For the first time this season, a young Seward County Lady Saints Softball team hit the road for an extended road trip. After playing 6 of their first 8 games at the friendly confines of Lady Saints Field, Seward would now have to prove their worth on the road and that they did, going 3-1 on a two day trip to Colorado to return back to Liberal 10-2 on the season. The Lady Saints would squeak out a 3-2 win in the first game of the trip against Lamar and would back that up with a 17-1 whoopin of the Lady Lopes before heading on to Trinidad. In game one against Trinidad State, Seward would fall behind early but would catch up and force the game to extra innings where they would fall 7-6. In their final game of the four game swing, the Lady Saints would pick up a 9-4 win in the thin air of the Rocky Mountains to finish their trip 3-1.

In their opener against Lamar the Lady Saints would get on the board right away as Lynda Musick and Breanna Diaz would reach to open the game before being driven in with a two out single by Kelsea Blackstock to make it 2-0 Seward. Seward ace Sydney Cicchetti would work her way out of a bases loaded jam in the 1st and neither team would get anything in the 2nd or 3rd and the game remained 2-0 going to the 4th. A leadoff single wouldnít lead to anything for the Lady Saints in the 4th and the Lady Lopes would get a run in the bottom half of the inning after back to back hits to make it a 2-1 game after 4. In the Seward 5th Bianca Adame would lead off with a single and after being bunted over to second, she would score on an RBI single by Diaz to make it 3-1 Lady Saints. Each team would leave a runner in their next at bats and Lamar would again make it a one run game in the bottom of the 6th with a triple from Kalie DePold but would leave the bases loaded yet again to leave the Lady Saints on top 3-2 as the teams went to the final inning of play. Seward would get two hits in the 7th inning as they looked to add an insurance run but two outs on the base paths would shut down any hope of scoring and to the bottom of the 7th they went still ahead just 3-2. A one out single followed by a Seward error put Lamar in good shape to score the equalizer in the 7th as they had runners on second and third with just one out but Cicchetti would bow her neck and induce a pair of infield pop outs to finish off the Lopes and give the Lady Saints the 3-2 win. Cicchetti tossed another complete game in the victory, striking out 8 Lamar hitters while allowing just 2 runs while earning the win. Diaz and Adame would each pick up 2 hits and a run scored for the Lady Saints while Blackstockís 2 RBI single proved to be the difference in the game.
To make a long story short, letís just say game two wasnít one to write home about for the Lopes. Seward would get all over them early with 6 runs in the 1st inning as Michelle Duford, Taylor McDougall, Ashley Sullivan, and Musick all picked up RBI singles in the frame. Lamar would get one in their half of the 1st but the Lady Saints were right back on the sticks as they came to hit in the 2nd. After a strikeout to start the inning, it looked like Seward might cool down but with one out, six straight Lady Saints would reach base including McDougall who hammered a 2 RBI triple and Adame who poked her second RBI single in as many innings. After the Lopes finally broke the string and picked up another out, the Lady Saints continued their onslaught as Leah Sitter, and Diaz roped RBI singles and when all was said and done, the Lady Saints had sent 15 hitters to the plate in the inning, scoring 9 runs on 9 hits while taking advantage of a pair of Lamar errors to go up 15-1. The Lady Lopes would not even put up a fight as the run rule crept closer and closer, while the Lady Saints would pick up runs in the 3rd and 4th as they went on to win 17-1 in just five innings. The offensive numbers at the end of the game would be entertaining on the Seward side as the Lady saints outhit the Lady Lopes 21 to 3 in the game with 7 of the 9 Seward starters picking up multiple hits in the win. Musick would finish 4 for 5 with a pair of runs scored while Diaz, Blackstock, and McDougall combined to go 9 for 11 with 8 RBIís and 5 runs scored in the route. Blaire Taylor picked up the win for Seward in the circle, throwing just 68 pitches in a complete game victory while striking out 3 and allowing just 3 hits.
Monday saw the Lady Saints go deeper into the state as they made their way into West to Trinidad to take on the Lady Trojans of Trinidad State. A pair of Seward errors would extend the Trinidad 1st inning and the Lady Trojans would make the Lady Saints pay. A two out, 2 RBI single would put the Lady Saints in their first hole of the trip and a two run home run behind the single would quickly put Trinidad on top 4-0. The Lady Saints would cut the Lady Trojan advantage in half in the top half of the 3rd inning as Diaz started a two out rally with a double and would score on a single from Jill Grounds who would later be plated by Duford with an RBI single to make it 4-2. The teams would then trade home runs as Kaitlyn Mattila would go deep for Trinidad and McDougall would pick up her first career home run for Seward in the 4th and the teams moved to the 5th with the score 5-3 in favor of the Lady Trojans. Both teams would go down 1-2-3 in the 5th inning and Seward would get something going in the 6th. The first three hitters of the inning would reach before Adame drove in one with a single to make it a 5-4 game and reload the bases with nobody out. Just when it looked like the Lady Saints would surely tie the game and probably take the lead, three straight Seward hitters struck out without putting the ball in play and they would remain down by one as they went into the 7th. A pair of 7th inning errors on Trinidad pitcher Jordyn Randolph would put the Lady Saints in business to tie things up and they would do just that as Blackstock hit a groundball to second to score the run and tie the game up 5-5. As she did a day earlier, Cicchetti would work another magic act, getting out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the 7th inning to keep the game tied and send it to extras. In the extra innings the teams decided to use an International Tiebreaker rule in which each team starts with a runner on second base to start the inning. The Lady Saints would sacrifice their runner over with a bunt and would quickly score her with a single from Sullivan to go ahead 6-5. Seward would then load the bases with a Trinidad error and a single but the middle of their order could not capitalize on the chance as they would leave the sacks stuffed and it would cost them. In their half of the 8th Trinidad would also sacrifice their runner to third and would drive her in with a double off of the wall to tie things back up before their next hitter would repeat the feat and send another ball screaming to the fence to end the game with an 8-7 walkoff win. Seward would outhit the Lady Trojans 12 to 8 in the game but would pay for leaving the bases loaded in two of the final three innings in the one run loss. Duford would finish the game 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored while Adame and Diaz would each get two hits in the loss. Cicchetti would suffer the tough luck loss in the game as she shook off a rocky 1st inning to allow just two hits in the next five innings to give her team a chance to come back and send it to extra frames.
Trinidad would again jump out to an early lead in the second game of the double header as their second hitter of the game Katie Kerr went up top to make it 1-0 after 1. After going in order in their half of the 1st the Lady Saints would hit a little bit longer in the 2nd as Duford, Blackstock, and McDougall laced three straight hits to open up the inning to score a run and Musick hit a sacrifice fly to score Blackstock to make it 2-1 Seward. After a two out error extended the Lady Saints inning, Diaz would make Trinidad pay with a two out, 2 RBI single up the middle to give Seward a four run inning and a 4-1 lead after 2. After a leadoff double in the 3rd was erased on a fielderís choice, Blackstock stepped to the plate and belted a towering home run over the right field fence for a two run shot and all of a sudden the Lady Saints were on top 6-1. The Lady Trojans would get a run in the 4th and the two teams would each get two runs in the 5th to make the score 8-4 in favor of Seward after 5. The Lady Saints would not be able to add onto their lead in the 6th as they went 1-2-3 with a pair of groundouts sandwiched around a fly out but Trinidad wouldnít get anything either as their inning went 1-2-3 to the contrary with two fly outs as the bookends around a groundout. Seward would make Trinidad pay for a leadoff walk to start their 7th inning as Musick hammered a two out double to right to score an insurance run and put the Lady Saints up 9-4 with just three outs setting between them and their 10th win of the season. The Lady Trojans would threaten to make it a game in the 7th as a botched ground ball and a single put two on with nobody out but Taylor would come up big for the Lady Saints, retiring the last three hitters she would see to secure the 9-4 win for Seward. All nine Seward starters would have a hit in the game as they out slugged the Lady Trojans 13 to 5 in their own park. Blackstock would finish 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBIís in the win while Duford went just 1 for 2 but scored 4 runs on the afternoon. McDougall picked up a pair of hits and a pair of RBIís in 4 chances while Musick went 1 for 2 with a pair of sacrifice flies to finish with 3 RBIís. Taylor would earn her 5th win of the year by going all 7 innings and allowing just 5 hits and 2 earned runs while fanning 3.
The Lady Saints come out of the road trip at 10-2 overall and will next set their sights on the Pratt Tournament where they look to defend their back to back tournament championships there. They will play their first game at 2:00 Saturday against the winner of the Lamar/Northern Oklahoma game after receiving a bye in the first round. A win would see them move on to Sundayís 10:00 game while a loss would put them under the lights on Saturday night at 6:00 against the loser of the Lamar/Northern Oklahoama contest.