The Seward County Community College softball teamís record setting season came to an end in the NJCAA Division I Region VI Tournament championship game on Wednesday afternoon, at Two Rivers Complex in Wichita. Seward County advanced to the title game for the third straight season defeating Garden City Community College 3-2 in the loser bracket final on Wednesday afternoon. The Lady Saints were then defeated 7-3 against Butler Community College in the championship game, for Butlerís first-ever Region VI Tournament championship, advancing the Lady Grizzlies to the NJCAA D-I National Tournament in Plant City, Fla. Seward County finishes their season with a 49-13 overall record.

Seward County knocked off Garden City in their first game on Wednesday behind a complete game effort on the mound from sophomore Dana McLaren. The Lady Saints fell behind early when Lady Broncbuster shortstop Kevyn Hartgrove hit a home run to left field in the first-inning, giving GCCC a 1-0 lead. Seward County tied the game with a run in the third inning and then took the lead 2-1 on a RBI double to center field by Haley Martin.

Garden City kept the game close by tying the score 2-2, on a RBI double by the Jayhawk West Conference leading hitter this season, Becky Diehl (.449 batting average). In the sixth-inning the Lady Saints scored the winning run with two-outs and the score tied 2-2. Freshman Rachel Balencia hit a RBI double down the left field line scoring lead-off hitter Meisha Patterson. McLaren finished the game shutting down Garden City in the sixth-inning and recording three straight outs in the seventh inning sending the Lady Saints into the championship game.

McLaren threw a complete game allowing nine hits, two runs, no walks and collected two strikeouts. Balencia led SCCC going 2-for-4 with a double and RBI, along with Melissa St. Clair and Martin who also posted RBI.

In the championship game, the Lady Saints allowed four runs in the first-inning before recording an out. Seward County head coach Andrea Gustafson then brought in relief pitcher Stephanie McCarthy for McLaren, who was starter for SCCC. McCarthy came in and shutdown the Butler attack, leaving the bases loaded and retiring the first three batters she faced.

The Lady Saints chipped away at Butlerís lead scoring a run in the second inning and then scoring two runs in the fifth inning on a two-run single to right field by Jena Rue, making the score 5-3. Butler was able to score two additional runs with a run in the fifth inning and hit a solo home run by lead-off hitter Caley Roberts in the sixth-inning.

Rue led Seward County offensively going 2-for-2, and Lindsay Garchinski (2-for-3) also had a multi-hit game. The Lady Saints played well defensively on Wednesday by not committing an error in 13 innings of competition.

Seward County ends the season breaking every team offensive record in school history including batting average (.372), runs scored (504), base hits (654), doubles (120), triples (24), home runs (64), RBI (467), walks (192) and stolen bases (71). This yearís team also broke the school record for most wins in single-season (49).