Alton’s Kirsten Funk proved to be the difference-maker Friday in the finals of the Redbirds’ tournament at Moore Park.
She scored with 2 minutes, 21 seconds remaining to give the Birds a 1-0 win over crosstown rival Marquette Catholic. The Explorers, the Redbirds and Waterloo’s Bulldogs all ended 2-1 in the tourney, but Marquette finished first via a goal differential tie-breaker. Orchard Farm went 0-3, including a 7-0 loss to Waterloo on Friday.
“For the kids, the most important thing was getting a win,” first-year AHS coach Laura Ridolfi said. “It was a credit to them. At the end of the day, I really don’t care that much about (winning) the tournament.”
Marquette coach Steve Mitchell said, “We couldn’t put the ball in the net, even though we controlled the play 90 percent of the time.”
The Redbirds and Explorers fought to a scoreless tie earlier this month, so Marquette hasn’t scored in 80 minutes against Alton.
Sydney Mossman assisted on Funk’s goal and keeper Brittany Storey logged a shutout. She made nine saves. Marquette goalie Abby Porter had four stops.
Alton 8, CM 1 - One day after absorbing an 18-run defeat, the Redbirds regained their winning ways. They zipped by the Eagles in a nonconference game at AHS. The winners improved to 11-7. CM is 3-13 and has lost 11 of its last 12 contests.
“A game like Thursday was frustrating because we laid a goose egg,” Alton coach Dan Carter said. “So it was good to come back the next day and get a win.”
Haley Longo and Morgan Tipsword had two hits each to back the Redbirds. Tipsword was 2-for-2 with a double and reached base three times. Longo, who has 28 hits in 55 at-bats thus far this season, was 2-for-3 with a run batted in and got on base four times.
“We came out focused today, played hard and did a lot of good things" Longo said Friday. "We were hitting the ball and got good pitching.”
Jordyn Roady worked the first four innings to get the win. Morgan Butler then retired nine consecutive batters to put the finishing touches on the win.
“Morgan looked sharp today and Haley has been hitting extremely well for us,” Carter said.
Maddy Hall doubled and scored on Jaylyn Lowrance’s double in the first inning for CM. The Eagles had three hits in the opening inning, then just one the rest of the way.
“We had a good start and some chances after that, but we didn’t get the job done,” Eagles’ coach Mike Eddy said. “We have to find a way to get a win and figure it out. We need to stop the bleeding.”
EA-WR 2, Carlinville 1 – Toria Beachum twirled a three-hitter and struck out 14 as the host Oilers shaded the Cavaliers in a nonconference game.
Kaliegh Young had two hits for East Alton-Wood River, while Beachum supplied an RBI. A two-run first inning was all the Oilers needed. The Cavaliers scored in the sixth.
Gillespie 8, Roxana 4 – The Miners prevailed at Roxana in South Central Conference play. Roxana led 4-3 after two innings, but didn’t score after that. The Miners used a three-run sixth to seal their victory. They had a dozen hits in all.
Cindy Scroggins and Abby Palen both had two hits for the Shells. Ellen Gray was 3-for-4 to lead Gillespie.
Southwestern 13, North Mac 2 – Hannah Wilfong and Lindsey Synder both had three hits in the Piasa Birds’ nonconference victory. Snyder was 3-for-3, including a home run, as Southwestern shot to 7-9.
Teammates Katie Wooldridge and Mallory Novack each had two hits to support winning pitcher Baliee Stahl. Wooldridge belted a home run.
Marquette 12, Nokomis 2 - The Explorers built a 7-0 lead by the third inning and logged a lopsided Prairie State win at Moore Park. Marquette exploded for 15 hits in the five-inning affair. The Explorers’ four-run fifth finished it.
Geoffrey Ferguson and John Hughes both had three hits to lead Marquette. Ferguson knocked in three runs and Hughes had two more. Hughes was the winning pitcher.
Highland 7, Alton 4 – Highland scored three times in the seventh inning for a nonconference win over the Redbirds at Moore Park. Both teams had six hits, but the Birds made eight errors.Steve Nguyen collected three hits for the Redbirds, as did Joe Duncan for the Bulldogs. Aaron Bonnell of AHS had two hits and a pair of RBIs.
Southwestern 14, North Mac 9 -- Brendan Schiller, Blake Lawson, Eric Beyer, Cody Roberts, Andrew Fry, and Zack Seymour all had two hits in the Piasa Birds nonconference win.Lawson had three RBIs and Schiller added two more.
Southwestern, 12-7, is scheduled to welcome Alton in a Saturday doubleheader at Schneider Park.
Jersey wins meet -- The Panthers scored 104 points to finish first in the five-team Carlinville Boys Relays. Pana (100 points), Hillsboro (93), Staunton (92) and the host Cavaliers (72) completed the team scoring.
Jersey won the distance medley, the low hurdle shuttle, the frosh-soph 4x400-meter relay and the frosh-soph sprint medley. Mitch Goetten, Marcus Lumma, Jesse Baalman and Nick Reynolds were double winners.