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By Anthony Jones
Four wins in four days has brought Triad softball’s record up to 8-8.
Their first game in the busy slate came on April 24, when Mascoutah visited for a Mississippi Valley Conference contest.
After the Indians scored two runs in the top of the first, the Lady Knights responded with four runs of their own. The first of these came when Chloe Seger drove in Sam Hartoin and the game-tying run came as Sam Jarman stole home after a throw was baited at second base.
Phoebe Feldman continued the rally with an RBI single and Delaney Hess later pushed the team ahead 4-2 with an RBI.
Mascoutah would score four more times in the next three innings, but Seger and Hess added to their RBI total to keep the score 6-6 at the end of that stretch.
The Lady Knights later regained the lead in the fifth frame with a seven run rally. Syd Horn, Hartoin, Jarman and Logan Looby all drove in runs to take their 13-6 advantage.
Mascoutah scored the game’s next two runs with back-to-back homeruns in the seventh, but fell in a 13-8 final. Those home runs proved to be the only hits the Indians would record off Maddie Hart in her four inning relief outing.
Senior outfielder Sam Hartoin talked about what the win meant to the team’s psyche, “I think that it’s helped. Coming off our game against Highland and then having a little bit of a break over the weekend, I think that it just let us reset and boost our confidence.”
Triad was back at home the following day to take on the East St. Louis Flyers. The Lady Knights won 19-0 in the non-conference matchup.
Hess and Hart evenly split pitching duties in the four inning affair, finishing with a one walk no-hitter. At the plate, Seger led the charge for Triad with six RBI. Alyssa DeWitte tallied four more and Jarman sent in two.
Triad’s Coach Kris Kleeman talked about the benefits of taking on the Flyers, “It’s a great opportunity to work on things that we don’t want to work on against a different opponent. They get tired of working in practice on check swings, having discipline at the plate and bunting into specific areas so I think it was a great opportunity.”
The Lady Knights traveled to Waterloo the following day, in an effort to avenge an earlier season 9-2 loss.
Triad would benefit from another dominant pitching outing, allowing just one hit in a shutout victory. Hess tossed four frames before Hart closed out what proved to be an 8-0 win for the visitors.
Seven different Lady Knights scored in the win, including Hartoin who found home plate twice. Feldman and Hess had three and two RBI, respectively.
The team closed out their week the following day in Piasa. Triad led wire-to-wire to take a 16-3 victory.
Finishing with 5 RBI, Feldman once again anchored the team’s scoring efforts. Looby drove in four more and Hartoin knocked in two as well.
Hart hurled five frames from the circle and allowed just one earned run. In two relief innings, Hess only allowed one run.