Shutouts were the name of the game for the Alton Redbirds the past weekend in their round-robin softball tournament.
The Redbirds stymied East Alton-Wood River, 4-0, Trenton Wesclin, 3-0 and Waterloo, 3-0, to snare their second tourney title in two weeks. Alton, now 22-8, has won eight in a row.
Morgan Butler did the honors in Saturday’s championship game against Waterloo after Brittany Roady thwarted Wesclin on a four-hitter earlier in the day.
“All of our pitchers did great this weekend and our defense helped us a lot,” Butler said. “We’re playing more consistently now, having fun and winning a lot.”
Teammate Georgia Dodson added, “It helped that our ace pitcher (Butler) has come back.” Butler, a 23-game winner last season, was sidelined with a broken right hand.
Although Butler yielded nine hits, she didn’t walk a batter and the Redbirds played flawlessly on defense.
“Morgan has the ability to come back and get out of trouble,” Alton coach Dan Carter said of Butler’s precision pitching. “It made a huge difference that we didn’t make any errors and there were no walks.”
Waterloo, which went 2-1 in the tourney and finished second, is 18-8. EA-WR, 12-16, was 1-2 at Alton, including a 10-1 win over Wesclin. The 11-14 Warriors were 0-3 in the tourney.
Toria Beachum of the Oilers pitched a three-hitter, fanned nine and allowed an unearned run in the win over Wesclin. The Oilers lost to Waterloo, 9-0, earlier in the day.
Collinsville 8, Roxana 1 – The host Shells lost to the Kahoks in a nonconference contest. Collinsville scored four in the top of the fifth to snap a 1-1 tie and tacked on three runs in the sixth.
Ashley Meyers was 1-for-3 with a double and drove in Roxana’s lone run. The Shells had four hits, six fewer than the Kahoks. Kass Smith was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles for the winners.
Vianney 7-13, Marquette Catholic 1-5 – Vianney ended the Explorers’ 11-game winning streak by sweeping a doubleheader from them. Marquette dipped to 17-9.
Austin Siener, Danny Holtz and Jacob Fischer all had two hits in the second game as Marquette outhit Vianney, 10-9. Holtz had two RBIs.
Vianney used a three-run second and three-run sixth to secure its first-game victory.