For the third straight season the Seward County Lady Saints reached the Region VI Championship game in Wichita. However, for the first time in those three years, the Lady Saints would come up on the short end of the stick as they battled their way back through the elimination bracket before falling 17-0 to Butler in the championship game to end their 2011 season.

The Lady Saints opened up their tournament on Saturday against Garden City in the quarterfinals of the championship tournament. Garden drew first blood in the battle as they scored two runs without getting a hit to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st. The Lady Saints answered in the bottom half of the inning as Michelle Duford singled home Breanna Diaz who walked to start the inning and Duford herself scored later on on a sacrifice fly from Jill Rodgers to even the score at 2. Another leadoff walk in the 3rd from Diaz started a rally for Seward and the middle of their lineup again picked up the runners on base as Rodgers squeezed a one out single through a hole on the right side to bring home a run and give Seward their first lead of the day at 3-2 after 3. Garden City quickly bounced back to tie the game at 3 when Apsen Kinkaid led off the 4th with a home run and that is where the score would remain into the Seward half of the 5th. The Lady Saints retook the lead as Diaz singled and Leah Sitter doubled behind her to put Seward up 4-3 and would take advantage of a two out error by the Lady Busters to score two more runs and make it 6-3 into the 6th. Garden chipped away at the Lady Saints lead in the 6th with a run to make it 6-4 but Sydney Cicchetti racked up a 1-2-3 inning in the 7th against the top of the Lady Buster lineup to secure the first round win for Seward. The top of the Lady Saints lineup did the bulk of the damage in the win as Diaz and Sitter each had a hit and two runs scored while Rodgers had two RBIís and Duford had the only multi-hit game for Seward. Cicchetti earned the win, going all 7 innings while allowing just 3 hits and striking out 5.
GARDEN CITY QUARTERFINAL BOX SCORE
The win for the Lady Saints in round one set up a much anticipated matchup with Butler, the top seeded team in the tournament. If you are a fan of offense, the first 4 innings just werenít for you. Sewardís Cicchetti was on her game early, carrying a perfect game into the 4th inning while Butlerís Courtney Kasson was equally as good, retiring the Lady Saints in order in each of the first 3 innings before finally allowing a base runner in the Seward 4th. With the pitchers dual intact into the 5th, Butler changed that in a hurry. A leadoff double and an error gave the Grizzlies their first run of the game and after a sacrifice bunt, the same combo scored two more to put Butler on top 3-0. With two on and one out, a walk loaded the bases and three straight hits gave the Grizzlies a 7-0 lead. The Lady Saints finally picked up the second and third outs of the inning but after a quick bottom of the 5th inning Butler was back at it again. After a pop out on the second pitch of the inning, the Grizzlies saw six straight batters reach base, capped by a two run home run to dead center off the bat of Simone Patterson to give themselves a 13-0 lead and leave Seward in disbelief. With the air well out of their balloon, the Lady Saints went down in order in the bottom of the 6th as the game was called due to the run rule with Seward on the bad side of the 13-0 score. Seward managed just a single from Lynda Musick as far as offense in the game and coupled it with four errors in the loss.
BUTLER SEMIFINAL BOX SCORE
Now fighting an uphill battle after the loss, the Lady Saints took the field again, this time in the elimination bracket final against the Lady Busters for the second time in as many days. Seward scored first in the game as Diaz singled to center to leadoff the game and later came around to score on a single from Taylor McDougall to make it 1-0. They got their second run of the game in the top of the 2nd when Musick doubled and came around to score on another single from Diaz to put the gals in green on top 2-0. Garden got their first run of the contest in the bottom of the 2nd when Jennifer Buchwalter launched a solo home run to left to cut the Seward lead in half. Two innings went by with no scoring as Cicchetti held the Lady Busters in check and to the 5th the game went with the score of 2-1. In the Lady Saints half of the 5th Rodgers doubled to start things and scored on a two out single up the middle off the bat of Bianca Adame to put Seward ahead 3-1. Adame then stole second base and scored when Musick ripped her second hit of the day to make it a three run game. Cicchetti again retired the side in order in the 5th to quickly get the Lady Saints back to the plate and they took advantage in a big way as Sitter and Duford singled in front of Rodgers who blasted an 0-1 pitch over the center field wall for a three run home run to make it 7-1 Seward. The Lady Saints made it an 8-1 game in the top of the 7th before the Lady Busters got home run #25 off the bat of Buchwalter in the bottom of the 7th but it was too little too late as Seward eliminated Garden and advanced to the Region VI Championship game with an 8-3 win. The Lady Saints racked up 17 hits in the win including a 4 for 5 game at the top of the lineup from Diaz and a 3 for 5 game in the two hole from Sitter. Rodgers finished 2 for 4 with 4 RBIís and 2 runs scored in the win while Adame was also 2 for 4 and had a stolen base and a run scored. Cicchetti picked up win #25 with another complete game in which she struck out 7 without walking a batter.
GARDEN CITY SEMIFINAL BOX SCORE
In the championship game, a rematch was in order as after the embarrassing loss in the semis, the Lady Saints got another shot at Butler, this time with even more on the line. Things wouldnít get off to a good start for the Lady Saints as a 1st inning home run from Kelli Nicholson quickly put them in a 1-0 hole. Butler added to their lead in the 3rd with a pair of hits, a pair of walks, and then a three run home run to put up a five spot in the inning and take a 6-0 lead. An unearned run for the Grizzlies in the 4th put them on top 7-0 and after another unproductive inning at the plate in the bottom of the inning for the Lady Saints, Butler opened the gap in a big way in the 5th. The Grizzlies sent 14 hitters to the plate in the 5th inning including the first nine reaching base safely. When the bleeding was stopped, Butler had 10 runs on the board and a 17-0 lead. Seward again went down in order on three straight fly balls in the bottom of the inning and in a swift 1:15 the game, and thus the Lady Saints season was over. The Lady Saints were one hit by the Grizzlies for the second time on the day as McDougall had their only knock while the defense was again shaky with 5 errors in the loss.
BUTLER CHAMPIONSHIP BOX SCORE
The Lady Saints season comes to an end with an overall record of 39-13, the seventh straight season that the Seward program has eclipsed the 37 win mark in a year. They will graduate five sophomores while a group of 10 freshman will be back with the team for the 2012 campaign.