Pitchers Dominate in Sunday Split

Brock Kappelmann - March 6, 2017 6:21 am

With the wind knocking down any ball that wasn’t crushed to left field Sunday afternoon at Lady Saints Field in Liberal, four pitchers dominated the action as Seward County hosted Lamar in a non-conference doubleheader. The two teams combined for just four hits in a 3-1 Seward win in game one and in game two both teams were scoreless through the 5th before the Lopes broke through to take it late 5-1 to split the twinbill.

Game one of the doubleheader was scoreless through the 1st inning when Lamar cracked the board first with a solo home run to begin the 2nd to take a 1-0 lead.

It remained a 1-0 game all the way to the 6th when the Lady Saints finally got on the board, getting a two out, two run double from Sage Harrison to put Seward head 2-1 and she later scored on a Lamar error to push it to a 3-1 Lady Saints lead.

Lamar brought the tying run to the plate twice in the 7th, but Monique Ashley slammed the door, earning her 12th win of the season by retiring the final two hitters she faced to preserve the 3-1 Seward win.

Ashley was again brilliant, allowing just two hits and one run while striking out eight to improve to 12-1 on the year. Seward had just two hits as well with Harrison’s 6th inning double being the key blow in the victory.

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Runs were at a premium again in game two as neither team cracked the scoreboard through the first four innings as Seward and Lamar went to the 5th scoreless.

The Lopes got on the board for the first time with a sacrifice fly to grab a 1-0 lead, but Seward answered right back in the bottom of the inning with a pinch hit RBI single from Jordan Garrison to knot the score at 1 after five.

Seward looked like they had two quick outs in the 6th, but an error opened the door for Lamar and they took advantage, loading the bases with one out before pitcher Lauren Royer helped herself with a grand slam to put the Lopes in front 5-1.

The Lady Saints never threatened again, failing to barrel a ball in the final two frames as Lamar escaped Liberal with a split with a 5-1 game two victory.

Lamar outhit Seward 9-5 in the game with Maycee Koontz the only Lady Saint hitter to have multiple hits in the contest. Macy Pritchard took the loss in the circle, falling to 2-5 on the year as she went six innings, allowing seven hits and five runs while striking out three.

SEWARD COUNTY/LAMAR GAME TWO BOX SCORE<http://www.sewardsaints.com/sports/sball/2016-17/boxscores/20170305_rgts.xml>

Seward picks up their 20th win of the season in the split as they move to 20-7 overall on the year while Lamar pushes their record to 6-10.

The Lady Saints will go on the road to Pratt to continue Jayhawk West action on Wednesday before returning home to take on Clarendon Friday afternoon at Lady Saints Field in Liberal.


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