BETHALTO — The Civic Memorial Eagles baseball team broke a four-game losing streak with a lopsided 12-1 non-conference win in five innings over the East-Alton Wood River Oilers on Thursday at Bethalto Sports Complex.
The Eagles improve to 6-7-1 with the win. The Oilers established a 1-0 lead in the first inning behind a one-run double from Blake Weishaupt. However, the lead would be short lived, as CM scored six runs in the bottom of the first.
Brandon Hampton’s one-run double tied up the game at 1-1. The Eagles took the lead on a passed ball by the Oilers when Caden Clark ran home from third. Just minutes later, Hampton ran home from third to score the Eagles’ third run after an EA-WR error. Geoff Withers’ two-run double made the score 5-1 CM and another Oiler error allowed Konnar Loewen to score the Eagles’ sixth run.
“Civic Memorial is a pretty good ball club,” EA-WR coach Kyle Duncan said. “We’ve been struggling here lately in doing things right. Today we gave them six runs. All those things add up. We need to stop the bleeding when things are going bad.”
The Oilers (2-11) stranded two runners in the second. Corey Price’s one-run single in the bottom of the second gave CM a 7-1 advantage. EA-WR stranded another runner in the third.
“We been struggling here lately, in losing four in a row,” said Eagles' coach Gary Bruening. “It was nice to come out and see all faces redeemed today. I thought the pitchers threw pretty well and we made the plays defensively. We got a few hits, now obviously they gave us some runs, but you have to take advantage of that when a team makes an error. I think today that we did. I thought all around it was a good game for us, we needed it.”
Collin Overmeyer started on the mound for the Eagles. In three innings, Overmeyer fanned four batters, walked one and gave up four hits and one run. Christian Stawar relieved Overmeyer in the fourth. Stawar struck out three batters and gave up one hit.
“Collin hung a couple of curve balls early and I thought he had a really good third inning,” Bruening said. “And Christian (Stawar) threw strikes and kept the ball down, which he’s pretty good at. They had a lot of swings and misses against him. I’m very pleased with both pitchers tonight.”
In the bottom of the third, Trevor Panyik’s single into right field drove Loewen home from third to score the Eagles’ eighth run and an EA-WR error allowed Panyik to run home from third to push the score to 9-1.
The Oilers failed to place a runner on base in the top of the fourth and the Eagles scored three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Loewen smacked a fly ball deep into right field that was caught, but Corey Price had more than enough time to run home from third, as CM went up 10-1.
Brandon Carpenter scored the 11th run on a passed ball. David Lane scored the 12th run due to an EA-WR error.
The Oilers did have one bright spot in the game. Third baseman Blake Marks went 3-for-3 at the plate. The senior doubled in the first and singled in the third and fifth.
“I’ve said all year in baseball and in basketball that he tries to carry the team, he’s a true leader,” said Duncan, who's also the Oilers' boys' basketball coach. “He does all of the little things right. He can hit the ball as much as he can score in basketball.”
The Eagles return to action at 4:15 p.m. Friday in a home contest against O’Fallon. EA-WR returns to action at 4:30 Friday in an away contest against Hardin Calhoun.