Seward County sophomore Jill Dickson made school history yesterday, firing the Lady Saints first no-hitter in Jayhawk West Conference play in program history. Dicksonís no-no led Seward to an 8-0 win over Colby in game one of a double header with the Lady Trojans while a 12 hit attack propelled the Lady Saints to a 12-4 game two win to move into a 1st place tie atop the conference standings.

Dickson breezed through a 1-2-3 1st for the Lady Saints and the Seward offense responded with three hits, including an RBI single from Rachel Shockley to make it 1-0. After working around an error in the 2nd to keep Colby from scoring, the Lady Saints packed onto their lead in a big way in the bottom of the inning. Seward sent 10 hitters to the plate in the inning and got the big blows on a Diaz RBI double and a Shockley 2 RBI triple en route to a six run inning to give them a 7-0 lead. A one out single and stolen base from Bianca Adame in front of a Stephanie Mark double gave the Lady Saints another tally to put them up 8-0 and Dickson did the rest shutting down Colby in the 4th and 5th, getting a pop out to first base to end things and complete the no-hitter. Dickson struck out 3 in the no-no, with Colbyís only baserunners of the game coming via a pair of walks and one Seward error. The top three hitters in the Lady Saints lineup were deadly in the win as Adame, Diaz, and Mark combined to go 6 for 8 while scoring 5 runs and Shockley being a key factor to those runs as she was 2 for 3 with 3 RBIís.
A more aggressive Colby bunch jumped on Seward in the top half of the 1st in game two and plated a run after a Lady Saints error to make it 1-0. Seward responded though and got the run back in the bottom of the inning after a Colby error to tie it up at 1-1. Seward took advantage of a disastrous defensive inning from the Lady Trojans in the 2nd as Colby committed five errors to allow four Seward County runs as the Lady Saints went on top 6-1. Colby didnít quit though and strung together three straight hits behind a Seward error to plate three runs to quickly get back into the ballgame at 6-4. Then it was Sewardís turn once again to get the bats going and that they did as the first five hitters of the inning reached including a 2 RBI double from Ashley Kirkes and a pair of Colby errors later it was 10-4 Lady Saints. Seward got two more runs in the 4th on RBIís from Adame and Diaz to make it 12-4 and Blaire Taylor worked out of trouble in the Colby 5th to put the clamps on a 12-4 run rule win. The game will not be included in any defensive skills videos as the two teams combined for 14 errors in the 5 inning game with just 7 of the 16 runs scored in the contest being earned. Taylor earned the win for Seward in the circle as she went all 5 innings without allowing an earned run and striking out 3. Adame and Diaz were again good at the top of the Lady Saints order as Adame went 2 for 4 with 2 stolen bases and 2 runs scored while Diaz was 3 for 4 and scored 3 times. Kirkes finished 2 for 3 with 2 RBIís and 2 runs scored and Christina Wright had 2 hits and scored twice in the win.
The Lady Saints improve to 28-14 overall and 6-2 in Jayhawk West Conference play where they move into a 1st place tie with Butler who is 5-1. Seward has now won 6 of their last 7 and 8 out of their last 10 games and will try to extend that streak today as they battle Trinidad State in a non-conference tilt starting at 1:00 at Lady Saints Field.