LIBERAL, Kan. – It was another historic day for the Seward County softball team (29-15, 16-2), sweeping the Dodge City Conquistadors at Lady Saint Field. The 5-0 game one victory put Monique Ashley in sole possession of most all-time wins, while their 10-3 game two win gave the Lady Saints their most conference wins in program history.
GAME ONE RECAP
Ashley (20-4) pitched yet another stellar performance inside the circle in game one, pitching a complete game while allowing just two hits and striking out 13 Conqs. To avoid a no-hitter, Dodge City relied on two bunts to reach base on what was otherwise a flawless performance as she picked up her Seward County record 47th win. With the win, she passes Hall of Famer Courtney Auger for most career wins.
Seward came away with nine hits in the ball game with Jullian Atteberry, Kaitlin Ammermann and Miranda Nester each notching two. Atteberry also led the Lady Saints with two RBI, coming off her 12th home run of the season.
Ashley retired the first five Conqs from strikeouts before a desperation bunt attempt to ended the strikeout streak. Dodge City finally got a hit off Ashley in to top of the third with a blooper bunt over the third basemen. Their only other hit came from another bunt to third base in the fifth inning.
A third inning solo home run by Atteberry put the Lady Saints on board first before Sage Harrison hit a homer of her own in the bottom of the fourth to make it 2-0.
Neither team could get anything going in the fifth inning, but a strong 6th inning by Seward helped extend the Lady Saints lead by three. A single up the middle by Nester was enough to score Corrina Porras, who was hit by a pitch. Raelyn Sanchez followed up with a single through the left side of the infield to score Nester before Atteberry batted in her second run of the day with a double to right field, making the game 5-0.
GAME TWO RECAP
Jordan Cordrey (9-8) got above the .500 mark for the first time this season, pitching a complete game in the win over Dodge City. She allowed just three runs off seven hits, while striking out five batters. The Conqs were held scoreless by Cordrey until the fifth inning.
Seward finished with 14 hits , led by Sydney Epp and Madeline Owen's three hits. Epp also led the Lady Saints with three RBI, while Atteberry's two-run home run in the fifth gave her a multi-home run day as well.
The Lady Saints started off hot in the first inning with a two-run blast by Epp to immediately give Seward a 2-0 lead. Owen barely missed a home run later in the inning, hitting the centerfield wall, driving in one run on a stand up double. Owen would be brought home by Nester to make the score 4-0.
The scoring kept coming in the second inning, with Epp coming away with another RBI, doubling to center field to score Ammermann.
It appeared as though a run-rule was in the foreseeable future, as the Lady Saints came away with three more runs in the next two innings. An RBI double by Porras in the third inning made the score 6-0, before Paige St. Pierre grounded out to second base to score the second run of the inning. After being hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fourth, Ammermann scored just one batter later off of a wild pitch to make the score 8-0.
With the Conqs backs up against the wall, their bats came to life in the fifth inning. Three straight doubles after a leadoff strikeout scored two runs for Dodge City, before a single effectively put the pressure on the Lady Saints to end the game early, now leading 8-3.
A leadoff double by St. Pierre put the Lady Saints in good position to run-rule the Conqs. Atteberry crushed a home run to centerfield to push the Lady Saints lead to seven runs, but that would be all Seward would get. Two more scoreless innings ended the game, giving the Lady Saints a 10-3 win and their 16th Jayhawk Conference win on the year, breaking the 2015 record for conference wins.
The Lady Saints will travel to Garden City for a 2:00 double header match up with the Broncbusters on Saturday to try to extend their record win mark.