EDWARDSVILLE WINS NAPERVALLEY INVITE — The Tigers compiled 82 points to win the 16-team tournament at Naperville Central High School on Friday and Saturday.
EHS won four of the five flights at the tournament, outdistancing Wilmette Loyola Academy (52), Hinsdale South (50), Naperville North (49) and Downer's Grove South (38), which filled out the top five.
Erik Weiler (No. 1 singles), Luke Motley (No. 2 singles), Zach Trimpe/Alex Gray (No. 1 doubles) and Ben Bequette/Logan Pursell (No. 3 doubles) all won championships at the tournament.
EDWARDSVILLLE 11, LOCKPORT 1, FIVE INNINGS; EDWARDSVILLE 12, HIGHLAND 2, FIVE INNINGS; EDWARDSVILLE 6, CHATHAM GLENWOOD 4 — Edwardsville swept the field at the 10th Annual Tiger Classic on Friday at Saturday at Tom Pile Field.
With the trio of wins the Tigers ran their record to 24-4 on the season and have now won 11 straight games.
In Friday's win over Lockport, EHS got a homer and three RBIs from Tyler Stamer, accompanied by two-hit games from Joe Wallace and Cole Hansel. Cole Cimarolli also had three RBIs in the win.
Tyler Hosto secured the win on the hill.
Against Highland in the first game Saturday, Jordan Yenne tossed all five innings to get the win on the mound. Yenne struck out five and walked one.
Offensively, Collin Clayton, Cimarolli, Jake Garella and Hansel all contributed two hits. Cimarolli walloped a home run and drove in two, while Hansel led the way with three RBIs.
EHS finished up against Glenwood with a tighter game. Austin Ruech was credited with the victory on the hill, while Andrew Yancik picked up the save.
Cimarolli homered again in the win, while Clayton and Kade Burns supplied two hits apiece.
ALTON 11, LINDBERGH 6; LINDBERGH 4, ALTON 2 — The Redbirds got to the 20-win plateau Saturday, splitting a doubleheader with Lindbergh at AHS. The Birds are now 20-9, the sixth straight season they've reached 20 victories.
In the first game, Robbie Taul and Steven Nguyen each had three hits to stir the offense. Nguyen and Aaron Bonnell each drove in two runs in the triumph.
Gary Volz got the win on the hill.
Against Lindbergh in the second game Nguyen whacked a double and a triple to accompany two RBIs to lead the attack.
Taul was tagged with the loss during his relief appearance. Sam Ballard got the start, fanning five and walking five over 5.2 innings of work.
ROXANA 13, CARLINVILLE 5 — Roxana topped Carlinville to improve to 12-17 overall. It was not a South Central Conference match, which happened earlier in the season between the two squads with Carlinville prevailing 8-7.
Trace Gentry, Blake Vandiver and Logan Presley each had three hits to guide the offense. Gentry and Austin Presley both picked up three RBIs to lead that category.
Sam Mosby garnered the win in four innings of work on the hill.
VIANNEY 10, MARQUETTE 0, FIVE INNINGS; VIANNEY 9, MARQUETTE 4 — The Explorers were swept by the Golden Griffins in Missouri, falling to 13-13 on the season.
Three errors plagued the Explorers in the loss during the first game. Brady McAfee was saddled with the loss. He worked 2.2 innings, striking out none, walking six and scattering three hits while allowing seven runs, but only one earned.
Liam Maher picked up the lone hit for the offense in the short-game loss.
In the second game, Marquette nabbed a 4-0 lead in the top of the inning but watched as Vianney plated nine unanswered runs over the next three innings.
John Blachford, Konnor Morrissey and Nick Messinger supplied hits for the Explorers. Messinger had a triple and three RBIs.
Jayce Maag got the loss on the mound.
JERSEY 5, GRANITE CITY 2 — GCHS plummeted to 4-24 on the season, losing its fifth straight and eighth out of its last nine contests.
Jamie Roustio absorbed the loss, despite throwing a complete game. Austin Bonvicino had two hits to pace the offense.
ALTON 4, WESCLIN 3, NINE INNINGS; WATERLOO 11, ALTON 6, EIGHT INNINGS — The Redbirds are now 17-6 after splitting a pair of games Saturday at the Alton Round Robin Tournament. Waterloo went home with the tourney title.
Brittany Roady tossed nine innings to get the win over Wesclin. She fanned 10, walked 3, scattered 4 hits and allowed 3 runs, but only 2 earned.
Miranda Hudson notched three hits to be tops on the Birds, while Tomi Dublo cranked a homer and picked up two RBIs. Katelyn Presley added two hits for good measure.
Alton erased a 2-0 deficit with a pair of runs in the sixth inning and then scored twice to win it in the ninth after the Warriors took a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth.
Against Waterloo, the Redbirds endured another extra-inning game, this time coming out on the wrong end of it. AHS owned a 5-1 lead through three innings, but the Bulldogs scored four times in the sixth and six times in the eighth to get the win. Alton could only muster one run in the home-half of the eighth.
Savannah Fisher took the loss in the circle.
Presley led the offense with three hits, while Dublo, Fisher, Bronte Fencel and Sydney Hartman all contributed two hits. Hartman had a pair of RBIs in the loss.
CM 4, STAUNTON 3 — CM plated the go ahead run in the top of the seventh on Friday at Staunton. The win improved the Eagles to 10-10 on the season.
Ryan Allison went the distance in the circle to be credited with the win. She fanned five and walked no one over seven innings.
Susan Buchanan was 2-for-2 with a homer, two hits, two walks, two runs scored and three RBIs to direct the bats. Katelyn Turbyfill complemented her with two hits, including a double.
TEUTOPOLIS 3, EDWARDSVILLE 2; EDWARDSVILLE 9, TEUTOPOLIS 8 — The Tigers are now 21-4 after splitting a doubleheader on Saturday to the Wooden Shoes.
In the first game, Anna Burke, Jordan Corby and Jordan Garella all had two hits to pace the offense.
Garella absorbed the loss in the circle.
In Game 2, EHS staved off five runs in the bottom of the seventh by Teutopolis to register the win.
Rachel Anderson collected four hits to steer the Edwardsville offense. Corby had a pair of RBIs.
Jordyn Henricks worked in the circle to garner the win, while Jennifer Kocevar got the save.
ROXANA 10, CARLINVILLE 3 — Roxana elevated its mark to 12-19 on the season with Friday's win. The South Central Conference match between the two teams was earlier in the year, going to the Cavaliers.
Phoebe Booher earned the win in the circle for the Shells, going the distance.
Booher helped herself out with four hits — including two triples and a double — and two RBIs.
WATERLOO 18, EA-WR 0; EA-WR 12, WESCLIN 9 — EA-WR split a pair of games Saturday at the Alton Round Robin Tournament to run its record to 14-17.
The Bulldogs enjoyed a 12-run third inning to account for the lopsided win in the early game over the Oilers.
Courtney Beneke supplied two hits to lead the EA-WR offense. Emme Flanigan was tagged with the loss in the circle.
The Oilers rebounded in the win over Wesclin. As a team they banged out 18 hits. Morgan Moxey sparked the offense with four hits. Haley Shewmake added three hits, while Carly Campbell, Beneke Heather Martin and Thresa Hand all had two. Beneke blasted a homer and drove in three, while Peyton Young led in RBIs with four.
Moxey was the winning pitcher.
JERSEY 5, GRANITE CITY 0 — The Warriors fell for the fourth consecutive time on Friday at Jerseyville, dipping to 8-16 on the season.
Savannah Gibson and Holly Zaring each stroked a hit to make up the GCHS offense.
The loss in the circle went to Granite City's Morgan Tanksley.
ALTON 5, HIGHLAND 1 — The Alton Redbirds scored four times in the first half and cruised to victory over the Bulldogs. Alton improved to 11-4-3 with the win.
ROCHESTER 5, MARQUETTE 0 — Marquette was looking for one more challenge before delving into the Class 1A postseason and they found it in powerhouse Rochester.
Rochester has ousted the Explorers from the 1A playoffs the last two years, but have been elevated to Class 2A this season.
Marquette finished the regular season at 9-9-3 and now turns its attention to the postseason. The Explorers play Metro East Lutheran at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after the Knights knocked off East Alton-Wood River 3-0 in the play-in game on Saturday in Wood River.
BOYS' TRACK AND FIELD
COLLINSVILLE INVITATIONAL — The Edwardsville Tigers finished second in Collinsville on Saturday, accumulating 88.5 points to only trail champion East St. Louis (92). They narrowly edged Cahokia (88), which finished third.
Alton nabbed 9th with 25 points, Granite City was 14th with 16 points and Roxana finished 23rd with 6 points.
EHS' A.J. Epenesa eclipsed 200 feet in the discus for the second time this season. His throw of 203 feet, 11 inches won the event and set a new meet record. He was also second in the shot put (54-7.5).
Fellow Tiger Travis Anderson won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.03 and narrowly missed the 300-meter hurdle crown. He ran 38.146 seconds, while winner Delano Anderson of East St. Louis turned in a time of 38.141 seconds.
Edwardsville was also second in the 4x200-meter relay (1:28.20) and Devonte Tincher nabbed third in the long jump (22-9) for the Tigers.
Alton's Zack Llewellyn had a nice day, finishing third in the shot put (53-7.5) and fourth in the discus (150-4).
Roxana sophomore Jordan Hawkins got some elite competition in the discus Saturday and took third with a throw of 160-1.
The O'Keefe brothers led Granite City on Saturday. Junior Will was second in the 1,600-meter run in 4:26.11 while freshman Andrew finished fourth in the 1,600 with a time of 4:29.76.
O'FALLON TOURNAMENT — The Edwardsville Tigers went 4-1 at the tourney to finish third overall. They had won the tournament the last two seasons.
EHS is now 16-11 on the season.
Orland Park Sandburg won the championship with a 25-20, 25-19 sweep of O'Fallon in the title tilt. Edwardsville bested Belleville West 25-23, 25-22 in the third-place match.
The Tigers' lone loss came to Sandburg in the semifinals, 25-9, 25-15. Edwardsville topped Althoff and Duchesne on Friday and Belleville East on Saturday morning to earn the semifinal berth.
EHS is the No. 3 seed in the Lincoln-Way East Sub-Sectional A. The Tigers are cast in the Metro East Lutheran Regional. They play No. 6 MELHS at 6:30 p.m. on May 24. West is rated No. 2 and the highest seed in the regional. O'Fallon is the No. 1 seed and cast in the O'Fallon Regional.