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Conant cruises in 1st round

Softball

  • The Conant softball team defeated Bishop Brady 13-2 in the Division III Prelims on Friday, May 31, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant softball team defeated Bishop Brady 13-2 in the Division III Prelims on Friday, May 31, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant softball team defeated Bishop Brady 13-2 in the Division III Prelims on Friday, May 31, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant softball team defeated Bishop Brady 13-2 in the Division III Prelims on Friday, May 31, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant softball team defeated Bishop Brady 13-2 in the Division III Prelims on Friday, May 31, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant softball team defeated Bishop Brady 13-2 in the Division III Prelims on Friday, May 31, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant softball team defeated Bishop Brady 13-2 in the Division III Prelims on Friday, May 31, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant softball team defeated Bishop Brady 13-2 in the Division III Prelims on Friday, May 31, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant softball team defeated Bishop Brady 13-2 in the Division III Prelims on Friday, May 31, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant softball team defeated Bishop Brady 13-2 in the Division III Prelims on Friday, May 31, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

With a 13-2 victory, the fourth-ranked Conant softball team made quick work of No. 13 Bishop Brady in the Division III preliminary round on Friday and hosted No. 5 Farmington in the quarterfinals on Monday.

The winner of Monday’s contest will play in Wednesday’s D-III semifinals at Plymouth State University at 7 p.m.

After Bishop Brady scored one in the first, Conant came back with five in the last of the frame to take the lead for good. Hannah Buckjune drove in two with a triple and scored on a wild pitch.

Back-to-back doubles in the second from Kelsey Smith and Ivy Chalke scored two more, as the Orioles took an 8-1 lead. Chalke also drove in two in the fourth and finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

Smith had four hits and drove in two runs, while also picking up the win. She pitched all seven innings and struck out eight.

Conant was 14-2 in the regular season and entered Monday’s contest with Farmington on an eight-game winning streak. The Orioles lost to Farmington 8-1 last year in the first round of the postseason.

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