birds beat shells; Lancers sweep Panthers - petsitterbank

birds beat shells; Lancers sweep Panthers

The Roxana Shells were able to match the Southwestern Piasa Birds hit for hit Friday afternoon at Roxana Park.

Runs were more difficult to produce for the Shells.

The Birds struck for three runs in the first inning and never trailed in a 7-2 nonconference baseball victory over the Shells. Southwestern is 3-2. Roxana, in its first season as a Cahokia Conference member after leaving the South Central, is 1-3.

Cale Schuchman went all seven innings to earn the win for the Birds. He scattered 11 hits, allowing two runs and walking one with four strikeouts. Hank Bouillon drove in three runs and joined Gavin Day and Aaron Frost with two hits apiece for Southwestern.

Roxana’s 11-hit offense included three hits each from Aidan Briggs and Eli Thies. Jackson Harris added two hits for the Shells, with Briggs and Bryson Presley both driving in a run in Roxana’s two-run third inning. Shells starter Jon Webb pitched five innings and was hit with the loss, with Thies working the final two innings.

Cordova (Tenn.) Evangelical 10, Civic Memorial 0 – Evangelical scored two runs in each of the first four innings to build an eight-run lead before ending it with two more runs in the sixth inning on CM’s opening night in Memphis. The Eagles from Cordova improve to 4-0. The Eagles from Bethalto are 0-4. Bryer Arview had two of CM’s four hits.

Belleville East sweeps Jersey – The Panthers’ best start in 25 years came to a halt with the Lancers taking both games of a doubleheader, 14-0 in five innings and 6-2, at Ken Schell Field in Jerseyville. East is 4-1. Jersey is 5-2.

The Lancers drew off from a 2-0 lead with five runs in the third inning and six runs in the fourth to shorten the first game. East’s Dylan Mannino threw a five-inning one-hitter, striking out seven and working around five walks. East got home runs from Ean DiPasquale and Sammy Ritter in a 15-hit attack that included eight extra-base hits.

Ethan Klunk had the lone hit for the Panthers. Jersey used three pitchers with starter Garret Smith working three innings and taking the loss.

In the second game, the Panthers plated single runs in the first and second innings to lead 2-0 before East answered with five-run innings in both the third and fourth. East clubbed three more homers, with Clayton Boze, Patrick Mendiola and Ritter all going deep. Four Lancers pitchers combined to strike out 13 Panthers, with DiPasquale getting the win.

John Higgins homered for Jersey, which rapped out 10 hits. Austin Hayes had two RBI and matched Trenton Decker and Higgins with two hits. Jersey used four more pitchers in the second game, with Drake Goetten giving five runs in three innings for the loss.

12 Breese Central, Staunton 2 – The Cougars busted open a 2-1 lead with eight runs in the fourth inning and beat the Bulldogs in five innings at Breese. Central is 3-0. Staunton is 1-3.

Luke Meyer had two of the Bulldogs’ three hits and drove in a run. Meyer also pitched 3 1/3 innings, giving eight runs (two earned) on four hits, two walks and two strikeouts.

Central’s Landon Geragosian threw 4 1/3 innings for the win, allowing two runs on two hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. Geragosian had three RBI and Dalton Boruff added two hits and two RBI for the Cougars.

Father McGivney 11, Gillespie 3 – The Griffins stopped a three-game losing streak by beating the Miners in Gillespie. McGivney is 2-3. Gillespie is 2-2.

Gabe Smith struck out 10 and walked one in 4 2/3 innings for the win. He yielded three runs on four hits before Clayton Hopfinger closed with 2 1/3 hitless innings. He struck out five and walked four. Daniel Gierer was a homer short of the cycle for the Griffins, with a double and triple and four RBI. Mason Holmes also had three hits, with Jackson Rodgers chipping in two hits for McGivney.

Tristen Wargo had two of the Miners’ four hits. Kamryn Link was tagged with the loss, giving seven runs (six earned) on five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. Zach Reiniesch finished on the mound for Gillespie.


Marquette Catholic splits – Belleville East’s JV team defeated the Explorers 25-20, 25-21 before Marquette salvaged a Belleville split by beating West 25-23, 25-19 at the Belleville East Tournament. The explorers are 2-2.

Brody Hendricks had eight kills and six blocks in Marquette’s win over the Maroons, with Ryan DeClue adding six kills and 11 digs, Will Schwartz making 13 digs, Nick Trefny serving for 12 points and Max Cogan finishing with six service points and 11 digs.

Alton 0-2 at East Tourney – The Redbirds’ record fell to 0-3 with a pair of defeats at the Belleville East Tourney. The host Lancers swept Alton 25-17, 25-11 and Father McGivney swept the Redbirds 25-16, 25-20.

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