Behind good pitching and timely hitting, the Seward County Lady Saints worked a perfect 3-0 Saturday at the Colby Tournament this weekend before day two of the classic was cancelled due to rain. In their first game the Lady Saints took down Jayhawk East foe Cloud County 2-1 thanks to a good pitching performance from Jill Dickson. Their second game pitted them against Luna and Seward shook off a scare from the Lady Roughriders with two runs in the 5th and another 2 in the 6th to come away with a 6-3 win. In their final game of the day they made things a little bit easier on themselves, winning 9-0 over Southeast in 5 innings thanks in part to a complete game shutout from Brittney Sharkey.

On paper, the Lady Saints first game of the tournament didnít seem to be too much of a daunting task as they took on a sub .500 team from the Division II Jayhawk East, the Cloud County Lady Thunderbirds. However, things proved tougher than imagined early on for the Lady Saints against the Lady T-Birds as Seward put traffic on the bases but couldnít bring them around, stranding five baserunners through the first three innings to keep it a scoreless game into the 4th. In an odd top of the 4th inning for the Lady Saints every batter reached base but they were only able to plate one run. How does that happen you ask? Two singles, followed by two fielders choices, another single, a walk, and a fielderís choice to end the inning and after all of the ruckus, just one run for the Lady Saints to take a 1-0 lead. Seward pitcher Jill Dickson gave up her first hit of the game but stranded the runner in the bottom of the 4th and after 4 complete the Lady Saints were on top 1-0. In the Seward 5th, Erin Scott reached with a one out single and promptly stole second and third base, but the Lady Saints couldnít find a way to get here the final 60 feet and she was left at third to keep the score 1-0. Dickson picked up her offense by keeping Cloud off the board through the 6th inning and her offense did the same for her as they came to hit in the top half of the 7th. Still clinging to a 1-0 lead, the Lady Saints got a leadoff double from Stephanie Mark (which broke the schoolís single season doubles record with 25) and she scored on a one out single, the third of the game, from Scott to put Seward ahead 2-0. The insurance run was much needed in the bottom half of the inning as Dicksonís shutout bid was denied by the Lady T-Birds in their final at bats as they squeezed a run across with two outs to make it 2-1 and had runners on the corners before a pop fly to right field landed in the glove of Rachel Shockley to end the threat and the game with the Lady Saints winning 2-1. Dickson went the distance, allowing just 3 hits and the 1 run while fanning 10 Cloud County hitters in earning the win. Scott finished the game 3 for 4 with a 2 stolen bases while Bianca Adame added 2 hits and an RBI at the top of the Seward order.
In their second game of the day, the Lady Saints matched up with Luna under the lights in Colby. The Lady Saints quickly staked themselves out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning when Shockley led off with a single and was driven home with two outs by Samantha Darrin. Seward added to their lead in the 3rd with three consecutive singles capped by an RBI knock from Scott to make it 2-0 gals in green. The score remained 2-0 into the bottom half of the 4th when Luna finally got things going on the offensive end. A two out walk followed by an error sparked a Lady Roughrider rally and two singles later Luna had erased the Lady Saints lead and took one of their own at 3-2. The Lady Saints fought right back, scoring two runs in the top of the 5th on a two out RBI single from Taylor McDougall to take the lead back 4-3. Seward added two more runs to give themselves some cushion in the 6th on another two out RBI knock, this time from Mark and after 6 they led 6-3. Luna loaded the bases in the 7th, bringing the winning run to the plate with nobody out in the inning, but a strikeout followed by a line drive double play quickly ended the game to the delight of the Lady Saints in a 6-3 win. Eight of the nine Lady Saints starters had a hit in the win as Seward packed together 14 hits in the game. Carissa Hackett led the way with a 3 for 4 game while Mark, Scott, and Samantha Darrin all had 2 hits and an RBI for the Lady Saints. Blaire Taylor earned the win in the circle for Seward, going 6 innings without allowing an earned run while Dickson came in to finish it off to get her first save of the season.
Seward wrapped up their Saturday schedule with Southeast CC from Beatrice, Nebraska. For the third straight game, the Lady Saints jumped ahead early. This time it was a big 2nd inning to give Seward the lead as a two out RBI double from Adame highlighted a four run inning for the Lady Saints to make it 4-0. The Lady Saints added to their lead in the 3rd as three straight hits from Mark, Scott, and Shockley to score a run and RBIís later on from Darrin and Hackett made it 7-0. That was more than enough support for Seward righthander Brittney Sharkey, who dominated Southeast in the circle in the game, retiring the five hitters in a row in the 4th and 5th innings to give the LadY Saints a 9-0 run rule win. Sharkey allowed just 3 hits in the complete game shutout. Scott finished a perfect 3 for 3 with 2 runs scored while Shockley and Adame each had 2 hits and 2 RBIís for the Lady saints in the win.
With Trinidad State and Lamar scheduled for the Lady Saints on Sunday, the rain poured down overnight and day two of the tournament was cancelled. The 3-0 weekend leaves Seward County at 32-17 overall on the season which is the record they will take into Wednesdayís battle with Jayhawk West rival Garden City at Lady Saints Field. Wednesday will be sophomore day for six Lady Saint sophomores who will be playing their last home game here in Liberal, with pregame ceremonies to honor those players. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00.