On Sunday, ten Seward County Community College sophomore softball players played their final doubleheader on their home field at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. The Lady Saints sent their sophomores out in fashion with two eight-run rule victories over Cloud County Community College, 11-0 and 12-4. Seward County finishes their regular season in third place in the Jayhawk West Conference (12-4) and in second place in the Region VI District standings (11-5). The Lady Saints are heading into the post season hotter than any other team in the Region VI, winning their last eight games and 11 of their last 12 match-ups.

Seward County (34-20) jumped all over the Lady T-Birds scoring three runs in the first, four runs in the second and four runs in the fourth inning. Five Seward County players joined the two-hit parade including sophomores, Amanda McCue and Allison Bellar who each drove in two runs.

Bellar hit her sixth home run of the season in the first inning as she drove a two-run shot out of the ballpark also scoring shortstop, Meisha Patterson. McCue was the only SCCC player to record two extra base hits with a double in the second inning and a triple in the fourth.

Sophomore pitching standout, Becky Holland, earned her 16th win of the season, in her last outing at Lady Saints Softball Field. Holland, who was named National Pitcher of the Week last Wednesday, pitched five innings allowing only three base hits. Holland now has 42 career victories in her stellar two year career at Seward County.

Game-two proved to be the same as the Lady Saints erupted for five runs in the first inning and tacked on eight runs in the fourth inning.

McCue continued her torrid hitting going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI with another triple. McCue for the afternoon went 5-for-6 with three runs scored, double, two triples and five RBI. Sophomore right fielder, Kati Jo Gabaldon, hit her team-leading 15th home run of the season in the first inning, a three run shot, as she went 1-for-3 with three RBI in her final game at home.

Sarah Wittwer was the winning pitcher in game-two, notching her 15th victory this season and her 35th career win for the Lady Saints.

Seward County will now move into post-season play where they are the defending Region VI D-I Tournament champions from a year ago. This year Seward will travel to Colby Community College who is hosting the five-team tournament starting on Friday (May 5) and running through Saturday (May 6). Seward County is the No. 2 seed in this years bracket, placing them in a first round match-up with third place (District standings), Barton County Community College (11-34, 6-10 District) at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5 in Colby.

A victory against Barton County will place the Lady Saints in a winnerís bracket game at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening against the winner of Colby and their game against the winner of Cloud County/Garden City. If Seward County drops their first round game, they will play an elimination game at 4:00 p.m. on Friday against the loser of Cloud County/Garden City.

Region VI D-I Softball Tournament Pairings:
Friday, May 5
Game 1: (5) Cloud County vs. (4) Garden City @ 10:00 a.m.
Game 2: (3) Barton County vs. (2) Seward County @ 12:00 p.m.
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. (1) Colby @ 2:00 p.m.
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 @ 4:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 2 @ 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 6
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3 @ 10:00 a.m.
Game 7: Loser Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 @ 12:00 p.m.
Game 8: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 7 @ 2:00 p.m. (Championship Game)
Game 9: Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 8 @ 4:00 p.m. (If Necessary Championship Game)