For the first time in over a month, the Seward County Community College softball team was on the losing end of a game. The No. 11 Lady Saints split a Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader against Barton County Community College on Lady Saints Softball Field Thursday afternoon. The Lady Saints improved their school-record winning streak to 22 games after a 10-5 victory in game-one, and also improved their home field record this season to a perfect 17-0. In game-two, the Lady Saints suffered their first loss, 5-1, since losing game-one against Glendale Community College (4-3) on March 18, their first day of their spring break trip to Arizona. Seward County is now 44-6 overall, 13-1 in the Jayhawk West Conference and remain 12-0 in Region VI District standings.

The Lady Saints made a come from behind victory in game-one, after trailing 5-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. Seward County answered in the fifth with five runs on four hits, including a three-run single by Rachel Balencia and a two-run RBI double off the left center field fence by Lili Franco.

Seward County starting pitcher Dana McLaren pitched the complete game for SCCC throwing seven innings, allowing nine hits, five runs (two earned), and collecting two strikeouts.

The offense was paced by Balencia (2-for-5, five RBI), Sarah Venegas (2-for-4) and Franco (3-for-4, two runs, two RBI). It was the 11th straight game that Seward County had registered at least 10 base hits.

Seward County’s school record winning streak came to an end in game-two, after Barton scored two unearned runs in the fourth-inning to take the lead 2-0. The Lady Cougars (16-34, 8-6) added a run in the sixth frame and two runs in the seventh to hold onto the victory on the road. Seward County had four players recorded base hits, being led by Haley Martin (2-for-2, RBI), Jennifer Collins (1-for-2) and Melissa St. Clair (1-for-3, run).

Barton County’s Brooke Pearce pitched the Lady Cougars to victory throwing a seven-inning complete game, allowing three walks, four hits and chipping in two strikeouts. Stephanie McCarthy received only her third loss of the season pitching a complete game, allowing 10 hits, five runs (three earned), two walks and posting five strikeouts.

Seward County will begin a four game road trip this Saturday, April 21 at Neosho County Community College (13-32, 3-11 District) for a 2 p.m. Region VI District doubleheader. The Lady Saints will complete their trip on Sunday, April 22 at Butler Community College (34-9, 9-0 Jayhawk West, 12-1 District), in a showdown for first-place in the Region VI District standings. The Lady Saints and Lady Grizzlies are scheduled for a 2 p.m. first pitch in El Dorado.