SPRINGMAN LONE OILER TO ADVANCE TO STATE — East Alton-Wood River's Brenden Springman cemented himself as a state qualifier on Thursday in the Class 1A Staunton Sectional.
The sophomore runner nabbed second place in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:42.31 to earn his spot at state, which begins next Thursday at Eastern Illinois' O'Brien Stadium in Charleston.
Carlinville ran away with the sectional title, scoring 102 points. The Cavaliers produced five event titles on Thursday. EA-WR accumulated 20 points to finish 12th in the 15 team field. The Marquette Catholic Explorers gathered six points to tie for 14th and didn't advance anyone to state.
The team field rounded out with: Carlinville, Auburn (71), Southwestern (54), Staunton (46), Madison (44), Litchfield (43), Gillespie (36), Mount Olive (34), Carrollton (32), Waverly (25), Pawnee (24), EA-WR, Virden (North Mac) (8), Marquette and Bunker Hill (6).
ALTON GETS BY JERSEY ON THE ROAD — Savannah Fisher supplied three hits and four RBIs as the Alton Redbirds defeated the Jersey Panthers 10-6 on the road Thursday.
The win moves Alton to 18-14, while Jersey sinks to 14-13.
Brittany Roady secured the win in the circle, fanning five, walking one and scattering nine hits over seven innings. She gave up six runs, but only one earned as the Redbirds committed five errors.
Fisher had a double and a triple in her performance at the plate. Miranda Hudson and Katelyn Presley joined her with multi-hit games, each picking up two hits. Alicia Goewey smacked a triple and drove in three runs for good measure.
AHS is at Triad at 4:15 p.m. today before beginning the 4A Alton Regional by welcoming Quincy at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Jersey has Springfield Southeast at 10 a.m. Saturday to close out the regular season and then plays host to Civic Memorial at 11 a.m. Monday in a play-in game of the 3A CM Regional.
MARQUETTE FALLS TO MASCOUTAH — A big inning propelled the Mascoutah Indians to a lopsided 10-0 victory over the Marquette Catholic Explorers on Thursday in Mascoutah.
The Indians erupted for eight runs in the third and then tacked on two more in the fifth to secure the short-game victory.
The win improved Mascoutah to 20-14 on the season, while the Explorers dipped to 17-11 and ended the regular season on a two-game losing streak after winning nine straight.
The Indians got a four-hit shutout from Noah Kraljev, who struck out four and walked one over five innings of work.
Kraljev also went 2 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs at the plate.
Marquette's John Hughes suffered the loss on the mound as he struggled with control, walking five and fanning one in 2.1 innings. Kevin Lloyd came on in relief.
A fine day at the dish was wasted for Jacob File, who went 2 for 2 to lead the Explorers. Mike Neel and Zach Weinman supplied the other two hits for Marquette. Neel cracked a double.
Neel's double came in the second inning, following a leadoff single from File to put runners on second and third with no outs. It was the best scoring chance for the Explorers in a then scoreless game, but unfortunately they were unable to scratch out a run.
Marquette now prepares for the Class 3A Jersey Regional. It welcomes Triad to Gordon Moore Park at 1 p.m. Monday in a play-in game. The winner advances to Wednesday to play No. 1 seed Jersey at Ken Schell Field in Jerseyville.