HATFIELD LEADS ALTON PAST ALTHOFF — The Alton Redbirds traveled to Oerter Park in Columbia Thursday and picked up a 2-1 nonconference win over the Belleville Althoff Crusaders.
Alton improved to 3-6 on the season with the win.
The Birds spotted the Crusaders a 1-0 edge on Madison Eghigian's early goal, but were able to answer with Brianna Hatfield's talented leg.
Hatfield scored both Alton goals in the game. The first one game off a restart in the 29th minute to knot it at 1-1. Hatfield put the game away in the 52nd minute, deflecting in a shot from Lexi Green.
Alton is back in action at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Highland for another nonconference contest.
MARQUETTE ENDS IN SCORELESS STALEMATE AT O'FALLON — The Marquette Catholic Explorers and O'Fallon Panthers played to a 0-0 stalemate Thursday in O'Fallon.
The Explorers are now 3-1-1 on the season after the tie.
The time of possession for the game was in Marquette's favor and shots from Kate Sanfilippo and Annabelle Copeland offered fantastic scoring chances to no avail.
Sonorah Eldred and Lauren Fischer each logged 40 minutes in goal and made five saves apiece to deny O'Fallon from scoring.
Next up for the Explorers is a 9 a.m. match against Mater Dei at Gordon Moore Park on Saturday.
TRIAD BLANKS CM — The Triad Knights visited the Bethalto Sports Complex on Thursday and took it to the host Civic Memorial Eagles in a 7-0 shutout.
The Eagles slipped to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the Mississippi Valley Conference with the loss, while the Knights are now 4-3 and 3-0 on the conference slate.
Triad pounded out 25 shots and were led by Meaghan Smith's three goals. The Knights controlled the time of possession in the game.
CM sits idle until 4:30 p.m. Monday when it travels to Mater Dei.
ROXANA AND MASCOUTAH SUSPENDED UNTIL SATURDAY — The Roxana Shells and Mascoutah Indians were suspended with 30 minutes remaining in their matchup in the East Alton-Wood River Tournament on Thursday.
The Shells and Indians are the top two teams in the tourney and vying for the title. Their game will resume at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the winner being crowned tourney champ.
EA-WR and Jersey were to play the late game Thursday but were canceled. The Oilers will now play North Mac following the conclusion of the Roxana and Mascoutah game. The showdown between EA-WR and the Shells which was to take place at noon is wiped out.
CM STRUGGLES IN LOSS TO FREEBURG — The Freeburg Midgets visited the Bethalto Sports Complex Thursday and got a giant performance from pitcher Luke Yaekel against the Civic Memorial Eagles.
Yaekel tossed a five-inning no-hitter against the Eagles as the Midgets prevailed 12-0 in the short-game victory.
CM fell to 1-6 with the loss. The Eagles picked up their first win with a 4-1 victory over Mater Dei on Wednesday.
On Thursday, CM was plagued by shaky defense, committing seven errors against Freeburg. Trevor Panyik took the loss on the hill, throwing three innings while scattering eight hits and allowing six runs, three earned. Geoffrey Withers came on in relief, surrendering four hits, walking three and allowing six runs, only two earned, in two innings of work.
The Eagles are back at work at 4:15 p.m. Monday, playing host to the Collinsville Kahoks.
MARQUETTE GAME SUSPENDED — The Marquette Catholic Explorers led the Bunker Hill Minutemen 2-0 in the second inning when the lights went out at Lloyd Hopkins Field inside Gordon Moore Park.
The game was suspended and has not been rescheduled yet.
ALTON FALLS 10-0 TO EDWARDSVILLE — The Alton Redbirds traveled to Edwardsville on Thursday and were victim to the 600th win in Tiger coach Lori Blade's career.
Alton fell 10-0 in five innings to its Southwestern Conference rival. The Birds are now 3-3 overall and 0-2 in the conference. EHS is now 3-0 and 1-0.
Alton mustered one hit against Kallen Loveless, who is bound for Saint Louis University next season. Brittany Roady compiled the lone hit for AHS. She also suffered the loss in the circle.
Next up for Alton is a 4:30 p.m. SWC game at Granite City on Tuesday.
EA-WR BESTED BY DUPO — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers played host to the Dupo Tigers on Thursday and suffered a 10-6 defeat.
EA-WR fell to 4-7 with the loss, while Dupo improved to 6-2 with the win.
The Oilers grabbed a 2-1 lead after one inning, but watched the Tigers score five times in the top of the second to stake themselves to a 6-2 lead and were never able to recover.
Victoria Beachum took the loss in the circle, going five innings, scattering seven hits, fanning two and walking one while allowing eight runs, but only five earned. Morgan Moxey came on in relief to throw the final two innings, surrendering three hits while fanning five and letting two runs score, both earned.
Moxey paced the offense also, picking up three hits and scoring three runs. Carly Campbell muscled up with a homer and three RBIs. She was one of three Oilers with two hits, joining Haley Shewmake and Heather Martin.
EA-WR now plays host to the round robin EA-WR Tournament on Saturday. The Oilers battle Triad at 9 a.m. and Red Bud at 1 p.m.