The Seward County Community College softball team will have to take the long road to win their third consecutive NJCAA Division I Region VI Tournament this weekend in Wichita. The Lady Saints dropped their opening tournament game 11-2 against Garden City Community College, before eliminating Colby Community College, 4-1, in the losers’ bracket on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Saints were led by the batting of Rachel Adaza and Jena Rue, along with the pitching of Dana McLaren in game-two, while advancing to championship Sunday for the third consecutive season. Seward County is now 48-12 overall this season.

In game-one, Garden City jumped on top early with two runs and then Seward County answered back with a run in the third inning. Adaza led off the third with a single to right field and would later score on a RBI groundout by Haley Martin. The only other offense for the Lady Saints came in the fifth inning, when Melissa St. Clair led off with a single, Rachel Adaza followed with a double to right field and then Lindsay Garchinski scored St. Clair with a RBI groundout.

The top of the batting order (1-5 hole hitters) for Seward County struggled in game-one going a combined 0-for-15 at the plate.

The loss pitted Seward County against Colby in the losers’ bracket Saturday afternoon, after Colby lost to Butler in their first game on Saturday.

Against Colby, the Lady Saints took a 1-0 lead in the first-inning when Meisha Patterson walked and then scored on Rue’s RBI single to right field. The game would remain 1-0 until the sixth inning when Rue collected a three-run double to right center field, giving Seward County a 4-0 lead. Colby scored their only run on an unearned run in the final inning of the game. Rue finished the game going 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI.

McLaren was the winning pitcher for the Lady Saints throwing a seven-inning complete game, allowing seven hits, one runs (no earned) with five strikeouts and no walks.

The Lady Saints will play in the losers’ bracket final on Sunday, May 6 at noon against the loser of Butler/Garden City, which was the final game played on Saturday afternoon.