Nelson Martz was at the top of his pitching game Friday.
The Roxana High right-hander stopped visiting Gillespie, 8-0, on a four-hitter in South Central Conference action. The Shells built a 5-0 lead by the third inning and coasted to their victory.
Martz struck out eight and was backed by Levi Wallace, who had a pair of hits and two RBIs.
Southwestern 8, Staunton 7 – Brendan Schiller singled home the winning run in the bottom of the eighth to give the Piasa Birds a hard-fought SCC victory. The winners are 5-3 overall after prevailing in their league opener.
Blake Lawson, Spencer Heineman, Cody Roberts and Jimmie Naylor all had two hits for Southwestern. All had doubles, while Heineman and Naylor both drove in two runs. Heineman (4-1) pitched the final two innings to log the victory.
Staunton scored four times in the sixth to go ahead 7-6, but Southwestern knotted things in the bottom of the seventh and then won it in the eighth.
O’Fallon 9, CM 1—The host Eagles managed just two hits in falling to nonconference foe O’Fallon. Civic Memorial is 9-2.
EA-WR 3, Mascoutah 2 – Tori Beachum struck out 17 and pitched a one-hitter as the Oilers defeated the Indians in a nonconference game. East Alton-Wood River improved to 5-6 with the win.
The Oilers, who had four hits, scored the tie-breaking run in the bottom of the sixth. Beachum secured the victory even though she had to pitch around six errors.
Courtney Beneke had a hit and drove in a run for EA-WR.
Staunton 13, Southwestern 11 – The Bulldogs won a wild SCC affair from the Bulldogs. Staunton had a six-run second and Southwestern countered with a six-run fourth, but the Bulldogs held on for the win. Both teams made five errors.
Ashlyn Ringhausen was 3-for-4 with a home run, best for Southwestern. Hannah Wilfong, Lori Hopkins and Kelsey Rhoades all had two hits.
Gillespie 10, Roxana 0 – The Shells managed only two hits in bowing to the Miners during SCC play. The host Miners scored seven times in the fifth to close out the victory.
Cindy Scroggins had both of Roxana’s hits. The Shells are 1-6 and 1-1.
Molly and Ellen Gray of Gillespie teamed for five hits, while freshman Addison Bryant was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.
Alton 7, Peoria Richwoods 4 -- The Redbirds won a dual match in Peoria and were scheduled to compete Saturday in the Richwoods Invitational. They will welcome Edwardsville in a 4 p.m. match at AHS.
Marquette 3, Quincy Notre Dame 1 – Caroline Hoefert collected two goals and an assist as the 5-3-1 Explorers knocked off defending Class 1A state champion Quincy Notre Dame. The Raiders are 5-1-1.
Host Marquette, which finished third in last year’s small-school finals, broke a 1-1 tie with Adrianna Schindler’s tie-breaking goal late in the first half. Hoefert scored the first and third goals.