ST. LOUIS — It's the annual game that high school baseball players always circle on the calendar — the Busch Stadium game.
On Saturday the Civic Memorial Eagles and Roxana Shells enjoyed squaring off at the St. Louis Cardinals' mecca of baseball. The Eagles won the bragging rights, defeating the Shells 6-2.
CM improved to 10-13 with the loss, while the Shells slipped to 8-10 with the loss. It marked the third time the Eagles had beaten Roxana in eight days, sweeping the Shells in a double header on April 18.
CM scored six runs on six hits, while committing three errors in the field. Roxana plated two runs on six hits and had a pair of fielding miscues in the loss.
The Shells nabbed an early 1-0 lead in the home half of the first. Chance Foss led off with a single and moved to third on Blake Vandiver's infield hit. Adam Moore drove him in with a sacrifice fly to center field.
CM answered in the third, plating a pair of runs to take a 2-1 edge. Konnar Loewen reached on an error and walks to Lukas Jones and Caleb Buhs loaded the bags before a walk to Devin Daniels forced home Loewen to tie it 1-1. A wild pitch then let Jones score to make it 2-1 without the Eagles registering a hit in the inning.
The two teams traded runs in the fifth.
Daniels stroked his first of two standup triples to right center in the top of the fifth. He then scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-1.
In the bottom of the fifth it was Foss manufacturing a run for Roxana. He singled through the left side of the infield, stole second, stole third and scored on a throwing error trying to nail him at third. It cut the deficit to 3-2.
With the Shells going to their bench in the seventh, CM was able to take advantage with three more runs. Buhs walked and Daniels blistered a ball down the third baseline for his second standup triple, scoring Buhs in the process. Spencer Powell delivered a two-run single up the middle to supply the other two runs for the Eagles.
Roxana was unable to muster anything in the bottom of the inning, as CM's Caleb Dhue made a nifty diving catch in right field to close things out.
The game continued through the ninth, with underclassmen getting their chance to shine on the field at Busch.
Daniels led the Eagles with a 3 for 3 day, including two triples, a walk and two RBIs. Foss paced the Shells with with a pair of singles, a pair of stolen bases and a pair of runs scored.
Josh Rudd started the game on the mound for Roxana, while Tyler Andrus got the nod to start for CM.