BEACHUM TOSSES GEM – Victoria Beachum was at her best Tuesday in the East Alton-Wood River High season opener.
The senior left-hander, bound for SIUE, pitched a six-inning no-hitter as the Oilers battered host Greenville, 12-0, in nonconference play. Beachum struck out 16 and walked one in silencing the Comets.
The Oilers made a dozen runs on 13 hits and scored six times in the sixth inning to wrap up their victory. They also took advantage of three Greenville errors.
Courtney Beneke provided two hits and a pair of RBIs to pack EA-WR. Morgan Moxey and Kaliegh Young both chipped in with two hits.
Last season, Beachum was 11-16 with a 2.08 ERA and 253 strikeouts in 154.2 innings for the 13-18 Oilers.
EA-WR LOSES OPENER – Host Greenville blanked EA-WR, 4-0, in the nonconference season opener for both teams. Junior pitcher Blake Marks absorbed the loss for the Oilers, who play Thursday at rival Roxana.
EXPLORERS OPEN TODAY – Marquette Catholic is scheduled to start its baseball today. But the Explorers’ game is at O’Fallon and scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. It was originally scheduled for Moore Park in Alton.
ALTON, MARQUETTE FALL – Both Alton High and Marquette lost in the opening round of the Metro Cup Girls Tournament at Columbia High School.
Triad topped Alton, 3-0, while Waterloo shaded Marquette, 2-1, via penalty kicks. The Redbirds and Explorers clash at 7 p.m. tonight in a consolation round game of the tourney, which continues through Saturday.
The Bulldogs and the Explorers battled to a standoff through regulation and then Waterloo prevailed on the seventh round of overtime penalty kicks.
After a scoreless first half, Marquette's Kate Sanfilippo scored at the 48-minute mark to give the Explorers a lead. Bailey Hartrich assisted on the goal.
However, Waterloo scored a minute later. That set the stage for the eventual PKs, even though the Explorers outshot the Bulldogs 12-6 in regulation and held a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Alton, meanwhile, saw Triad score a pair of second-half goals to build on a 1-0 halftime lead and spoil the Redbirds' opener. The Knights tallied at the 36-minute mark for their first goal.
EAGLES WIN OPENER – Host Civic Memorial got its offense going in midseason form during its first match of the spring. The Eagles sprinted past rival Roxana, 4-1, in a nonconference affair.
Cassie Hall scored twice, while Andra Myers and Ellie Cummins added goals for the winners. Emma Lucas got Roxana's lone goal.
The Shells are now 1-1 on the season after posting a 1-0 win over Metro East Lutheran on Monday.