The Seward County Community College softball team split a Jayhawk West Conference and Region VI District doubleheader to Garden City Community College on Tuesday afternoon at Lady Saints Softball Field. Seward County pulled out the victory in the opener, 3-2 in eight-innings, before dropping game-two 13-2 (six-innings). The Lady Saints tied the SCCC all-time wins record in game-one tallying their 46th victory of the season. Seward County won 46 games in 2005 when they won the Jayhawk West Conference and Region VI Tournament. No. 11 nationally-ranked Seward County is now 46-10 overall, 12-2 in the Jayhawk West and 14-4 in District standings. Garden City is now 23-17 overall, 9-5 in the Jayhawk West and 7-9 in District competition.

In game-one, Seward County scored in the first-inning as Rachel Balencia scored on a Jena Rue RBI single to right field. Both teams scored in the fourth inning, when Garden City tied the score 1-1 in the top half, before the Lady Saints took the lead back with an RBI single from Lindsay Garchinski in the bottom of the inning.

SCCC starting pitcher Dana McLaren went the distance on the mound, but allowed Garden City to score the tying run in the sixth inning when the Lady Broncbusters plated one unearned run to send the game into extra-innings. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Seward County scored the winning run when Meisha Patterson lined a single into center field scoring Melissa St. Clair for their 18th home victory this season.

McLaren pitched eight innings and allowed six hits, two runs (one earned), one walk and posted two strikeouts in her 22nd win of the season. Garchinski (2-for-3, RBI), Rue (2-for-4, RBI) and Balencia (2-for-3) led Seward County offensively.

In game-two, Seward County and Garden City were tied 1-1 after one inning of play before Garden City took a 3-2 lead after three complete innings. Then Garden City took over scoring six runs in the fourth and closing the game with four runs in the sixth. The Lady Busters sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth inning when they recorded seven base hits. Garden City four-hole batter, Becky Diehl, had a career game going 4-for-4 with four doubles and two RBI.

Seward County’s offense revolved around Balencia (2-for-3, RBI) and Sarah Venegas (1-for-2). The Lady Saints were out-hit 16-5 by the Lady Busters in the nightcap.

Stephanie McCarthy earned the loss in game-two, allowing 11 hits, nine runs (eight earned) and three walks. Seward County will finish their regular season on Friday, April 27 against Butler Community College at 2 p.m. Friday’s doubleheader will also be Sophomore Recognition between games, where eight sophomores will play their final games at Lady Saints Softball Field. SCCC Sophomores include Dana McLaren, Haley Martin, Diana Sanchez, Meisha Patterson, Jillian Huber, Lili Franco, Stephanie McCarthy and Sarah Venegas.