Seward County sophomore Stephanie Mark added to her impressive list of career accomplishments this weekend as the Lady Saints took on the Lamar Runniní Lopes on the road in Lamar. After a two hit game in game one of the double header to help lead the Lady Saints from behind in a 7-6 win, Mark was a perfect 4 for 4 in game two of the twinbill, cracking her 39th career double to break the schoolís all-time record and collecting her 98th, 99th, and 100th career RBIís to make her one of just five players to accomplish that feat.

A struggling Lamar squad took the early lead in game one, scoring a 1st inning run after a Seward error and one out single to go ahead 1-0. The Lady Saints had their first real scoring chance of the game in the top of the 3rd, scoring a run with two outs after back to back singles from Stephanie Mark and Michelle Duford, to tie the game at one, but a fly out would leave both runners on base as Lamar averted further damage to keep it a 1-1 game. The ĎLopes came out swinging in the bottom of the 3rd, torching Seward pitching for three runs on three hits and took advantage of a Lady Saints error to reclaim the lead 4-1. Still stunned by the big inning, the Lady Saints went down without a fight in the 4th, striking out twice in a 1-2-3 frame. Lamar led their half of the 4th off with a triple and three pitches later a sacrifice fly extended their lead to 5-1. Finally Seward showed some signs of life on the offensive end in the top of the 5th as the Lady Saints capitalized on a two out error to extend the inning and got RBI knocks from Duford and Becky Allen to climb back to within one at 5-4. That remained the score as the teams went to the 7th after Seward pitcher Brittney Sharkey held the Lamar lineup in check to give the Lady Saints a shot in the final inning. It was looking bleak for the Lady Saints as the first two batters of the inning were retired and Lamar was just one out away from sealing up their first win in three weeks. Thatís when Seward sprung to action. Duford doubled and Allen walked to put the tying and go ahead runs on base. A single from Jenna Keen scored Duford to tie the game at 5 and a single from Felisha Vogelaar on the next pitch plated Allen to give Seward their first lead of the game 6-5. Still with two runners on, Sierra Tadiarca singled through the left side to bring home an insurance run for the Lady Saints to make it 7-5 and it would prove crucial in the end. The Lady Saints committed their 5th error of the game to start the bottom of the 7th with the game on the line, but were able to keep that runner at first as the collected their first two outs of the inning. However, with two outs, Maddy Chadwick tripled to right center to score the run to make it a 7-6 game and put herself just 60 feet away from tying the game up. After battling the next hitter Taylor Chavez to a 1-2 count, Sharkey came up big for the Lady Saints, inducing a ground ball to get out of the trouble and finish out the 7-6 nailbiting win for Seward.
Duford led a 12 hit attack for the Lady Saints, going 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIís while Mark and Allen each had a hit and an RBI for the gals in green. Sharkey went the distance in the circle for Seward, allowing 7 hits and 6 runs, 4 earned, while striking out 5 to earn her 10th win of the 2013 season.
The second game was another slow start for Seward as they fell behind 3-0 right away as the Runniní Lopes used three 1st inning singles and a Lady Saints error to put Seward in a hole early. This time the Lady Saints didnít wait around for the late game dramatics to get back into it though. Seward used a two run single from Samantha Phelps to make it a 3-2 game and another two out single later on from Mark to put them on top 4-3 after 2. The Lady Saints added to their lead in the 3rd as Allen led off with a single and later scored on a sac fly from Tadiarca to make it 5-3. Lamar scored a run in the 3rd on a two out double to make it 5-4 and were close to tying the game at 5 when Seward cut down Chavez trying to score to stay on top by one. The Lady Saints got the run back in the top of the 4th on a record breaking swing by Mark as the Seward sophomore ripped a one out double to break the schoolís all-time doubles record with her 39th two bagger and on the play Rachel Shockley scored to give Mark her 100th career RBI as a Lady Saint and put Seward up 6-4. A Seward error let Lamar cut their deficit to one at 6-5 in the bottom of the 4th and the Lopes threatened again in the 5th with two on and one out, but Lady Saints starter Brittany Hopkins got a key strikeout followed by a groundout to get out of the jam and keep Seward in front by one. The Lady Saints had a chance to build on their lead in the top of the 6th as they got a pair of singles from Shockley and Mark, but a harmless fly out ended the inning and kept them off the scoreboard to keep it a one run game 6-5. In the bottom of the 6th Lamar made Seward pay for not tacking on to their lead when they had the chance. With two on and two out, Chadwick found the gap for her third triple of the day to bring both runners home and give the Lopes their first lead since the 1st inning 7-6. Still with two outs, the Lopes added another run on Chavezís second double of the game to make it 8-6 and after a beanball, Seward was finally able to escape any further damage, but the bulk of the damage was done as Lamar took an 8-6 lead. The Lady Saints were down to their last out after just three pitches in the 7th when Vogelaar battled deep into the count before singling to bring the tying run to the plate. The excitement of the opportunity was short-lived as two pitches later a ground ball proved the Lady Saints last as they were retired in the inning and therefore the game as Lamar snapped a 9 game losing streak with an 8-6 win over the Lady Saints.
Seward outhit the Lopes in the loss 14-11, but two Lady Saints errors cost them 2 runs, which turned out to be the difference in the 8-6 defeat. Mark was the bright spot for Seward in the loss, going a perfect 4 for 4 with a double and 3 RBIís in the record breaking performance. Phelps finished 2 for 3 with 2 RBIís and Shockley and Vogelaar each had 2 hits for the Lady Saints. Hopkins takes the loss, dropping to 5-8 on the season after going 5 2/3 innings and allowing 11 hits and 6 earned runs.
The Lady Saints move to 22-18 on the year while Lamar goes to 13-29 with the split. Next up for Seward is a home double header on Tuesday against Frank Phillips starting at 2:00 before traveling to the Colby Tournament next weekend.