LIBERAL, Kan. – Strong pitching and a lot of offense lifted the Seward County Community College softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Northwest Kansas Technical College, 13-0 and 8-0, on Saturday at French Family Field. The Lady Saints improved to 11-9 in the Jayhawk West and 15-26 overall.
Seward finishes the season on the road, beginning with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Garden City. Seward plays twin bills at Butler on Saturday and at Independence on Sunday.
Prior to the regularly scheduled doubleheader, the teams completed a suspended game from Wednesday, April 10 at Goodland. The Lady Saints led 8-0 after three innings when the game was suspended. Seward had no problem finishing off Northwest Tech, scoring nine runs over the fourth and fifth innings to post a 17-0 victory in a five-inning, run-rule.
Pontoja tossed a one-hitter with four strikeouts and no walks over five scoreless innings en route to her second shutout of the season, both against Northwest Tech. The lone hit was a single in the third inning. The only other baserunner for the Mavericks came in the fifth on an error.
The Lady Saints struck early and often, scoring four runs in the second inning, three runs in the third and six runs in the fourth to take a 13-0 lead. Mojica went 3-for-3 including RBI doubles in second, third and fourth innings. Jordan Cordrey added three hits and drove in a pair of runs for Seward, which had 13 hits in the game.
Jordan Cordrey tossed nothing but goose eggs and a five-run, sixth inning paced Seward to a six-inning, run-rule triumph in the second game.
Cordrey allowed three hits over six shutout innings, struck out four and walked one in earning the victory. This was Cordrey's second shutout of the season.
The Lady Saints took a 3-0 lead on a pair of runs in the third and a run in the fifth, but ended the game with five runs in the sixth. Emily Mojica started the sixth with a home run. Alyssah Pontoja followed with a walk and scored on an AJ Luna double. After a Cordrey ground out, Nicole Nelson singled home Luna to make it 6-0.
Two of the three Northwest hits were a pair of singles from Veronica Benitez.