The Seward County Lady Saints were three outs away from a win against #8 Central Arizona Friday afternoon in Coolidge, Arizona, but the Vaqueros stormed back for two in the 7th to win game one 2-1 and carried the momentum into game two for a 13-2 win to bring an abrupt end to the Lady Saints four game Spring Break win streak.
Runs were at a premium in game one of the doubleheader as through three innings, Seward was kept off the board and Central Arizona managed just a single baserunner in the 0-0 game.
Seward put two on with nobody out but couldn't score in the 4th and Central went down in order for the third time in four innings to keep the game scoreless after four.
Seward starter Monique Ashley again twirled 1-2-3 frames in the 5th and 6th to keep the 8th ranked Vaqueros at bay and her Lady Saints up 1-0 into the 7th.
The Lady Saints couldn't add any insurance in the 7th and it would come back to haunt them as Central broke out of their offensive slump with three straight singles in the bottom of the inning and used Seward's lone error of the game to their favor, scoring the equalizer and the game winner to stun the Lady Saints 2-1 in walk off fashion.
The game featured just 11 hits, six for Seward and five for Central Arizona. Kristyna Garcia was the only Lady Saint with more than one hit in the contest while Garrison had the lone Seward RBI in the loss. Ashley was flawless until the 7th, allowing just one hit to that point. She suffered just her second loss of the season, falling to 16-2, ultimately yielding four hits and two unearned runs while striking out four.
Central carried their momentum from game one right over into game two, jumping all over the Lady Saints early 9-1 after just two innings of action.
A Jullian Atteberry solo home run to start the 3rd stopped the Vaquero momentum for a moment, but Central answered with a run in the 3rd and three more in the 4th to take a 13-2 lead.
Seward put two on in the 5th but couldn't push anything across, kicking in the run rule after five in a 13-2 defeat.
The Lady Saints had six hits in the loss, but committed four errors, leading to nine unearned runs for Central Arizona. No Lady Saint had more than one hit in the loss and Atteberry's home run was the only extra base knock. Sydney Epp took the loss, falling to 2-2 on the year, allowing 10 hits and four earned runs on the rubber.
Seward falls to 28-11 with the losses while Central Arizona improves to 25-6.
The Lady Saints will return home from the desert and head to Great Bend on Wednesday where they will take on the Barton Cougars in a big Jayhawk West Conference doubleheader beginning at 2:00.