EXPLORERS WALLOP ALTHOFF – Grace Frost supplied the power as Marquette Catholic routed host Belleville Althoff, 15-0, in a five-inning nonconference game Tuesday.
The freshman catcher slammed two home runs and collected three RBIs as the Explorers made short work of the Crusaders. Marquette led 12-0 after three innings and never looked back.
Winning pitcher Megan Wittich allowed one hit and struck out 10 to back Frost’s powerful performance Wittich added two RBIs to her pitching effort, while Tess Eberlin contributed two hits and a pair of RBIs. Miranda Schroeder pitched in with two hits and Meghan Schorman batted in two runs.
The 5-2 Explorers are scheduled to play host to Columbia at 4:15 Wednesday and visit rival Civic Memorial for a 4:15 p.m. game Thursday.
OILERS BOW TO COLUMBIA – Visiting Columbia amassed a 13-0 lead by the second inning and cruised past East Alton-Wood River 17-2 in a nonconference game. The Eagles parlayed 18 hits and five EA-WR errors for their lopsided five-inning victory.
The Oilers scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to avoid a shutout. Katie Bastien had three hits and four RBIs for the winners. Morgan Moxey was the losing pitcher.
REDBIRDS, LANCERS TIE – Alton and host Belleville East battled to a 4-4 tie in a Southwestern Conference game suspended by darkness after nine innings. It will resume on April 30 when the Lancers meet the Redbirds at Moore Park.
The 6-0 Birds grabbed a 4-0 lead early on as Aaron Bonnell hit a two-run double in the second and Bryan Hudson stroked a two-run double in the third. Hudson has 14 RBIs in six games.
East responded with three runs in the third inning against Redbirds’ starter Nick Cauley. The Lancers tied things in the sixth when Hudson, the third AHS reliever, issued a base-loaded walk to Brayton Chandler.
Neither team scored after that, causing the game to be suspended. Alton is slated to welcome Wheaton-Warrensville South on Wednesday afternoon and then entertain Edwardsville on Thursday in another conference game.
EAGLES FALL IN WILD ONE – Southwestern outlasted Civic Memorial, 9-8 in a free-wheeling nonconference game at Schneider Park in Brighton.
The Eagles, who surrendered five runs in the second inning, scored three times in the seventh, but couldn’t get the tying run. The teams combined for 17 runs, 18 hits and six errors.
Now 0-5, CM benefited from Lukas Jones’ three hits and two RBIs. Teammate John Whitworth had two hits in support of losing pitcher Corey Price. Collin Baumgartner registered the win for the 1-3 Piasa Birds. Andrew Fry had two hits and two RBIs for them.
BIRDS SUFFER DEFEAT – O’Fallon shaded Alton, 2-1 in a SWC match on the Panthers’ field. The loss dropped the Redbirds to 2-6 this season. It was their league opener. O’Fallon is 5-1-1 and 1-0 after trailing 1-0 at half.
Brianna Hatfield scored in the ninth minute to give Alton a 1-0 lead. However, Tori Weiss of O’Fallon tied it with a goal in the 45th minute. Tamia Cash of the Panthers then punched home the game winner in the 58th minute.
OILERS BEATEN IN TOURNEY – Mascoutah topped host EA-WR, 2-0 and Jersey pounded North County Tech of St. Louis, 10-0, in continuing tournament action at Soccer Park in Wood River.
The tourney continues daily through Saturday. Mascoutah faces Jersey at 4 p.m. Wednesday and North Tech tangles with Roxana at 6 p.m. The host Oilers meet rival Roxana at noon Saturday.
AHS DEFEATED – O’Fallon scored a 7-2 win over host Alton in SWC boys’ play. It was the conference opener for the Redbirds, who welcome Collinsville on April 8.