It’s eight wins in a row and counting for the rolling Jersey High Panthers.
The 11-2 Panthers extended their winning ways Saturday with a 4-2 nonconference win over Lebanon.
“We’ve been hitting Nos. 1-9 in our lineup and everybody has been a tough out,” Jersey coach Darren Perdun said. “The kids have a great attitude and are trying to make things happen.”
The Panthers made things happen quickly against Lebanon. They scored twice in the first inning. Crick Kimble drove in two runs and Perdun used four pitchers to quiet Lebanon. Jake Varble logged the victory.
Come Monday, Jersey opens Mississippi Valley Conference play at Civic Memorial.
Southwestern 7-1, Calhoun 2-3 – The Piasa Birds and Warriors split a doubleheader in Hardin. Spencer Heineman gave up four hits and improved to 5-1 with a complete-game effort in the opener.
Brendan Schiller and Heineman both were 3-for-4. Cody Roberts had two hits and a pair of RBIs. Andrew Fry contributed two hits.
Mitchell Bick of Calhoun pitched a two-hitter and struck out 10 in the second game. Jacob Ritzhaupt took the loss. The Piasa Birds are 6-4. The Warriors, getting two runs in the first inning, improved to 10-6.
Shells drop pair – Roxana lost to Trico, 15-4, and Waterloo Gibault, 8-0, in nonconference action. Cindy Scroggins had two of the Shells’ four hits in the loss to Gibault. Kelsie Flatt belted a home run against Trico.
Roxana slipped to 1-8.
SIUE 10-9, Southeast Missouri 0-2 – Sophomore Haley Chambers tossed her second no-hitter in three weeks as SIUE swept a home doubleheader from Southeast Missouri in an Ohio Valley Conference twinbill.
SIUE (19-18, 11-3 OVC) blanked the Redhawks in a five-inning, 10-run victory in the first game and cruised to the sweep.
Chambers threw the third no-hitter of her career in the opener, striking out 11. She nearly tossed a perfect game, but SEMO’s Hayley Krack reached base with one out in the fifth inning after a swinging third strike eluded SIUE catcher Rachel Coonrod.
Back on March 22, Chambers fired a 1-0 no-hitter against OVC opponent Tennessee Tech.
Alton scored 35 points to finish first in the Peoria Richwoods Green and White Invitational. Host Richwoods was second with 31 points in the eight-school meet. Morton was third with 30 points.
Christian Freeman of AHS finished first at No. 2 singles. Teammate Allan Bower also shined in singles, while Jeff Northway, Max Sutton, Adam Ruckman, Alex Raymond, Carl Stradal and Jackson Scheiter fared well in doubles competition.
Cahokia scored 95.5 points to finish first in the Belleville West Boys Invitational. Minooka ran second with 82.5 points and Edwardsville placed third with 76 points. O'Fallon was fourth with 70 points and host West came in fifth with 59 points.
Isaiah Michl and Craig James paced Edwardsville, which won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and the 4x100-meter relay.