The Seward County Community College softball team looks to be peaking at the right time of the season winning nine of their last ten games. Their winning streak was extended to six games yesterday sweeping a District doubleheader at Cloud County Community College, 5-4 and 7-0. Seward County improves to 32-20 overall, remains 10-4 in the Jayhawk West and is now 9-5 in District competition. With two regular season games remaining, the Lady Saints are in second place in District and third place in the Jayhawk West Conference.




In game-one, Seward used consistent hitting from the middle and bottom of their line-up, as their 5-through-9 hole hitters batted 9-for-18 with all five runs batted in (RBI). Lady Saints starting pitcher, Becky Holland, allowed four Lady T-Bird runs in the opening two innings, but then settled in and let the SCCC defense make plays behind her and also struck out four batters in the final five frames. Holland improves to 15-9 this season.

SCCC center fielder, Haley Martin, led the way going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Allison Bellar (2-for-4) and Joanna Palacios (2-for-4) each added two hits apiece.

Game-two was a pitchers dual during the first five innings as both teams together equaled no runs and six base hits. In the sixth inning is when Seward County caught fire scoring four runs as Meisha Patterson and Amanda McCue recorded back-to-back singles to start the rally.

The seventh inning the Lady Saints were started by Patterson’s triple, McCue’s single and then brought home on sophomore, Kati Jo Gabaldon’s 14th home run of the season, to extend their lead to 7-0.

Sophomore, Sarah Wittwer, picked up her 14th victory this year pitching a complete-game five hit shutout. Wittwer is now 14-6 with a 2.84 earned run average.

The Lady Saints will finish their home and regular season schedule Friday, April 28 at home in a rematch with Cloud County at Lady Saints Softball Field. The regular season home finale will be a Jayhawk West and District doubleheader starting at 3:00 p.m.

The Lady Saints will finish in second place in the District standings with the Division I Region VI Tournament being held at Colby Community College next weekend (May 5-6). The Lady Saints are the defending champions of the Region VI Tourney as last year Seward County defeated Garden City 3-1, in the championship game in Liberal.