Bryan Hudson and Kelsey Deaton
Baseball: Bryan Hudson of Alton
The 6-foot-7 junior left-hander had a big week as the Redbirds made a strong push for a regional baseball championship.
He provided a key RBI double and earned the save on the mound as Alton defeated Quincy, 3-1, in a semifinal game of the Redbirds’ Class 4A Regional. Then he suffered a tough-luck 1-0 loss to Edwardsville in the championship game at Moore Park.
During the season, Hudson batted .333 with 5 home runs and 32 RBIs for the 22-15 Redbirds. He was 9-4 on the mound with a 1.33 ERA. Two of his defeats were by 1-0 scores. His other losses were 2-1 and 3-2.
Hudson also proved to be pivotal player for the AHS basketball team, which finished 22-6. He averaged 9.5 points and 4.2 rebounds for the Redbirds, second in the Southwestern Conference.
Softball: Kelsey Deaton of CM
Deaton supplied plenty of clutch hitting in helping Civic Memorial make it to the Triad Class 3A Regional championship game.
She went 3-for-3 and blasted her first home run of the season as the Eagles overwhelmed Marquette, 14-4, in five innings during a regional play-in game. Then she hit another homer in CM’s 4-3 win over top-seeded Triad in a regional semifinal.
The Eagles, seeded fourth in the five-team regional, thus made it all the way to the title game before they fell to Highland, 6-3. The Bulldogs advanced to the Centralia Sectional.
Deaton wound up hitting .288 with two home runs and 10 RBIs for the Eagles, 8-23 overall and 1-9 in the Mississippi Valley Conference. The junior catcher-infielder will return as CM intends to regain its spot among the Valley elite.