ALTON STARTS SEASON IN STYLE — The Alton Redbirds welcomed Murphysboro to Lloyd Hopkins Field inside Gordon Moore Park on Saturday to open their season. By the end of the day the Redbirds had two wins in their pocket, sweeping the two games with 10-0 and 12-2 victories.
Alton opened with 6-foot-8 senior phenom lefty Bryan Hudson taking the mound and earning the win with two innings of work. Carter Hayden and Jacob St. Peters supplied scoreless work out of the bullpen in the win, too.
At the dish, AHS was able to get going in the second inning with a run. The Birds tacked on four in the third, two in the fourth and three in the fifth to win in five innings.
Jake Kanallakan paced the offense, going 2 for 2 with a double, triple and three RBIs. Kanallakan's RBI double in the second sparked the day at the plate for the Birds. Matt Hopkins and Steven Nguyen each contributed a pair of RBIs in the win also.
In Game 2, it was junior Nick Cauley garnering the win on the hill while Ben Cusac offered solid work out of the pen.
Alton scored three times in the bottom of the first, seven times in the third and twice in the fourth on the way to another five-inning triumph. Murphysboro scratched across a run in the third and fifth, but it wasn't enough.
It was Kanallakan again swinging a solid bat. Kanallakan was 2 for 3 with three more RBIs, giving him six total on the day. Nguyen, Hopkins, Hudson and Jacob Skrabacz each had a pair of hits in Game 2 also. Nguyen drove in a pair of runs in the game to give him four in the two games.
The Redbirds return to the field at 7 p.m. Monday vs. Jersey at Hopkins Field, following a 4:30 p.m. contest between Marquette Catholic and Metro East Lutheran.
MARQUETTE FALLS TO TRIAD — A day after dropping a double header to Granite City, the Marquette Catholic Explorers lost 7-3 to Triad on Saturday in Alton.
A tough start to the season has left the Explorers 0-4 thus far. Marquette fell behind 1-0 to the Knights after one inning, but tied it 1-1 in the second. Runs from Triad in the third and fourth pushed the Knights ahead 3-1 before three in the sixth and one more in the seventh built an insurmountable 7-1 lead. The Explorers scored twice more in the bottom of the seventh, but it was too late.
On Friday Marquette lost 11-4 and 9-3 at GCHS.
The Explorers are back in action at 4:30 p.m. Monday with their Prairie State Conference opener against Metro East Lutheran at Moore Park.
ROXANA DROPS A PAIR ON SATURDAY — The Roxana Shells lost 7-4 to Jersey and then 22-10 to Gibault on Saturday to open their season.
The two losses came on the heels of Thursday's home game vs. East Alton-Wood River getting rained out.
Against Jersey, the Shells led 4-1 over the Panthers after two innings. Jersey plated three in the top of the third though to knot it at 4-4. That's the way it stayed until the eighth inning when the Panthers plated three runs to pull out the win.
Zach Golenor took the loss with 1.1 innings of work, surrendering one hit and walking two, while allowing three runs, but only one earned. Logan Reardon started and worked six innings, while Tanner Davis pitched 0.2 innings of scoreless relief.
Josh Rudd, Davis and Chance Foss each provided two hits for the Roxana offense in the loss. Rudd, Billy Mathis, Davis and Blake Vandiver all had an RBI in the loss to Jersey.
Against Gibault, the Shells found themselves behind 6-4 after one inning and 19-5 after two innings. Roxana tacked on five in the bottom of the fourth to cut it to 19-10, but three runs from the Hawks in the top of the fifth secured the 22-10, five-inning victory.
Rudd suffered the loss on the mound. Seth Chester paced the offense vs. Gibault with a 3 for 3 day that included a double and two RBIs.
The Shells return to action at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Columbia.
EA-WR IS SWEPT BY WESCLIN ON THE ROAD — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers lost 11-1 and 10-0 against Wesclin at Trenton on Saturday.
The Oilers are 0-3 thus far on the young season.
Lucas Wells suffered the loss on the mound in Game 1, while Chris Hamby took the loss in Game 2.
Next up is EA-WR's home opener vs. Valmeyer at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.
ALTON ROLLS BY GREENFIELD IN OPENER — The Alton Redbirds rolled past Greenfield 17-2 in five innings in their season opener.
Freshman Miranda Hudson guided the Birds, going 4 for 4 with two home runs and five RBIs in the win. Bronte Fencel supplied three doubles and three RBIs, Savannah Fisher was 3 for 3 with a triple and Tomi Dublo had a homer and a pair of RBIs.
In the circle Brittany Roady tossed four innings. She gave up two unearned runs on one hit, while walking one and fanning five.
Alton now heads to Quincy at 4 p.m. on Monday to play the Blue Devils.
EA-WR SPLITS WITH CARROLLTON — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers welcomed the Carrollton Hawks to Wood River on Saturday for a double header, winning Game 1 3-1 and dropping Game 2 10-6.
The Oilers are now 2-3 on the young season.
Kaliegh Young threw a two-hitter in the Game 1 victory, striking out two and walking two while overcoming four EA-WR errors. Offensively Courtney Beneke's home run and Heather Martin's two triples were the highlights in the win.
In Game 2, Morgan Moxey was tagged with the loss in the circle, surrendering 10 runs, but only one earned. She struck out five and walked two. Moxey was also the catalyst at the plate with three hits and two RBIs.
The Oilers travel to Bunker Hill at 4:30 p.m. Monday for their Prairie State Conference opener.
ROXANA LOSES TWO AGAINST MASCOUTAH — The Mascoutah Indians played host to the Roxana Shells on Saturday and swept two games from them.
Roxana (0-2), lost 5-4 and 9-2 in the double header.
After nabbing a 3-0 lead in the top of the first in Game 1, the Shells saw the Indians score one in the bottom of the first, once in the third and twice in the fourth to construct a 4-3 lead. Roxana tied it at 4-4 with a run in the top of the seventh, but Mascoutah responded by plating the game-winner in the home half of the seventh. Elizabeth Rexford suffered the loss in the circle for the Shells.
In Game 2 Mascoutah led 2-0 after one inning, but a run from Roxana in the top of the third cut it to 2-1, but the Indians scored four times in the bottom of the third and three more times in the fourth to build an insurmountable 9-1 lead on the way to the win.
Andrea Lawson took the loss in the circle for the Shells, who are back on the diamond at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Calhoun.
ALTON FALLS TO HIGHLAND — For the third straight game the Alton Redbirds lost by just a single goal. The Birds lost 2-1 Saturday to Highland at Oerter Park in Columbia to close out the Metro Cup.
Alton dipped to 0-4 on the season with the loss. Highland took a 1-0 lead into the half and then scored once in the second half to neutralize AHS' second-half goal.
Alton is now back in action at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday vs. Freeburg.
MARQUETTE GETS BY COLUMBIA ON PKS — The Marquette Catholic Explorers closed out the Metro Cup with a huge 2-1 win in penalty kicks over host Columbia.
Sonorah Eldred was credited with the win for Marquette in the net and Macie Sever scored the regulation goal in the win for the Explorers who improved to 2-1 on the season.
Marquette's next contest is at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday against crosstown rival Alton. It's the second matchup this season already between the Explorers and Redbirds. Marquette won 2-1 in the Metro Cup on March 18.
ALTON TAKES EIGHTH IN KNIGHTS INVITATIONAL — The Alton Redbirds opened their season at the Knights Invitational at Triad, finishing eighth out of 16 teams.
The Redbirds went 1-3 in the dual-team tournament. They beat Quincy 4-1, but lost to Lincoln Way East 3-2, Lockport 4-1 and Oak Park Fenwick 3-2.
Seniors Jackson Scheiter and Kain Henson went 4-0 at No. 1 doubles, while Carl Stradal was 3-1 at No. 1 singles to lead the way.
Alton returns to the courts at 4 p.m. Tuesday against O'Fallon.