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By Anthony Jones
Triad softball has dropped to 1-3 in Mississippi Valley play after losses to Highland and Jersey last week.
Their two-loss week began on April 17 against the Jersey Panthers. Their northern foes entered the contest with an 8-4 record.
Jersey took advantage of strong wind gusts early in the day, delivering a two-run homerun in the top of the first. Sophomore pitcher Maddie Hart later struck out consecutive batters to escape a two on, one out jam later in the inning.
The Panthers continued their offensive attack after three of the first four batters reached base safely in the second. This led to a 4-0 lead and Delaney Hess entering in relief.
Hess would only allow one hit in the second inning, but that connection landed beyond the centerfield fence to make the score 7-0.
As the wind settled down over the subsequent innings, so did the scoring.
The next scoring came in the fifth frame, when both teams tallied a run. Sam Jarman tallied the Lady Knights first RBI after driving in Logan Looby.
Jersey closed the affair by scoring the final two runs. Both of those tallies came in the top of the seventh in their 11-1 victory.
April 19 saw Triad back in action for a short trip to Highland. Their rivals boasted a six game winning streak and a 7-5-1 mark prior to first pitch.
Hess took to the circle in what Triad hoped to be their first victory over the conference foe since 2019.
The Lady Knights struck first in the Madison County battle, leading 4-0 after the top of the third. Their four run rally included a three-run homerun from Looby.
Highland quickly responded with two runs in the bottom of the third, but Triad retaliated by extending their lead to 5-2 after four frames. All of the game’s remaining runs came in the bottom of the fifth, as the Bulldogs took their first and only lead at 6-5.
With the loss, Triad dropped to 4-8 overall.