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Seward Softball Runs Win Streak to Six

Brock Kappelmann - April 9, 2017 8:02 am

Four different players clubbed home runs and Monique Ashley factored into the decision in both games for the Seward County Lady Saints Saturday as they blew out the visiting Pratt Beavers 12-0 in game one of their Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader before coming from behind for a 9-7 win in game two to improve to 35-12 overall on the year.

In game one it was all Seward from the start as Sage Harrison blasted a three run home run for the Lady Saints in the 2nd to put them up 3-0 and they never looked back.

Seward blew the game wide open in the 3rd, getting an RBI double from Kristyna Garcia to get them going in the inning and another RBI double from AJ Cuellar later in the inning to make it 5-0. They weren’t done there as Maycee Koontz lined a two run shot over the right center field fence and Leena Mortensen and Sydney Epp drove home three on back to back swings to make it an 11-0 game in favor of the Lady Saints after three.

Lady Saints starter Monique Ashley worked a quick 1-2-3 top half of the 4th and Jordan Garrison ripped an RBI single in the bottom of the inning to make it 12-0 Seward to the 5th.

Ashley finished what she started in the 5th, wrapping up the game in style with her fourth strikeout of the game to seal a 12-0 Seward County win in the opener.

Ashley was untouchable in the circle, earning her 20th win of the season as she spun a one hit shutout for the Lady Saints. The Seward offensive attack belted out 18 hits in the win, getting three hits each from Koontz, Garrison, and Jullian Atteberry at the top of the order while Harrison and Epp each had two hits and combined for five RBI’s for the Lady Saints.

SEWARD COUNTY/PRATT GAME ONE BOX SCORE<http://www.sewardsaints.com/sports/sball/2016-17/boxscores/20170408_cy6c.xml>

The Lady Saints jumped ahead in game two in the 2nd inning as Taylor Kathler singled, stole second, and then scored on a double from Cuellar to give Seward an early 1-0 lead.

Pratt got on the board for the first time on the day in the 3rd, banging out four hits and three runs to turn the tables on the Lady Saints as they took a 3-1 lead.

Three straight Seward singles in the bottom of the 3rd led to a run and a sac fly from Mortensen plated the equalizer to tie the game up at three. With two outs in the inning Epp rifled a two run shot over the center field wall to finish off a four run inning for the Lady Saints to put them in front 5-3.

The Lady Saints pitching and defense couldn’t hold down the nation’s lowest scoring offense in the 4th as Pratt scored four more times to retake the lead 7-5.

Seward went down quickly in order in the bottom of the 4th, but reliever Macy Pritchard held Pratt scoreless in the top of the 5th to keep the Lady Saints within striking distance at 7-5.

Garrison and Atteberry continued their solid days as they singled to begin the Seward 5th and Mortensen lifted a towering three run shot to center to put the Lady Saints back in front for good at 8-7. Later in the inning Cuellar drove home her third run of the day with an RBI single to add an insurance run for the Lady Saints as they took a 9-7 advantage.

Lady Saints Head Coach Andrea Gustafson wasn’t going to mess around any longer as she brought Ashley in out of the Seward bullpen and she cruised, retiring six of the seven Beaver hitters she faced in the 6th and 7th to lock down a 9-7 win for Seward in her second save of the year.

The two teams combined for 21 hits in the game, 11 for Seward and 10 for Pratt. Atteberry led Seward with three hits to finish the doubleheader with six in eight at bats. Epp and Cuellar each had two hits and two RBI’s while Mortensen drove home four in the win for Seward. Pritchard picked up her fourth win of the season out of the Seward bullpen as she went two innings and allowed just one run while Ashley dialed up her second save of the year with two scoreless frames and four strikeouts to close it out for Seward.

SEWARD COUNTY/PRATT GAME TWO BOX SCORE<http://www.sewardsaints.com/sports/sball/2016-17/boxscores/20170408_spnt.xml>

Going in vastly different directions, Seward improves to 35-12 overall and 10-2 in Jayhawk West play with the sweep while Pratt falls to 4-40 overall and 2-14 in league action with the losses.

The Lady Saints will have just one day off before returning to the diamond on Monday in Garden City where they will take on the Broncbusters in a Jayhawk West twinbill beginning at 2:00.

 

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