After losing its first seven games this season, the Riverside-Brookfield High School softball team has shown signs of coming to life in recent weeks. The Bulldogs (7-16, 4-5 Metro Suburban Conference) won three of four games last week to continue its upward trend with the state playoffs on the horizon.

Glenbard South dealt the Bulldogs their lone loss in a 9-3 decision. RBHS hung tight with the Class 3A defending state champs until the final two innings, when the Raiders scored five runs to notch the conference win. Sophomore Katie O’Connell took the loss for RBHS, while senior catcher Emily Hastings reached base twice.

The Bulldogs’ bats came to life in a 17-8 win over visiting Bloom. O’Connell helped her own cause in the circle with a stellar 4-for-5, three-RBI, three runs scored performance at the plate.

Playing a rare home game at Kiwanis Park in Brookfield, RBHS edged Timothy Christian last week 4-2 as O’Connell notched another victory, allowing a pair of runs and fanning four batters. After O’Connell belted a two-run homer to knot the game at 2-2, the Bulldogs plated two runs in the sixth to put away the Trojans.

RBHS opened last week’s action with an improbable 7-6 victory against Argo. Trailing the Argonauts 6-1 in the top of the seventh inning, the Bulldogs battled back with six runs in the frame to complete their tremendous comeback. First baseman Ashlee Haugh provided the key hit via a bases-clearing double.

The Bulldogs host Richards on Wednesday and Illiana Christian on Thursday. Both games start at 4:30 p.m. at Veterans Park in North Riverside.

With O’Connell finding her form in the circle and talented hitters like Hastings, Haugh, Lana Herrmann and Emma Schander in the fold, RBHS has the talent to make a postseason run.

The Class 3A state playoffs seeds and brackets will be posted on IHSA.org this week. RBHS is in the Nazareth Sectional.