OILERS BLAST WARRIORS –Victoria Beachum scattered six hits and struck out 11 as host East Alton-Wood River hammered Granite City, 9-1, on Monday afternoon.
The Oilers scored nine times on five hits and took advantage of three Granite City errors. The winners scored three times in the first inning and four runs in the fourth to build a 7-0 lead and never looked back.
Emme Flanigan had two hits and Haley Shewmake drove in three runs to back Beachum’s complete-game outing.
EA-WR improved to 5-7 while Granite City dipped to 0-11. The Oilers are scheduled to play 4 p.m. Wednesday at rival Roxana.
SHELLS TOP HAWKS – Cindy Scroggins had a big day as surging Roxana stung Waterloo Gibault, 9-4. The senior went 3-for-3 with three doubles and knocked in five runs.
Teammates Elizabeth Rexford and Hannah Rexford batted in runs to support winning pitcher Andrea Lawson. Hannah Rexford recorded the save as the Shells improved to 5-6. They once were 0-4.
Roxana welcomes EA-WR at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
EXPLORERS FALL IN HIGHLAND – Host Highland outlasted Marquette Catholic, 9-6, in a wild nonconference game.
The Explorers used a five-run fifth to gain a 5-2 advantage, but the undefeated Bulldogs’ six-run sixth proved to be the difference. Overall, Marquette outhit Highland, 12-8.
Both Miranda Schroeder and losing pitcher Megan Schorman collected three of the Explorers’ hits. Tess Eberlin, Sam Harshbarger and Kalie Buecker all had two hits. Schroeder and Grace Frost each supplied a pair of RBIs.
The 7-4 Explorers play 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Okawville and then entertain Calhoun at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Highland, which improved to 7-0, goes to Alton at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and EA-WR at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday.
EAGLES ROUT KAHOKS – John Whitworth had a big game as CM walloped Collinsville, 9-2, in nonconference action. The junior outfielder went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and drove in four runs. Teammate Devin Daniels was 2-for-2 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Zac Cato logged the victory as the Eagles improved to 2-6. They are scheduled to play Tuesday at Greenville and Thursday at EA-WR. Collinsville, which tumbled to 7-2, is set to entertain Alton on Thursday at Arthur Fletcher Field.
EXPLORERS SHADE GIBAULT – Max Goepel struck out eight and allowed five hits in a complete-game effort as host Marquette edged Waterloo Gibault, 3-2, at Gordon Moore Park on Monday.
The Explorers, who lifted their record to 4-7, are at Mascoutah on Wednesday and Jersey on Thursday. Gibault fell to 7-4.
REDBIRDS POUND FREEPORT – The 7-2 Redbirds made short work of Freeport, overpowering the Pretzels, 15-2, in a five-inning game at Jacksonville.
Jacob Kannallakan paced Alton by going 3-for-4 and knocking in four runs. Bryan Hudson was 3-for-3 and had three RBIs. Derrick Allen contributed three hits, while Steven Nguyen and Aaron Bonnell both had two RBIs.
The Redbirds, benefiting from a 16-hit attack, shot ahead 9-0 by the third inning and then extended the rout.
Alton is scheduled to play host to Granite City on Tuesday and Waterloo on Wednesday in games at Moore Park. The contest with the Warriors is a Southwestern Conference one.
EA-WR VICTIM OF NO-HITTER – Jersey’s Will Mortland spun a five-inning no-hitter as the Panthers blanked EA-WR, 10-0, in nonconference play. A seven-run fourth enabled 6-5 Jersey to get the short-game win. EA-WR fell to 3-11. Chris Hamby absorbed the loss for the Oilers, who play host to CM on Thursday.
Mortland, a left-hander, struck out five and walked three. Jordan Witt of Jersey went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
MARQUETTE EDGES MELHS — The Marquette Catholic Explorers picked up a home victory on Monday, edging visiting Metro East Lutheran 6-3.
The Explorers posted five wins in singles action and one more in doubles play.
In singles, Nick Berkenbile logged a win at No. 1 for Marquette, while Peter Wendle won at No. 2, Nick McCune prevailed at No. 3, Alex Cousley won at No. 5 and Zack Hunter was the winner at No. 6.
Tom Morrissey and Dylan Hamm pulled out the win in a hard-fought No. 3 doubles match 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.
The Explorers return to action at 4 p.m. Thursday playing host to Collinsville.
CM FALLS TO MATER DEI — The Civic Memorial Eagles traveled to Breese to take on the Mater Dei Knights Monday and came away with a 3-1 loss.
The Knights led 1-0 at the half and tacked on two second half goals to shade the Eagles. CM scored its goal in the second half.
Macey Endres had two goals for 6-2 Mater Dei. The Eagles dipped to 4-4 with the loss.
CM returns to the field at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at Triad.