CENTRALIA -- The Marion High School softball team made it a clean sweep of the South Seven Conference with wins over Belleville Althoff and Centralia last week.
The Lady Wildcats finally played Althoff after several rained out attempts and won the first game of a doubleheader, 10-0, after taking advantage of 14 walks to clinch at least a share of the conference title.
Then in the second game, Marion obtained the championship outright with a 14-0 win that included a homer by Keira Hance.
But the Lady Cats had a little more business at hand Friday with a trip to Centralia.
Marion defeated the Annies earlier this season, handing them their first loss, but Centralia was still seeded ahead of Marion in the Carterville 3A Sectional that begins next week.
After the announcement, Centralia fell to Mt. Vernon and then, in Friday's second meeting, Marion downed the Annies again, 7-6, thanks to Andrea Roberts smacking a home run in the seventh inning in addition to helping in the pitcher's circle.
Hance also had two hits and scored twice, while Hannah Nalley, Ivy Smart, Kaylee Evans and Heaven Lawrence also scored in the victory.
Marion improved to 20-2 overall with a 10-0 mark in the South Seven and the losses coming to Massac County and Scott City, a Missouri school.
As for that sectional seeding, it now means that Marion's first postseason opponent on May 21 could be Massac County again in the semifinals of the Carbondale Regional, provided Massac County gets past Carterville in a play-in game. The other semifinal features Murphysboro against Carbondale.
But first, the Lady Wildcats have three more regular season games. They travel to Graves County (Ky.) on Monday and Highland on Tuesday before hosting Belleville West on Friday.