The National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Region VI All-Region softball team has been announced by KJCCC officials, and the Seward County Community College Lady Saints had nine players who were named First or Second Team. Seward County dominated the first team selections with six players being named, including Jena Rue (Infield), Meisha Patterson (Infield), Jennifer Collins (Infield), Lili Franco (Outfield), Dana McLaren (Pitcher) and Stephanie McCarthy (Pitcher). The Lady Saints also had three second team picks including Haley Martin (Outfield), Melissa St. Clair (Catcher) and Sarah Venegas (Utility). Seward County softball has now had 43 players named All-Region VI in the nine year history of the program.

The first team was headlined by Seward County locking up three of the four infield positions. Jayhawk West Freshman of the Year, Jena Rue, was named First Team after batting .428 with 83 base hits, 24 doubles, five triples, six home runs and 64 RBI during her freshman season. Rue’s partner up the middle, Meisha Patterson, was also a First Team pick for the second straight season. Patterson, the Jayhawk West Most Valuable Player, is batting .352 with 82 runs scored, 12 doubles, 13 home runs, 26 stolen bases and 61 RBI this season. Jennifer Collins is another freshman having a fine season hitting .428 with 15 doubles, seven home runs and 48 RBI in her first collegiate season.

Lili Franco is an experienced sophomore having been a part of both the Lady Saints Region VI Tournament titles, in 2005 as a red-shirted player, and in 2006 as a reserve outfielder. Now this season Franco has broke out as one of the top players in the Region VI. Franco is currently batting .398 with 61 runs scored, a team-leading 14 home runs and has marked a school-record 38 walks.

The Seward County pitching staff, made up of sophomores Dana McLaren and Stephanie McCarthy, was recognized as First Team All-Region VI performers. McLaren leads the team in wins (24), innings pitched (196.2) and strikeouts (95), while McCarthy also has over 20 wins (23) and is leading the team with a 2.74 earned run average.

This years All-Region VI selections mark the second straight year that Martin and Venegas have been honored. Martin has been reliable all season in center field and she is the only Seward County player to start and play in all 60 games this season. Martin is currently batting .374 with 46 runs scored, eight stolen bases and 31 RBI. Venegas, the team’s clean-up hitter, is batting .380 with 12 doubles, eight home runs and ranks in the Top 10 in the nation with 71 RBI. In addition, freshman catcher Melissa St. Clair was named to the second team. St. Clair is batting .351, with 16 doubles and 36 RBI.