It was not the start that they were looking for as they opened their defense of their 2010 Jayhawk West crown. The Seward County Lady Saints traveled Eastward to El Dorado Thursday afternoon for a date with their arch rival Butler Grizzlies to kick off conference play and the results were not to the gals in greens liking. Butler would get ahead early and take out Seward 7-1 in game one of the double header and would put it on the Lady Saints again in game two, coming out ahead 11-1 in the 5 inning run rule win.

Seward looked to have a promising start to game one as a leadoff walk and a one out double by Jill Grounds put them in business with two runners in scoring position and just one out. However, the Lady Saints would not be able to push a run across and it would cost them in the bottom half of the inning as Butler used the momentum to hammer out 4 runs including a 3 run home run from Kelli Nicholson with two outs to take a 4-0 lead. The #11 Lady Grizzlies weren’t done yet. After Seward failed to cash in another runner in scoring position in the 2nd inning, Butler would score two more runs on three hits to take a commanding 6-0 lead. That would be more than enough for the Lady Grizzlies as Seward would manage just one run in the game, which came in the 6th inning when Leah Sitter brought home Kelsea Blackstock but Butler would match that run in the bottom of the frame and would cruise to a 7-1 win. The Lady Saints were only outhit by two in the loss but left nine runners on in the game, including six in scoring position as their 4 game win streak was snapped. Sydney Cicchetti suffered just her second loss of the season as she allowed 8 hits and 7 runs in her 6 innings of work but settled down later in the game to allow just 2 hits and 1 run in the final 4 innings of the contest.
Looking to bounce back in game two to salvage a split, the Lady Saints offense would not respond favorably early on. Seward would go down in order in each of the first 3 innings while Butler on the other hand would not. The Lady Grizzlies would get two runs in the 2nd inning on a solo home run and an RBI double to go ahead 2-0 and the 3rd inning was simply a mess for the Lady Saints. A pair of errors would extend the Butler 3rd but the Lady Grizzlies would find the barrel of their bats during the frame as well. Five hits, two walks, and the two Seward errors would allow Butler to send 14 batters to the plate in the inning, scoring 9 runs in the process to go ahead 11-0 after 3 innings of play. The Lady Saints would finally get their first hit of the game in the 4th inning and would score an unearned run in the same frame but it would be far too little and far too late as the Lady Grizzlies would take the run rule win 11-1 in 5 innings. Bianca Adame would get the only Seward hit and would score the only Seward run in the loss.
The sweep drops the Lady Saints to 13-4 overall on the season and 0-2 in Jayhawk West Conference action. Seward will now depart for their annual Spring Break trip to Texas and Arizona where they will play 8 games in 5 days against El Paso, Scottsdale, Odessa, and South Mountain before returning home to open a 10 game home stand starting March 22nd against Barton.