ALTON BEATS HIGHLAND, WINS TWO FROM SOUTHWESTERN — The Alton Redbirds went on the road and won 8-2 at Highland on Friday and then swept Southwestern 10-0 and 12-2 in a double header at home on Saturday.
With the trio of wins the Redbirds are now 17-3 on the season. They are currently in the midst of a six-game winning streak and have won 11 out of their last 12.
On Friday, Alton broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning against the Bulldogs, erupting with five runs and going on to the win.
Ben Cusac nabbed the win on the mound, tossing six innings, scattering three hits, fanning six and walking two. Drake Hampton worked the seventh, surrendering three hits, allowing a run and striking out two.
Bryan Hudson sparked the offense with a 2 for 3 day with a double and two RBIs. Steven Pattan also drove in two in the win.
In the first game Saturday against the Piasa Birds it took the Redbirds six innings to pull out the 10-0 shutout.
Hudson earned the win, working three innings and fanning eight on the hill. Jacob St. Peters pitched the last three innings to secure the shutout.
Hampton and Aaron Bonnell both had two hits in the win. Matt Hopkins had a triple and two RBIs, while Hampton, Hudson, Jacob Kanallakan each had a pair of RBIs.
In Game 2, Southwestern grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but AHS responded with four in the home half of the inning and never looked back, again short gaming the Piasa Birds in six innings.
Sam Ballard prevailed on the mound for the Redbirds, pitching four innings while scattering seven hits, walking three, fanning four and allowing one run. Hopkins tossed the final two innings in the win.
Offensively, Kanallakan stepped up with a 4 for 4 day at the dish with a double, triple and two RBIs. Hudson and Hampton each had two hits and a RBI apiece. Hudson cracked a triple and Hampton had a pair of doubles.
Bonnell also had a triple to go with two RBIs, while Hopkins drove in a pair in the win.
The Southwestern Conference race continues for Alton at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday with a big showdown at league-leading Edwardsville (19-1, 7-0).
MARQUETTE LOSES TO NOKOMIS ON FRIDAY — The Marquette Catholic Explorers lost a Prairie State Conference game 4-2 to Nokomis at home on Saturday.
Marquette fell to 8-9 with the loss and slipped to 1-1 in the PSC.
John Hughes suffered the loss for the Explorers, giving up four runs, but only two earned. He had four walks and nine strikeouts in six innings.
Offensively, Marquette only mustered four singles from four different players.
The Explorers get back in PSC action at 4:30 p.m. today at East Alton-Wood River.
EA-WR SLIPS UP AGAINST CARLINVILLE — The Carlinville Cavaliers raced out to a 5-0 lead after three innings on Friday against East Alton-Wood River and held on for a 6-2 victory.
Jake Hei took the loss on the hill for the Oilers, while Blake Marks directed the offense with a pair of hits.
EA-WR is now 4-20 on the season. The Oilers now play host to Marquette Catholic in Prairie State Conference action at 4:30 p.m. today.
ALTON SLUGS PAST PIASA BIRDS — The Alton Redbirds slugged their way past Southwestern on the road Saturday 16-11.
The Redbirds are now 11-7 and have won five straight comes and seven out of their last eight.
Brittany Roady picked up the victory in the circle with eight strikeouts over 4.1 innings of work. Savannah Fisher and Sydney Hartman both pitched in the game, too.
Tomi Dublo and Miranda Hudson both muscled up with homers. Dublo and Rachel McCoy each racked up three RBIs for AHS in the win, while Hudson, Sydney Hartman and Roady all had two RBIs. Fisher also picked up a pair of doubles in the win.
The Redbirds return to Southwestern Conference play at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at home, welcoming league-leading Edwardsville.
WOES CONTINUE FOR ROXANA — The Roxana Shells lost 14-2 in five innings in South Central Conference play to Gillespie on Friday at home.
The loss dropped the Shells to 7-14 on the season and 2-4 in the SCC. It was the fourth consecutive loss for Roxana and its fifth loss in its last eight games.
Seven errors in the field plagued the Shells in the loss, who were also outhit 11-4 by the Miners. Gillespie built a 9-0 lead after three innings. Both of Roxana's runs came in the bottom of the fifth.
Phoebe Booher took the loss in the circle, surrendering nine hits and 14 runs, but only six earned. She struck out two and walked three.
Cindy Scroggins had two of the four hits for the Shells, including a triple. Hannah Rexford picked up a double and a RBI in the loss.
Roxana is back on the diamond at 5 p.m. tonight at home against Carlinville.
MARQUETTE WINS TWO ON FRIDAY — The Marquette Catholic Explorers logged a pair of wins Friday, winning 6-0 over Carbondale and 7-4 over Mascoutah.
Marquette is now 16-4 on the season, running its win streak to nine in a row.
Against Carbondale, Meghan Schorman garnered the win in the circle with seven innings of work. She scattered three hits, struck out six and walked one.
Schorman also logged three hits at the plate and two RBIs to lead the Explorers. Tess Eberlin, Grace Frost and Emma Taylor all registered two hits. Taylor joined Schorman with two RBIs.
In Game 2 against Mascoutah, Marquette raced out to a 7-1 lead and hung on for the win.
Megan Wittich prevailed in the circle, hurling 3.2 innings, fanning five, walking three and scattering four hits. Schorman also worked three innings of relief.
Marquette erupted with a six-run second inning to earn the triumph. Schorman paced the offense again, going 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Frost and Megan McClard each had one RBI in the win, too. The Explorers also had six stolen bases in the victory.
They are back in action at 4:15 p.m. today at home in Prairie State Conference play against East Alton-Wood River.
EA-WR ROLLS TO WIN OVER CARLINVILLE — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers knocked out 19 hits and scored 13 runs to race past Carlinville 13-5 on the road Friday.
The win was the third straight for the Oilers, who are now 9-14 on the season.
Victoria Beachum tossed seven innings, fanning seven and walking two while surrendering seven hits and five runs, but none earned.
At the plate Courtney Beneke was 4 for 4 with a double, triple and four runs scored and Haley Shewmake had three hits, all triples, to go with two RBIs in the win. Emme Flanigan and Peyton Young also had three hits, while Young, Carly Campbell and Beachum joined Shewmake with two RBIs.
The Oilers hit the road at 4:15 p.m. today, facing Prairie State Conference rival Marquette.
REDBIRDS ARE FIFTH AT BELLEVILLE EAST INVITE — The Alton Redbirds finished fifth out of 16 teams in the Belleville East Invite Friday, accumulating 43 points in the tourney.
Belleville East and Normal Community shared the championship with 58 points, while O'Fallon was next with 52 points, then Peoria Richwoods with 47 points ahead of Alton.
Carl Stradal and Drew Hays paced the Redbirds by finishing fourth in the No. 1 doubles flight. Jackson Scheiter finished fifth at No. 1 singles, Kain Henson and Walker Moan were fifth at No. 2 doubles and Silas Chapman was seventh at No. 2 singles.
AHS is back in action at 4 p.m. Tuesday at home vs. Granite City in Southwestern Conference play.
MARQUETTE TOPS PROVIDENCE CATHOLIC, FALLS TO ST. JOE'S — The Marquette Catholic Explorers ended up going 1-2 in the Sacred Heart-Griffin Tournament in Springfield.
After bowing to 2-1 to the host Cyclones on Thursday, the Explorers rebounded with a 1-0 win over New Lennox Providence Catholic on Friday and lost 3-0 to nationally ranked St. Joseph's Academy of St. Louis on Saturday. Marquette is now 9-4-2 on the season.
The Explorers nabbed the 1-0 win over the Celtics behind a first-half goal from Annabelle Copeland. Copeland later left the game following a collision and could be out for a few games. Adriana Schindler and Lauren Schmickley also left with injuries in the game, but not as serious.
Kate Sanfilippo picked up an assist in the win.
On Saturday against St. Joe's — ranked No. 9 nationally — the Explorers held their own but couldn't muster any offense.
The game remained scoreless until the 26th minute when the Angels finally got on the board. They led 2-0 at the break and tacked on one second-half goal.
Marquette's best chance came off of a second-half corner by Sanfilippo, but failed to score. Copeland missed the game with St. Joe's due to Friday's injury.
Marquette returns to action at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Waterloo Gibault.
BOYS' TRACK AND FIELD
ALTON SIXTH AT MASCOUTAH, 11TH AT BROWN INVITE — The Alton Redbirds finished sixth in the Mascoutah Invite on Friday and 11th on Saturday at the Winston Brown Invite in Edwardsville.
On Saturday, Cahokia won its third straight Brown Invite with a meet-record 184 points. The host Tigers were next with 136 points and the rest of the field rounded out with: Plainfield North (119.5), O’Fallon (110), Collinsville (92), Chicago Heights Bloom (70), Triad (45), Belleville East (37), Alton (31.5) and Effingham (13).
Alton had three top-five finishes in Edwardsville on Saturday. Freshman Johnathan Bumpers (43-0.5) was third in the triple jump to lead the way, while junior Keenan Stegall (53.17) took fourth in the 400 and sophomore Arie Macias was fifth (2:01.89) in the 800.
Five meet records were set on Saturday. Edwardsville sophomore A.J. Epenesa went 182 feet, 0 inches in the discus to shatter the meet record of 166-4 set by Dan Ryan in 2014. He also tossed it 51-3 in the shot.