Cavaliers win Triopia Cluster
By Daniel Winningham
It took a baker’s dozen worth of games this season, but Carlinville High School has won consecutive games for the first time all year as it defeated Triopia/Meredosia-Chambersburg/Virginia and Unity at the Triopia Cluster April 13.
Carlinville is now 5-8 overall this season.
“The games on Saturday were a great step in the right direction for us,” CHS coach Logan Ridenour said. “We made a few mistakes over the course of both games, but we were able to overcome them with our bats. I was really happy with the effort displayed by my guys and it was rewarded with two victories.”
In its two games, CHS out-scored its opponents 27-13 and out-hit the teams 28-18.
Also, the Cavaliers were successful on eight stolen base attempts.
CHS scored three runs in the second and third innings to take a 7-0 lead but after allowing five runs in the fourth frame and two in the sixth, the 8-8 contest went to extra innings. Carlinville took the lead for good when Bryce DeSpain launched a two-run homer to left in the top of the eighth inning and held on for the 8-6 victory.
DeSpain finished with a team-high three hits in the game. Carlinville’s Joeb Easterday, Ben Rogers and Brayton Gibbs each had two hits in the win. Easterday drove in three runs. Kris Emmons and DeSpain both drove in two runs vs. the Trojans.
Easterday and Elijah Barber each scored two runs for the Cavaliers, who out-hit Triopia 15-11.
Carlinville was successful on all four of its stolen base attempts.
Eric Pingolt was the starting pitcher and went three 2-3 innings.
Jeffrey Hart pitched one 1-3 innings in relief of Pingolt. He surrendered two runs and walked four batters.
Joe Easterday, who earned the win, faced 14 batters and threw 62 pitches. Easterday went three innings, striking out four and walking three. Easterday allowed two hits and no runs.
Triopia is now 4-8 overall this season.
Carlinville scored multiple runs in five of seven innings on its way to a 17-5 victory over Unity (Mendon) High School April 13.
CHS took an early 2-0 lead with two runs in the top of the first. Single runs by Unity in the first and second innings tied the game. The Cavaliers took control with four runs in the fourth inning, then five more base runners came home in the top of the fifth inning as went on top 11-2. Unity scored three times in the bottom of the fifth to get within 11-5 but CHS added three runs in the sixth and seventh innings to win by 12 runs.
Emmons had three hits and scored three runs, and drove in a team-high five runs. DeSpain, Rogers and Ross Albert each had two hits in the victory. Pingolt scored a team-high four runs.
Carlinville out-hit Unity 13-7. Six of the Cavaliers’ 13 hits were doubles. Emmons and Albert both had two doubles. Just like its opening game against Triopia, the Cavaliers were safe on all four steal attempts.
Emmons started on the mound for CHS. He went two innings, allowing two earned runs and three hits, before he was replaced by Dalton Jamieson. Jamieson, who faced 19 batters, went three innings and earned the victory. He allowed three hits and three earned runs.
Mendon Unity dropped to 0-8 with the loss.
Three upcoming home games
Carlinville is scheduled to travel to Southwestern High School Wednesday afternoon. The result was unavailable by press time. See the April 25 edition of the Macoupin County Enquirer Democrat for coverage.
CHS has home contests Friday, April 19 (vs. East Alton-Wood River); Saturday, April 20 (vs. Greenfield); and Monday, April 22 (vs. Roxana). Each game is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. at the high school field.