ROXANA RACES PAST SOUTHWESTERN — The Roxana Shells won a lopsided South Central Conference showdown 10-0 over the Southwestern Piasa Birds on Thursday.
The win was the fourth straight for the Shells, who improved to 10-5 overall and 3-3 in the SCC.
Roxana erupted for nine goals in the first half to take a very comfy 9-0 lead into the break.
Claire Bollinger paced the Shells with two goals and two assists, while freshman Emma Lucas stayed hot with two more goals, giving her eight in her last three games.
Other scorers for Roxana were: Brookelyn Trask with two and Sydney Owsley, Brittany Alexander, Brynn Huddleston and Hannah Mormino each with one. Owsley, Katie Herndon, Kara Meyer, Miranda Cunningham and Nikki Schaub all supplied one assist in the win, too.
Next up for the Shells is a 4:30 p.m. SCC showdown with the Hillsboro Hiltoppers on Monday at the Wood River Soccer Park.
EA-WR BLANKS HILLSBORO — East Alton-Wood River bounced back from Tuesday's loss to Roxana and snapped a eight-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over Hillsboro on the road Thursday.
With the triumph, EA-WR moved to 3-12 on the season.
Both of the Oilers' goals came in the second half. Chrissy Long stepped out of the goal in the second half to score, tacking on to teammate Kayla Hewlett's game winner which had made it 1-0.
Assists came from Brittany Grayson and Mackenzie Munn. Long and Shannon Inman combined for the shutout in the net.
EA-WR returns to action at 4:15 p.m. today vs. the visiting Jersey Panthers.
MARQUETTE POUNDS MELHS AT HOME — The Marquette Catholic Explorers got eight goals from eight different players in an 8-0 shellacking of the Metro East Lutheran Knights on Thursday.
The Explorers elevated their season mark to 11-4-2 with the victory.
Kate Sanfilippo was credited with the game winning goal and also tacked on two assists in the win. Other scorers for Marquette were: Anna Boschert, Annabelle Copeland, Nicole Grimaud, Bailey Hartrich, Ketoura Ngwa, Adriana Schindler and Annie Tasanari. Mallory Magg picked up two assists in the win, while Kelsie Blasingham, Kali Segieda and Elissa Senno each had one.
Lauren Fischer and Sonorah Eldred split the shutout in goal.
Marquette plays host to Belleville East at 6 p.m. on Monday.
CM LOGS MVC WIN OVER JERSEY — The Civic Memorial Eagles welcomed the Jersey Panthers to the Bethalto Sports Complex on Thursday and cruised to a 5-0 Mississippi Valley Conference victory.
The win improved CM to 9-6 overall and 4-4 in the MVC.
The Eagles raced out to a 4-0 lead and tacked on an insurance goal in the second half to garner the win.
Next up for CM is Highland at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday on the road in another Valley showdown.
ROXANA RUNS PAST MELHS — Roxana blanked Metro East Lutheran 11-0 in five innings at Sigmund Bohnet Field on Thursday.
The Shells are 10-15 on the season now.
Hannah Rexford and Bailey Moore combined for a two-hitter in the circle.
Offensively, Abby Palen led the charge with two hits and three RBIs. Elizabeth Rexford had two hits, two RBIs and scored three runs and Cindy Scroggins logged a hit, two RBIs and three runs scored to help guide the offense, too.
Roxana returns to play vs. Southwestern at 4:30 p.m. today at home.
ALTON FALTERS VS. LANCERS — The Alton Redbirds stumbled in Southwestern Conference play at Belleville East on Thursday, losing 10-2.
Alton fell to 12-9 and 3-6 in league action with the loss, while the Lancers improved to 15-8 and 9-1 with the victory.
The Redbirds were plagued by six errors in the field. Brittany Roady suffered the loss in the circle, surrendering 10 runs, but only three earned. She struck out five, walked one and scattered 10 hits.
Miranda Hudson had two hits to pace the Birds at the plate.
They return to action at 10 a.m. Saturday at home against Granite City, opening play in the Alton Invite. If the Redbirds win they will play the winner of Winchester West Central and Jersey at 11:30 a.m. A loss to GCHS and they will play the loser of the other opening round game.
GILLESPIE BLAZES BY EA-WR — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers had a tough time with the Gillespie Miners on Thursday, falling 14-1.
The Oilers sank to 10-17 with the loss.
Gillespie banged out 13 hits against EA-WR pitcher Victoria Beachum in the win. Beachum struck out 10 and walked four, while allowing 14 runs, but only nine earned. The Oiler defense committed five errors in the loss.
The EA-WR offense only mustered four hits, led by Carly Campbell's RBI double. Peyton Young also hit a double, while Beachum and Courtney Beneke each logged singles.
The Oilers return to the diamond at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Prairie State Conference action against Nokomis at home.
CM POUNDS GIBAULT ON THE ROAD — The Civic Memorial Eagles picked up an 18-8 win over Gibault in Waterloo on Thursday.
CM raised its record to .500 with the win, improving to 13-13.
The Eagles were highlighted by a six-run second and a seven-run fourth in the five-inning victory.
Brandon Carpenter was the star at the plate with a 4 for 4 day with a double and five RBIs. All-in-all CM accumulated 16 hits in the win.
Tyler Andrus earned the win on the mound for the Eagles.
Next on the schedule for CM is a 4:15 p.m. game Monday at Highland in Mississippi Valley Conference play.
MARQUETTE BEATS MELHS — The Marquette Catholic Explorers won 8-3 on the road at Metro East Lutheran on Thursday.
The Explorers improved to 11-9 on the season with the win. It was a nonconference affair, as the two teams already met in Prairie State Conference action with Marquette prevailing.
John Hughes went the distance on the mound to get the win for the Explorers, while Jacob Eggering led with three hits and two RBIs. Nate Siener led Marquette with three RBIs in the win.
The Explorers pick up where they left off in a suspended game with Bunker Hill at 4:30 p.m. today at Gordon Moore Park. Marquette leads 2-0 in the PSC game that was suspended when the lights went out at Lloyd Hopkins Field in the original game.
EA-WR LOSES TO GILLESPIE — East Alton-Wood River played host to Gillespie on Thursday, but dropped the game 10-5.
With the loss the Oilers are now 4-23 on the season.
They are back in action at 4:30 p.m. today against Carlyle at home.