Blake Marks, left, and Janelle Wilson
Baseball: Blake Marks of East Alton-Wood River High
A junior right-hander at East Alton-Wood River High, Marks is making his mark this summer pitching for the Twin City Junior Legion Post 1167 baseball team.
Marks won his first four games without a loss. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in 22.1 innings and has recorded 28 strikeouts thus far. He’s also batting .333 with five doubles and 13 RBIs.
On the mound, he fired a four-hit shutout and fanned 10 in Twin City’s victory in the Jerseyville Tournament championship game. Marks also gave up only one hit and struck out 11 while pitching 6.2 innings in a win over Fairview Heights.
Manager Dave Ufert appreciates Marks dual contributions to the team.
“Blake has worked really hard and shown so much improvement since the start of the season,” Ufert said. “You can’t ask for more from a player than what he gives on the field.”
Tennis: Janelle Wilson of Alton High School
Wilson, who will be a senior at Alton High this season, has experienced a sizzling summer.
First, she won the Alton/Godfrey Closed Open tournament and followed that with a championship in the 32nd annual Bud Simpson Open. She prevailed on the Andy Simpson courts at Lewis and Clark Community College in successfully defending her Bud Simpson title.
She plans to participate in more tournaments this summer, mainly in regional competition at Indiana, Nebraska and Tennessee.
Once fall rolls around, Wilson figures to be a key player for the Redbirds in their quest for Southwestern Conference success. She played her first two seasons at Marquette Catholic High, then sat out last season when she transferred to AHS.