The Highland High School softball team swept the week of play after reeling off three victories in four days.
First, on April 16, Bulldogs traveled to Mascoutah and took down the host Indians 4-1.
Next, on April 18, Highland traveled to Bethalto and out-slugged the Civic Memorial Eagles 16-7.
Finally, on Thursday, Highland hosted Roxana and cracked the Shells 9-0.
The three-game winning streak hiked the Bulldogs' overall record to 9-3, while the wins over Mascoutah and CM kept Highland's Mississippi Valley Conference record unblemished at 4-0.
"Going 4-0 in conference is awesome, and we know it won’t be easy the second time around, knowing they will all be after us," said Highland senior Addison Rinderer, who is the team's winningest pitcher at 4-1, as well as top the hitter with a .395 batting average.
Highland 9, Roxana 0
The Bulldogs took complete command with a five-run first at-bat, and that was more than enough offense for freshman hurler Samantha Miener, who fired a complete-game, four-hit shutout.
Miener was in control, striking out eight, compared to just two walks and one hit batsman. Highland's defense also turned a double play.
"The defense was all there, and it's always nice to know they are there backing me up. And we were all hitting, so the energy was up," said Miener, who improved to 2-1. "My curveball was working really good, and my dropball was doing decent, too. I felt pretty good, and I am glad the weather was nicer than it was yesterday (Wednesday)."
Miener was also the game's top hitter, going 3-for-3. Her RBI single to left field capped off Highland's five-run first frame.
"I was just trying not to think about it, because the pitching was slower. But it was still good pitching, because everything was over the plate, so you just have to make contact with it," she said. "We have had a pretty good week. We've got our rival Triad on Monday, and it should be a pretty good game."
Also at the dish for the Bulldogs, senior Lauren Baer and freshman Sydney Parkerson each collected two hits.
Parkerson also hammered out a game-best three runs batted in after tagging a two-run double to left in the first frame and a run-scoring single in the Bulldogs' two-run third.
Baer had an RBI single and scored in the first and then pounded a leadoff double and scored in the third.
Highland, who also got one hit each from senior Kourtney Zobrist and junior Lily Garbett, scored its final pair of runs in the fifth on a RBI ground out by Rinderer and a sacrifice fly by Zobrist.
Highland 16, Civic Memorial 7
In a wild slugfest that lasted almost 2 hours, 45 minutes, Highland trailed 7-6 after five innings, but the Bulldogs rallied took command with a seven-run sixth inning and never looked back.
Highland outhit CM 18-12.
Freshman Delaina Sigman provided the big blow as she walloped a three-run home run in the pivotal sixth to put Highland ahead for good at 9-7. It was Sigman's second roundtripper of the season. Sigman also doubled and drove in another run to give her a game-high total of four runs batted in.
Zobrist and fellow senior Sydney Harnetiaux shared for high honors in hits with three each. Zobrist also walked once, knocked in a pair of runs and scored a pair, while Harnetiaux also doubled, scored twice and had one RBI.
Joining Sigman in hammering out two hits apiece were Baer, Rinderer, Parkerson and Sullens. Baer doubled twice, drove in two and scored once. Sullens also walked twice, scored three times and knocked in one. Rinderer also walked once and scored twice. Parkerson also added one RBI and one run scored.
In addition, junior Lexy Gilliam added one hit, one RBI and one run, and Miener had one hit and one RBI.
CM was led by Cassie Reed's three hits and two RBIs, while Ally Hardy (home run), Susan Buchanan and losing pitcher Gracie Braun had two hits apiece.
Sigman (2-0) was the winning pitching for the Bulldogs. She gave up the seven runs, but only two were earned. She also finished with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Highland 4, Mascoutah 2
Rinderer was in top form and fired a complete-game gem. She only surrendered two hits, six hits and two walks while punching out eight.
"I was coming into Monday's game kinda sore, and I knew it was going to be a cold one, so I had to prepare myself mentally rather then physically," said Rinderer, who also rapped out a game-best two hits. "My pitches were all working, and I was hitting all my spots, especially my curveball and screwball."
Rinderer out-dueled Mascoutah senior Tieghan Morio, a Ball State University recruit, who gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks. She struck out 11.
Highland never trailed and scored a pair of runs in the top of the second. The Indians eventually tied the game after scoring a single run in each of the fourth and sixth innings.
But the Bulldogs were up to the challenge, pushing across a run in the sixth and seventh to earn the hard-fought win.
Adding one hit each for Highland were Baer, Miener, Parkerson, senior Hannah Sullens and senior Sydney Harnetiaux.
In the two-run second, Garbett led off and was hit by a pitch, and then Parkerson doubled to center to set the table. Baer singled home Garbett, and Parkerson later scored on an error.
After Mascoutah ultimately tied it up, the Bulldogs took the lead for good on Harnetiaux's RBI single to center to score Baer (leadoff walk).
Highland produced an insurance run in the seventh. After Sullens pulled a one-out double to right, Miener followed by slcing a single to right to bring Sullens around to score the game's finaly tally.