The Seward County Community College softball team welcomed back their top hitter from a year ago, as yesterday sophomore, Amanda McCue, made her 2006 softball debut after playing her final season with the Lady Saints basketball team. With the help of McCue in game-two, the Lady Saints swept a non-conference doubleheader from Clarendon College yesterday, 4-1 and 9-1 at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. Seward County improves to 22-14 overall and remains 6-0 in the Jayhawk West and 0-2 in District play.

Seward County defeated Clarendon twice earlier this season with 10-4 and 13-1 victories in Clarendon. It was more of the same yesterday as SCCC recorded 19 base hits and allowed only two runs in 12 innings of work.

In game-one, the Lady Saints scored three runs in the third inning as Kelsey Trout, Kati Jo Gabaldon and Meisha Patterson collected three consecutive singles, and then scored on Allison Bellarís sacrifice fly and Joanna Palaciosí two-run double. Gabaldon added a double in the sixth inning and scored the Lady Saints final run on Bellarís RBI single.

Becky Holland earned her ninth victory of the season (9-7) pitching a complete-game allowing six hits and one walk while striking out five Clarendon batters.

In game-two it didnít take long for McCue to regain her swing at the plate. McCue struck out looking in her first at bat and then led off the third inning with a single to right field and stole second base. In her third and final at bat, she hit the game-winning RBI single to right field to score Patterson putting the eight-run mercy rule into effect. McCue finished the game going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base.

Last year, McCue set the SCCC softball all-time record for batting average in a season after joining the Lady Saints midway through their season. In her freshman season, McCue batted .435 (30-for-69) with eight doubles, three triples, three home runs and 24 RBI while being named First Team All-Region VI Utility.

Leading hitters for Seward County in game-two were Trout (2-for-3, home run, two RBI), Bellar (2-for-3, two RBI), Gabaldon (2-for-3, two RBI) and Patterson (2-for-3). Sarah Wittwer picked up the win for SCCC, pitching a complete-game and allowing three hits with two strikeouts.

The Lady Saints will play their final non-conference doubleheader of the season on Wednesday, March 29, at No. 14 Otero Junior College in LaJunta, Colo. It will be a rematch of last seasons District C Playoff where Otero won 2-of-3 games against SCCC to advance them to the NJCAA Softball World Series. Otero is currently 11-1 (first place) in Region IX competition and 28-5 overall record. First-pitch for Wednesday is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (M.S.T.)