Cavies hold on to beat EAWR, 6-3
Down 6-0 in the seventh inning, East Alton-Wood River was within one base runner of bringing the tying run to the plate Wednesday evening.
But senior pitcher Baylee Hughes threw a change up which froze fellow pitcher Morgan Moxey, and the Cavies held on for a 6-3 non-conference home win.
Carlinville improved their record to 14-7 overall. The Cavies opened the first inning with two runs.
With one on, one out, Alyssa DeSpain hit a ball to short in which she appeared to be out, but was ruled safe.
Sydney Cania walked to load the bases, and then Natalie Kaganich delivered a two-run single to center field. They would strand the bases loaded against Moxey in the first.
Carlinville came right back with two more runs in the second inning. Hannah Wilton reached on an infield single and Emma Griffith reached with a sacrifice bunt and throwing error. Another error on a pop up to the right side of the infield, with wind causing havoc, was dropped and loaded the bases for the Cavies.
DeSpain reached on an infield single to plate a run, and Cania then drove in a run on a ground out to make it 4-0.
Hughes cruised through the middle portion of the game, retiring 10 straight at one point before a two-out single in the sixth inning.
Carlinville tacked on two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs, Wilton walked and stole second. Griffith singled in Wilton to make it 5-0. Courtesy runner Allie Jenkins scored on an error to make it 6-0.
All appeared well heading to the seventh, but the Oilers got a second wind.
Courtney Beneke, who hit what would have been a home run earlier in the game only to have it knocked down by the wind, doubled to start the inning.
Heather Martin then homered through the wind, over the left field wall to make it 6-2.
Hughes recovered to get the next two outs, including catching a line drive back at her off the bat of Ashley Knight.
Shewmake walked and Peyton Young singled. A wild pitch made it 6-3 before the changeup pitch struck out Moxey to end the game.
Hughes allowed six hits and three runs, with two walks and eight strikeouts over seven innings.
Offensively, DeSpain had three hits, a run and RBI; Kaganich drove in two runs; Wilton had two hits and scored twice; and Griffith had a hit, run and RBI.
Roxana 10, Carlinville 3
At Roxana, the Shells scored seven second inning runs and won their third straight after a long losing streak.
Carlinville slipped to 14-8 on the season.
North Mac 4, Bunker Hill 0
At Bunker Hill, Hannah Tomasko threw a three-hit shutout and the Panthers toppled the Minutemaids Wednesday afternoon.
North Mac (14-6) scored a single run in the second, two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth inning.
Sydney Baines had two RBIs for the Panthers, while Lauren Mulacek had two hits.
Sydney Gresham pitched six innings, striking out four and allowing five hits for the Minutemaids (7-12).
Gillespie 11, Carrollton 0
At Carrollton, Addison Bryant threw a no-hitter, striking out 15 as the Miners blanked the Hawks.
Gillespie (24-3) scored in all innings except the third.
Beth Fields returned to duty, hitting three doubles among her four hits, and driving in four runs. Mackenzie Kasarda homered, doubled, singled, scored twice and had two RBIs. Bryant doubled, singled, scored twice and drove in a run.
Mt. Olive 21-12, Edinburg 3-5
At Edinburg, the Wildcats swept a doubleheader from Edinburg in Wednesday, scoring 33 runs in two wins.
Mt. Olive won the first game 21-3 behind nine runs in the second and nine more in the third inning.
Jill Niehaus homered twice, scored four runs and drove in six runs. Brianna Henke had a double, two singles, two runs and two RBIs. Courtney Kernich had a pair of doubles, a pair of singles, three runs and two RBIs. Lindsey Strohbeck doubled and drove in three runs, while MaKenzy Sorsen had two hits and two RBIs.
Rachel Kernich struck out five and walked two, pitching a four-hitter with no earned runs.
In the second game, Mt. Olive used a seven-run third inning and won by that same margin, 12-5.
Niehaus ha d a double and three RBIs, while Sorsen hit two doubles and drove in four runs. Madison Bollman also doubled and drove in two runs.
Strohbeck got the win, striking out 11 and allowing six hits with five runs, three earned, over six innings.
Staunton 3, Litchfield 2
At Staunton, the Bulldogs eked out a non-conference win at home, breaking a 2-2 tie with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Delissa Dennison pitched a three-hitter, striking out nine to get the win. Emily Redeker doubled, scored a run and drove in a run. Grace Nichols and Maddie Nichols also had RBIs for Staunton (18-3).
Greenfield/NW 12. Edinburg 4
At Greenfield, Megan Jones, Taylor Schramm and Alexa Heavner all drove in three runs as the Tigers defeated Edinburg.
Edinburg got three runs in the first but was countered by four by the Tigers. It was 5-4 heading to the fifth when Greenfield/NW scored six times to pull away.
Jones went three for five with three RBIs. Macy Walker scored three runs. Katelyn Heavner had a double and two runs.
Gillespie 12, Southwestern 0
At Piasa, the Miners inched closer to a conference title, at least a share of it, but beating Southwestern Friday afternoon.
Bryant struck out nine in pitching a four-hitter.
Sarti had four hits, including a double and home run, scored three times and drove in four runs to lead the Miners (25-3) offense. Rylee Jarman had two hits, two runs and two RBIs; Sydney Henrichs had two RBIs, while Ally Clay had two hits.
Civic Memorial 4, Staunton 3
At Staunton, the Eagles broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning to push past the Bulldogs Friday afternoon.
Staunton (18-4) trailed the whole game until tying it with two runs in the sixth.
Redeker had two RBIs, while Maddie Nichols had two hits. Delissa Dennison struck out 12 and allowed two earned runs but took the loss.
Tri-City 8, Mt. Olive 1
At Mt. Olive, the Tornadoes took early control and rolled to an MSM Conference win Friday afternoon.
Darrian Roberts drove home the only run. Niehaus had a double and C.Kernich a triple.
North Mac 5, Athens 1
At Virden, Cailynn Martin homered and scored twice as the Panthers downed the Warriors.
Hannah Tomasko struck out 15 to get the win with a three-hitter.