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Marquette pitcher Connor Hayden throws one down the middle during the Explorers’ 7-2 win over Civic Memorial.
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Piasa Southwestern pitcher Hannah Wilfong winds up during Tuesday's win over Civic Memorial.
Marquette 7, Civic Memorial 2 - The Marquette Explorers used five runs in the seventh and final inning to put away the Civic Memorial Eagles on their home field 7-2.
Neither team scored a run until the fifth inning when the Explorers ended the lull with two runs to put themselves in the lead for the rest of the game. The Explorers are 6-6, going up against Greenville Wednesday at Gordon Moore Park in Alton.
“We haven’t hit the ball very well this season,” Marquette coach Tim Fahnenstock said. “But we came up big in the last inning today and that was huge; this was a good momentum builder early in the season and we have to continue to make big plays like we did today.”
The Eagles are 9-4 this season and will travel to Highland Wednesday. After a strong start and wins over quality teams like Alton and Jersey, the Eagles look to exact revenge after three straight losses to O’Fallon, Edwardsville and Marquette.
Though the Explorers broke the scoring drought in the fifth, they didn’t get on home plate the entire sixth inning, giving the Eagles their only chance to score on a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth.
On the mound, Marquette pitcher Carter Hayden pitched six innings and had seven strikeouts, with teammates Austin Seiner and Chris Angleton leading their team in RBIs with two each.
Belleville West 1, Alton 0 – AHS pitcher Bryan Hudson sustained another tough-luck loss. The junior left-hander allowed four hits and one run, but the Maroons’ seventh-inning run proved to be the difference.
Hudson struck out four in his six-plus innings of work. Winning pitcher Parker Beine of West limited the Redbirds to two hits. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound right-hander fanned 10. Zach Skaer had a pair of hits for the winners.
Southwestern 15, CM 8 – Lindsey Snyder clouted a two-run home run in the first inning and the Piasa Birds prevailed in Bethalto.
Snyder, a senior infielder, went 3-for-3, drove in three runs and reached base five times as the Piasa Birds improved to 3-4. The Eagles are 2-5.
“When I hit it, I knew it was gone,” Snyder said of her opening-inning blast over the left field fence. “This might be the best offensive team we’ve had in four years.”
Coach Peg Mitchell added, “Lindsey is extremely competitive and she never gives in at any time.”
Ashlyn Ringhausen, Katie Wooldridge and Rae Brandon all had two hits and combined for nine RBIs. Brandon, a freshman, contributed a pair of two-run singles. Southwestern scored six runs in the sixth to bust things open.
“Southwestern always has a good team,” CM coach Mike Eddy said. “We respect them and they respect us.”
Cassie Albers and Katelyn Turbyfill both had three hits for CM. Albers went 3-for-3 and reached base five times. Turbyfill had a double and knocked in three runs. Jaylyn Lowrance reached base four times, three via walks.
“If you score eight runs, it should be enough to win,” Eddy said. “But we have to learn to win in different ways.”
EA-WR 7, Brussels 6 – The Oilers used a three-run second inning and a three-run sixth to shade visiting Brussels in nonconference play. The win came a day after the Oilers lost at Collinsville.
Brussels outhit EA-WR 11-7, but the Raiders made three errors, two more than the Oilers. Brussels scored all of its runs in the sixth.
Heather Shewmake’s three hits and two RBIs powered the winners. Kaleigh Young pitched six innings and Victoria Beachum worked the seventh.