BUECKER HOMERS TWICE, LEADS EXPLORERS PAST NOKOMIS — With a Prairie State Conference title on the line, Marquette Catholic's Kalie Buecker muscled up, hitting two homers and guiding the Explorers to a 9-0 win over Nokomis.
Buecker's big day ran Marquette's record to 18-4 overall and ends the PSC portion of the schedule at a perfect 5-0.
The Explorers led 5-0 after the top of the first and 8-0 following three innings.
Freshman Meghan Schorman did the rest in the circle. The Marquette hurler tossed a complete-game two hitter, striking out 11 and walking just one.
Buecker's 2-for-4 day with the two bombs and four RBIs paced the offense. Emma Taylor had three hits in the PSC-clinching win, while Tess Eberlin, Megan Wittich, Carly Schaber and Megan McClard all had two hits. Grace Frost drove in two runs to join Buecker with a multi-RBI day at the dish.
Marquette is back in action against Peoria Notre Dame at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by Quincy Notre Dame at 7 p.m. at Gordon Moore Park.
ALTON POUNDS MELHS — The Alton Redbirds cruised past the Metro East Lutheran Knights 14-0 in five innings on Wednesday at Sigmund Bohnet Field in Edwardsville.
The Redbirds rebounded nicely from their 14-0 loss to Edwardsville High on Tuesday to improve to 12-8 on the season. MELHS sank to 2-14 with the defeat.
Alton wasted little time, racing in front 7-0 after one inning and 11-0 after two on the way to the lopsided win.
Rachel McCoy had three hits and three RBIs in the victory to spark the bats, while Savannah Fisher had a double, triple and three RBIs and Katelyn Presley had two hits and two RBIs in the triumph.
Sydney Hartman earned the win, as she, Brittany Roady and Miranda Hudson combined for a two-hitter in the circle.
The Birds delve back into Southwestern Conference play at 4:30 p.m. today at Belleville East.
BEACHUM RETURNS, EA-WR WINS — Talented senior pitcher Victoria Beachum returned to the circle Wednesday and promptly led the East Alton-Wood River Oilers past Southwestern 11-1 in six innings.
Beachum was hit by a pitch on the elbow in Monday's loss to Marquette, but X-rays were negative and the scare of losing her for the season was swiftly squashed. On Wednesday she threw a complete game, fanning 11, walking no one, while allowing one run and scattering three hits.
The win elevated the Oilers to 10-16 on the season.
EA-WR produced 21 hits at the plate from its offense in the win, too. Haley Shewmake, Peyton Young, Beachum and Emme Flanigan each had three hits, while Heather Martin had a homer and three RBIs to pace the Oilers at the plate. Courtney Beneke also supplied a pair of doubles and two RBIs.
EA-WR gets no rest, returning to the field at 4:30 p.m. today playing host to Gillespie.
CM STUMBLES IN MVC TO JERSEY — The Civic Memorial Eagles had a rough day on the field in Jerseyville Wednesday, losing 17-7 in five innings in the Mississippi Valley Conference affair.
With the loss, CM dipped to 6-12 and 1-5 in the MVC, while Jersey is now 7-10 and 1-5.
Bethany Muenstermann picked up the win in the circle for the Panthers, while also going 4 for 5 at the plate with three doubles and three RBIs. Ashleigh Trochuck also had four hits and three RBIs in the win for Jersey.
It won't get easier for the Eagles, who next go to Edwardsville at 4:15 p.m. Friday.
ROXANA LOSES TO RED BUD — The Roxana Shells traveled to Red Bud on Wednesday and came away with a 7-1 setback.
The Shells are now 9-15 on the season with the loss.
The host Musketeers raced out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and never looked back.
Phoebe Booher suffered the loss in the circle for Roxana, which accumulated six hits at the plate in the defeat.
The Shells head to Metro East Lutheran at 4 p.m. today.
SOUTHWESTERN BLANKS EA-WR — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers went up against the Southwestern Piasa Birds on the road Wednesday and faltered in a 10-0 loss in six innings.
EA-WR's woes continue, as the loss dropped the Oilers to 4-22 on the season. The Piasa Birds improved to 16-7 with the win.
Jacob Ritzhaupt guided Southwestern at the plate, going 2 for 3 with four RBIs. Scott Kasting and Cody Roberts both had two-RBI days for the Birds, too.
Ritzhaupt also picked up the win on the mound for Southwestern. Lucas Wells was the loser for the Oilers, surrendering six runs, all earned, while scattering seven hits, fanning five and walking four over five innings.
The Piasa Birds scored twice in the first, but not again until they scored four runs apiece in the fifth and sixth innings to close out the win.
Next up for EA-WR is a 4:15 p.m. game today at home against Gillespie. Southwestern travels to Roxana at 4:30 p.m. Friday for a nonconference game. The Birds and Shells already played their South Central Conference game earlier in the season with Southwestern prevailing 2-1 in Piasa.
MARQUETTE STUMBLES IN HIGHLAND — The Marquette Catholic Explorers traveled to Highland on Wednesday to take the courts, suffering an 8-1 defeat to the Bulldogs.
Nathan Walters logged the lone win for the Explorers at No. 6 singles, beating Highland's Austin Zurliene 6-4, 7-5.
Peter Wendle of Marquette pushed his match at No. 3 singles, ultimately losing 6-2, 4-6, 10-5 and the doubles tandem of Wendle and Zack Hunter played well, falling in a tiebreaker 9-8 (7-1) at No. 3 doubles.
Marquette tennis is now idle until 4:15 p.m. on May 6 when it makes the trek to Waterloo.