The nationally-ranked Seward County Community College softball team dropped 3-of-4 games on the road this past weekend against Neosho County Community College and Butler Community College in Region VI District doubleheaders. On Saturday afternoon, the Lady Saints dropped game-one to the Lady Panthers 3-2, before collecting a 9-3 win in Chanute, Kan. The Lady Saints were then swept for the first time this season at Butler C.C. 13-3 (five-innings) and 17-8 (six-innings) in El Dorado. No. 11 Seward County falls to 45-9 overall, remains 13-1 in the Jayhawk West and drops to 13-3 in the Region VI District standings.

Neosho County is now 16-33 overall and 4-12 in Region VI District standings. Butler is currently in first-place in the Region VI District standings with a 14-1 overall mark, and stands 38-9 overall.

In Seward Countyís victory against Neosho, the Lady Saints offense scored three runs in the first-inning and seventh inning, along with a run in the fifth and two runs in the sixth inning. Five SCCC players recorded RBI with freshman left fielder, Lindsay Garchinski, who led the offense with her third home run of the season. Freshman Jennifer Collins (2-for-3) and sophomore Lili Franco (3-for-4) also had strong games at the plate.

Stephanie McCarthy picked up the victory for the Lady Saints, pitching a seven-inning complete game, where she allowed four hits, three runs and two walks.

In game-one against Neosho, Seward County posted a 7-6 hit advantage, but recorded two defensive errors that led to two unearned runs for the Lady Panthers. Neosho scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to come back from a 2-1 deficit. Collins (2-for-3) and Haley Martin (2-for-3) were the only Seward County players with more than one base hit.

Seward County took on Butler on Sunday, in what has been the most anticipated match-up in the NJCAA D-I Region VI softball schedule this season. The hype was not what it was expected to be on Sunday afternoon with Butler run-ruling the Lady Saints twice.

Butlerís offense jumped all over Lady Saints starting pitcher, Dana McLaren, with four home runs in the first inning. Butler went back-to-back to start the first inning, and then the Lady Grizzlies five and six-hole hitters also went back-to-back with solo home runs to help Butler to four first inning runs. The Lady Grizzlies continued scoring runs with three runs in each of the next three innings. The Seward County offense was limited to only four base hits, with Franco leading the way going 1-for-2 with a home run.

In game-two at Butler the Lady Grizzlies offense was just too powerful scoring runs in each inning but the fourth. Butler jumped out to a 10-3 lead after just two innings of play, before the Lady Saints answered with five runs in the top of the fourth inning. The difference in game-two was when Butler held Seward County scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings, as they scored a run in the fifth and four runs in the sixth to end the game due to the eight run mercy-rule.

Franco hit her second home run of the day, her 14th of the season, while going 2-for-3 with three RBI. Her home run total places her third all-time in Lady Saints history for single-season home runs. In addition, Lady Saints freshman Jena Rue hit her 21st double of the season against Neosho County in game-two, breaking former Lady Saint Abby Boltonís SCCC all-time record for doubles in a single-season.

Seward County will finish their regular season this week with four home games at Lady Saints Softball Field against Garden City Community College (Tuesday, April 24 at 3 p.m.) and Butler C.C. (Friday, April 27 at 2 p.m.). The Garden City doubleheader will count towards Region VI District standings only, while the Butler doubleheader will go towards both Jayhawk West Conference and Region VI District standings.