OILERS TOP VALMEYER FOR FIRST WIN — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers picked up their first win of the season Monday, topping the Valmeyer Pirates 8-5 at home.
With the win, EA-WR improved to 1-3 on the young season.
Senior Jake Hei earned the win on the mound, while junior Blake Marks garnered the save. Offensively, Marks and Cole Ford led the way, each going 2 for 3.
Weather permitting, the Oilers are playing at 4 p.m. today at Metro East Lutheran to open their Prairie State Conference portion of the season. MELHS is already 0-1 in the PSC after losing 2-1 to Marquette Catholic on Monday.
BEACHUM PITCHES OILERS TO VICTORY IN EXTRAS — It took the East Alton-Wood River Oilers nine innings Monday, but they escaped Bunker Hill with an 8-3 victory.
With the win, the Oilers improved to 3-3 overall and 1-0 in the Prairie State Conference.
Senior hurler Victoria Beachum went the distance for EA-WR, improving to 2-1 in the circle on the season. Beachum went all nine innings, fanning 16 and divvying out just one free pass, while scattering six hits and allowing three runs, two earned on 129 pitches.
Offensively, junior Emme Flanigan muscled up with a pair of home runs and four RBIs, while Courtney Beneke and Morgan Moxey each compiled four hits. Katie Hall also walloped a solo homer in the win.
The Minutemaids took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but the Oilers answered with three runs in the top of the second. Bunker Hill scored again in the top of the third to tie it at 3-3 and that's the way it stayed until the top of the ninth.
Haley Shewmake started the ninth with a base knock and was driven in by Moxey to push EA-WR ahead 4-3. Carly Campbell then reached on an error and Moxey moved to third, scoring on a ground out by Heather Martin.
Beneke followed with a double, chasing home Campbell and Flanigan's second home run of the game catapulted the Oilers in front 8-3.
Beachum then sat down the Minutemaids in order to secure the victory.
Next up for EA-WR, weather pending, is a 4 p.m. home contest vs. Alton.
ALTON ROMPS PAST QUINCY — The Alton Redbirds traveled to Quincy on Monday and pocketed a 16-4 five-inning victory over the Blue Devils.
The Redbirds are now 2-0 on the season after the victory.
Savannah Fisher paced the AHS offense with a pair of round trippers and four RBIs. Bronte Fencel supplied three hits, while Fisher, Brittany Roady and Alicia Goewey all had two hits. Roady picked up three RBIs, too.
Roady was the winner in the circle, tossing four innings and surrendering just one hit.
Alton raced out to a 9-0 lead after the top of the first on the way to the win.
The Birds are back in action at 4 p.m. today at East Alton-Wood River.
CM FALLS AT COLLINSVILLE — The Civic Memorial Eagles dropped their season opener 6-4 at Collinsville on Monday.
Collinsville jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one inning, but CM eventually took a 4-3 advantage in the top of the fifth. Unfortunately, Collinsville answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the fifth to creep back in front 6-4.
The Eagles scattered seven hits against Kahoks' winning pitcher Caitlyn Brombolich in the loss.
CM is back in action at 4:15 p.m. today at Gibault.
ROXANA FALLS TO LITCHFIELD — The Roxana Shells traveled to Litchfield Monday and came away with a 7-3 loss.
Roxana dropped to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the South Central Conference with the defeat.
The Shells received two goals from Emma Lucas and a goal and an assist from Brittany Alexander in the loss.
They are back in action at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in another SCC matchup in Greenville.