The Seward County Community College softball team hit 11 home runs in a Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader sweep against Dodge City Community College on Thursday afternoon in Dodge City. The Lady Saints improved their winning streak to 14 games, including six conference wins in a row, with a 10-1 win in game-one and a 14-4 (five innings) victory in the nightcap. Sophomore designated player Sarah Venegas led the SCCC offense with four home runs, including three straight home runs in game-two. Seward County improves to 17-3 overall this season and to 6-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference. Dodge City falls to 4-4 overall and to 4-2 in conference competition.

In game-one, Dodge City took their only lead of the day with a 1-0 advantage going into the third inning. The Dodge City lead didnítí last long as Seward County scored four runs in the third inning sparked by on a grand slam by Venegas to center field.

Seward Countyís offense then couldnít be stopped scoring runs in the fourth and fifth innings and two runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings.

Sophomore right-handed starting pitcher Dana McLaren tossed a seven inning complete game, allowing one run, one walk and striking out five batters. McLaren is now a perfect 3-0 in conference games with a 1.31 earned run average with 12 strikeouts in 21.1 innings pitched.

Leading the Seward County offense in game-one was Lindsay Garchinski (3-for-4), Haley Martin (2-for-3), Jennifer Collins (2-for-4) and Lili Franco (2-for-4). Venegas, Garchinski, Franco and Patterson all hit home runs for Seward County in the first contest.

In game-two the Seward County offense couldnít be stopped as they hit seven home runs. In a team effort full of individual standout performances, Venegas had a career game hitting three home runs in consecutive at bats in three straight innings. In the first inning, Venegas hit a two-run homer to center field and in the second inning she went deep with a two-run shot to left field. Venegasís third home run was another two-run home run, this time to right field, giving her a home run to each part of the field in game-two. Venegas finished the game going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and six RBI.

Other Lady Saints who hit home runs in game-two were Patterson, Collins, Jena Rue and Franco. Rue also had a big game at the plate going 4-for-4 with four runs scored, a triple, a stolen base and two RBI. Rue leads the team this season in base hits (30), doubles (7), triples (4), and RBI (29).

Seward County had a five inning complete game effort on the mound from sophomore right handed pitcher Stephanie McCarthy, where she allowed six hits, four runs, three walks and struck out two batters. McCarthy this season is 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA in nine starts with 25 strikeouts in 58.2 innings pitched.

Seward County will be in action this weekend at the Pratt Tournament on Mar. 10-11, at Pratt Community College. The Lady Saints will begin tournament play on Saturday at 11 a.m. against Lamar C.C. (9-2) and will play their final game on Saturday at 3 p.m. against Brown Mackie College (0-2). The match-ups for Sunday will be determined after competition is completed on Saturday afternoon. In addition, Seward County swept a non-conference doubleheader against Lamar earlier this season handing the Runniní Lopes their only losses of the season.