Prep Tuesday: Blackburn ball teams finish seasons
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CARLINVILLE – Blackburn baseball and softball teams concluded the season with home conference games Tuesday.
The Beavers lost a pair on the baseball diamond to Fontbonne, 6-0 and 11-0. They finish with a 7-31 overall record.
In the first game, Fontbonne scored single runs in the first, third and fifth innings, and three runs in the fourth. The Beavers committed four errors leading to three unearned runs.
Sammy Gordon struck out two and walked two in pitching a complete game for Blackburn.
Luke Summers was a bit better though, striking out six and pitching a five-hit shutout for Fontbonne.
Tyler Durand and A.J. Gill both had two hits for Blackburn.
In the nightcap, an 11-0 win for Fontbonne, the Griffins took the lead in the second inning and never looked back, scoring multiple runs in four different innings.
Gill, Brady Wilkinson and Ramon Rios had hits for Blackburn, with Rios’ a double.
Wilkinson took the loss pitching seven innings.
CARLINVILLE – Blackburn’s softball team won three of its final four games, finishing 13-19 overall after splitting a doubleheader at home Tuesday.
Against Spalding, game one went to the visitors 13-10 behind a nine-run fifth inning.
Hannah Goett homered and had four hits total for Blackburn, while Jordan Wood was three for four; Bobbi Morris three for four and Nikki Ridgeway three for five.
In game two, Spalding led 6-1 in the third, but a six-run fifth pushed Blackburn ahead briefly at 10-6.
Spalding responded with a five-run sixth to take an 11-10 lead, but Blackburn won it with two in the bottom of the seventh.
Jensen Ballinger picked up the win for the Beavers, who outhit Spalding 16-14.
Goett went four for five with two doubles and Lexie Yockey was three for four.
High School Baseball
Hillsboro 4, Staunton 3
At Hillsboro, the Hiltoppers edged the Bulldogs behind a three-run fifth inning in a makeup non-conference game Tuesday afternoon.
Cullen McBride had three hits for Staunton, while Devin Ray had two hits and an RBI and Nick Yates added two hits. Ryan Billings struck out four but took the tough loss.
Riverton 8, North Mac 6
At Riverton, the Hawks held off the Panthers after a wild first two innings.
Riverton led 4-0 after one inning, but North Mac scored five runs in the second to go ahead at 5-4. The Hawks countered with a three-run second and it was 7-5. Both teams scored one run each over the last five innings.
Matt Huffman had a two-run single for North Mac.
Gillespie 4, Nokomis 1
At Gillespie, the Miners rallied with a run in the fifth and three in the sixth to down the Redskins on Tuesday.
Rylee Bernot had a double and two RBIs for Gillespie, while Trent Seguarra singled and doubled, scoring a run and driving in a run. Nick Wyatt added two hits and a run scored.
Brown County 22, Greenfield/NW 1
At Mt. Sterling, the Hornets scored 18 runs in the first inning of their big conference win over Greenfield/Northwestern on Tuesday afternoon.
Cole Arnett singled and scored the lone run for GFNW. Matt Walker and Devin Chaudoin added hits for the Tigers.
Staunton 14, Greenville 2
At Greenville, the Bulldogs scored in five of the seven innings in beating the Comets Tuesday in a conference contest.
Staunton scored four runs in the first and second, two in the third, a run in the sixth and three runs in the seventh.
Marcy McCalla homered, singled, scored four runs and drove in two for Staunton. Grace Nichols had a single, two doubles and three RBIs, and Natalie Gusewelle had three hits, three runs and three RBIs. Savannah Welch added two doubles and an RBI.
Nichols struck out eight and pitched a three-hitter for the Bulldogs in the circle.
Southwestern 11, Vandalia 1
At Vandalia, the Birds scored five runs in the third in coasting past host Vandalia Tuesday.
Molly Novack homered for the second straight game, driving in two and scoring twice. Mallory Novack doubled, scored twice and drove in two runs. Rachel Watson had two hits and two runs scored. Bailee Sorgea scored three times.
Bailey Nixon and Abby Stormer combined on a four-hitter, striking out seven.
Riverton 3, North Mac 2
At Riverton, the Hawks broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the fifth and edged North Mac in a Sangamo Conference game Tuesday.
Sydney Baines had two hits, a run and RBI, while Cailynn Martin had two singles, a double and an RBI for North Mac.
Mac Payne had a double and drove in all three runs for Riverton. Hannah Tomasko struck out nine for the Panthers and allowed just four hits in the tough loss.