Softball | Courtney Beneke
Beneke is a senior for the East Alton-Wood River softball team. She’s listed as a utility player for the Oilers and will work in as a designated hitter, outfielder and third baseman.
Her designation as Athlete of the Week comes from her position as a hitter. EA-WR went 2-2 in four games during the week of April 4-9 and Beneke offered a big week wielding the bat.
Altogether she went 6-for-11 (.545) with a double, 3 home runs, 8 RBIs, 5 runs scored, 4 walks and no strikeouts.
In a 12-8 win over Nokomis on April 5, Beneke was 3-for-3 with 2 bombs, 5 RBIs and 3 runs scored. She also homered in a 16-11 loss in eight innings to Mascoutah on April 8.
Entering the week, Beneke was hitting .231 on the season with a team-best 3 homers and 16 RBIs.
Baseball | Jacob St. Peters
St. Peters, a senior pitcher for the Alton Redbird baseball team, earns Athlete of the Week honors after helping lead the Birds past rival Edwardsville on April 5 at Tom Pile Field.
St. Peters tossed a complete game as Alton topped its Southwestern Conference foe 4-1. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound right-handed hurler fanned 10 Tigers, walked one and scattered five hits while allowing one earned run.
“He was consistently ahead,” AHS coach Todd Haug said after the game. “He had multiple pitches going, and it’s a credit to him and the defense that played behind him.”
St. Peters added, “I was feeling good out on the mound. All my stuff was working for me.”
He also picked up a complete-game win in a 2-1 victory over Collinsville at the new AHS field Tuesday.
Through Wednesday, St. Peters was 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA in 19.2 innings pitched.