A productive seventh inning worked wonders Monday for the Alton High baseball team.
The Redbirds erupted for six runs in the seventh inning to score a 10-3 nonconference win over Triad in Troy. Alton is scheduled to return to Southwestern Conference play Tuesday against O’Fallon.
A 15-hit attack spurred the Birds to their second win in three days. Matt Hopkins and Jacob Kanallakan both had three hits for the winners. Kanallakan drove in three runs, as did teammate Nick Paulda.
Hopkins worked four innings to get the win and Bryan Hudson pitched two innings.
Hilllsboro Regional – The host Hiltoppers outlasted Roxana, 14-11, and stayed alive in their Class 2A regional.
The two teams combined for 25 runs, 29 hits and 11 errors. Unfortunately, the Shells made nine of those errors.
Ashley Meyers was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, while Peyton Arnett got a triple and three RBIs. Cindy Scroggins, Elizabeth Rexford and Shelby Jackson all had two hits. Scroggins doubled, tripled and had three RBIs.
Roxana led 3-1 after the first inning, but Hilllsboro scored 13 of the game’s next 14 runs. The Shells tallied three times in the seventh.
Tigers win title – Edwardsville scored 168.5 points to finish first in the eight-team Southwestern Conference Boys Track Meet on Monday at Public School Stadium.
It was the Tigers’ fourth conference championship in the past five years. O’Fallon, the 2013 champ, was second this time. The Panthers had 140 points.
Belleville West took third with 125 points. East St. Louis (80 points), Collinsville (78.5), Belleville East (46), Granite City (30) and Alton (27) rounded out the scoring.
Senior sprinter Greg Cross paced the Redbirds by finishing fifth in the 100-meters (11.39 seconds) and sixth in the 200-meters (23.05). He also anchored the 4x200-meter relay and finished fifth.
Craig James directed Edwardsville by winning the 100-meters (11.05) and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (38.79). James was also runner-up in the 110-meter high hurdles and third in the 200-meters.
“Our kids stepped up and we competed with everything we had,” Edwardsville coach Chad Lakatos said.
The Tigers will play host to a Class 3A sectional Friday and Alton will be among the teams competing in it. Preliminaries start at 3, followed by field events at 4 p.m.
“It’s going to be a big week,” Lakatos said