LATE CHARGE LEADS REDBIRDS PAST WARRIORS — The Alton Redbirds plated 15 runs over their final three innings on Thursday in Granite City to beat the host Warriors 19-6.
Granite City led 5-4 through four innings, but watched AHS scored three times in the fifth and six times each in the sixth and seventh. GCHS added one run in the bottom of the seventh.
Alton improved to 24-4 with the win and 9-2 in the Southwestern Conference. The Warriors dipped to 8-19 and 1-10 in the SWC.
Drake Hampton was the star for the Birds in the win. He went 4 for 4 with a double, triple, three runs scored and five RBIs at the plate, while also pitching the final two innings to secure the win for Ben Cusac on the mound.
Cusac notched the victory by tossing five innings while scattering seven hits, fanning four, walking three and surrendering five runs, but only two earned.
Other offensive standouts for the Redbirds were Brenden Phillips and Aaron Bonnell each with two hits and three RBIs and Bryan Hudson with a pair of hits and a two RBIs. Matt Hopkins logged four walks and scored three times in the win, too.
Sam Watson took the loss on the hill for the Warriors after working five innings. Bruce Drennan paced the bats with three hits, three runs scored and a RBI. Ryan Steen and David Pulley each had two RBIs in the loss.
AHS is idle until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when it plays host to East St. Louis in a SWC contest. Granite City is back in action at 4:15 p.m. today, playing host to the Jersey Panthers.
CM TROUNCES CARROLLTON — The Civic Memorial Eagles continued their winning ways on Thursday, besting the Carrollton Hawks 17-5 in six innings on the road.
CM's winning streak reached seven straight with the victory, while its overall record is now 16-13.
The Eagles enjoyed a 10-run third inning to break the game open and set the tone for the short-game victory.
Jack Walker earned his second win in as many days, working two innings on Thursday after tossing the eighth inning in an 8-7 win over Waterloo on Wednesday.
Connor Bryant directed the offense with a 4 for 5 day at the plate, accompanied by three runs scored and three RBIs. Jaxson Helmkamp had a pair of hits and three RBIs in the win too, while Devin Daniels had three hits and Lukas Jones and Caleb Buhs each had two RBIs.
Colin Hall and Trevor Paynik also got work on the mound in the win.
Logan Gardner suffered the loss for Carrollton on the hill. The Hawks got two hits apiece from Jerrett Smith, Luke Palan and Tyler Barnett in the loss.
The Eagles hit the road at 4:15 p.m. Monday to take on Triad in a Mississippi Valley Conference showdown. They have won five straight conference games after dropping their first three.
ROXANA FALLS TO GILLESPIE — The Roxana Shells had a hiccup in the South Central Conference on Thursday, losing 6-4 at Gillespie.
The Shells fell to 11-13 overall and 5-2 in the SCC with the loss.
They return to action at 5 p.m. tonight at Carlinville.
ALTON TOPS GRANITE CITY IN SWC GAME — The Alton Redbirds utilized a three-run first to jump on Southwestern Conference rival Granite City Thursday and raced to a 6-1 victory.
The Birds are now 14-11 and 4-7 in the SWC, while the Warriors plummeted to 4-22 and 1-10.
Sydney Hartman tossed the complete game in the circle for Alton in the win. Hartman struck out nine and walked one while scattering four hits and allowing one run.
Offensively, freshman Miranda Hudson had a triple and three RBIs to guide Alton, while Hartman and Savannah Fisher each had two hits to complement her.
The Redbirds are scheduled to take on East Alton-Wood River at 4:30 p.m. today at home to kick off the Redbird Round Robin which closes out on Saturday with a 10 a.m. contest against Wesclin and an 11:30 showdown with Waterloo.
ROXANA DROPS GAME TO FREEBURG — The Roxana Shells saw their six-game winning streak come to an end on Thursday, losing 4-2 to visiting Freeburg at the Wood River Soccer Complex.
The Shells sank to 12-6-0 to end the regular season, while the Midgets elevated to 13-9-0 with the win. It was also their regular season finale.
Freeburg netted a pair of first-half goals to nab a 2-0 lead before the two squads traded two goals apiece in the second half.
Brittany Alexander and Niah Bevelo scored the two goals for the Shells, while Alexander and Emma Lucas each had assists in the loss.
Samantha Hurst took the loss in goal, despite making 15 saves for Roxana.
The Shells enter the Class 1A Civic Memorial Regional against the host Eagles at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Midgets are in the 1A Columbia Regional against Althoff at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
EAGLES HAVE ROUGH TIME IN MVC MEET — The Civic Memorial Eagles didn't fare well in the Mississippi Valley Conference Meet on Thursday in Troy, finishing sixth out of six teams.
Triad ran away with the title, scoring 150 points to roll by second-place Waterloo with 96 points. The rest of the MVC field rounded out with: Jersey (91), Mascoutah (90), Highland (85) and CM (9).
The Eagles had three top five finishes in the meet. Alex Singleton was fourth in the 3,200-meter run in a time of 12:40.07 while Mandy Arnold was fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 31 feet, 7 inches and Allie Troeckler nabbed fifth in the 400-meter dash in 1:06.01.
CM will be a part of the Springfield Southeast Sectional on May 14.