COLLINSVILLE 5, ALTON 0 — The Class 3A Collinsville Regional finals didn't go the way the Redbirds had hoped against the powerhouse and host Kahoks.
Collinsville led 3-0 at the break and cruised to the win over the young Birds, who finish the season at 12-6-3. The loss came on the heels of Alton's first win over a Southwestern Conference team this season when it bested Belleville East in penalty kicks on Wednesday in the regional semifinals.
Collinsville's Tayler Devine directed the onslaught with three goals on Saturday. Altogether three different Kahoks scored from their diverse scoring punch.
Colllinsville improved to 18-1-2 and now advances to play Granite City (10-6-4) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in O'Fallon in the 3A Normal Community Sectional semifinals.
VALMEYER 2, MELHS 1 — The Knights gave a valiant effort on Saturday, but in the end it wasn't quite enough to win the Class 1A New Athens Regional championship.
Valmeyer's Mark Nappier swatted a sixth-inning home run to snap a 1-1 tie and lead the Pirates to their first regional title since 1971.
Each team produced six hits in the tight contest from start to finish. MELHS nabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a RBI single by Jordan Brown, which scored Reed Harmon who had a base knock earlier in the frame. Unfortunately, Valmeyer answered to tie it 1-1 in the bottom of the inning before Nappeir's dinger was the deciding factor.
Chase Langendorf suffered the loss on the hill for the Knights. He split time on the mound with Brown and Jake Jump.
Langendorf paced the offense with two hits. Brown, Harmon, Eli Jacobs and Paul Kubicek had the other hits for Metro. Jacobs hit a double for the lone extra-base knock by the Knights.
They concluded the season with a 7-22 mark.
The Pirates advance to meet Nokomis at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the semifinals of the 1A Carlinville Sectional at Blackburn College.
ALTON 9, COLLINSVILLE 2 — A seven-run third inning sparked the Redbirds to Friday's win at Arthur Fletcher Field in Collinsville. With the win Alton ended the regular season at 22-12 overall and 8-6 in the Southwestern Conference.
Aaron Bonnell paced the offense with three hits and four RBIs in the win. Steven Nguyen, Seth Boschert and Derrick Allen all had two hits to complement Bonnell. Jacob Kanallakan smacked a triple and had two RBIs also.
Charlie Erler was credited with the victory on the hill.
Now the Redbirds remain idle until 4:30 p.m. Thursday when they play host to Quincy in the Class 4A Alton Regional semifinals.
CM 6, WATERLOO 4; SALEM 4, CM 3; CM 12, SALEM 5 — The Eagles finished the regular season at 18-15-1 overall and 5-5 in the Mississippi Valley Conference with winning two of three road contests on Friday and Saturday.
In Friday's victory over Waterloo, CM got two hits — including a double and a RBI — off the bat of Brandon Carpenter to lead the charge. Caden Clark chipped in two RBIs for good measure.
Collin Hall earned the win on the mound, while Corey Price picked up the save. Geoffrey Withers also pitched an inning of relief in the triumph.
Against Salem on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader, Christian Stawar was a tough-luck loser on the mound, tossing a complete game but coming out on the losing end of the game.
Price and Derek Walker steered the offense with two hits apiece. Walker also had a pair of RBIs.
In the second game with the Wildcats, the Eagles responded with 12 runs, scoring four times in the first, fifth and seventh of the victory.
Carpenter was the hero of the day with a home run and three RBIs in the win. He had two hits overall, as did Clark and Brandon Hampton. Price contributed a double and three RBIs.
It was Spencer Powell locking down the win on the mound. Four CM pitchers through in all in the game.
Now the Eagles return to action at 4:30 p.m. today in the Class 3A Highland Regional play-in game against Triad at the Bethalto Sports Complex. A win propels them to the regional semifinals at 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. rival Jersey at Glik Park in Highland.
EDWARDSVILLE 9, TRIAD 0; SPRINGFIELD 6, EDWARDSVILLE 5, 10 INNINGS — Splitting two games a Friday and Saturday leaves Edwardsville with a 28-6 record on the season.
In Friday's win over Triad, Joel Quirin did the damage with the bat. Quirin had two hits — including a triple — and four RBIs to stir the offense. Cole Cimarolli, Tyler Stamer and Andrew Yancik joined Quirin with two hits apiece.
Tyler Hosto garnered the win on the hill for the Tigers.
On Saturday, EHS suffered a setback to the Senators in 10 innings. Edwardsville led 5-2 entering the seventh, but Springfield responded with three runs to tie it and then scored in the top of the 10th to win it.
Yancik absorbed the loss in relief on the mound.
Offensively, Yancik, Jake Garella and Will Messer each had two hits in the loss. Yancik led the way with two RBIs.
The Tigers have won more regular season game at 5 p.m. today at GCS Ballpark in Sauget against Waterloo before delving into the postseason. EHS awaits the winner between Collinsville and Granite City from 4:30 p.m. today in Collinsville as its first playoff opponent. Edwardsville will play the winner at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Class 4A Belleville West Regional semifinals.
ALTON 7, EAST ST. LOUIS 0; ALTON 9, COLLINSVILLE 2 — A forfeit win on Friday and a victory on the field Saturday, allowed the Redbirds to close the regular season at 24-7 overall and 10-4 in the Southwestern Conference. Alton enters the postseason on a six-game winning streak.
After East St. Louis had to forfeit on Friday, the Birds came back with a big day vs. Collinsville on Saturday.
Brittany Roady went the distance in the circle, fanning nine, walking two, allowing four hits and two runs, but none earned to garner the victory.
Savannah Fisher pointed the offense in the right direction, swatting a triple and driving in three during her 3-for-5 day at the dish. Tomi Dublo also picked up three hits to accompany two RBIs.
The Redbirds now open the Class 4A Collinsville Regional semifinals against the host Kahoks once again at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
EDWARDSVILLE 7, GRANITE CITY 1; EDWARDSVILLE 4, WATERLOO 0; EDWARDSVILLE 21, MARQUETTE 2, FIVE INNINGS — The Tigers wrapped up the regular season at 26-5 with two wins Friday and one on Saturday. They concluded the Southwestern Conference portion of the season at 13-1.
In the SWC makeup with Granite City on Friday, EHS three hits and two RBIs from Hayli Green to lead the way. Rachel Anderson chipped in two hits, including a double.
Jordan Garella got the win in the circle.
GCHS got three hits, highlighted by a triple, from Morgan Fazio in the loss. Sarah Boyd had the lone RBI for the Warriors.
Morgan Tanksley took the loss, despite fanning 11 Tigers.
Granite City ended the regular season at 8-20 and 3-11 in the SWC. The Warriors open the postseason at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday against Belleville East in the Class 4A Edwardsville Regional semifinals.
Edwardsville followed up the win over GCHS with another one Friday against Waterloo.
Green had two hits and two RBIs to pace the offense, while Emma Lewis also had two hits for good measure.
Jennifer Kocevar earned the win in the circle, while Jordyn Henricks came on to lock down the save.
The Tigers then closed the regular season with an offensive eruption Saturday against Marquette Catholic, scoring a whopping 21 runs. A 12-run second and 7-run third sparked the offensive cavalcade.
Lewis had a team-high three hits for EHS, while Anderson produced two hits, including two triples, to accompany four RBIs. Taryn Brown, Sarah Hangsleben and Lauren Taplin all had two hits in the win also.
Henricks got the win in the circle.
The Explorers mustered five hits in the loss, ending their regular season at 5-17. Marquette heads to Triad at 4:30 p.m. today for the play-in game of the Class 3A Triad Regional.
Edwardsville is back on the field at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the semifinals of the 4A Edwardsville Regional against Quincy.
TRIAD 6, CM 1; COLUMBIA 15, CM 5 — CM concluded the regular season losing five straight and out of nine to finish with a 10-15 overall mark and 1-9 Mississippi Valley Conference record.
In Friday's MVC loss to Triad, the Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but ended up being the only offense they could muster.
Katelyn Turbyfill had three hits and Susan Buchanan chipped in two to lead the CM offense. The lone RBI came off the bat of Jenn Parmentier, plating Turbyfill.
Kaitlynn Wrenn was the loser in the circle for the Eagles.
They followed it up with a five-inning loss to Columbia on Saturday. Ryan Allison absorbed the loss in the circle for that one.
Now CM dives into the postseason with a Class 3A Triad Regional play-in game at 4:30 p.m. today at Mascoutah. The Eagles have lost to the Indians twice this season.