EA-WR PICKS UP MUCH NEEDED WIN — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers snapped a 13-game losing streak on Thursday, defeating Bunker Hill in Prairie State Conference play 13-4.
The Oilers improved to 4-31 on the season and closed out PSC action with a mark of 2-3.
Luke Wells secured the win on the mound, tossing a complete game while striking out five, walking three and allowing four runs, but only one earned.
Blake Marks directed the offense with a 3 for 4 day at the dish that included a double, while Cody Blacklock chipped in with a 2 for 3 performance with a double.
EA-WR is now back in action at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Metro East Lutheran to kick off the Class 2A Dupo Regional.
ALTON'S HUDSON BLANKS WEST — The Alton Redbirds and Bryan Hudson blanked Belleville West 3-0 on Thursday on the road in Southwestern Conference action.
The win elevated Alton to 26-5 overall on the season and 11-2 in the SWC. West dipped to 11-17 and 5-7 with the loss. The Redbirds' hopes for at least a share of the SWC for the first time since 1991 came to a crashing halt with Edwardsville's 8-5 win over O'Fallon on Thursday. The Tigers are 13-0 in the SWC with one game to play.
Hudson twirled a three-hit, complete game shutout on the mound, fanning 13 and walking two. He improved to 9-1 on the season and owns the school record in wins with 24 in his career.
Hudson had two hits, a double and a RBI to pace the offense on Thursday, too. Matt Hopkins also had two hits for the Birds in the win, while Jacob Skrabacz picked up an RBI to help guide the bats.
Alton's next game will be on the big stage at Busch Stadium against Mississippi Valley Conference member Mascoutah at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
CM PLAYS FOR MVC TITLE TODAY — When the Civic Memorial Eagles head to play Triad at 4:15 p.m. today they will be playing for an outright Mississippi Valley Conference title.
The Eagles are guaranteed at least a share of the conference after Waterloo's 3-2 loss to Mascoutah on Thursday. CM is currently 6-3 in league action, while Waterloo finishes up 6-4.
The soaring Eagles (17-13) have won eight in a row and 11 of 12.
EA-WR BLASTS MELHS — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers blasted the Metro East Lutheran Knights 16-0 in Prairie State Conference play on Thursday.
The Oilers improved to 16-19 on the season overall and finished up the PSC at 4-1.
Tori Beachum tossed a two-hitter, while the EA-WR offense banged out a whopping 17 hits in the five-inning win. The Oilers erupted early for 12 runs in the first inning to put away the Knights.
Beachum's five-inning complete game included seven strikeouts and zero walks. She threw a total of 50 pitches with 40 strikes.
Offensively, the Oilers received three-hit performances from Beachum, Haley Shewmake, Carly Campbell and Peyton Young. Kari Westbrook and Morgan Moxey drove in three runs apiece also. As a team the Oilers walloped five doubles.
EA-WR will now enter the Class 2A Roxana Regional as the No. 2 seed. The Oilers battle the Staunton Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Roxana.
ALTON GETS NO HIT BY MAROONS — Belleville West visited Alton on Thursday and hurler Izzy Holtrop no-hit the Redbirds in a 2-0 Southwestern Conference win.
The Birds fell to 16-13 and 5-8 in the SWC with the loss. The Maroons improved to 19-10 and 8-5 with the win.
Holtrop went the distance for West, fanning 12 and walking one.
Alton's Brittany Roady suffered the loss in the circle. She scattered five hits, fanning four and walking two, while allowing two runs, both earned.
Olivia Young's two-run homer for the Maroons was all the offense needed in the game.
AHS next plays host to O'Fallon at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at home.
CM FALLS TO TRIAD — Woes continued for the Civic Memorial Eagles on Thursday. The Eagles dropped a Mississippi Valley Conference game to Triad by the score of 20-7.
The loss was CM's 12th straight, sinking them to 6-18 on the season and 1-9 in the MVC.
The Eagles are now idle until 4:30 p.m. Monday in a nonconference game at Freeburg.