I guess it is fair to say that at least on Thursday, the Seward County Lady Saints were about 8 runs better than the Lamar Runniní Lopes as Seward took down Lamar 11-3 in 5 inning run rule wins in both ends of their midweek softball double header. The games were eerily similar as game one saw Lamar get on top 3-0 after 3 innings just to see Seward score 11 unanswered to win 11-3 while in game two the Lopes again jumped ahead 2-0 before the Lady Saints came back to win 11-3.

Lamar wasted no time in getting on the board on the sunny afternoon at Lady Saints Field, taking advantage of a two out Seward walk followed by a single to make it 1-0 Lopes. Lamar added onto their lead in the 2nd inning after they got a leadoff single and scored a run on a two out error by Seward to push their lead to 2-0. Seward got a pair of runners on in the 2nd but couldnít push anything across and Lamar looked totally in control of the game as they scored a 3rd inning run to make it 3-0. There was two outs and nobody on in the Lady Saints half of the 3rd and it looked like the Lopes were well on their way to taking game one when Breanna Diaz singled on a sharp line drive to left and Stephanie Mark came up after her and hit a two run home run over the left center field wall to make it a one run game. The Seward hitting attack continued as Taylor McDougall singled and then scored on an RBI triple from Bianca Adame to tie the game at 3. With two outs, the Lopes were unable to handle a bunt and Adame scored to put the Lady Saints up 4-3. After a 1-2-3 top half of the 4th for Lamar, the Lady Saints were at it again. Christina Wright doubled to start the inning and came home on a single from Diaz to bring Mark to the plate. For the second straight inning, the Seward freshman 1st baseman ignited a pitch over the fence for a two run home run with this one stretching the Lady Saints lead to 7-3. Before long the Lady Saints loaded the bases back up and with two outs Erin Scott singled up the middle to score two and Wrightís second hit of the inning scored another. After the dust was settled on the inning that saw 12 Lady Saints come to the plate, Seward was on top 11-3. Lamar needed a run to extend the game but couldnít get it and the Lady Saints took home game one 11-3. Mark finished 2 for 3 with the 2 home runs and 4 RBIís for the Lady Saints while Diaz and McDougall both had 2 hits and 2 runs scored. Adame had the Lady Saints only 3 hit game as she finished a perfect 3 for 3 with an RBI while Wright was 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI at the bottom of the Seward order. Blaire Taylor earned the win for Seward, going 5 innings and allowing just 1 earned run while striking out 6.
If Seward fans thought Lamar was going to suffer a hangover early in game two after their game one beating, it didnít happen. The Lopes scored two first inning runs to once again take an early 2-0 lead. This time Seward didnít wait to strike though as they got the two runs back and more in the bottom of the 1st inning. Three consecutive singles gave Seward their first run and back to back doubles from Adame and Ashley Kirkes gave them three more and put them on top 4-2. Neither team scored in the 2nd but both did in the 3rd as Lamar put a run up without the benefit of a hit and Seward responded with an RBI double from Kirkes and an RBI triple from Scott to score a pair and make it 6-3 Lady Saints after 3. Lady Saints starter Jill Dickson dispatched of the Lopes in order in the top half of the 4th with a pair of strikeouts and Seward got right back to their hot sticks in the bottom of the inning. Singles from Rachel Shockley and Diaz started the inning and one out singles from McDougall and Adame brought them in to make it 8-3. Another Kirkes RBI gave Seward their ninth run of the game and a Lamar error pushed across run number 10 for the Lady Saints as the 4th came to a close. Dickson sat Lamar down 1-2-3 in the 5th and the Lady Saints decided they didnít want to play anymore on this day as a leadoff single from Wright set the table for Mark later on in the inning and she delivered an RBI double down the right field line to give the Lady Saints the 11-3 modified walkoff win. Seward outhit Lamar 15 to 1 in the game as Dickson went all 5 innings allowing just the 1 hit and 2 earned runs while fanning 7 for the win. The Lady Saints hit up and down their lineup as their 2-6 hitters each had multi-hit games in the win. Kirkes finished 2 for 3 with 4 RBIís while McDougall was a perfect 3 for 3 with 2 RBIís and Adame was 2 for 3 with 2 RBIís.
The Lady Saints hit the 10 win mark in their 14th game of the season and set their sights on Pratt where they will head this weekend where they will see a pair of familiar opponents in the host Beavers as well as the Lopes for the second time this season.