The Seward County Lady Saints headed to Pratt this weekend to try and defend their back to back tournament championships at the Lady Beavers annual event. Seward came from behind to win their first two games 7-5 and 8-4 against Ellsworth and Lamar on day one before falling to Pratt 5-0 in their final pool play game on Saturday. On Sunday the Lady Saints faced off against Lamar for the fifth time in the week and took care of them 12-3 in run rule fashion to set up a Seward vs. Pratt championship game. The Lady Saints led late in the game but the Lady Beavers, as they had all weekend, came back late to shock Seward 4-3 to take home the win.

Sewardís first game of the weekend pitted them for the first time in school history against Ellsworth CC from Iowa City, Iowa. The Lady Saints scored the gameís first run as they took advantage of two Lady Panther errors in the 2nd to go ahead 1-0. Ellsworth quickly responded with a two out run of their own in the bottom of the inning and the teams were tied at 1 into the 3rd. Neither team scored in the 3rd but the Lady Saints got their offense going early and often in the top half of the 4th. Three straight singles by Stephanie Mark, Taylor McDougall, and Bianca Adame started the inning and put the Lady Saints on top 2-1 and a wild pitch and an RBI groundout by Ashley Kirkes plated two more to put Seward up 4-1. The Lady Saints lead didnít last long though, Ellsworth pushed back for four runs in the bottom of the inning, helped by three straight Seward errors to take the lead back 5-4. Seward got a one out single from Rachel Shockley and a double behind her from Breanna Diaz to tie the game at 5. Lady Saints reliever Jill Dickson shut down the Lady Panthers in the 5th and 6th and gave Seward the chance to win it in the 7th. After two quick outs, Mark continued her big week and sent an 0-1 pitch flying over the center field wall for a home run to break the tie and put the Lady Saints up 6-5. McDougall singled following the bomb and Adame drove her in for an insurance run to put the Lady Saints up 7-5. Dickson worked the 7th without allowing a hit to close the game and give the Lady Saints the 7-5 victory. The middle of the Seward lineup was deadly in the win as Mark went 2 for 4 with the home run, McDougall was 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and Adame was 3 for 4 and accounted for 4 runs with 2 scored and 2 driven in. Dickson earned the win out of the bullpen, going 3 2/3 shutout innings allowing just 1 hit while fanning 5 and not walking a batter.
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In their second pool play game of the day, the Lady Saints matched up with the Lamar Lady Lopes. Seward wasted no time in getting ahead in this one as Shockley singled to start the game and was driven home two batters later by Mark who singled through the box to make it 1-0. The Lady Saints scored two more in the 2nd as Erin Scott singled to get things going and scored on a Shockley RBI single and Seward added another run later in the inning to make it 3-0. Lamar scored three runs of their own in the bottom half of the 2nd after two straight two out walks in front of a double and two singles to tie the game at 3. The Lopes took their first lead of the game in the 3rd with a pair of singles and after 3 it was 4-3 Lamar. The Lady Saints didnít trail for long as their potent offensive attack was back at it in the top half of the 4th. An RBI single from Christina Wright tied the game at 4 before Shockleyís second RBI knock of the day put Seward back ahead 5-4. Dickson again came to Sewardís rescue out of the bullpen and blanked the Lopes in the 4th and the Lady Saints responded with another run in the top of the 5th with a leadoff triple from Adame and an RBI single from Kirkes to extend their lead to 6-4. Seward put the game away in the 6th as Diaz and Mark lashed doubles back to back to start the inning and McDougall lined a single up the middle for another run to make it 8-4. That was all that Dickson needed as the Lady Saints sophomore took it home from there and got a pair of strikeouts in the bottom of the 7th to give the Lady Saints the 8-4 win. Shockley and Mark each went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIís in the win while Scott picked up a 3 hit game of her own. McDougall and Adame each had 2 hits in 4 chances and Dickson earned another win in relief as she went 4 2/3 allowing just 3 hits while punching out 7.
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After going 4-0 against the Pratt Lady Beavers in their four early season meetings, Seward had to feel good going into their final matchup of the day against the Beavs. Letís just say, they wouldnít feel good after things were done. The Lady Saints got runners into scoring position in the 1st and 2nd innings but left them stranded and Pratt scored the gameís first run in the bottom of the 2nd with a two out home run to make it 1-0. Seward wasted a leadoff single from Scott in the 3rd and squandered their best scoring chance of the game in the 4th with two on and no outs to keep Pratt ahead 1-0 after 3 Ĺ. The Lady Beavers added onto their lead in the bottom of the inning as their first six hitters of the frame reached base with just two hits and they pushed across four unearned runs to make it 5-0 Pratt after 4. The bad inning took the wind out of the Seward sails and the Lady Saints didnít manage as much as a baserunner for the rest of the game, going 1-2-3 in the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings to fall 5-0. The Lady Saints had just 4 hits in the game with an Adame triple being the only extra base hit of the nightcap. Seward starter Blaire Taylor went the distance, allowing just 1 earned run and striking out 4 while taking the tough luck loss.
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The Lady Saints struggles continued as they hit the field Sunday for bracket play, but thankfully those troubles didnít last for long. Lamar got on the board first with a pair of 1st inning doubles to make it 1-0 but Seward responded with a big bottom half of the inning, getting 4 runs on a two out two RBI single from Adame and a two run home run from Scott behind that to make it 4-1 Seward. In the 2nd, Alex Fuentes singled to start things off and later came around to score on a Shockley single to make it 5-1. After Lamar got a run back in the top of the 3rd to make it 5-2, the Lady Saints put up another crooked number with RBIís from Scott, Fuentes, and Shockley to take a comfortable 8-2 lead. The Lopes tallied another lone run in the 4th to cut the Seward lead to 8-3 but the Lady Saints big day at the plate continued in their next trips to the plate as Fuentes brought home two more with a single and Carissa Hackett found a hole to give the Lady Saints another run to put them up 12-3. Needing to score two runs to have the game continued, the Lopes put two runners on in the top of the 5th but Taylor got a strikeout to end the threat and give Seward the run rule win. Speedsters Adame and Scott carried the Lady Saints in the win, both going 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored and combining to drive in 5 runs. Fuentes finished her best day as a collegiate 2 for 2 with 3 RBIís and a run scored and Shockley finished with 2 RBIís at the top of the lineup. Taylor earned the win in the circle, going all 5 innings, allowing just 2 earned runs while fanning 4.
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With a Pratt win, it was Seward County against the Lady Beavers in the tournament finale. After two innings, Seward had already topped their offensive production against the Beavers from the teamís first matchup of the weekend as McDougall sent a ball flying out of the yard to lead off the 2nd to make it 1-0. The Lady Saints added on in the 3rd inning after a Pratt error, getting an RBI double from Shockley and an RBI groundout from Mark to put themselves on top 3-0. The Beavs got a run back with a pair of hits in the 4th to slice into the Seward lead and the Lady Saints bats went silent in the 4th and 5th and after 5 the score was 3-1 Seward. A double play squashed a Lady Saints rally in the top of the 6th and the Lady Beavers woke their sticks up in the bottom half of the frame. A leadoff double followed by three Lady Saint errors tied the game and a two out RBI single for Pratt pushed the go ahead run across home plate to make it 4-3. After two quick outs to start the inning, Hackett kept the Lady Saints hopes alive with a single but Seward couldnít move her around to send it to extras and the Lady Beavers went on to win the title on their home field 4-3. Adame was the only Seward player with multiple hits in the game as she finished 2 for 3 while Shockley, Mark, and McDougall each had a hit and an RBI in the loss. Dickson suffered the loss in the circle, going all 6 innings, allowing 4 runs but just 1 earned while striking out 7.
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Seward is now 13-6 overall on the season and will need to get things figured out in a hurry as Wednesday the team that knocked the Lady Saints off their perch atop the Jayhawk West Conference, the defending Region VI Champion Butler Lady Grizzlies come to town to kick off conference play at 2:00 at Lady Saints Field.