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Seward Softball Splits Conference Opener

Brock Kappelmann - March 2, 2017 6:15 am

The Seward County Lady Saints kicked off their 2017 Jayhawk West Conference schedule on the road at Colby, splitting a twinbill with the Lady Trojans, winning game one 2-1 behind a 13 strikeout performance from freshman Monique Ashley, before dropping game two 12-4 in run rule fashion.

There wasn’t much going on early in game one between Seward and Colby as the two failed to push anything across through the first three innings, sending the game to the 4th scoreless.

The Lady Saints cracked the scoreboard first in the top of the 4th inning as they loaded the bases with two outs and Maycee Koontz was hit by a pitch to force home a run to give Seward a 1-0 lead.

It stayed a 1-0 game to the 6th when Colby finally broke through against Lady Saints starter Monique Ashley to tie the score at 1, but Ashley picked up a strikeout to end any further Trojan threat to keep things knotted 1-1.

Three straight Seward singled netted the Lady Saints a run in the top of the 7th to put them back on top 2-1.

Colby got a leadoff double as they tried to stay alive in the bottom of the 7th, but Ashley bared down from there, striking out the next three Trojan hitters to extinguish the fire and give the Lady Saints a 2-1 win.

Ashley saved her best performance of the year for the conference opener, striking out 13 while allowing just six hits and one run to earn her 10th win of the season. The Seward offense finished with seven hits, getting three from Kristyna Garcia and two more from Sydney Epp for the victory.

SEWARD COUNTY/COLBY GAME ONE BOX SCORE<http://www.sewardsaints.com/sports/sball/2016-17/boxscores/20170301_jjkw.xml>

The Lady Saints got off to a good start in game two, scoring a pair of 1st inning runs on RBI singles from Garcia and Sage Harrison to give Seward an early 2-0 lead.

Unlike game one however, the Trojans answered, scoring five times in the bottom half of the inning to take their first lead of the day at 5-2.

Seward had a chance to answer right back in the top of the 2nd as they put runners on second and third with nobody out, but couldn’t take advantage of the golden opportunity, leaving both runners there at innings end to keep it a 5-2 game in favor of Colby.

Colby tacked on three more in the bottom of the 2nd to push their lead to 8-2 and kept Seward off the board in the 3rd to hold their six run lead to the 4th.

In the 4th Seward took advantage of a Colby error to push two across to make it an 8-4 game, but the Trojans answered with four of their own in the bottom half of the inning to blow the game open to 12-4.

Seward put a runner on in the 5th as they tried to keep the game going, but failed to score and just like that, the run rule kicked in on them in a 12-4 five inning defeat.

Colby pounded out 13 hits against Seward pitching in the victory while the Lady Saints finished with seven hits. Koontz and Sage Harrison each had two hits in the losing effort while Ruby Gonzalez suffered her first loss of the season in the circle as she was hit hard, allowing six hits and seven runs while failing to record an out in the second.

SEWARD COUNTY/COLBY GAME TWO BOX SCORE<http://www.sewardsaints.com/sports/sball/2016-17/boxscores/20170301_bqqr.xml>

Seward moves to 17-6 on the year with the split while Coby goes to 11-7.

The Lady Saints will return home this weekend to host a four game homestand against Trinidad State and Lamar Saturday and Sunday at Lady Saints Field.

 

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