The Seward County Lady Saints picked up their third and fourth straight victories on Thursday, knocking off Williston State and South Mountain in a split doubleheader in Phoenix to improve to 28-9 on the year.
In their first game of the day, the Lady Saints took on Williston State. Seward wasted no time in getting on the board, plating a pair of runs in the bottom half of the 1st inning to jump ahead 2-0 after one.
Williston got a run back in the 2nd and another in the 4th, tying the game at four midway through.
Garcia was back at it again in the 6th with a two run single to make it 6-2 and a bases clearing double from Alexis Cuellar pushed the Lady Saints lead to 9-2 later in the inning. With the run rule looming, Paige St. Pierre laced a single to left scoring Cuellar to end the game in a 10-2 Seward County victory.
Seward pounded out 14 hits in the win, getting three hits at the top of the order from Koontz and three RBI's a piece from Garcia and Cuellar. Ruby Gonzalez earned the win in the circle, working through all six innings, allowing six hits and two runs to improve to 7-2 on the year.
In their second game of the afternoon the Lady Saints took on the Cougars of South Mountain. The Lady Saints again took an early lead as Cuellar singled home Garcia in the top of the 2nd to put Seward on top 1-0 after 1 ½.
The teams traded runs in their next at bats to make it a 4-1 game before a three run Cougar home run tied the score at four in the 4th.
It remained 4-4 after five when the Lady Saints broke the tie on a two out, two run double from Jordan Garrison to put them in front 6-4.
South Mountain looked to answer as they loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning, but Seward reliever Monique Ashley induced a pop up on the infield to end the threat to keep the Lady Saints on top by two.
Seward couldn't add any insurance in the 7th, but they didn't need to as Ashley worked a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom half to preserve the 6-4 win for the Lady Saints.
The Lady Saints outhit the Cougars 11-9 in the win, getting three hits from Garcia in the middle of the lineup and two each from Cuellar and Koontz. Ashley picked up her 16th win of the season, coming in for 3 1/3 inning of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit while striking out seven.
Seward improves to 28-9 on the year with the sweep.