Prep Tuesday: Cavies return to regional championship game
CARLINVILLE (May 9, 2018) – Gillespie girls’ soccer coach Robin Niemeyer was trying to encourage her players during Tuesday’s IHSA Carlinville Regional semifinal.
But alas, there was too much firepower from the Cavaliers in a 6-0 victory at Loveless Park.
Carlinville (14-2-1) will face Litchfield (9-7-1) in Friday’s 5 p.m. regional final. The Purple Panthers are coached by Carlinville graduate Dominique Byots. Litchfield edged Auburn 3-2 in Tuesday’s other regional semifinal.
The Cavaliers won 2-0 at Litchfield late in the regular season.
Carlinville had beaten Gillespie 9-0 late in the season behind a first half explosion of goals, as all nine goals were scored in the first 40 minutes.
This time, Carlinville would get four goals in the first half.
Rory Drew scored an unassisted goal to open the scoring, moving down the right side of the field and into the penalty box area, where she shot one past Gillespie goalie Brittany Neverdowski. That came at the 6:26 mark.
Nearly five minutes later, at 11:11, Lexi Egelhoff assisted on a goal by Skylar Nickel to make it a 2-0 Cavaliers lead.
Then it was the long range accuracy of senior Taylor Wills which took over, scoring a pair of goals from beyond the 18-yard line.
The first was unassisted at 18:47 and made it 3-0.
At the 32-minute mark, Wills used a bit of finesse, launching a kick into the right corner of the net to make it a 4-0 Cavalier advantage.
Carlinville scored twice in the second half, on an unassisted goal by Gabby Marchiori at 50:35 and later on a goal by Isabelle Stoops to cap the scoring.
Carlinville outshot Gillespie 18-4, and had nine corner kicks in the game for none for the Miners.
Gillespie had two fouls to the Cavaliers one foul. Sarah DeNeve made four saves for the Cavaliers in goal.
The Miners finish 4-13-3 on the season.
Elsewhere in regional play, Staunton beat Southwestern 2-1 at the Hillsboro Regional, while the host Hiltoppers shutout Greenville 5-0.
Carlinville 11, Hardin Calhoun 8
CARLINVILLE – The host Cavaliers celebrated Senior Night, then celebrated their sixth straight win by holding off the Warriors Tuesday night.
Calhoun led 3-0 before a five-run third inning gave Carlinville (11-7) the lead at 5-3.
Josh Hinzman doubled and Aidan Naugle walked. Tucker Hughes was hit by a pitch.
Kyle Dixon then drove home two runs with a double, and Jake Ambuel added an RBI-single, scoring on a Colton DeLong single to make it 5-3.
Calhoun countered with a five-run fourth inning to take an 8-5 lead.
Carlinville got a run back in the fourth on a sacrifice fly RBI by Hughes, scoring Andrew DeNeve.
In the fifth, four more runs for the Cavaliers included a leadoff home run by Dixon.
A walk followed to Ambuel and DeLong reached on an error. Havlin and Naugle both had RBI-singles and a wild pitch would score Garrett Campbell to make it 10-8 Carlinville.
The Cavies tacked on a sixth inning run on a triple by Ambuel with one out and an RBI-single by DeLong.
Campbell started on the mound, throwing three and a third innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs, five earned with two strikeouts. DeLong pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowing six hits, one run, one walk with two strikeouts.
Hinzman picked up the win with three shutout innings, allowing one hit while striking out three.
Hughes had a run and RBI; Dixon had a double, home run, two runs and three RBIs; Ambuel had a triple, single, three runs and two RBIs; DeLong had two singles, a run and two RBIs; Campbell had a run scored; Havlin had a single and RBI; DeNeve had a run scored; Hinzman had a double and run and Naugle had two hits, a run and RBI.
Jonny Laing and Conner Gilman both had two hits and two RBIs for Calhoun. Chandler Sievers had three hits and Grant Gilman had a double and single.
Marquette 7, Staunton 3
At Alton, the Bulldogs suffered a 7-3 loss to the Explorers on Tuesday.
Marquette scored two runs in the second and fourth innings and three runs in the fifth.
Devin Ray had two RBIs and three hits for Staunton (18-3).
Bunker Hill 6, Brussels 5
BUNKER HILL – The Minutemen got their fourth win of the season by holding off Brussels Tuesday night.
Bunker Hill rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh for a walkoff win.
Leading 4-1, the Bunker Hill team then fell behind 5-4 as Brussels scored four runs in the fifth, leading to the dramatic conclusion.
Evan Morris and Skylar Strohmeier both had two hits and scored a run for Bunker Hill. Jacob Bassett and Andrew Scroggins had RBIs for the Minutemen (4-8).
AJ Birdsong got the win in relief, striking out two and allowing just one hit over two and two thirds innings. Coy Sellars struck out nine in four and a third innings.
Pleasant Plains 10, North Mac 0
PLEASANT PLAINS – A six-run fourth opened things up as Pleasant Plains took a Sangamo Conference win from North Mac.
The Panthers were no-hit by Bryant Williams and Cam Furbeck in the contest.
Southwestern 2, EAWR 1
EAST ALTON – Southwestern broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the seventh in a 2-1 win at East Alton-Wood River Tuesday night.
Both teams had scored a run in the fifth inning.
Luke Golike and Kyler Seyfried both had two hits for Southwestern. Jack Little added a double.
Eddie Bolin pitched the first five and two-third innings, striking out six. Jacob Fryman got the win in relief, striking out one.
Calhoun 1, Carlinville 0
CARLINVILLE – A first-inning run held up as Hardin-Calhoun shutout Carlinville Tuesday, spoiling Senior Night for the Cavaliers.
Carlinville is now 11-8 on the season.
Sydney Baalman struck out 14 in pitching a no-hitter, as the only runner to reach base was Kayla Seal on an error.
Calhoun’s run scored as Emily Baalman reached on an error and scored on S.Baalman’s RBI-single in the first inning.
Alyssa DeSpain took the tough loss, striking out nine, walking two and allowing just four hits to the Warriors.
S.Baalman struck out the first eight hitters she faced and nine of the first 10.
Pleasant Plains 16, North Mac 1
PLEASANT PLAINS – The host Cardinals rolled past North Mac in softball action on Tuesday.
North Mac’s lone run came in the fourth on a triple by Gatlyn Etter. She would score on an RBI by Lili Mullen.
East Alton-WR 6, Southwestern 5
EAST ALTON – A rare loss for the Piasa Birds softball team as they suffered a walkoff loss to East Alton-Wood River Tuesday night.
It was a see-saw affair which saw the Oilers lead 2-0, then fall behind 3-2 before regaining a 5-3 advantage heading to the seventh.
Southwestern (20-6) scored twice to tie it, but EAWR got the game winner in the bottom of the seventh.
Natalie Keith homered, singled and drove in three for Southwestern. Mayci Wilderman, Molly Novack and Haley Edwards added two hits each.