The past two seasons, five Seward County Community College softball players helped lead the Lady Saints’ program to the most victories ever in a two year span. Former SCCC Lady Saints Haley Martin, Dana McLaren, Stephanie McCarthy, Meisha Patterson and Diana Sanchez are moving on to play at the NCAA and NAIA level after helping the Lady Saints to an 86-35 overall record during the past two years. This record breaking sophomore class also guided Seward County to a 25-5 Jayhawk West record and to the 2006 NJCAA D-I Region VI Tournament Championship.

Seward County’s class of 2007 sophomores that will continue their college softball career are Haley Martin (Friends University), Dana McLaren (East Central University), Stephanie McCarthy (Friends University), Meisha Patterson (Texas A&M University-Kingsville) and Diana Sanchez (Friends University).

Centerfielder Haley Martin (Borger, Texas) was a two-time All-Conference and All-Region VI selection, while recording a .348 career batting average, 116 base hits, 79 runs scored, 47 RBI and 13 stolen bases.

Martin’s career and single-season numbers place her in nine all-time Top 10 statistical record books including fourth in career runs scored (79), fifth in career base hits (116), fifth in career stolen bases (13), seventh in career sacrifices (20), 10th in career batting average (.348), 10th in career RBI (47), seventh in single-season runs scored (47 in 2007), eighth in single-season base hits (66 in 2007) and ninth in single-season batting average (.373 in 2007).

Right handed pitcher Dana McLaren (Frontenac, Kan.) emerged into one of the Lady Saints’ top pitchers during her sophomore year. McLaren was named a two-time NJCAA Pitcher of the Week, Second Team Jayhawk West All-Conference and First Team NJCAA All-Region VI selection. McLaren posted a 25-8 record in 38 appearances last season. She recorded a 2.92 earned run average in a team-high 203.2 innings pitched, with 97 strikeouts and only 30 walks.

McLaren’s sophomore season in the circle helped place her in 12 all-time record book statistical categories including tied for first all-time in single-season games pitched (38 in 2007) and first place for career winning percentage (.758). McLaren, a two-sport athlete at SCCC also competing in volleyball, was named a NJCAA Academic All-American in 2006-2007.

Right handed pitcher Stephanie McCarthy (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished her career at SCCC as the single-season winningest pitcher in the programs history (.821, 23-5 overall record in 2007). McCarthy earned NJCAA Pitcher of the Week, and was selected First Team All-Conference and All-Region VI as a sophomore. She also ranks in all 12 career and single-season record books in SCCC history. In addition, McCarthy was named a NJCAA Academic All-American her sophomore year.

Shortstop Meisha Patterson (Dumas, Texas) leaves the Lady Saints as one of the most productive hitters in the nine year history of the program. Patterson was named the 2007 Jayhawk West Conference Most Valuable Player after batting .343 with 83 runs scored, 70 base hits, 12 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs, 61 RBI, 30 walks and 26 stolen bases. Patterson was a two-time All-Conference and All-Region VI selection, and last season she was named a Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Second Team All-West Region selection.

Patterson owns five school records including career runs scored (125), career base hits (133), career stolen bases (44), single-season runs scored (83 in 2007) and single-season stolen bases (26 in 2007). Overall, she ranks in 20 all-time school career and single-season Top 10 record books.

Outfielder Diana Sanchez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) posted a .215 career batting average with 17 base hits, 11 runs scored and eight RBI. Sanchez played in 35 games for SCCC during her two year career.