EA-WR 14, MOUNT OLIVE 13 — The Oilers maintained their Prairie State Conference championship aspirations with Friday's victory at home. EA-WR was trailing 12-4 entering the fifth inning and clawed back to steal the big conference win.
Senior Blake Marks catapulted the Oilers ahead for good with a sixth-inning homer. For the game, Marks was 2-for-2 with the home run, a double and two RBIs. He also picked up the win on the hill, tossing two innings of scoreless relief, while striking out four.
Zach Wells and Tyler Hamby both had three hits in the win. Blake Weishaupt and Cody Blacklock chipped in with two hits apiece, while Weishaupt drove in a team-high four runs.
The Oilers are now 13-18 on the season and 3-1 in the PSC.
They open the Class 2A Althoff Regional at 3:45 p.m. today at rival Roxana in a play-in game. Unfortunately due to rainouts, they will finish up PSC play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at home against Bunker Hill with a shot to win the conference championship.
EDWARDSVILLE 11, JERSEY 1, FIVE INNINGS — Edwardsville head coach Tim Funkhouser reached a hefty milestone Saturday in the Tiger win at Jerseyville — win No. 600.
Funkhouser ran his career coaching record to 600-169 with the short-game victory. EHS improved to 26-5 on the season.
Funkhouser, an alumnus of Edwardsville, has guided his Tigers since 1999. Prior to that he directed the Triad baseball program for three seasons.
On Saturday, it was Tyler Stamer highlighting the day and assisting his coach reach the benchmark win. Stamer had two hits, including a three-run blast in the fourth inning, to go with four RBIs.
Collin Clayton, Jake Garella and Joel Quirin joined him with two hits apiece, while Cole Hansel matched Stamer with four RBIs.
Garella earned the win on the hill, while Jordan Yenne contributed two innings of scoreless relief.
BELLEVILLE WEST 9, ALTON 4, NINE INNINGS — Alton lost a heartbreaker on Friday at home, surrendering five runs to the Maroons in the top of the ninth inning. The Redbirds slipped to 20-10 and 6-5 in the Southwestern Conference with the defeat.
Aaron Bonnell homered and drove in two in the loss for AHS, while Robbie Taul, Steven Nguyen and Jacob Kanallakan had a team-best two hits apiece.
Jacob St. Peters threw five innings in his start, with Gary Volz, Max Hunter and Devin Colley all pitching in relief. Colley was saddled with the loss on the hill.
ROXANA 4, MARQUETTE 3, EIGHT INNINGS; ROXANA 13, PLEASANT PLAINS 12 — Roxana closed the regular season with a four-game winning streak and sits at 14-17 entering the Class 2A Althoff Regional play-in game with Roxana at 3:45 p.m. today.
The Shells had to do some fighting to earn the win over the Explorers on Friday, winning in walk-off fashion in the eighth inning.
Logan Presley had two hits, while Trace Gentry and Adam Moore each had an RBI to lead Roxana past Marquette. Chance Foss pocketed the win on the hill, coming on in relief. The Shells used four pitchers in the game, including starter Tanner Davis.
Marquette's Mike Neel was tagged with the loss after relieving starter Liam Maher. Maher and Neel also paced the offense with two hits each. Maher smacked a triple and had two RBIs.
The Explorers sank to 13-14 with the loss, their second to Roxana this season.
The Shells continued their winning ways on Saturday at Pleasant Plains.
An eight-run seventh inning saved Roxana in the game, which trailed 12-5 entering the do-or die frame.
Gentry and Blake Vandiver both had three hits to stir the offense. Vandiver drove in a game-high four runs to boot. Davis and Sam Mosby each supplied two hits in the win.
Mosby got the win on the mound, while Foss picked up the save.
CM 4, TRIAD 0 — The Eagles blanked rival Triad to move to 16-12-1 overall and 4-3 in the Mississippi Valley Conference on Saturday at the Bethalto Sports Complex.
Collin Hall had two hits to lead CM's eight-hit attack. Hall also garnered the shutout victory on the hill, going the distance, fanning six, walking none and scattering five hits.
SPRINGFIELD 7, GRANITE CITY 0; SPRINGFIELD 9, GRANITE CITY 3, 12 INNINGS — The woes continued for the Warriors, which dipped to 4-27 with two losses at Babe Champion Field on Saturday. They have now dropped eight in a row.
Tyler Wheatley suffered the loss in the first game of the doubleheader, while Clay Caldwell paced the offense with two of the team's three hits.
The second game Granite City pushed Springfield to the limit, but ultimately fell in 12 innings. Springfield broke it open with six runs in the top of the 12th to snap a 3-3 tie. It was the first runs for Springfield since the first inning.
Jordan James and Gabe Jarman each had two hits to guide the offense in the tough-luck loss.
BELLEVILLE EAST 4, ALTON 2; ALTON 12, SOUTHWESTERN 2, SIX INNINGS; ALTON 11, CARROLLTON 1, SIX INNINGS — The Birds are now 20-7 overall and 8-4 in the Southwestern Conference after going 2-1 in three games on Friday and Saturday.
Alton played host to Belleville East in a SWC showdown Friday. The Lancers carried a 1-0 lead into the seventh before tacking on three insurance runs. The Redbirds responded with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn't enough to steal the victory.
Rachel McCoy had two hits in the contest to lead the offense. Brittany Roady absorbed the loss in the circle. She scattered nine hits over seven innings, fanning three, walking none and surrendering four runs, three earned.
Alton rebounded with two wins Saturday in its cluster tournament. The Redbirds opened with a win over the Piasa Birds.
Tami Wong was 4-for-4 and Savannah Fisher had two hits — including a triple — and four RBIs to steer the offensive attack.
Roady earned the win in the circle.
Against Carrollton, Katelyn Presley directed the bats with three hits, while Fisher had two more hits and four more RBIs. Presley and Tomi Dublo each had triples in the win.
Roady got the win again in the circle, while Fisher supplied an inning of scoreless relief.
BRUSSELS 8, MARQUETTE 5; GIBAULT 5, MARQUETTE 4 — Marquette plummeted to 5-16 on the season with the pair of losses on Friday and Saturday.
Against Brussels, the Explorers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Raiders responded to tie it 2-2 in the bottom of the inning. A five-run third highlighted the day for Brussels in the win.
Emma Taylor, Grace Frost and Miranda Schroeder each had two hits to pace Marquette. Schroeder led the way with two RBIs.
Cayli Shinstock took the loss in the circle.
On Saturday, the Explorers kept it a little tighter against the Hawks, but ultimately lost by one run.
Sam Harshbarger and Melissa Lurkins paced the bats with two hits apiece.
Shinstock was saddled with the loss again for Marquette.
MELHS 7, VALMEYER 2 — The Knights ran their record to 5-18 with Saturday's win.
MELHS scored twice in the first, three times in the second and twice more in the fourth to build a 7-0 advantage before surrendering a couple of runs late.
The Knights draw Valmeyer again to open the Class 1A Lebanon Regional at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
JERSEY 4, ROXANA 0 — The Shells slipped to 12-20 with Friday's loss. It snapped their three-game winning streak.
Roxana opens the postseason at 3:30 p.m. today in the Class 2A Southwestern Regional play-in game in Piasa.