MARQUETTE BEATS TALENTED VIANNEY — The Marquette Catholic Explorers may have logged their biggest win of the season on Wednesday at Gordon Moore Park.
The Explorers knocked off St. Louis power Vianney 3-2 in a nonconference game, running their winning streak to eight straight and improving to 16-9 on the season. They have won 12 of their last 13 games.
The Golden Griffins fell to 26-5 on the season and had their 15-game winning streak snapped with Wednesday's loss.
Senior Max Goepel went the distance on the mound for Marquette. He struck out two, walked three and allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits.
Jacob Eggering had two hits and three RBIs for the Explorers. All his RBIs came off of a bases-loaded double in the fifth inning, driving in Nick Messinger, Zach Weinman and Liam Maher.
The red-hot Explorers are back in action at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Moore Park against Freeburg for Senior Night.
ALTON DROPS 4-3 AFFAIR AT SALEM — The Alton Redbirds played a nonconference affair in Salem on Wednesday and fell 4-3 to the Wildcats.
The loss snapped an eight-game hitting streak for the Redbirds, who dipped to 25-5 on the season.
Matt Hopkins, Steven Pattan and Jacob Skrabacz each pounded out two hits for the Birds at the dish. Skrabacz and Jacob Kanallakan each had a RBI.
Ben Cusac took the loss on the hill. He went 5.2 innings, fanning four and walking two, while surrendering six hits. All four runs off of Cusac were unearned. Alton was plagued by three errors in the loss.
AHS is back in action at 4:30 p.m. today at Belleville West for a Southwestern Conference contest.
ROXANA FALLS TO GREENVILLE — The Roxana Shells dropped a South Central Conference showdown to Greenville by the score of 5-3 on Wednesday.
The loss dropped the Shells to 12-14 on the season and 6-3 in the SCC.
Next up for the Shells is a 4:30 p.m. game on Friday at Metro East Lutheran.
EA-WR CRUISES BY LITCHFIELD — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers cruised by the Litchfield Purple Panthers 10-1 in a nonconference showdown on Wednesday.
EA-WR senior Tori Beachum fanned 11 in the win, as the Oilers improved to 15-19 on the season.
Beachum scattered three hits and walked no one in the victory, allowing one earned run.
Offensively, Courtney Beneke and Peyton Young each had two hits to lead the way. Rebecca Null smacked a double to go with two RBIs, while Beachum and Carly Campbell each drove in a pair of runs in the win, too.
EA-WR wraps up the regular season with a 4:15 p.m. game today in Prairie State Conference action at Metro East Lutheran.
ROXANA BEATS GREENVILLE — The Roxana Shells stayed true to their winning ways on Wednesday with a 3-2 victory over Greenville in South Central Conference action.
The Shells have won four straight and seven of their last eight, improving to 16-16 overall on the season. They are now 7-2 in the SCC.
Hannah Rexford won in the circle for Roxana, going the distance while fanning seven and walking no one. She surrendered seven hits and gave up two runs, one earned.
Rexford was also the spark plug at the plate, racking up two hits, including a triple, and driving in one run. Her sister Elizabeth Rexford picked up two RBIs in the win.
The Shells play a double header in Freeburg at noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday to wrap up the regular season. They enter the postseason at 4:30 p.m. Monday against Southwestern in the Class 2A Roxana Regional.
CM'S LATE RALLY NOT ENOUGH — The Civic Memorial Eagles scored three unanswered runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but it wasn't enough as they lost to Mascoutah 5-4 on the road Wednesday.
It was the 10th consecutive loss for the Eagles, sinking them to 6-17 overall and 1-8 in the Mississippi Valley Conference.
CM will try and right the ship at 4:15 p.m. today, playing host to Triad in its final MVC contest of the season.
MARQUETTE STUMBLES VS. BELLEVILLE EAST — The Marquette Catholic Explorers traveled to Belleville East to take on the Lancers Wednesday, but unfortunately came away with a 9-1 loss.
The Explorers have now lost six of their last eight and have a 21-10 record on the year. East improved to 19-9 with the win.
Freshman Meghan Schorman took the loss in the circle, tossing 5.1 innings while scattering five hits, striking out three and walking four. She gave up six runs, but only two earned.
Emma Taylor had two hits and a RBI to guide the Marquette bats.
The Explorers are back in action at 4:30 p.m. today at Gillespie.
BOYS' TRACK AND FIELD
ALTON FINISHES SEVENTH IN SWC MEET — There was little surprise when the Edwardsville Tigers ran away with the Southwestern Conference Meet on Wednesday.
The Tigers tallied 192 points to win the league crown. Granite City (53) was fifth, while Alton (37) came in seventh.
The entire eight-team field played out with: EHS, O'Fallon (125), Belleville West (113), Collinsville (108), Granite City, East St. Louis (49), Alton and Belleville East (13).
The Tigers went first and second in the long jump and won a total of six events.
The best finishes for the Redbirds came from Kalen Samelton's fourth in the discus (151 feet, 2 inches), Arie Macias' fourth in the 1,600-meter run (4:34.29) and Ronald Gilchrese's fourth in the 400-meter dash (51.16).
Brooklyn Ellison (5-7) was fifth in the high jump and Zach Llewellyn (142-01) was fifth in the discus. Alton also had two fifth places in relays. The 4x8 team of Macias, James Steinman, Lamar Agnew and Alexander Davis ran 8:36.45 and the 4x2 unit of Antonio Harrison, Simeon Brown, Gilchrese and Tony Dobbins were clocked at 1:34.34.
The Warriors were the champs in the 4x8, with the team of Juwan Riggins, Tylor Manion, Will O'Keefe and Zach Manion turning in a time of 8:06.49.
Raishon Bobo was second in the 300-meter hurdles (40.13) and Tyler Manion nabbed second in the 1,600 (4:31.94), while O'Keefe (1:59.49) was fourth in the 800-meter run and Riggins (41.36) finished fourth in the 300 hurdles.
Alton, Granite City, Edwardsville and the rest of the SWC now prepare for the Class 3A Normal West Sectional on May 22.