Check out the numbers. They proved staggering as Marquette Catholic outscored East Alton-Wood River, 16-14, Friday in a nonconference baseball game at Dorsey Field.
The Explorers and Oilers combined for 30 runs, 26 hits, 19 walks and eight hit batters in a wild, wild one. Marquette, winning for the 11th successive time, improved to 18-6. EA-WR is 4-25.
“We were just able to outlast them,” Marquette coach Tim Fahnestock said. “It was one of those games where we hit the ball well.”
Shortstop Austin Siener went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and four RBIs. Aaron Mattix-Wand was 3-for-5 and had three RBIs. Geoffrey Ferguson had two hits, three stolen bases and drove home a run. Stephen Peuterbaugh and Chris Angleton both had two hits.
“It was a huge team win,” the right-handed hitting Siener said. “Everybody is having fun and everybody is hitting the ball. I’m just trying to take the ball to the opposite field.”
Max Goepel, the fourth of five Marquette pitchers, got the win. Blake Marks, the third EA-WR hurler, took the loss. The Explorers’ five-run seventh made the difference as they overcame 13-11 deficit.
The Oilers had ample hitting stars of their own. Sophomore third baseman Chris Hamby was 4-for-5 with a single, double, three-run triple and six RBIs. Dillon Compton belted an inside-the-park home run and was 2-for-3. He reached base four times. Marks was 3-for-5 and had two RBIs.
“Hamby is swinging the bat really well,” Oilers’ coach Kyle Duncan said. “He’s starting to figure it out and dial it in for us.”
Jersey 6, Granite City 3 – The Panthers reached the 20-win plateau since 1997 by defeating the Warriors. They are 20-10, thanks to four consecutive victories.
Jordan Witt was 1-for-1 with three RBIs to back winning pitcher Kyle Steckel. The Panthers outhit the Warriors 6-4 and survived despite making four errors.
Jersey resumes Mississippi Valley Conference play Monday at Highland.
Carlinville 6, Roxana 2 – The Shells dipped to 11-14 after suffering a South Central Conference loss at Carlinville.
Gillespie 6, Southwestern 3 -- The Miners knocked the Piasa Birds out of first place with their SCC victory.
Greenville, sporting, a 6-1 league record, leads the pack. Litchfield, Carlinville, Southwestern and Roxana have two conference losses and Gillespie is one game behind them. The Piasa Birds and the Shells both have Greenville and Vandalia remaining in SCC competition.
Alton Tournament – The 20-8 Redbirds got some quality pitching and blanked EA-WR, 4-0 at AHS. Morgan Butler blanked the Oilers on one hit over four innings and Brittany Roady followed with three shutout innings. She also gave up one hit and registered the victory.
Oilers’ pitcher Victoria Beachum was locked in a scoreless duel with Butler until the Redbirds scored once in the fifth and three times in the sixth. The Redbirds got four runs on two hits and benefited from four EA-WR errors. The Oilers are 11-15.
Tourney action resumes at 10 a.m. Saturday. Waterloo and Trenton Wesclin also are participating in the tournament. Waterloo edged Wesclin, 8-7 in Friday’s other game.
Southwestern 4, Gillespie 3 – Hannah Wilfong and Lindsey Snyder both had two hits as the Piasa Birds nipped the Miners in SCC play. Both of Wilfong’s hits were doubles.
A two-run fifth inning made the difference for Southwestern, 12-11 overall and 3-2 in the SCC. Bailee Stahl scattered eight hits to get the win.
Carlinville 7, Roxana 1 – A three-run opening inning put the Cavaliers on the road to a SCC win at Roxana.
Cindy Scroggins was 3-for-4 and batted in the lone run for the Shells. Carley Kulenkamp of the Cavaliers was 3-for-4 with a double and home run. Teammate Megan Stayton added two hits, including a triple. Carlinville had a dozen hits in all.
Baylee Hughes spun a seven-hitter for the victory. Andrea Lawson took the loss.
MVC Girls – Triad scored 127 points to finish first in the Mississippi Conference Meet at Mascoutah. Highland was a close second with 120 points and Civic Memorial placed third with 120 points.
Jersey (85 points), Waterloo (53) and Mascoutah (36) completed the team scoring. The Panthers’ Mary Claire Davis finished first in the high jump (5 feet, 2 inches) and teammate Sydney Jones was best in the triple jump (36-4.25). Freshman Kiara Chapman prevailed in the 800-meters (2 minutes, 28.21 seconds).
CM’s Courtney Dorsey won the long jump (16-9.25), Hannah Niemeier was tops in the 400-meters (1:00.05) and Megan Trost was first in the 300-meter low hurdles (47.37). CM also won the 4x200-meter relay (1:50.50) and the 4x400-meter relay (4:14.42).
SWC Girls – Host O’Fallon scored 186 points to win the Southwestern Conference Meet. Edwardsville ran second with 139.5 points and East St. Louis took third with 137.5 points.
Alton was eighth with 21 points. Chayvon Buckingham, third in the shot put (37-9.75) paced the Redbirds, who were without injured sophomore LaJarvia Brown. She won the triple jump (38-0.5), finished third in the long jump (16-0.5) and was fourth in the 200-meters (27.32) at the recent Collinsville Invitational. Brown then sustained an ankle injury prior to the SWC action, but she is expected to compete Friday in the Rock Island Class 3A Sectional.
It'll be CM, Jersey, EA-WR and Roxana cast in Thursday's Springfield SHG Class 2A Girls Sectional at Springfield's Memorial Stadium. Staunton is playing host to a Class 1A girls sectional Thursday. Marquette and Southwestern are among the schools in the 18-team competition.