ALTON LOSES TO SLUH, TOPS MCCLURE NORTH IN MISSOURI — The Alton Redbirds traveled across the Mississippi River for a double header with Saint Louis University High and McClure North on Saturday at SLUH. The Birds split, losing 9-5 to SLUH in Game 1 and pummeling McClure North 12-0 in Game 2.
With the split, the Redbirds are now 12-3 on the season.
In Game 1, SLUH exploded for an eight-run second inning, which steered the course of the game. After the second, SLUH was unable to score again.
Alton scored once in the third, three times in the fifth and once in the seventh, but could never get over the hump after falling behind early.
Nick Cauley suffered the loss on the hill, while Sam Ballard and Jacob St. Peters came on and offered good relief work out of the bullpen.
The Redbirds mustered five hits in the game, with Bryan Hudson, Jacob Kanallakan, Aaron Bonnell, Steven Pattan and Jacob Skrabacz all getting one apiece. Hudson, Kanallakan, Bonnell and Matt Hopkins each had one RBI in the loss.
In Game 2 the Birds fared much better.
Alton took little time to take control against McClure North, racing in front 8-0 after three innings. AHS tacked on its other four runs in the top of the seventh.
Ben Cusac carved up North with a three-hitter on the mound. He went the distance, throwing 99 pitches, fanning 10 and walking three.
He was supported by a solid offensive effort from Hudson, who was 4 for 5 with a double and five RBIs in the win. Derrick Allen chipped in with two hits and three RBIs, Steven Nguyen added three hits and two RBIs and Kanallakan had a pair of hits and a RBI.
Other offensive contributors for Alton were: Noah Rathgeb with a 3 for 4 performance, Matt Bower with a hit and Carlos Anderson with one RBI.
The Redbirds are idle today, but welcome O'Fallon to Gordon Moore Park at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday for an important Southwestern Conference showdown.
MARQUETTE FALLS TO HILLSBORO AT BUSCH — The Marquette Catholic Explorers traveled to the lovely confines of Busch Stadium on Saturday to take on Hillsboro, Mo.
Unfortunately for the Explorers they left with a 4-0 loss. Marquette is now 7-9 after the loss to Hillsboro.
The Explorers return to action at 4:30 p.m. today at Litchfield.
EXPLORERS GET BY JERSEY — Tied 1-1 after three innings in Jerseyville on Saturday, the Marquette Catholic Explorers scored two unanswered runs to pull out a 3-1 victory over the Panthers in a nonconference contest.
The Explorers are now 12-4 following the win.
Freshman Meghan Schorman impressed again, garnering the win in the circle. Schorman went the distance, fanning nine and walking four while scattering three hits and allowing one unearned run.
Schorman also produced the only multi-hit game at the plate for Marquette with two hits, including a double. Megan Wittich and Sam Harshbarger each had a RBI in the win and Wittich and Megan McClard both hit doubles in the triumph.
The Explorers are back on the diamond at 4:30 p.m. today at Litchfield.
EA-WR LOSES THREE AT GREENVILLE TOURNEY — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers suffered through a trio of losses at the Greenville Tournament on Saturday.
The Oilers lost 3-0 to Carterville, 6-5 to Breese Central and 5-4 to the host Comets. With the three losses EA-WR is now 6-14 on the season.
Carterville did all its scoring in the first inning against the Oilers in the first game. After that damage, EA-WR starter Victoria Beachum settled in, striking out four and walking no one. Carterville got three of its six hits in its first three at-bats of the game.
At the plate, Beachum, Heather Martin and Kari Westbrook supplied the three hits of the Oilers.
Against Breese Central, EA-WR owned a 5-1 lead after four innings, but the Cougars responded with five runs in the top of the fifth to pull out the 6-5 win. Three errors plagued the Oilers in the loss.
Morgan Moxey took the loss in the circle, but only allowed one earned run, while fanning four, walking two and surrendering six hits. Beachum pitched 0.1 innings of relief.
Courtney Beneke's grand slam in the fourth highlighted the day offensively for EA-WR.
In Game 3 against the host Comets, six errors in the field hurt the Oilers.
Greenville grabbed a 4-0 lead through two innings, but EA-WR clawed back to knot it at 4-4 entering the bottom of the fifth. Unfortunately, the Comets plated a run in the home half of the inning to squeak out a 5-4 triumph.
Moxey suffered the loss again. This time she went the distance not allowing an earned run on five hits, while fanning five and walking one.
Moxey, Beachum and Kaleigh Young each had two hits to pace the offense, with Beachum and Young each driving in a run.
The Oilers are back in action at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Civic Memorial.
GIRLS' TRACK AND FIELD
REDBIRDS TAKE SECOND AT JERSEY INVITE — The Alton Redbirds finished second out of six teams at the Jersey Invitational on Friday.
Chatham Glenwood won with 173 points, while the Redbirds accumulated 122 to take second place. The rest of the field rounded out with: Carlinville (77), Jersey (65), Mascoutah (44) and Bartonville Limestone (40).
For Alton, titles came in the 800-meter relay, the 100-meter high hurdles, the 300-meter low hurdles, the high jump, the shot put, the long jump and the triple jump.
LaJarvia Brown continued to impress, setting a new school and meet record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 44.6. She also set a new meet record with her first-place leap of 39 feet, 2 inches in the triple jump. Brown also won the long jump with a leap of 17-4.
Freshman Katie Mans won the high jump going 5-4. Mans was also the first leg on the 800 relay that won in 1:50.8, joining Jalisa Casey, Anyria Goner and Rylee Davis.
Taylor Carpenter won the 100 hurdles in 15.1 seconds, tying the school record and Jewel Wagner prevailed in the shot with a heave of 39-0.
Next on the docket for the Redbirds is the Alton Invite at 4 p.m. Thursday at Wigger Track inside Public School Stadium.