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By Anthony Jones
Headed into regional week, Triad softball is riding a four game winning streak.
After defeating Mascoutah and Collinsville two weeks ago, the Lady Knights picked up their third consecutive win on May 15 in Granite City. The Warriors entered that bout with a 6-21 mark.
Granite City charged to an early 3-1 after the first inning, but would fail to score off of Delaney Hess in her subsequent six relief frames.
Behind Hess’s shutout hurling, the Lady Knights tied the game at 3-3 by the end of the third. They later pulled ahead 7-3 after five and ultimately won 8-3.
With a total of three hits and two RBI, Hess helped lead the offense as well. Sam Jarman joined her in the two RBI club and scored twice herself. Senior Sam Hartoin found homeplate three times in the victory.
Triad closed out their regular season with a May 19 hosting of Alton. Their Southwestern Conference opponents flew into the matchup with a 13-14 record.
The first frame and a half of the matchup saw only 12 batters at the plate and zero runs.
The bottom of the second was a different story however, as the Lady Knights powered their way into a 7-0 lead.
Phoebe Feldman, Logan Looby, Hess, Andie Green, Syd Horn, Hartoin and Jarman began the half inning with seven consecutive hits to go ahead 6-0. Chloe Seger followed the barrage of hits with a sacrifice fly and Feldman closed out the inning with an RBI double for a 7-0 advantage.
Triad began the bottom of third with another string of hits, with Hess, Green and DeWitte all reaching safely. This drove the squad ahead 9-0.
The game’s final runs came in the bottom of the fourth as Green, DeWitte and Horn all added to their RBI total. This pushed the home side ahead 13-0.
Maddie Hart took over pitching duties in the top of the fifth, managing to retire the first three batters to enact short game rules. Hess and Hart allowed a combined three hits in the win.
Postseason play begins May 23 for the 15-11 Lady Knights, who are seeded fourth. They will visit the fifth seeded Civic Memorial Eagles in Bethalto in a 6:00 pm start.
The two Mississippi Valley Conference foes split their regular season meetings, with the home team winning both meetings. Triad tallied their win in 4-1 fashion and Civic Memorial snatched their win in an 11-6 final.
With a win, the Lady Knights would advance to the May 26 regional final. That contest is scheduled for a 5:00 pm start in Bethalto against the winner of top-seeded Highland and sixth-seeded Mascoutah.
Triad split their regular season meetings with Highland, with the home team winning 6-5 in both games. Mascoutah lost to the Lady Knights twice, with scores of 7-5 and 13-8.