Jacob Ritzhaupt of Southwestern High made the most of his first win of the season Wednesday.
The sophomore tossed a five-inning no-hitter as the Piasa Birds pounded North Greene, 26-0, in a five-inning nonconference game. He struck out three and walked two in silencing the Spartans.
Southwestern, now 4-3, scored 11 runs in the third inning to set the stage for its romp. Blake Lawson was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and five RBIs. Alex Baldwin, Spencer Heineman and Adam Keene all had three hits. Heineman doubled and collected four RBIs. Baldwin, Keene and Zack Seymour teamed for five RBIs.
Jersey 10, Litchfield 5 – A five-run first inning propelled the Panthers to another victory and they improved to 9-2.
Luke Shively went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Jake Varble had two hits and two RBIs as the Panthers scored 10 times on nine hits.
CM 9, Roxana 5 – The victorious Eagles rolled a seven in the fourth inning and outscored the Shells in a neighborhood nonconference rivalry. Roxana led 3-2 until Civic Memorial went to work.
Cory Howard drove home three runs for the winners. Brett Beckham and Ben Walker both had two hits for 7-1 CM. Tommy Flack pitched five innings for the win. Logan Reardon absorbed the loss.
Waterloo 9, Alton 4 – Host Waterloo zipped by the Redbirds in a nonconference contest. The Bulldogs scored four times in the fourth and tacked on two more runs in the fifth to increase their lead.
The ’Dogs manufactured nine hits – one more than the Birds – and took advantage of four Alton errors.
Nick Paulda and Jacob Skrabacz had two hits apiece of the Redbirds. Nick Cauley suffered the defeat.
Highland 10, Alton 6 - The Bulldogs were outhit, 13-10, but used a six-run sixth to down the visiting Redbirds.
Haley Longo was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs to pace AHS. Georgia Dodson also had three hits, while Jordyn Roady was 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Alina Maher had two hits.
SIUE 4, Saint Louis 1 -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville coach Sandy Montgomery earned her 900th career win as the Cougars defeated Saint Louis at the Billiken Sports Complex.
Montgomery is the 39th head coach in the history of NCAA softball to reach the 900-win plateau and has registered all of her wins in 26 seasons at SIUE. Her 900 wins are the 15th-most among active NCAA Division I head coaches.
“This is all about the coaching staffs and players that I've had over the years,” Montgomery said. “The head coach gets the credit a lot of the time, but without everyone else contributing it wouldn't be possible.
“There have been a lot of players who have put a lot of time and effort into this program during my time here.”
The Cougars (16-18) earned the victory on the back of a strong pitching performance from senior Erin Greenwalt, who allowed one run on four hits while striking out seven. It was the fifth complete-game victory of the season for the Edwardsville High graduate.