MARQUETTE SHORT GAMES MOUNT OLIVE — With early rain on Monday, the Marquette Catholic Explorers moved their game at Mount Olive to Lloyd Hopkins Field inside Gordon Moore Park.
Playing as the visitor on their home field didn't hinder the Explorers, as they blasted the Wildcats 15-0 in five innings in Prairie State Conference play.
Marquette scored once in the first and then erupted for eight runs in the second inning, three more in the third and three in the fifth.
Liam Maher picked up two hits and two RBIs to help direct the Explorers in the win.
Marquette is back in action at 7 p.m. tonight against local rival Civic Memorial at Hopkins Field. It's the twilight game of a double header, following Alton and Belleville West at 4:30 p.m.
ALTON TOPS CARLYLE AT GCS STADIUM — The Alton Redbirds topped the Carlyle Indians 8-1 at GCS Stadium in Sauget on Monday night in a nonconference showdown.
Alton pushed its record to 9-2 with the win.
Nick Cauley logged the win on the mound, going 5.1 innings, fanning two, walking three and scattering four hits. Jacob St. Peters and Ben Cusac pitched in relief in the victory, too.
Brendan Phillips had two hits to be the only Redbird with a multi-hit game. Derrick Allen, Jacob Kanallakan, Matt Hopkins, Aaron Bonnell, Drake Hampton and Jacob Skrabacz all had a RBI each in the win. Bryan Hudson and Bonnell each smacked doubles and Allen and Hampton added triples.
The Birds are back in action at 4:30 p.m. today at Gordon Moore Park against Belleville West in Southwestern Conference play.
CM BOWS TO JERSEY IN EXTRAS — The Civic Memorial Eagles traveled to Jerseyville to take on the Mississippi Valley Conference rival Panthers on Monday in tight game, ultimately losing 9-8 in eight innings.
The win improved Jersey to 9-5 and 1-0 in the MVC, while CM slipped to 4-9 overall and 0-1 in league play.
CM scored twice in the seventh and three times in the eighth, but both times were answered with big innings by the Panthers, resulting in the loss.
Gary Bruening, head coach of the Eagles, and assistant Jeff Smith were both ejected in Jersey's four-run eighth inning rally questioning tight calls by the umpire.
Corey Price suffered the loss for the Eagles, relieving starter Zac Cato. In the top of the eighth, Devin Daniels cracked a leadoff double and Collin Hall and Tyler Andrus delivered hits in the three-run inning.
Leading 8-5 entering the bottom of the eighth, Jersey cut it to 8-6 and then put together a two-out rally to win. James Holmes and Jacob Witt singled bringing Jake Varble to the plate. Varble supplied a two-run triple.
Varble was called safe at third by the umpire, despite being beat by the throw, leading to Drake Kanallakan's single to plate Varble with the game-winning run. Varble also threw seven innings on the mound and Kanallakan earned the win in relief for the Panthers.
CM is back in action at 7 p.m. tonight at Gordon Moore Park in Alton against the Marquette Catholic Explorers.
MARQUETTE BESTS MOUNT OLIVE — The Marquette Catholic Explorers prevailed 8-4 in Prairie State Conference action on the road Monday over Mount Olive.
Marquette improved to 9-4 and 2-0 in the PSC with the triumph.
Carly Schaber paced the Explorers with two hits and a RBI for the offense, while Tess Eberlin was 1 for 2 with a RBI-triple and three walks.
Freshman Meghan Schorman was the winning pitcher, tossing seven innings, fanning five, walking no one and scattering five hits, while surrendering four runs, but only one earned. She pitched around three Marquette errors. Mount Olive committed six errors in the loss.
The Explorers return to the diamond at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Greenville.
CM BEATS JERSEY IN MVC ACTION — The Civic Memorial Eagles kicked off the Mississippi Valley Conference slate in style on Monday, beating visiting Jersey 4-2 at the Bethalto Sports Complex.
CM improved to 5-4 and 1-0 with the win, while the Panthers sank to 5-3 and 0-1.
The Eagles were paced by Chloe Jennings who was 3 for 3 with a double and one RBI in the victory. Shelby Whaley was awarded the win in the circle, going the distance while fanning three and walking one. Whaley allowed two runs, both earned on eight hits, too.
CM travels to Southwestern for a 4:15 p.m. matchup today.
ALTON SLIPS UP AGAINST BRUSSELS — The Alton Redbirds visited Brussels with not so favorable results on Monday.
Alton was shutout by the Raiders 3-0, dropping the Birds to 4-5 on the season. Brussels improved to 6-4 with the victory.
All of the Raiders' runs came in a three-run fourth inning against Alton pitcher Brittany Roady. Roady struck out 14 and walked no one in six innings of work. She allowed three hits and all three runs were unearned. The Redbirds were plagued by four miscues in the field in the loss.
Offensively, Katelyn Presley and Tomi Dublo each recorded two hits for AHS.
The Birds are back at it at 4:30 p.m. today at Belleville West in Southwestern Conference action.
EA-WR FALLS TO COLLINSVILLE IN EIGHT INNINGS — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers dropped a tight 4-2 game in eight innings against the Collinsville Kahoks on Monday at home.
The Oilers slipped to 5-9 in the nonconference defeat.
A two-run fourth inning staked EA-WR to a 2-1 lead, but the Kahoks plated one in the sixth to tie it and two more in the top of the eighth to steal the victory.
Victoria Beachum went the distance in the circle for the Oilers, fanning 14 and walking one, while scattering nine hits and allowing four runs, three earned.
EA-WR racked up five hits at the plate, with Carly Campbell and Courtney Beneke logging two apiece to lead the charge. Heather Martin garnered the only RBI in the loss for the Oilers.
EA-WR now heads to Brussels at 4:30 p.m. today.
ALTON BLANKS COLLINSVILLE — The Alton Redbirds welcomed Collinsville in a Southwestern Conference rain-out makeup on Monday and promptly dismissed the Kahoks 9-0.
Alton is now 2-8 overall and 1-1 in the SWC.
In singles, Carl Stradal and Drew Hays were victorious in the top two slots, while Alex Piazza, Jeff Durr, Silas Chapman and Walker Moan also added singles wins. In doubles, Piazza and Durr won at No. 1 in three sets. Chapman and Moan prevailed in straight sets at No. 2. Julius Resche and Quinn Whitten were the winners at No. 3 doubles for the Redbirds.
AHS now plays SWC powerhouse Edwardsville at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the EHS Tennis Complex.
ROXANA RUNS PAST GILLESPIE — The Roxana Shells ran past the Gillespie Miners 8-2 on Monday in South Central Conference play.
Roxana is now 6-2 and 2-1 following the win.
Alyssa Copeland and Emma Lucas both logged a pair of goals for the Shells, while Claire Bollinger, Katie Herndon, Brittany Alexander and Brynn Huddleston each tallied one goal in the win. Sydney Owsley worked as a catalyst for Roxana, picking up three assists in the win.
The Shells play Pana at home at 4:30 p.m. today in SCC action.
EA-WR TOPPLED BY CARLINVILLE — The East-Alton Wood River Oilers had a rough time in Carlinville on Monday.
The Oilers lost 7-0 to the Cavaliers on the road, who raced out to a 5-0 advantage at the break.
EA-WR returns to action at 4:30 p.m. today at Gordon Moore Park against the Marquette Catholic Explorers.