The Seward County Community College softball team opened their regular season this past weekend at the Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth, Texas. The Lady Saints took on nationally-ranked competition while finishing with a 3-3 overall record. Seward County defeated McLennan (TX) C.C. 4-3, No. 10 Blinn (TX) College 3-1, and Western Oklahoma 11-5, while dropping games to No. 29 Texarkana (TX) College 3-2, Paris (TX) J.C. 6-3 and Labette C.C. 3-0. Seward County is now 3-3 overall this season.

In their season-opener, Seward County collected their biggest win over nationally-ranked Blinn College. The Lady Saints took control early with two runs in the first inning and used a dominating pitching performance from sophomore Dana McLaren, who pitched in her first-ever game for the Lady Saints. McLaren pitched a complete game allowing five hits, one earned run, two walks and collecting four strikeouts. Sophomore third baseman Meisha Patterson went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Sarah Venegas led all players with two runs batted in.

Seward County also defeated McLennan C.C. on Friday afternoon, despite trailing 3-2 going into the bottom of the fifth inning. Seward County used a RBI single from Venegas to score the tying and winning runs giving the Lady Saints the come from behind victory. Sophomore pitcher Stephanie McCarthy got the win throwing a complete game, while allowing six hits, three runs (no earned runs) and adding a strikeout. Patterson again led the way going 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI.

The Lady Saints dropped their only game on Friday to No. 29 Texarkana 3-2, although SCCC out hit the Texas junior college, 7-5. Freshman shortstop Rachel Balencia recorded her first collegiate multi-hit game going 2-for-3 with a run scored and a double. Freshman second baseman Jena Rue collected a double with an RBI and Venegas also chipped in a RBI. Freshman pitcher Carissa Nelson started the game and went three innings before McCarthy entered the game in the fourth inning, where she allowed two hits and two runs while earning the loss.

Seward County entered bracket competition on Saturday, and struggled with two losses and one win.

SCCC dropped their first game on Saturday to Paris J.C. 6-3, after committing four errors on defense. Six Seward County players had base hits with Venegas collecting a team-high two RBI. McLaren received the loss pitching a five-inning complete game, where she allowed five hits and only two earned runs.

The Lady Saints then put together a complete game defeating Western Oklahoma 11-5. Rue led Seward County going 4-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, home run and three RBI. Patterson also tallied a multi-RBI game going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a home run and two RBI. Sophomore outfielder Lili Franco went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and posted her first career home run with a solo line-drive shot over the centerfield fence in the fourth inning.

McCarthy picked up the victory on the mound pitching five innings and adding two strikeouts. Seward County recorded five multi-hits, and batted .385 in the victory.

In the final game of the Cowtown Classic, Seward County was shutout 3-0 by Jayhawk East Conference foe Labette C.C. The Lady Saints didnít record a base hit until the fifth inning when centerfielder Haley Martin hit an infield single. Seward County was led in tournament play by Patterson, who batted .444 in the six games and Rue, who led the team with three doubles and recorded a .412 batting average.

The Lady Saints will play their first home doubleheader of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 21, against Frank Phillips College. The non-conference doubleheader will begin at 2 p.m. at Lady Saints Softball Field.