The Seward County Lady Saints moved to 4-0 on the early season Tuesday afternoon in Pratt as they defeated the Lady Beavers 6-5 and 10-2 to sweep a double header from Pratt for the second time in as many weeks. Game one was a little dicey for Seward early as they fell behind 2-0 after 3 innings before tying it in the 5th and taking the lead in the 6th for good and then hung on late to win 6-5. Game two saw the Lady Saints storm out to an early lead and never look back as a pair of late home runs made the score look a little bit prettier as they went on to the 10-2 victory.

The Lady Saints had trouble getting going on the offensive end in game one of the twin bill. They went down in order in the 1st, a lone two out single in the 2nd, and couldnít take advantage of a leadoff error in the 3rd as they left Erin Scott stranded at third to remain scoreless. Thankfully Seward starter Jill Dickson was able to wiggle out of a pair of early jams as she stranded two runners in the 1st with a strikeout and got a pop out in the 2nd to leave two runners in scoring position to keep the game scoreless. In the 3rd however, her luck ran out as a leadoff single and a one out single put two runners on and a misplayed fly ball brought the first run of the game in to put Pratt up 1-0. After the inning was extended because of the error, the Lady Beavers struck again with a two out single to score their second run to go on top 2-0 after 3 innings of play. The Lady Saints cut the Pratt lead in half with a run in the top of the 4th after Stephanie Mark singled to start the frame and advanced on an error before Kennisha Montgomery drove her in with a groundout to make it 2-1 in favor of Pratt. Dickson spun a quick 1-2-3 bottom of the 4th for Seward and the Lady Saints took advantage by getting back to back singles from Scott and Clarissa Hackett to score a run to knot the game up at 2. Pratt looked like they were going to regain the lead in the 5th as they got a leadoff hit and stolen base followed by a groundball to put a runner on third with just one out but Dickson came up big with two straight strikeouts to shut down the rally and keep the score 2-2. In the top of the 6th Taylor McDougall broke the tie in a big way, sending a 1-0 pitch screaming over the center field wall for a home run to put the Lady Saints up 3-2. Seward handled three straight chances on defense in the 6th cleanly and got right back on the bats in the 7th. Ashley Kirkes singled to start the inning and then Seward got their two step on. Breanna Diaz doubled to right to bring Kirkes in and Marks did the same to quickly bring her home to make it 5-2. Then it was McDougallís turn and she kept the merry-go-round a spinning with a double of her own to plate pinch runner Christina Wright to give the Lady Saints some breathing room up 6-2. Just when it looked like the game was in hand, Seward found out the importance of tacking on those insurance runs in the top of the inning as Pratt screamed back to score three runs to make it a one run game and had a chance to tie the game with the equalizer at second base but the Lady Saints got a pop up to left field that was caught by Kirkes to end the game as Seward hung on to win 6-5. The Lady Saints pounded out 11 hits in the game and got at least one hit from eight of their nine starters. McDougall had 2 hits and 2 RBIís while Mark and Montgomery both had 2 hits and a run driven in. Dickson picked up the win, throwing 127 pitches in her 7 innings of work while allowing 8 hits, 5 runs and striking out 5.
Seward didnít mess around with having to provide the late game dramatics in game two of the double header. The Lady Saints got on the board right away as Kirkes and Marks both singled and later scored on Pratt errors to give Seward the early 2-0 lead. The Lady Beavers put two on with nobody out in the first but Blaire Taylor was able to work her way out of trouble with a pair of pop ups and a one hopper back to her to keep Seward up by two. The Lady Saints added to their lead in the 2nd thanks in part to more defensive miscues by the Lady Beavs as they scored three runs on just one hit and got an RBI from Diaz to go on top 5-0. Taylor kept Pratt off-balance throughout and it wasnít until the 4th when they scratched out their first run, in no fault of hers, as the Lady Saints dropped two straight fly balls in the outfield to allow a run to score to cut their lead to 5-1 after 4. As their lineup turned over to start the 5th the Lady Saints powerful top of the order was back to work and after doubles from Kirkes and Marks got things going, a two run shot from McDougall cleared the wall to put Seward up 8-1. Pratt got a run back in the 5th but neither team scored in the 6th and it was 8-2 Seward going to the 7th. After two quick outs in the 7th, McDougall picked up another extra base hit with a double and Montgomery squared up an 0-1 offering for her first collegiate home run to put the Lady Saints on top 10-2. With the wind out of their sails, the Lady Beavers didnít put up much of a fight in the bottom of the inning and Taylor worked through them smoothly to secure the win for the Lady Saints 10-2. Kirkes did her job for Seward at the top of the lineup, rapping a pair of hits and scoring three runs while Mark and McDougall also had multi-hit games and McDougall and Montgomeryís power shows earned them 2 RBIís each in the game. Taylor picked up her second win of the season as she went all 7 innings for the Lady Saints, allowing just 1 earned run and striking out a pair.
The gals in green remain perfect after two weeks of action in the 2012 season but begin a stretch of six games in four days starting on Thursday when they will travel to Tonkawa, Oklahoma to take on Northern Oklahoma in their yearly meeting. Seward will then go to Dodge City on Friday before returning home on Sunday to take on Otero at Lady Saints Field at 12:00.