FOUR REDBIRD PITCHERS COMBINE TO NO-HIT COMMANCHES — The Alton Redbirds walloped the Cahokia Comanches 22-0 in five innings behind a no-hitter from four pitchers Wednesday on the road.
Alton is now 4-1 on the season.
Jacob St. Peters earned the win for the Birds, while Devin Colley, Jon Witt and Max Hunter pitched in relief in the combined no-hitter.
Robbie Taul paced the Alton offense with a 4-for-4 day, including a triple and 5 RBIs.
MARQUETTE ROUTS GRANITE CITY — Marquette Catholic routed Granite City 13-2 in five innings in a rainout makeup on Wednesday at Gordon Moore Park.
The Explorers are now 2-3 on the season, while the Warriors dipped to 0-2.
GCHS staked itself to a 1-0 lead after one inning, but Marquette answered with 6 in the second, 4 in the third and 3 in the fourth. Granite City scored its other run in the third.
Jacob File worked all five innings to earn the win for the Explorers on the mound, fanning four and walking no one. Liam Maher had a triple and three RBIs, while Zach Weinman, Brady McAfee and Nick Messinger each notched two hits in the win. McAfee matched Maher with three RBIs.
Sam Watson suffered the loss on the hill for the Warriors. Collin Barrett led their offense with a double and two hits overall.
ROXANA LOSES IN EXTRAS TO COLUMBIA — The Roxana Shells lost a tough one, 9-8, to the visiting Columbia Eagles on Wednesday.
The Shells are now 0-4 following the loss.
They led 1-0 after two innings, but Columbia answered with three runs in the top of the third to leap in front 3-1. Roxana tied it 3-3 after four and nabbed a 7-3 lead after five innings. The Eagles erupted for five in the sixth to go up 8-7, but the Shells responded again, tying it 8-8 in the bottom of the seventh. Unfortunately, Columbia scored in the top of the eighth and held on for the win.
Chance Foss absorbed the loss on the mound for Roxana. Tanner Davis earned the start on the hill.
Zach Golenor stirred the offense for the Shells, going 3-for-4 with 3 doubles and 1 RBI. Chad Mott was 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs for Roxana, too.
ALTON GETS BY BUNKER HILL — The Alton Redbirds improved to 3-0 with a 7-4 win over Bunker Hill Wednesday on the road.
The game was knotted 2-2 after three innings, but the Birds scored twice in the top of the fourth and the Minutemaids were never able to draw even again.
Brittany Roady picked up the win in the circle, fanning six and walking no one in a complete game effort. She allowed three earned runs on six hits.
Tomi Dublo and Miranda Hudson each blasted home runs to help pace the AHS bats. Dublo, Bronte Fencel, Rachel McCoy and Tami Wong all had two hits in the win. Sydney Hartman notched a team-best three RBIs.
MARQUETTE STUMBLES TO BRUSSELS — The Marquette Catholic Explorers dropped a 7-1 non-conference affair at Brussels on Wednesday.
Marquette is 1-3 on the young season.
Emma Taylor blasted a pair of doubles to direct the offense for the Explorers. Katelyn Fitzgerald also had two hits. Grace Frost had the lone RBI for Marquette.
Tess Eberlin suffered the loss in the circle, striking out six and walking one while allowing four earned runs on nine hits.
ROXANA LOSES TIGHT GAME TO CALHOUN — The Calhoun Warriors visited Roxana on Wednesday and escaped with a 3-0 win over the Shells.
Roxana slipped to 1-3 with the loss, while Calhoun now sits at 6-0.
It was a pitching duel between Calhoun's Grace Baalman and sophomore Hannah Rexford of the Shells.
The Warriors rapped out three runs on three hits, while Roxana couldn't muster anything on its two hits.
Baalman fanned 14 and walked 1 in seven innings, while Rexford struck out 8 and also divvied out just 1 free pass. Only 1 run was earned.
Alexis Counts and Shelbie Jackson had Roxana's two hits.
The Shells are back in action at 4:15 p.m. today at home against visiting Civic Memorial.
TRACK AND FIELD
O'FALLON TOPS ALTON, E'VILLE AND GRANITE CITY AT QUAD AT AHS — The first track meet at Alton High's new track behind the high school didn't go quite the way the Redbirds wanted it on Wednesday.
The O'Fallon Panthers won the quadrangular with 95.5 points, Edwardsville was second with 70 points, Alton was third with 68.5 and Granite City was fourth with 17 points.
LaJarvia Brown won the triple jump (40-10.5) and the 300-meter low hurdles (45.9) for the Redbirds, while Jewel Wagner won the shot put (40.5) and Raina Valyo was first in the long jump (16-3).
Edwardsville got top finishes from Gabby Romano in the pole vault (9-6), Jessie Chappel in the discus (107-9), Julianna Determan in the 3,200-meter run (12:16.5) and sophomore Lorie Cashdollar in the 800-meter run (2:21.6).
The Tigers also won the 4x8 relay, while Granite City's lone top finish on the day came in the 4x2 relay.
EA-WR WIN IN BOYS' TRIANGULAR AT HOME — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers welcomed Althoff and Gillespie for a triangular on Wednesday. The boys came away with a first place finish, while the girls finished third.
The EA-WR boys compiled 77 points to outdistance Althoff (63) and Gillespie (15).
The Oilers were led by Brenden Springman with big wins in the 3,200-meter run (11:51), the 1,600-meter run (5:12) and the 800-meter run (2:15). Chase Wallendorff was first in the 400-meter run (56.7) and Zach Womack was tops in the 200-meter dash (24.4).
EA-WR also won three relays. The team of Womack, Logan Brawley, Thaddeus Weaver and T.J. Lawson won the 4x2 relay in 1:38.5; Wallendorff, Weaver, Phil Tierney and Springman won the 4x4 in 3:59.4 and Wallendorff, Andrew Noack, Ryne White and Jacob Mustain won the 4x8 in 9:34.4.
On the girls' side, Gillespie won the team title with 50 points, followed by Althoff (39) and EA-WR (30).
Senior Haley Kerpan earned three wins for the Oilers. Kerpan was first in the 3,200 (13:49), the 1,600 (6:07) and the 800 (2:31.1). Carissa Gilreath prevailed in the 400 (1:06.1) and the 200 (29.31).