The Seward County Community College softball team dropped a pair of District games yesterday at Colby Community College. The Lady Saints dropped game-one 4-1, in the most dominating pitching performance against SCCC this season. Colby’s Amanda Bell struck out 14 Lady Saints, throwing a complete game four-hitter. In game-two, SCCC dropped a heart-breaker in 10 innings to the Lady Trojans 4-3. Seward County falls to 17-9 overall and 0-2 in District competition. Colby improves to 16-8 overall and 2-0 in District play.

In game-one, the Seward County hitters had a difficult time figuring out Bell as the Colby pitcher struck out at least one Lady Saint batter in every inning of the seven inning game. Every Lady Saints starting position player recorded at least one strikeout.

Lady Saints starting pitcher, Becky Holland, was also impressive pitching six innings while scattering seven hits and striking out two batters. Holland allowed four runs that were all unearned.

The low scoring affair saw SCCC collect just four hits with Stephanie Jaime, Haley Martin, Sarah Venegas and Meisha Patterson all tallying singles. Venegas drove in Jaime in the sixth inning for Seward County’s only run.

In game-two, 82 batters stepped into the batters box and each starting pitcher threw a complete game as Colby defeated the Lady Saints 4-3, in a 10 inning thriller. Bell threw her second complete game of the day and Lady Saints pitcher, Sarah Wittwer, got out of several jams leaving nine Colby runners stranded on base.

Colby struck first with a run in the first inning. Seward County evened the score (1-1) with Allison Bellar’s bases loaded RBI walk in the fourth inning. Both teams scored runs in the sixth inning to tie the game 2-2. Then neither team scored in the seventh inning to send the game into extra innings.

With one out in the eighth inning, Bellar hit a solo home run, giving the Lady Saints a 3-2 advantage going into the bottom of the eighth inning. Seward County’s lead lasted only one pitch as Colby shortstop, Heather Ebert hit a lead-off solo home run to tie the game at 3-3.

In the tenth inning, Seward County was unable to score a run and then Colby scored the winning run on an RBI single by Ebert.

The Lady Saints faired better against Bell in the nightcap but were unable to get the victory. Bellar led SCCC going 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Wittwer pitched 9.1 innings, allowing 10 hits, four runs (three earned runs), one walk and striking out four. Wittwer is now 8-3 for SCCC this season.

Seward County is back at home on Thursday, March 16, hosting Lamar Community College for a 1:00 p.m. non-conference doubleheader at Lady Saints Softball Field. Last weekend, Seward County split two games with Lamar in the Pratt Tournament, losing 10-8 and then defeating the Lady Lopes 3-1.