REARDON PITCHES SHELLS PAST PANA — The Roxana Shells opened South Central Conference play in style on Saturday, walloping Pana 13-0 in five innings behind a no-hit performance by pitcher Logan Reardon.
Roxana improved to 2-3 and 1-0 in the SCC with the win.
Reardon went five innings, walking one and fanning 10 during his no-hitter.
Offensively, the Shells turned in two big innings, with a five-run third and eight-run fifth to close out the short-game victory. Blake Vandiver was the catalyst with four hits and three runs scored. Reardon joined Billy Mathis, Seth Chester and Randy Skiff has they all drove in two runs apiece in the win.
Mathis, Vandiver and Chance Foss all cracked doubles in the win, too.
Roxana returns to action playing host to Jersey at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
MARQUETTE SPLITS WITH CALHOUN — The Marquette Catholic Explorers split a double header at Calhoun on Saturday, winning the first game 7-3 and dropping Game 2 5-4 on a late run by the Warriors.
With the split, Marquette is now 2-5 on the young season.
In Game 1 it took the Explorers an extra frame to close out the win. They plated four runs in the top of the eighth, scoring seven runs on six hits in the game.
Brady McAfee was awarded the win on the mound. At the plate, Zach Weinman was 2 for 4 with a double and a pair of RBIs and Danny Holtz smacked a triple.
In Game 2 the Warriors scratched across the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh to beat Marquette.
John Hughes was tagged with the loss on the hill for the Explorers. Holtz blasted a homer and went 2 for 3 at the dish in the loss.
Marquette returns to action at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Columbia.
EA-WR LOSSES TWIN BILL TO BREESE CENTRAL — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers had a rough time at Breese Central on Saturday, dropping two games by the scores of 7-2 and 11-6.
The Oilers slipped to 2-5 with the pair of losses, snapping a two-game win streak.
EA-WR battles at Columbia at 4:30 p.m. today.
HATFIELD SCORES TWICE IN ALTON WIN — The Alton Redbirds traveled to Springfield on Saturday and picked up a 2-1 victory over the Senators.
Alton upped its season mark to 2-5 with the victory.
Brianna Hatfield paced the Birds, scoring both goals in the win. Hatfield scored early on an assist from Lexi Green to stake AHS to a 1-0 lead. Springfield knotted it at 1-1 with a goal just before the half.
Hatfield then secured the victory for the Redbirds, scoring with three minutes remaining in regulation. She was assisted by Katie Kercher.
Now Alton prepares to open Southwestern Conference play at O'Fallon at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
MARQUETTE DROPS FIRST GAMES OF THE SEASON — The Marquette Catholic Explorers traveled to Belleville West on Saturday to play Dupo and the host Maroons with unflattering results.
Dupo trounced the Explorers 10-0 in five innings in the first game, while West bested them 3-1 in Game 2.
It was the first losses on the season for Marquette, which is now 4-2.
The Tigers scored in every inning to take down the Explorers. Freshman Meghan Schorman took the loss in the circle, with fellow freshman Tess Eberlin coming on in relief. Emma Taylor guided the offense in the defeat, picking up a pair of base knocks.
Against the Maroons, Schorman suffered the loss, too. She went six innings, fanning eight and walking three while surrendering three runs, two earned on five hits.
Marquette led 1-0 after scoring in the top of the fourth, but West plated one run in its half of the fifth and two more in the sixth to pull out the win.
Schorman doubled and scored in the loss. Kalie Buecker had the RBI.
The Explorers get back on the field at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, traveling to Althoff.
ROXANA WINS FIRST GAME OF THE YEAR — After suffering a 3-0 loss at Breese Central on Friday, the Roxana Shells earned their first win of the year Saturday, beating South Central Conference rival Pana 7-4.
Roxana is now 1-4 on the young season.
The Shells return to action at 4:15 p.m. today, playing host to the Alton Redbirds.
TRIAD BLANKS EA-WR — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers played host to the Triad Knights on Friday and suffered an 11-0 loss in five innings.
The Oilers slipped to 3-4 on the young season with the loss.
Emme Flanigan did her best in the loss to Triad, going 2 for 2 at the plate to pace EA-WR. The only other hit came off the bat of Courtney Beneke.
Kaliegh Young suffered the loss in the circle. Morgan Moxey came on in relief.
The Oilers get back at it at 4:15 p.m. today at Breese Central.