Alton 12-16, Orchard Farm 0-4 – Bryan Hudson pitched a five-inning no-hitter and struck out 12 as the Redbirds prevailed in the first game over Orchard Farm in St. Charles County. They built a 9-0 advantage by the third inning and used a total of 10 hits to score a dozen times.
Drake Hampton and Clint Cress both had three hits for the Redbirds. Derrick Allen contributed two hits and a pair of RBIs.
The Redbirds also won easily the second game. Hudson collected three hits and four RBIs. Cress had two hits and two RBIs. A five-run opening inning sent the Birds on their way to a victory.
Alton, 8-3, gets back into Southwestern Conference action Tuesday at Granite City.
Jersey 13-4, Rock Falls 3-1 – Host Jersey improved to 7-2 by winning a doubleheader from Rock Falls.
The Panthers erupted for 13 hits in the opener to back winning pitcher Kyle Steckel. Kyle Obertino and Brenden Kennedy both went 3-for-4, while Crick Kimble and Steckel had two hits apiece. Hunter Bryant knocked in three runs. Obertino and Kimble each drove in two runs.
Kimble then tossed a four-hitter for a complete-game effort in the nightcap. Jake Varble stroked a pair of doubles, Jacob Witt was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Luke Shively added two hits.
Roxana 4-12, Dupo 2-8 – The Shells won twice against Dupo in nonconference play. Nolan Martz pitched a three-hitter and struck out eight in the first game. A three-run fifth made the difference for Roxana. Martz helped his cause with two RBIs.
Chance Foss, Blake Vandiver and Martz had three hits in the first game as the Shells scored five times in the first inning. Still, they needed a three-run sixth to secure the victory. Levi Wallace and Vandiver both collected two RBIs.
Southwestern 1, Jacksonville Routt 0 -- Spencer Heineman improved to 3-1 with a two-hit, 10-inning shutout. He struck out nine and walked one. Cody Roberts was 2-for-4 with a double and drove home the game's only run. Southwestern had five hits overall.
The Piasa Birds improved to 3-3. Routt is 2-4 after the nonconference losss.
Belleville West 5, Marquette Catholic 2 – The host Explorers lost their third in succession as Belleville West of the SWC posted the nonconference win.
Morgan Wiedman was 2-for-3 for Marquette, which welcomes Highland in a 4:30 game Monday at Moore Park. Megan Wittich took the loss against West. She gave up seven hits and five runs – two of them earned – in seven innings.
Edwardsville Invitational -- Alton defeated Lafayette, Mo., 5-4 on Saturday to take seventh in the high-powered tournament. The Redbirds went 2-2 in A Flight of the two-day, 32-team tourney.
They opened play with a 4-1 win over Rockford Guilford on Friday. Alton then lost 3-2 to Kentucky state champ Xavier in the second round that night.
On Saturday, the Birds fell to Metamora 3-2 before beating Lafayette. Alton, which is 5-3 for the season, plays this Friday at Peoria Richwoods and then competes in a tourney there on Saturday.
At Edwardsville, the Redbirds’ Christian Freeman went 4-1 at singles and doubles to lead them. Teammate Allan Bower went 3-2 in the tournament, including 2-2 at No. 1 singles. Max Sutton and Alex Raymond went 3-1 at No. 4 doubles.
Downers Grove South won the A Flight team title. Belleville East was second and Edwardsville took third. Springfield SHS won B Flight team honors.
Belleville West Invitational – O’Fallon scored 139 points to finish first in the 18-school meet. Edwardsville was runner-up with 98 points and Belleville West took third with 72 points.
Aaliyah Covington led Edwardsville by winning the shot put (41 feet, 6 inches) and the discus (123-3). Teammates Allie Sweatt (3,200-meters) and Deborrah Blackburn (high jump) also prevailed.
Alton is scheduled to participate Tuesday in the Carrollton co-ed meet. Edwardsville welcomes its Tiger Relays on Wednesday, April 16;AHS has its invite April 24 at Public School Stadium.
The annual Alton Relays were postponed because of wet weather and muddy conditions Friday at Public School Stadium. It’s uncertain whether the eight-team meet, which included Jersey and the host Redbirds, will be rescheduled.
Caldwell sets record – SIUE senior Devin Caldwell, a Civic Memorial High graduate, hit home runs in each of his first two at-bats to become the school's career leader Saturday. However, it came in a losing effort. Host Southeast Missouri won both games by 8-7 scores.
SIUE dropped to 8-6 in Ohio Valley Conference play, and 10-18 overall. The Cougars have lost five in a row. Southeast Missouri has won five straight and improved to 12-2 in the OVC and 20-10 overall.
Caldwell hit a solo home run in the second inning before connecting on a two-run shot in the fourth inning, giving the right fielder 31 home runs for his career, one more than Cougar Hall of Famer Tony Duenas, who amassed 30 for SIUE from 1984-1987.
“He's been a great asset to the program and I couldn't be happier for him,” SIUE coach Tony Stoecklin said of Caldwell. “He's come out and given us everything he has for four years. When he gets a hold of one, he certainly puts a charge into it.”
Caldwell finished the day 2-for-4 with the two home runs and three RBIs.
“I've been in a little funk lately. Today I just wanted to put a good swing on the ball,” Caldwell said. “It happened to work and they happened to go out. I definitely wish we would have won. It would have made it a lot sweeter.”