ALTON NO-HITS CAHOKIA IN NON-CONFERENCE ACTION — The Alton Redbirds welcomed the Cahokia Comanches to Gordon Moore Park on Wednesday and won 12-2 behind a combined no-hitter by the pitching staff.
Ben Cusac, Sam Ballard and Jacob St. Peters combined for the no-hitter, despite two unearned runs being scored off of an error and three walks. Cusac earned the victory on the hill.
Cahokia jumped out to a 1-0 lead after one inning, but Alton answered with three in the bottom of the first and six in the second on its way to a five-inning win.
Offensively, the Redbirds were led by two hits and two RBIs off the bat of Steve Pattan. Bryan Hudson also contributed a triple and two RBIs and Jacob Kanallakan had a double and a pair of RBIs, while Matt Hopkins scored three times in the triumph.
AHS, now 4-0 on the season, is back in action at 11 a.m. Saturday, playing host to Civic Memorial for a double header.
ROXANA GETS BY COLUMBIA — The Roxana Shells traveled to Columbia on Wednesday and came away with a 7-5 victory in a non-conference game.
With the win, the Shells improved to 1-2 on the young season.
They grabbed a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but Columbia answered with four runs of its own to tie it up in the bottom of the third. Another run from the Eagles in the fourth put them in front 5-4, but Roxana responded with two in the fifth and one in the sixth to squeak out the 7-5 win.
Josh Rudd came on in relief of Zach Golenor to earn the win for the Shells on the mound, while Logan Reardon locked down the save.
Weather permitting, Roxana is back in action at 4:15 p.m. today at Civic Memorial.
ALTON DEFEATS BUNKER HILL — The Alton Redbirds played host to the Bunker Hill Minutemaids on Wednesday and came away with an 8-1 victory.
Alton improved to 3-0 on the young season with the win.
The Birds scored three times in the second and twice in the third to take a 5-0 lead after three innings. After surrendering a run to the Minutemaids in the fourth, Alton tacked on three more in the fifth to secure the win.
Tomi Dublo led the offense with two hits and three RBIs, including a home run. Brittany Roady pitched the Birds to victory in the circle, going the distance while fanning six, walking two, giving up seven hits and one unearned run.
AHS returns to the diamond at 10 a.m. Saturday against Jersey at home.
MARQUETTE SQUEAKS BY BRUSSELS 4-3 IN EIGHT INNINGS — The Marquette Catholic Explorers squeaked by the visiting Brussels Raiders 4-3 in eight innings on Wednesday.
With the win, the Explorers stayed perfect on the season at 4-0.
Brussels scraped out a run in the fourth to take a 1-0 lead, but Marquette answered to knot it at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth. Then each team scored twice in the sixth to make it 3-3, which was the way it stayed until the bottom of the eighth when the Explorers plated the game winner.
Freshman Megan Schorman continues to impress for Marquette. On Wednesday Schorman went the distance in the circle, fanning 14 and walking just three on two hits. At the plate Schorman muscled up with a pair of homers and three RBIs to spark the offense. Fellow freshman Tess Eberlin picked up two hits in the win, too.
The Explorers return to action at noon on Saturday at Belleville West against Dupo. They then play the host Maroons at 2 p.m.