WOOD RIVER — East Alton-Wood River baseball head coach Kyle Duncan believes all his team needs is a good day on the diamond to turn his team around.
The Oilers didn't find it against the Calhoun Warriors on Friday, suffering a 14-3 loss in five innings at home in a non-conference battle.
The Oilers fell to 3-12, while the Warriors improve to 9-5. The Oilers still hold a record of 2-0 in the Prairie State Conference.
"It really wouldn't take much to get us turned around," Duncan said. "We've got in the habit of starting off strong and then one inning kills us. We're just making small mental mistakes at critical times and they seem to snowball. We're making youthful errors, but that's not excuse. I know the guys have what it takes. They just need to finish what they start."
The Oilers took a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first after junior pitcher Lucas Wells and the Oiler defense shut down the Warriors. Freshman Tyler Hamby led off with a base hit and was moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt from Bryce Bazzell. Hamby moved to third after Blake Marks hit a sacrifice fly to deep center.
EA-WR junior Blake Weishaupt then drew a walk, putting runners on first and third for the Oilers. Chris Hamby followed, cracking a double and scoring Tyler Hamby and Weishaupt. Unfortunately, Chris Hamby was caught for the third out trying to make it a triple.
Wells found himself in a hole on the mound in the top of the second having bases loaded after getting two quick outs on the Warriors' first two batters.
Calhoun got a single by Trevor Bick and Wells walked Sam Baalman and Brandon Fraley to load the bags. Marks stopped the run for the Warriors with a toss to senior Jake Hei to retire Morgan Baalman and end the side.
The score remained 2-0 in favor of the Oilers until the top of the third when Mitch Bick led off for the Warriors with a single and proceeded to second with a walk to Austin Laing. Sam Barczewski chased Bick and Laing home with a double. Trevor Bick hit a single to score Barczewski before the Oilers were able to close out the Warriors, but trailing 3-2.
The Warriors offense exploded in the fourth inning, adding 11 more runs to their total. Austin Laing and Morgan Baalman added two runs, while Brandon Fraley, Mitch Bick, Sam Barczewski, Wes Klock, Easton Clark, Trevor Bick and Sam Baalman all added a run each. Hunter Hall relieved Wells on the mound to help the Oilers end the inning.
"We've been working on our lineup lately to find what works," Calhoun head coach Casey Longnecker said. "We all have days like the Oilers just had, where one inning can do the damage. We've been working hard and we're finding areas where things are coming together. Our pitching has really been improving."
The Oilers got a small rally going in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases. Wells scored on a single by Hunter Hall before the Warriors put a stop to the Oilers push to extend the game.
CALHOUN 14, EA-WR 3
Calhoun 0 0 3 11 0 X X — 14 17 2
EA-WR 2 0 0 1 0 X X — 3 6 7
Calhoun (9-5) — Brandon Fraley 1 RBI, Morgan Baalman 2-4 1 RBI, Mitch Bick 2-4 RBI, Austin Laing 2-4 RBI, Sam Barczewski 3-4 2 RBIs, Wes Klock 1-4 RBI, Easton Clark 2-4 RBI, Trevor Bock 1-4 RBI, Sam aalman 1-3 RBI. WP-Morgan Baalman IP 4 H 5 R3 BB 2 K 1
EA-WR (3-12) — Tyler Hamby 2-3, Blake Marks 1-3, Blake Weishaupt Walk-RBI, Chris Hamby RBI, Lucans Wells 1-3, Hunter Hall 1-2 RBI. LP-Lucas Wells IP 3.1 H 13 R 5 BB 4 K 1