The Seward County Community College softball team tied their longest winning streak of the season after sweeping a doubleheader at Barton County Community College, 10-2 (six-innings) and 9-0 (five-innings) on Thursday afternoon, extending their current streak to 17 games. Both games were shortened due to the eight-run mercy rule, which is put into effect after five innings of play. Seward County has now posted run-rule victories in 16 games this season, including six of their last nine games. The No. 14 Lady Saints improve to 39-5 overall this season and remain 10-0 in the Jayhawk West and 8-0 in Region VI D-I District play. Barton County, who is on NJCAA/KJCCC probation this season, falls to 14-32 overall.

The Lady Saints never trailed in either game on Thursday afternoon. SCCC jumped out with four runs in the second-inning of game-one, with a two-run double to center field from Meisha Patterson and a two-run single to left field from Jena Rue. The only runs allowed by Lady Saints starting pitcher, Dana McLaren, were in the third inning when Barton County recorded four hits and scored both runs.

McLaren, who was named NJCAA National Pitcher of the Week on Wednesday, pitched a solid six-inning complete-game, issuing seven hits, two runs and no walks. McLaren improves to 18-3 this season, pitching a team-high 133.2 innings with a team-high 66 strikeouts.

Seward was led offensively by Sarah Venegas (2-for-3, two runs and three RBI), Rue (2-for-4 and two RBI) and Patterson (2-for-4, two runs and two RBI).

In the nightcap, Seward County scored three runs in the first inning, one in the third and finished off the Lady Cougars with five runs in the fifth frame.

Rue led the charge in the first inning with a two-run double to center field, scoring Patterson and Rachel Balencia, who each singled to start the game. In the fifth inning, the Lady Saints scored five runs with three straight RBI singles from Melissa St. Clair, Lindsey Garchinski and Haley Martin, before Patterson capped off the inning with a two-run double to center field.

Lady Saints starting pitcher in game-two, Stephanie McCarthy, pitched her second straight complete game throwing five-innings, and scattering four hits, four walks and recording two strikeouts.

Patterson was the top hitter for the Lady Saints in game-two, going 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double and two RBI. Venegas improved her current hit-streak to seven games, going 2-for-2 with two runs and a RBI. Venegas has now collected 16 multi-hit games this season. In addition, Rue has had at least one base hit in 36-of-40 games she has played this season. Rue currently has a 10 game hitting streak.

Seward County is scheduled to play Saturday, April 14 at Cloud County Community College for a Jayhawk West/Region VI District doubleheader at 2 p.m. With in-climate weather in the forecast for the weekend, game dates and times are subject to change.