team won the Pratt Tournament this past weekend with a 3-1 record. Seward County lost their first game to Lamar 10-8, and then defeated Southwestern Iowa 20-4, Lamar 3-1 and Pratt 8-7 to win the Pratt Tournament. Lady Saints right-handed pitcher, Sarah Wittwer, picked up two victories in the tournament and freshman right-handed pitcher, Stephanie McCarthy, won the tournament title game against Pratt. Seward County improves to 17-7 overall and remains 6-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

SCCC dropped their opening game to Lamar 10-8, and sophomore right-handed pitcher, Becky Holland, had her five-game winning streak snapped picking up the loss for the Lady Saints. Sarah Venegas went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI at the plate.

The Lady Saints bats were on fire in their 20 run output against Southwestern Iowa. The amazing fact is that SCCC scored all of their runs in just five innings, due to the five-run mercy rule that was in effect after S.W. Iowa batted in the bottom of the fifth inning. SCCC recorded a season-high 20 base hits in their 16 run victory.

Seward scored four runs in the first, 13 runs in the second, one in the third and two runs in the fourth inning. All nine starting Lady Saints position players recorded base hits, while Haley Martin (3-for-4) and Diana Sanchez (3-for-4) each chipped in three base hits.

In game-three at the Pratt Tourney, SCCC avenged their earlier loss to Lamar by beating the Lady Runnin’ Lopes 3-1, behind an exceptional pitching performance from Wittwer. SCCC used the long ball to defeat Lamar as freshman, Meisha Patterson and sophomore, Allison Bellar each hit home runs. Bellar hit a two-run shot in the second inning and Patterson’s solo home run lifted the Lady Saints to their 3-1 lead that SCCC would contain for the final innings. Patterson finished the game going 2-for-3 and Venegas also went 2-for-3 at the plate. Wittwer hurled a complete-game four hit gem in her second victory of the tournament.

In the championship game on Saturday, Seward County faced the home team, Pratt Community College, who the Lady Saints had already defeated twice this season in Pratt. The result in the championship game was no different as SCCC powered their way to the championship behind McCarthy and sophomore left fielder, Kati Jo Gabaldon, who went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a two-run home run.

For the tournament, Gabaldon (7-for-15, eight RBI), Venegas (8-for-13, seven RBI) and Patterson (7-for-15, three RBI) were the Lady Saints leading hitters, while Wittwer (2-0, 0.70 ERA, 10 innings pitched, seven hits allowed, nine strikeouts) was the Lady Saints top pitcher.

The Lady Saints will be back in Jayhawk West competition this Tuesday, March 14, at Colby Community College for a 2:00 p.m. conference doubleheader. Seward County is currently 6-0 in the Jayhawk West and Colby owns a 4-0 record in league play with a 13-7 overall record.