ALTON TOPS GRANITE CITY, LOSES TO JERSEY — The Alton Redbirds played host to the Alton Invite on Saturday at AHS, splitting two games to take second place in the four-team tourney.
Alton topped Granite City 5-1, but followed it up with a 15-6 loss to Jersey. The Redbirds are now 13-10 on the season.
Against the Warriors, Brittany Roady threw a two-hitter in the win. She struck out eight and walked two in the win.
Miranda Hudson paced the Birds at the dish, picking up two hits and two RBIs. Tomi Dublo also produced two hits in the win, while Bronte Fencel had a triple and a RBI.
Granite City's lone RBI came off the bat of Morgan Tanksley, which was a double to score Brittany Morales in the first inning, staking GCHS to a 1-0 lead. Morales had the only other hit for the Warriors.
Tanksley also took the loss in the circle for Granite City.
In Game 2 against Jersey, Alton didn't fare as well. Six errors doomed the Redbirds, who led 6-4 after four innings, but watched the Panthers plate 11 unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Roady and Savannah Fisher both put in work in the circle, with Roady suffering the loss.
At the plate Roady and Katelyn Presley led the way with two hits apiece. Presley had a double and a RBI in the loss, too. Fisher and Hudson also had RBIs in the defeat.
Bethany Muenstermann earned the win for Jersey. She also had two hits and two RBIs in the win, while Peyton Tisdale had three hits, including two triples. Ellie Tonsor had three hits in the game, too.
Alton softball is back in Southwestern Conference action at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Collinsville.
EA-WR SCORES LATE TO BEAT NOKOMIS — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers got going late, but it was enough to slip by Nokomis 3-1 in a Prairie State Conference game on Saturday.
The Oilers improved to 11-17 overall and 3-1 in the PSC.
Nokomis nabbed a quick 1-0 lead after one inning in Wood River and that's the way it remained until the Oilers constructed a three-run sixth inning.
Victoria Beachum earned the win in the circle, fanning 11 and walking one while surrendering four hits. She allowed the one unearned run.
Heather Martin produced two hits and a RBI to guide the EA-WR hitters. Beachum also had two hits in the win. Kaleigh Young and Haley Shewmake had RBIs in the victory, too.
The Oilers are back on the field at 4 p.m. today, playing host to rival Roxana in a double header.
BELLEVILLE WEST DEFEATS CM — The Belleville West Maroons visited the Bethalto Sports Complex on Saturday and promptly beat the Civic Memorial Eagles 17-10 in nonconference action.
The Eagles slipped to 6-14 with the loss.
West banged out a whopping 26 hits in the win and scored in every inning. CM strung together 13 hits in the loss.
Saturday's setback brought the Eagles' losing streak to eight straight after losing 10-0 to Edwardsville in six innings on Friday.
CM is back in Mississippi Valley Conference action at 4:15 p.m. today vs. Highland at the Bethalto Sports Complex.
ROXANA EDGES SOUTHWESTERN IN EIGHT INNINGS — The Southwestern Piasa Birds stopped by Roxana for a nonconference affair on Friday and lost to the host Shells 4-3 in eight innings.
Roxana has now won four of its last five games and has run its record to 11-15.
Freshman Hannah Rexford went to work in the circle, going the distance, while fanning 11, walking one and scattering five hits. All three runs were for the Piasa Birds were unearned.
Cindy Scroggins had two hits and two RBIs in the victory to direct the bats. Rexford and Shelby Jackson also had a pair of hits in the win.
The Shells now head to East Alton-Wood River to take on the Oilers at 4 p.m. today in a doubleheader.
ALTON WINS TWO FROM LINDBERGH — The Alton Redbirds went across the river on Saturday and swiped two from Lindbergh in a doubleheader, winning 9-8 and 10-8.
The two victories propelled the Redbirds to 21-4 on the season overall.
Game 1 was a wild one, as the Birds led 7-2 entering the bottom of the seventh, but Lindbergh erupted for five runs to tie it and send it to extras.
Steven Pattan and Aaron Bonnell picked up big RBI hits in the eighth to guide Alton to victory.
Sam Ballard earned the win in Game 1, pitching in relief, while Matt Hopkins came on to lock down the save in the eighth, despite allowing one run.
Bryan Hudson's three hits and three RBIs paced AHS in the Game 1 win at the plate.
In Game 2, after trailing 3-1 Alton plated seven third-inning runs and held on for the 10-8 win.
Jacob St. Peters notched the win in relief, while Drake Hampton picked up the save.
The Birds knocked out 12 hits in the win, including doubles from Hudson, Steven Nguyen, Hampton and Hopkins. Nguyen, Bonnell, Hopkins, Hampton and Brendan Phillips each logged two hits. Hopkins, Hampton and Pattan all had two RBIs apiece in the triumph.
Alton travels to Gibault at 4:30 p.m. today before delving back into Southwestern Conference play at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow at home against Collinsville.
MARQUETTE WINS A PAIR FROM CAHOKIA — The Marquette Catholic Explorers picked up a pair of wins on the road at Cahokia on Saturday, defeating the Comanches 13-1 and 13-2.
The Explorers have won six in a row and have a 14-9 mark on the season. The two wins over Cahokia came on the heels of a 5-0 shutout of Bunker Hill on Friday at Gordon Moore Park. The Explorers are 4-1 in the Prairie State Conference.
Max Goepel earned the complete-game victory against the Minutemen. Zach Weinman had a team-high two hits and Chris Angleton had a team-best two RBIs.
In Game 1 vs. the Comanches Danny Holtz provided the guiding force with three hits and three RBIs. Marquette leaped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning and tacked on a seven-run frame in the fifth to complete the five-inning win.
Against Cahokia in Game 2, it was a five-inning affair again. This time the Explorers four in the first and third, three in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Jacob Fischer directed the offense with three hits in the win. He also joined Holtz and Angleton with two RBIs each.
Marquette is idle until 4:30 p.m. Friday when it plays host to the East Alton-Wood River Oilers.
ALTON PLAYS TOUGH DOUBLES AT PITCHFORD INVITE — Strong doubles play paced the Alton Redbirds at the 32-team Pitchford Invite on Friday and Saturday.
Jackson Scheiter and Kain Henson finished 3-2 at No. 1 doubles, closing the tournament with a victory over Moline High School. The No. 2 team of Carl Stradal and Drew Hays also compiled a 3-2 mark, defeating Algonquin St. Jacobs, Chrystal Lake Prairie Ridge and Palatine High School.
Singles didn't fare as well. Jett Durr finished 0-3 at No. 1 singles and Alex Piazza was 1-3 at No. 2 singles.
The Redbirds delve back into Southwestern Conference play at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Belleville East.