BEARS POST WIN — The Metro East Bears went back to doing what they do best Monday — winning.
The Bears defeated American-National of St. Louis, 4-1, in a non-league American Senior Legion game at Hopkins Field in Moore Park.
It marked the first time they played in more than a week because of constant rain.
Matthew Zielonko slammed a two-run home run in a three-run first to point the Bears in the right direction. Connor Melton also contributed a run-scoring double. The Bears added a run in the fifth inning to back winning pitcher Mitchell Krebs.
Now 8-1, the Bears get back into District 22 action Wednesday when they play host to Highland in an 8 p.m. game. Metro East is scheduled to go to Belleville on Thursday and played this weekend at a tournament in Festus, Mo. The Bears are 1-0 in league play, thanks to a victory at East St. Louis.
They still have to reschedule a rained out game with District 22 rival Fairview Heights. Metro East was washed out of potentially several games the past weekend when the Washington, Mo., tournament was canceled.
Manager Ken Schaake, in his 34th season of Legion baseball, has adjusted the Bears' roster. Civic Memorial High product Zac Cato has joined the team in replacing Ty Zeller of Edwardsville. Zeller, a right-hander, is rehabbing his pitching arm after suffering an injury during the high school season.
TWIN CITY BLANKS AVISTON — Twin City kept rolling on Monday, blanking Aviston 10-0 on the road.
The independent baseball team sponsored by South Roxana American Legion Post 1167, improved to 10-1 on the young season with the victory. Twin City is comprised of players from Roxana, East Alton-Wood River, Southwestern and Civic Memorial.
Spencer Heineman logged the win on the mound, throwing a three-hitter and fanning 11 while only issuing one walk. The Southwestern product also went 2 for 4 at the plate with a pair of doubles and three RBIs.
Blake Marks had a big night at the dish, going 3 for 4 with a three-run triple in the first inning. Other contributors were: Nelson Martz going 2 for 4 with a run, Randy Skiff going 1 for 4 with two RBIs, Blake Lawson was 1 for 4 with two runs scored and a stolen base, Andrew Fry had a hit and scored two runs and Tanner Davis was 1 for 2 and scored a run.
Twin City is back in action at 7:30 p.m. tonight in a nine-inning affair vs. Highland at Glik Park.