The Seward County Community College softball team has returned to Liberal after their spring break trip to Phoenix, Arizona, where they played two Top 10 nationally ranked opponents. The Lady Saints went 1-5 in Arizona, playing against the defending NJCAA D-I National Champions, Central Arizona, NJCAA (D-II) No. 7 Mesa Community College and Glendale Community College. The Lady Saints are now 20-14 overall and remain 6-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference and 0-2 in District competition.

Seward County took on No. 1 ranked Central Arizona College (45-4 overall) in their first doubleheader in Arizona. The Lady Saints lost game-one 3-0, behind a strong pitching performance from sophomore, Becky Holland, who allowed only three hits, three runs (one earned run) and one walk. Freshman, Meisha Patterson, collected SCCC’s only base hit with a single in the top of the seventh inning.

In game-two against Central Arizona, Seward fought back from an early 4-0 deficit to score three runs against the national-power, but came up short 4-3. Lady Saints sophomore right-handed pitcher, Sarah Wittwer, allowed four runs in the first inning but then shut down Central, pitching the rest of the game allowing two additional hits in her complete game effort.

The Lady Saints offense continued to struggle against No. 7 Mesa C.C. tallying one hit in their 6-0 loss in game-one. Holland was the losing pitcher throwing a complete-game and scattering seven hits and four earned runs with two strikeouts.

In game-two against Mesa, Wittwer dominated the Lady Asparagus’ throwing a complete game, one-hit gem to pace SCCC in their 2-1 victory. Freshman, Joanna Palacios, drove in catcher, Kelsey Trout with an RBI single in the second inning and freshman, Haley Martin reached base on a single in the third inning and later scored on an error.

On the Lady Saints final day of competition in Phoenix, Glendale C.C. swept two games from SCCC 5-2 and 2-1. In game-one, Palacios hit her first-career home run in the fourth inning and SCCC second baseman, Stephanie Jaime hit a double and later scored in the fifth inning to give the Lady Saints their two runs.

The Lady Saints left seven runners on base including the bases loaded in the second inning when they did not score a run with back-to-back hitters recording outs to end their potential scoring threat.

In game-two against Glendale, in another low scoring contest the Lady Saints ended up on the short end, as Glendale scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Lady Saints 2-1 in eight innings. Jaime went 2-for-3 with a double to lead SCCC at the plate.

The Lady Saints have 20 remaining games on their regular season schedule, including 16 games that count for Jayhawk West Conference standings or District seeding.

Next up for SCCC will be a home doubleheader on Tuesday, March 28, against Clarendon College at 2:00 p.m. The non-conference twin bill will be played at Lady Saints Softball Field on the campus of Seward County Community College.