The Seward County Community College softball program has announced that four sophomores from 2005-2006 have signed with four-year universities for the 2006-2007 school year. SCCC sophomores, Kati Jo Gabaldon (Texas A&M-Kingsville), Sarah Wittwer (Norfolk State University), Stephanie Jaime (Friends University), and Allison Bellar (Friends University) have all signed scholarship agreements for the upcoming year.

These four sophomores were main contributors for the Lady Saints the past two seasons where the program won back-to-back Region VI Tournament titles, and also finished as Jayhawk West Conference champions in 2005. In two seasons these sophomores guided the Lady Saints to an 83-44 overall record and a 25-7 Jayhawk West Conference record.

Seward County Head Softball Coach, Andrea Gustafson, has now coached 16 players in four seasons at SCCC that have transferred to play at four-year schools.

Gabaldon, a 5’7” outfielder from Belen, N.M. (Los Lunas H.S.) left Seward County as the most productive hitter in the program’s eight year history. Gabaldon is headed to the University of Texas A&M- Kingsville (NCAA D-II), who competes in the Lone Star South Conference. In 2006, TAMK finished with a 25-26 overall record with a fourth place finish in the South Conference. Under third year head coach Jake Schumann, the Lady Javelinas are 86-76 overall.

Gabaldon hit .364 with 16 home runs, 15 doubles, and 59 RBI during her sophomore season. Gabaldon owns the SCCC all-time home run record for career (34) and single season home runs (19 in 2005), and is also No. 1 in school history with 109 career RBI and 59 RBI in a single season.

Wittwer, a 5’7” right handed pitcher from Grand Junction, Colo., (Grand Junction Central H.S.) will join former teammate, Hitomi Greene, at Norfolk State University (Norfolk, Va.) next year. Norfolk State is a NCAA Division I program that competes in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Last season, Norfolk State finished their season 21-33 overall and 7-7 in the MEAC (5th place). Greene, a 2005 Lady Saint shortstop earned Second Team All-MEAC batting .309 with 34 runs, 11 doubles and 30 RBI. Another former Lady Saint, Natasha Steele (2004 SCCC graduate) finished her senior year at Norfolk State in 2006 while leading the team in wins (11), innings pitched (157.2), and strikeouts (54).

Wittwer was one of the Lady Saints main reasons they won back-to-back Region VI titles during her two seasons at SCCC. Wittwer finished her junior college career with a 35-21 record including a 2.78 earned run average and 154 strikeouts. Wittwer was a two-time Jayhawk West and NJCAA All-Region VI selection, and in 2005 was named NJCAA National Pitcher of the Week (April 28, 2005).

Bellar and Jaime have spent the majority of their softball careers playing side-by-side in the same uniform, and that will continue as both all-region players have signed with Friends University for the 2006-2007 school year. After graduating from Coronado H.S. (Lubbock, TX) in 2004, both Jaime and Bellar signed with Seward County and in two seasons with the Lady Saints the duo would each earn All-Conference and All-Region VI honors in their careers at SCCC.

Friends University captured the 2006 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and finished their season with a 26-21 overall record. Friends Univ. (NAIA) returns four all-conference players for next season after finishing 12-4 in KCAC Conference play (2nd place) last season.

Jaime, a starting second baseman for two seasons with the Lady Saints completed her career with impressive statistics. Jaime played in 119 games with a .291 batting average (106-for-364), 83 runs scored, 21 doubles, five triples, three home runs, 49 walks, 46 RBI, and 19 stolen bases.

Bellar, who played third base, first base, and designated hitter in her two seasons finished her career playing in 124 games, batting .309 (122-for-394) with 75 runs scored, 30 doubles (school record), nine home runs, and 74 RBI.