The Seward County Lady Saints picked up wins in three of four games in this weekend’s BuCo Bash in El Dorado as they hammered Maple Woods and Eastern Oklahoma 8-1 and 12-1 on Saturday before dropping their only game of the weekend 5-0 to Crowder and then bouncing back to thump Johnson County 11-0 on Sunday to go over the 30 win mark for the seventh straight season.

Seward’s first matchup of the weekend pitted them against Maple Woods from Kansas City, Missouri. The Lady Saints would get on the board right away in this one as Breanna Diaz doubled to start the game and would be driven in on a sacrifice fly later on by Leah Sitter to make it 1-0. Monarchs would get two 1st inning singles but would have their threat averted on an inning ending double play to keep it 1-0. Maple Woods would leave two more runners aboard in the 2nd while Seward would clean their up in their 3rd inning at bats. Lynda Musick and Sitter would reach in front of Michelle Duford who would line a single through the middle to score them both and make it a 3-0 Lady Saints lead. Seward would have their biggest frame of the day in the top of the 4th when they strung together five hits and a walk including RBI knocks from Musick, Sitter, and Jill Rodgers to score five runs to take an 8-0 lead. Maple Woods would get their only run of the game in the bottom of the 4th after a one out walk and a double put them on the board but that would be it in the way of scoring for either team as Sydney Cicchetti would do the rest in the circle for Seward, pitching them to an 8-1 win over the Monarchs in the Lady Saints tourney opener. Eight of nine Seward starters would have a hit in the game including Sitter who finished 2 for 3 with 3 RBI’s, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base. Cicchetti would earn the win while tossing a complete game and allowing 6 hits and 1 run while striking out a pair.
In their second game of the day the Lady Saints would do their damage early and when I say damage, I mean major damage to the opposing Eastern Oklahoma Mountaineers. Seward would get their scoring started in the 1st as Rodgers ripped a double to score Sitter to make it 1-0. Kelsea Blackstock would then single to right to score Rodgers and Duford to make it 3-0 but things didn’t look like they were going to be that bad after a sacrifice bunt put just one on with two outs in the inning. That is when the floodgates would open. Bianca Adame would single followed by a Monique Lopez double to score two and put the gals in green on top 5-0. Four straight Seward hitters would then walk including bases loaded free passes to Sitter and Duford to score runs and make it 7-0. Then it was time for the singles parade as Rodgers and Blackstock each singled home two runs and Taylor McDougall and Adame picked up hits to make it 11-0 Lady Saints after ˝ inning of play. In the inning Sitter, Duford, and Rodgers each scored 2 runs while Rodgers, Blackstock, and Adame each had 2 hits while Rodgers and Blackstock combined for 7 RBI’s. Eastern Oklahoma would get one measly run back in the bottom of the 1st and oddly enough that was almost all the scoring that would be done in the game. Seward would score just once more when Rodgers and Blackstock hit back to back doubles in the 5th and the Mountaineers would see just two more runners reach base as Seward cruised to the 12-1 run rule win in 5 innings. Blackstock would finish her career best game 4 for 4 with 5 RBI’s while Rodgers would go 3 for 4 with 3 RBI’s and 3 runs scored and Adame, Sitter, and McDougall would each finish with 2 hits apiece. Blaire Taylor earned the win as she allowed just 4 hits and 1 earned run in her 5 innings of work while striking out 3.
On Sunday the Lady Saints would open up with Crowder, a team that has had Seward’s number in recent years. The trend wouldn’t stop on this day as the Lady Riders who entered the game on a 9 game winning streak would score an unearned run in the 1st inning and would never look back. Seward would strand a runner in both the 1st and 2nd innings and Crowder would go ahead 2-0 in the 3rd after manufacturing a run after a leadoff single. The Lady Saints would leave the bases loaded in the 4th inning and the Lady Riders would use the momentum to score three runs on five hits in the top of the 5th to go ahead 5-0. Seward would have a chance again in the 6th to get back into the game as they loaded the bases for the second time in three innings but just like before a strikeout would end the threat and after a scoreless 7th, the Lady Saints would be shutout 5-0 in a loss. Duford and Adame would combined for 4 of the Lady Saints 6 hits in the game while Taylor suffered the loss after throwing a complete game and allowing 4 earned runs.
In their final game of the tournament the Lady Saints would face perennial Jayhawk East and Division II power Johnson County. Seward made no question on who would be the victor of this contest between the two Kansas foes. The Lady Saints would score three 1st inning runs on an RBI double from Rodgers followed by a 2 RBI single from Blackstock to take an early 3-0 lead. They would jump right back on the Lady Cavs in the top of the 2nd as they hit around in the inning and got RBI hits from Sitter, Rodgers, and Blackstock to go up 8-0 after a five run frame. Both teams would go down in order in the 3rd and Seward would tack on a single run in the top of the 4th after Sitter singled and stole second and was then driven home on an RBI double from Duford to make it 9-0. Johnson County would get just their second hit of the game in the bottom of the 4th but wouldn’t be able to get that runner past first base and the Lady Saints would add onto their lead in the top of the 5th with a 2 RBI single from Sitter to score Lopez and Diaz to put them on top 11-0. The Lady Cavs wouldn’t be able to manage anything against Cicchetti in the 5th and the game would end with the score 11-0 in favor of Seward because of the run rule. Cicchetti earned her 20th win of the season by throwing a complete game two hitter while not allowing a Johnson County base runner past first base all game. Sitter and Rodgers would combine for a whale of a game as they would finish 7 for 7 with 7 RBI’s in the win. Blackstock would go 2 for 3 with 3 RBI’s and Lopez would get 2 hits in 3 tries while scoring a pair of runs.
The Lady Saints improve their overall record to 32-10 on the season, marking the seventh straight season they have been able to reach the 30 win plateau. Next up for Seward will be a date in Dodge City on Friday against the struggling Lady Conqs before hitting the road twice next week for conference battles at Barton and at Garden City.