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Roxana’s Logan Reardon throws one down the middle Monday in the second inning as the Shells took down East Alton-Wood River at home 10-0.
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The East Alton-Wood River Oilers after winning the schools first conference championship for track and field.
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East A;ton-Wood River's Emmie Flannigan throws to first base in the bottom of the first inning Monday.
Oilers win title – Host EA-WR scored 211 points to win the boys portion of the six-school Prairie State Meet. The Oilers won’t become full-fledged members of the conference until this fall, but they are already competing in track and cross country.
“I think it’s the first conference track championship in school history,” longtime Oilers’ coach Russ Colona said.
EA-WR won 10 events in all. Nate Billings (discus, 132 feet), triple jump, 40-8 and 100-meters, 11.3 seconds) won three events individually. Teammates Will McLemore (1,600-meters, 4:51 and 3,200-meters, 10:51) and Tyler Lafferty (800-meters, 2:16 and 300-intermediate hurdles, 40.5) were double winners.
Mount Olive scored 119 points to finish second. Decatur Lutheran (77 points), Metro East Lutheran (53), Marquette Catholic (27) and Bunker Hill (23) rounded out the boys scoring.
MELHS tallied 167 points for the girls title. Mount Olive (141 points), EA-WR (66), Bunker Hill (66), Decatur Lutheran (32) and Marquette (17) completed the scoring. Kayla Hewlett of EA-WR won the 200-meters (27.8) and the 400-meters (63.4). The Oilers scored 66 points with just four girls.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Roxana’s Levi Wallace got his third hit with a stand-up double in the fifth inning to win the game 10-0.
Roxana is now 10-12 this season, ending a four-game losing streak on its home field Monday to the Oilers. They are 3-23, with wins over Metro East-Lutheran, North Greene and Springfield Lutheran.
Wallace has come up big for the Shells this season. He leads his teams in RBIs with 29, with Nelson Martz following closely behind with 26. The Shells had a single run in the second inning, three in the third, two in the fourth and four in the fifth.
Averaging nearly one strikeout per inning, Shells pitcher Logan Reardon had another big game on the mound, with four strikeouts and a 2.01 ERA in his fifth start of the year.
The Shells will be back in action at home again tomorrow against Litchfield (5-1) in a key game to determine the South Central Conference champion.
“Including us, the top teams in the conference all have one loss,” Roxana coach Nathan Smay said. “Tomorrow’s game should be a good indicator of who stands to win the conference.”
The Oilers will be back in action May 7 at Carlinville.
Jersey 6, Waterloo 0 -- Jake Varble had a hand in everything as the host Panthers shut down the Bulldogs in Mississippi Valley Conference play.
He tossed a three-hit shutout and smashed a two-run home run over the centerfield fence at Schell Field. Varble struck out five and walked two.
Kyle Obertino, Hunter Bryant and Jordan Witt all had two hits for the Panthers, now 17-10 overall and 2-5 in the Valley. Witt doubled and knocked in three runs. Obertino contributed a pair of doubles.
Marquette Catholic 11, Mount Olive 1 – The host Explorers built an 8-0 lead by the second inning at Moore Park and cruised by the Wildcats in Prairie State Conference play.
Chris Angleton, Geoffrey Ferguson and Stephen Peuterbaugh all had two hits for the Explorers. Danny Holtz batted in four runs, while Ferguson had three RBIs to support winning pitcher John Hughes. He twirled a one-hitter.
Marquette, now 15-7, had 10 hits and took advantage of five Mount Olive errors.
Gibault 7, Alton 1 – A four-run third inning sparked visiting Waterloo Gibault, which scored a nonconference win at Hopkins Field in Moore Park.
The 16-11 Redbirds, slated to play Tuesday at Collinsville in a Southwestern Conference game, managed only two hits. They made three errors.
Gibault managed nine hits to back winning pitcher Zach Neff, bound for Austin Peay of the Ohio Valley Conference.
Southwestern 11, Carlinville 2-- Thanks to a powerful attack, the Piasa Birds coasted by the Cavaliers and improved to 17-9. Southwestern is slated to play at Pana on Tuesday in a conference game.
EA-WR 10, Roxana 0 – The Oilers shut out the Shells for the second time this season. And 10-13 East Alton-Wood River can thank Victoria Beachum in both instances.
The junior left-hander, bound for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, limited the Shells to three hits in the five-inning nonconference game. She struck out nine and aided her effort by going 3-for-3 with three RBIs.
Beachum fired a no-hitter against the Shells in a 5-0 win last month at EA-WR.
“Victoria is averaging 11 strikeouts a game, so it was a pretty good game for her,” EA-WR coach Dana Emerick said. “But she has been better this season.”
Beachum said, “I thought I pitched pretty decently. It was kind of in the middle of how I have pitched this season. The no-hitter against them in the first game has to be one of my top games of the year.”
Emme Flanigan went 3-for-4 and Kaleigh Young was 2-for-3 to strengthen Beachum’s performance. The Oilers scored five times in the first inning and never looked back. Beachum’s two-run double highlighted the big inning.
“When we get our hitters at the top of the lineup on base, good things happen for us,” Emerick said.
The Oilers have a rescheduled game Tuesday with visiting Marquette Catholic in another neighborhood rivalry. They'll compete this weekend in the Alton Tournament.
SIUE, runner-up in the Ohio Valley Conference, opens league tournament action against Tennessee Tech at 12:30 Wednesday afternoon. The Cougars are seeded second behind host Jacksonville State.
The past weekend, SIUE swept visiting Eastern Illinois in a three-game series to secure its second-place finish in the OVC. EIU opens tourney action against UT Martin at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Following the Cougars' game with seventh-seeded Tennessee Tech, it'll be Murray State battling Eastern Kentucky at 3 p.m. and Jacksonville State welcoming Morehead State at 5:30. The tourney continues through Saturday with the winner automatically qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.
Pitcher Erin Greenwalt and catcher Rachel Coonrod -- both Edwardsville High graduates -- are key players for the Cougars.