The Seward County Community College softball team scored 26 runs with 26 base hits in a Division I Region VI District doubleheader sweep against Barton County Community College on Thursday afternoon at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. The Lady Saints earned a 5-3 victory in game-one, and a 21-4 (five-innings) blowout win in game-two. Seward’s 21 runs marks the third most runs ever scored in a game in Lady Saints’ history. Seward County has now won 11 of the last 12 games over Barton County, and improves to 12-3 against the Lady Cougars since 2005. The Lady Saints improve to 6-6 overall and Barton County falls to 3-6 overall.

Barton County scored a run in the second inning of game-one to take an early 1-0 lead. After stranding two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the second inning, Seward County scored three runs in the third inning. Sophomore first baseman Jennifer Collins started the rally with a RBI double to left field to score second baseman Rachel Adaza who walked earlier in the inning. Lady Saints’ catcher Melissa St. Clair followed with a RBI double to left field, and then scored on freshman designated player Cara Russell’s single to center field.

St. Clair went 2-for-2 and Russell recorded her first collegiate multi-hit game going 2-for-3. Seward County starting pitcher Courtney Auger kept the Lady Cougars’ batters off balance the entire game striking out 11 batters while allowing just four base hits in her seven-inning complete game outing.

Auger is currently 4-3 on the season, and has pitched in 48.1 inning and has tallied 60 strikeouts in seven complete games.

Despite losing by 17 runs in a five-inning contest, Barton County took a 2-0 lead after batting in the second inning. Seward County followed by sending 20 batters to the plate in the bottom of the inning where they scored 15 runs on 11 base hits. Only two of Seward County’s 15 runs in the inning were earned. Every Seward County player available made an appearance in the game-two victory.

Freshman right-handed pitcher Cara Russell collected the win in the circle for SCCC, pitching five innings and allowing eight hits, four runs (three earned) while facing 22 batters.

Collins continued her solid sophomore season at the plate going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. The sophomore from Coquitlam, British Columbia, currently has the top batting average in the nation (.595) among all players with at least 35 at bats. Collins is also leading Seward County in doubles (6) and RBI (12) while posting just one strikeout at the plate.

Freshman shortstop Tasia McEntire sparked the Lady Saints in game-two going 3-for-3 with four runs scored, a three-run home run and five RBI. McEntire’s first collegiate home run was a line-drive over the left-center field fence to provide the Lady Saints their final runs of the game.

Also collecting multi-hit games for Seward County in game-two were Jamie Gilbert (2-for-4, two RBI), Rachel Adaza (2-for-5, five RBI), Katelyn Glenn (3-for-3, three runs) and Alyssa Fandrick (2-for-4).

The Lady Saints will play in the Pratt Community College Tournament this weekend, March 8-9, with two games on Saturday and two games on Sunday. Seward will open play on Saturday against Lamar Community College at 11 a.m. and later will take on Independence Community College (0-6) at 1 p.m. The Lady Saints are scheduled to play Sunday morning at 9 a.m. against Pratt C.C. (4-5), and will finish competition at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. with an opponent to be announced.