A two-run ninth inning spelled a win Friday for the Southwestern High baseball team.
The Piasa Birds scored twice in the top of the ninth at Roxana and posted a 5-3 South Central Conference win. Southwestern improved to 8-5 overall and 2-1 in the SCC.
Spencer Heineman shined for the winners. He worked all nine innings and improved his record to 6-1. Heineman struck out eight and walked one in tossing a seven-hitter. Logan Reardon took the loss.
Brendan Schiller and Cody Roberts both had two hits for Southwestern. Roberts drove in a run, as did Schiller and Andrew Fry. Nelson Martz of the Shells was 3-for-4 with a double and RBI.
CM 3, Jersey 1 – Brett Beckham pitched a three-hitter in guiding the Eagles by the Panthers during a Mississippi Valley Conference contest at the Bethalto Sports Complex.
The left-hander permitted only a fifth-inning run that enabled Jersey to tie the game. The Eagles then scored twice in the sixth to give Beckham, now 4-1, a cushion. Jersey dropped to 0-2 in the MVC.
Jersey 18, Calhoun 2 – The 13-4 Panthers scored eight times in the seventh at Hardin to pound the Warriors. Jake Varble went 3-for-4 with a single, double, home run and five RBIs. Teammate Kyle Obertino was 3-for-5 with three RBIs to back winning pitcher Alex Buettel.
CM hiked its Valley mark to 2-0. The Eagles are 11-4 overall.
Alton 12-12, McCluer North 0-2 – The Redbirds employed a potent offense to sweep a pair of games from the visitors. They have won three games in the past two days.
Nick Paulda collected two hits and three RBIs in the opener. Matt Hopkins pitched four innings to register the victory. A seven-run first sent Alton on its way to a win.
The Birds also used the big inning to their advantage in the second game. They scored runs in the second to build a 12-0 lead.
aulda had three more hits to ignite the attack. Will Lewis pitched in with a pair of hits and three RBIs. Drake Hampton and Hopkins both had two RBIs. Ben Cusac hurled four innings to get the win. He fanned five.
SIUE 4-2, Tennessee State 2-1 – The Cougars won a pair of Ohio Valley Conference games in Nashville, Tenn. SIUE improved to 22-19 overall and 14-3 in the OVC.
Sophomore lefty Haley Chambers picked up her 13th win of the season in the opener. Alexis Robinson-Kohrs tossed a two-hitter in the second-game win, which was her first career start. SIUE has won five consecutive OVC games.
Cougars hold Gateway Invite – SIUE will play host to its men’s and women’s Gateway Invite on Saturday afternoon at Korte Stadium. Competition will get going at 1 p.m.
No fewer than 13 teams, including several OVC ones, will be participating. Triad High graduate Elizabeth Hampl, a thrower for the Cougars, should lead the women’s squad.