The Seward County Community College softball team swept a Region VI doubleheader against Garden City Community College 13-3 and 6-5 on Tuesday afternoon at Garden City, Kan. The No. 20 Lady Saints made a rally in the seventh inning of game-two, scoring three runs on a two-run home run by Jennifer Collins and a RBI from Sarah Venegas to comeback and defeat Garden City, and to extend their current winning streak to 13 games. Seward County remains in first-place in both the Jayhawk West and Region VI standings. SCCC improves to 35-5 overall, remains 8-0 in the Jayhawk West and moves to 8-0 in the Region VI standings. Garden City falls to 13-13 overall, remains 5-3 in conference and drops to 5-7 in Region VI play.

In game-one, Seward and Garden City remained close for the majority of the game with the Lady Saints leading 2-1 entering the fifth inning. Seward County then blew open the game scoring four runs in the fifth inning, three in the sixth and four runs in the seventh inning to outscore GCCC 11-2 over the last three innings.

Seward County’s offense was strong throughout the line-up with every Lady Saints player reaching base and eight players recording base hits. Meisha Patterson launched her team-leading 10th home run of the season, a grand slam in the seventh inning, while going 2-for-3 with three runs scored a stolen base and four RBI. Freshman Jennifer Collins also went deep with a two-run home run in the second inning going 3-for-4. Freshman second baseman Jena Rue (3-for-4) and sophomore center fielder Haley Martin (2-for-3) also collected multi-hit games.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Dana McLaren pitched the complete seven inning game for Seward County allowing seven hits, three runs, two walks and stuck out two batters.

Game-two Garden City made the first comeback after Seward County led 3-0 after they scored two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth inning. Garden City then scored five runs on six hits in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Seward County starting pitcher Stephanie McCarthy was taken out of the game after allowing five runs, seven hits and three walks.

McLaren entered the game in the sixth inning and was dominating, shutting down Garden City in the sixth and seventh innings allowing only one base hit as she gave the Seward County offense the chance to make the comeback.

The Lady Saints offense answered in the seventh inning with three runs. Freshman third baseman Rachel Balencia started the inning with an infield single to shortstop and advanced to third base on Rue’s double to center field. Venegas drove home Balencia with a groundout to shortstop and advanced Rue to third base. Collins collected the game winning hit with a two-run blast to left field putting Seward County ahead 6-5.

Collins led the way for Seward County going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. Balencia (2-for-4), Rue (2-for-3) and Lili Franco (2-for-4) also had big games for the Lady Saints.

Seward County will be back at home for a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday, April 10 hosting Brown Mackie College for a 2 p.m. first-pitch at Lady Saints Softball Field.