The Seward County Community College softball team had their bats alive in their Jayhawk West Conference opening doubleheader sweep over Pratt Community College on Thursday afternoon at Lady Saints Softball Field. Seward County dominated the Lady Beavers in two run-rule victories with a 12-4 win in game-one and a 13-0 shutout in the nightcap. Three Seward County players recorded four hits and three players each tallied six RBI in the doubleheader. Seward County improves their current winning streak to eight games and are now 11-3 overall this season and 2-0 in the Jayhawk West. Pratt falls to 2-7 overall and to 0-2 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

In game-one, Pratt looked to be a contender scoring a run in the top of the first inning. In the bottom of the second inning Jennifer Collins hit a single to center field and Lili Franco followed with a walk. Seward County then took a 2-1 lead with a RBI sacrifice fly from Melissa St. Clair and a RBI double to center field from third baseman Jillian Huber.

Each team scored a run in the third inning and then the Lady Saints took control scoring three runs in the fourth inning and six runs in the fifth. The big hits for Seward County came when shortstop Meisha Patterson hit a two-run triple to center field in the fourth and when St. Clair drove home two runs with a double down the left field line in the fifth.

On the mound the Lady Saints were paced by sophomore Dana McLaren who gave up seven hits, four runs and two walks in her five-inning complete game. McLaren struck out a career-high six batters in the game-one victory.

The Lady Saints collected 11 hits in game-one being led by Patterson (2-for-2, three runs and two RBI), Jena Rue (2-for-4 and five RBI), Collins (2-for-3 and two runs), St. Clair (1-for-2, a run scored and three RBI) and Jillian Huber (2-for-3, run scored and two RBI).

Seward County batted .555 in game-two (15-for-27) with six players recording multi-hit games. St. Clair continued her strong day at the plate going 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI. Huber led all players with four RBI, and went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a triple and a two-run home run to center field.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Stephanie McCarthy went the distance on the mound throwing a five-inning complete game shutout allowing just three hits, one walks and posting one strikeout. Game-two marked McCarthy’s second straight complete game shutout. The Colorado Springs, Colo., native is currently 6-2 with a 1.47 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched this season.

Also swinging the bat well for SCCC in game-two was Sarah Venegas (2-for-3), Lili Franco (3-for-3, home run and two RBI), and Haley Martin (2-for-3).

Seward County will take their eight-game winning streak into a non-conference doubleheader at Lady Saints Softball Field this Sunday, Mar. 4, hosting Northern Oklahoma College for a 1 p.m. first pitch.