The lights went out at Jersey High’s Ken Schell Field on Thursday, but not before the Panthers showed their power.
They scored an 8-2 nonconference baseball win in a five-inning game shortened when the lights stopped working.
“There was a power failure in the fifth inning and the game was ended due to darkness,” Jersey coach Darren Perdun said.
The Shells had seen enough by then. The Panthers struck for 12 hits and every starter had at least one hit as Jersey improved to 19-10.
Jordan Witt was 2-for-2 with a double off the left field wall. Witt, Jake Varble and Crick Kimble all added RBI doubles to back winning pitcher Will Mortland. Kyle Steckel and Brendan Kennedy also had two hits.
Jersey welcomes Granite City in a 4:30 game Friday.
Marquette 12, Bunker Hill 0 – The winning continued for Marquette, which hiked its record to 16-7 by walloping the Minutemen. Marquette has won 10 in a row.
The Explorers scored four times in the fourth and added five runs in the fifth to coast in the Prairie State game. They outhit Bunker Hill, 12-2.
Geoffrey Ferguson collected three hits and drove in five runs to spur the winner. Danny Holtz chipped in with two hits to back winning pitcher John Hughes.
The streaking Explorers are scheduled to play at East Alton-Wood River on Friday in a nonconference contest.
Granite City 10, Alton 0 – The visiting Warriors hit the Redbirds with a 10-spot in the third inning and sailed to a five-inning Southwestern Conference victory.
Alton dipped to 16-13 overall and 3-8 in the SWC. Granite City, outhitting the Redbirds 12-3 and benefiting from three errors, is 12-16 and 5-6.