Nelson Martz of Roxana High flashed his no-hit form again Friday.
The senior right-hander spun his second no-hitter of the season as the Shells defeated host Greenville, 4-1, in a South Central Conference contest. Roxana and moved to within one win for a three-way share of the league title.
Martz struck out 10 and drove home three runs as 12-14 Roxana is 6-2 in the SCC. The Shells still have a league game remaining with Vandalia. Greenville finished 6-3 in the league. Litchfield, ending 7-2 in the SCC, already has clinched a tie for the title.
Southwestern, also 7-2 in the SCC, made it a two-way tie with a 10-0, five-inning win over Vandalia.
Chance Foss had two hits for the Shells, who scored three times in the third inning to overturn a 1-0 deficit. Greenville scored a run without a hit in the second inning.
The Shells benefited from an insurance run in the fifth and made the most of seven hits overall. Greenville committed three errors, one more than Roxana. Losing pitcher Tyler Hutchinson fanned 10.
Martz is 5-1 with a 1.30 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 53.2 innings.
Southwestern 10, Vandalia 0 -- Spencer Heineman twirled a two-hit shutout as the 21-11 Pisa Birds walloped Vandalia. He struck out five and walked none.
Blake Lawson was 3-for-4 with a double and RBI for the winners, who scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to put the finishing touches on the victory. Eric Beyer, Jimmie Naylor and Zack Seymour all added two hits and Naylor had two RBIs.
Roxana 4, Greenville 2 – Ashley Meyers was 2-for-3 with two RBIs in leading the Shells by the Comets in SCC action.
Winning pitcher Andrea Lawson scatted nine hits and allowed a pair of fifth-inning runs. Roxana had nine hits and built a 3-0 lead by the third inning.
Rock Island Sectional -- LaJarvia Brown of Alton won the triple jump and also qualified for the state in the long jump during the IHSA 3A girls competition competition Friday.
Brown leaped 39 feet to finish first in the triple jump and her distance of 17-8.5 was good for fifth in the long jump and a state berth. The three-class state finals start Thursday and conclude next Saturday (May 24) at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Her sectional triple jump distancet was tops in the state.
The sophomore's sectional efforts combined for all of Alton's scoring. The Redbirds totaled 12 points to finish 13th in the 15-team competition.
O'Fallon claimed the sectional championship with 97 points and host Rock Island ran second with 87 points. Edwardsville took third with 70 points. The Tigers won three events. Allie Sweatt was best in the 3,200-meters (11 minutes, 11.13 seconds), while Aaliyah Covington prevailed in the discus (134-6) and the shot (42-5).
The Springfield SHG Class 2A Sectional is scheduled to run Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Springfield, Civic Memorial, Jersey, Roxana and East Alton-Wood River are in the field.
Hawks win Invite -- Host Carrollton scored 159 points to grab first place in the seventh-school Dick Hamann Invitational. Jacksonville ISD was second with 138 points and North Greene came in third with 105 points.
The Hawks won seven events in all, with Cody Leonard prevailing in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (45.58) and the high jump (6-4).
Alabama 13, SIUE 3 -- Host Alabama, the No. 2-rated team in the nation, thrashed the 30-22 Cougars in an opening-round game of the Tuscaloosa Regional. The Crimson Tide are 46-11 after the five-inning win.
The winners jumped ahead 9-0 after three innings and never looked back., Rachel Coonrod stroked a two-run double in the fourth inning as the Cougars mounted a comeback. Yet Alabama's big lead was too much to overcome.
SIUE is scheduled to play South Alabama on Saturday afternoon in a losers bracket game of the four-team, double elimination regional. USC Upstate defeated South Alabama, 5-3, also on Friday. Alabama meets USC Upstate in a winners bracket game.
The regional champion advances to the NCAA Super Regionals.
SIUE 1, Austin Peay 0 -- Ryan Daniels pitched a two-hitter as the Cougars shaded the visitors in an Ohio Valley Conference game at Lee Field. Daniels, 7-0 this season, struck out seven and walked two in his seventh complete game of the season.
SIUE, 20-31 overall, is 15-14 in the OVC and angling to land a spot in the postseason league tournament. Austin Peay, which shaded the Cougars, 6-4, in 10 innings Thursday, is 22-32 and 14-15.
Skyler Geissinger's RBI single in the seventh inning supplied the game's lone run.
The teams are scheduled to go at it again in the series final Saturday afternoon. If the Cougars win, they are guaranteed a spot in the OVC Tournament. Saturday is also Senior Day for the Cougars and senior Devin Caldwell, a Civic Memorial High graduate, will be among the players honored before the game.