Rounding into form at an opportune time, Salem went 4-0 in home games last week.
Salem knocked off St. Clair 6-1 Oct. 5, topped St. James 11-7 Oct. 6, shut out Union 9-0 Thursday and clubbed Alton 15-6 Friday.
The Lady Tigers, now 11-8, were scheduled to end their regular season at East Carter Monday then begin play in the Missouri Class 3 District 3 Tournament, to be held Wednesday through Friday at Sullivan.
The district schedule was re-seeded and first-round games rescheduled late last week after St. Francis Borgia forfeited out of the tournament due to COVID-19 issues.
Now host Sullivan was seeded No. 1, Owensville No. 2, Salem No. 3, Cuba No. 4, St. Clair No. 5 and St. James No. 6.
In first-round games Wednesday, Cuba was to play St. Clair at 4:30 p.m.; Salem meets St. James at 6 p.m., and Owensville wins by forfeit over Borgia.
In the semifinals Thursday, Sullivan plays the Cuba/St. Clair winner at 4:30 p.m. and Owensville takes on the Salem/St. James winner at 6 p.m. The district championship game is set for 5 p.m. Friday.
Salem 15, Alton 6: Salem jumped out on top with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Alton tied things up with three in the top of the third.
After Salem plated two runs in the fourth frame, Alton took a 6-5 lead with three runs in the top of the fifth. It was all Lady Tigers from there, as Salem got three runs in the bottom of the fifth and erupted for seven in the sixth.
Salem outhit Alton 15-6 and took advantage of three Alton errors and seven walks. The Lady Tigers also stole seven bases.
Junior Chloe Bonner had a double, two singles, three RBI and a run scored for Salem, while junior Denise Stoner had two hits, two RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases; senior Grace Kunkel had a double, two singles, two RBI and two runs scored; senior Tatum Hatridge had a double, single, RBI and run; sophomore Ashton Bowers two hits, two runs and an RBI; sophomore Savannah Manthey a hit and two runs; senior Reggie Parks a hit and run; junior Andrea Bray a hit and RBI, and Desirea Scott three runs scored.
Junior Micah Bobbitt went the distance as the winning pitcher, allowing six earned runs on eight hits and a walk while fanning four.
Salem 9, Union 0: Salem got single runs in the third and fourth innings, four more in the fifth and three in the sixth to pull away.
Bowers had two doubles, two RBI and a run scored; Bonner a double, two singles, RBI and two runs; Kunkel a double, single, RBI and two runs; junior Bella Jadwin a single and two runs; Bray a hit and RBI; Hatridge a run and RBI; Manthey a hit and run, and Parks an RBI.
Bobbitt was the winning pitcher, allowing seven hits and no walks while striking out four.
Salem 11, St. James 7: Salem took the lead early and never trailed, plating two runs in each of the bottom of the first and second innings to make it 4-0. St. James trimmed its deficit to 4-2 with two runs in the third before Salem took an 11-2 advantage with seven runs in the fourth. St. James closed the gap with three runs in the fifth inning and two more in the seventh before falling short.
Bonner belted a homer, double, two singles and drove in four runs for the winners while Stoner had a double, single, two RBI and two runs; Parks a double, single, RBI and two runs; Hatridge two hits, an RBI and run; freshman Fayth Kaminski and Manthey a hit and RBI each; Jadwin a hit and two runs, and Manthey a hit and RBI.
Bowers was the winning pitcher, scattering 11 hits over seven innings while walking none and fanning six.
Salem 6, St. Clair 1: Salem got three runs in the bottom of the first and led the rest of the way, adding solo runs in the third, fourth and sixth frames. St. Clair got its run in the sixth. The Lady Tigers outhit St. Clair 10-6.
Manthey slammed a three-run homer for the Lady Tigers, while Stoner had a double, two singles and scored a run; Bonner got a double, three singles, two RBI and two runs; Hatridge doubled; Manthey had a hit, three RBI and a run, and senior Aryssa Smith had a hit and run.
Bobbitt was the winning pitcher, allowing six hits and no walks over seven innings.