Regional champs: Three area teams make regional titles
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Gillespie’s baseball team had to rally to stay alive in the Belleville Althoff baseball regional last Wednesday, beating the East Alton-Wood River Oilers in a 10-9 decision.
The win sent Gillespie to Monday’s regional final.
The Miners struck for five runs in the second and led 6-1. EAWR came back with four runs in the third, and four in the fifth to take a 9-6 lead on the Miners.
Gillespie tied it with three runs in the sixth, then won it in the seventh.
Tate Wargo had two hits and two RBIs; Joey Carter had a single, double, run and RBI; Nick Jarman three hits, two runs, RBI; Rylee Bernot single, double, run, two RBIs; Daniel Dobrino two hits, run, two RBIs and Nick Wyatt two RBIs.
Wargo picked up the win in relief, allowing one run on four hits over two and two-third innings.
Staunton 10, Wesclin 6
At Trenton, Ryan Best hit a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the seventh as Staunton avoided elimination by beating the host Warriors.
Best finished with a single, double, homer and six RBIs for Staunton.
Wesclin took a 6-1 lead in the fourth inning. Staunton tied it with three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth before the dramatic finish.
Marcus Karl had two singles, a double and an RBI. Eric Hasquin and Ryan Billings had two runs each for Staunton.
Devin Ray struck out five over three and two-third innings to get the win for the Bulldogs.
Southwestern 15, Hillsboro 8
At Trenton, the Piasa Birds defeated Hillsboro in a regional semifinal contest, rallying from a 6-0 deficit.
Hillsboro led 6-0 in the third inning. The Piasa Birds then scored 15 unanswered, including a nine-run fifth inning which gave them the lead.
Ben Lowis homered, singled and drove in two runs; Collin Baumgartner had three doubles, two runs and four RBIs; Brock Seymour had four hits, two runs and three RBIs; Eddie Bolin had two hits and two runs; Luke Golike two hits and two RBIs and Troy Evans two singles, double, two runs.
Baumgartner allowed one hit and struck out six over three innings to pick up the win.
Bunker Hill 12, Okawville 1
At Marissa, the Minutemen advanced to the regional championship by defeating Okawville Wednesday.
The Minutemen scored three runs in the first, six runs in the second and three runs in the third inning.
Ben Kahl had a double and triple; Stormy Coffman and a double, triple and three runs and Elijah Dannenbrink had three hits.
Braden Morris and Sean Yates also had two hits each. Morris and Chase Williams scored two runs each.
Coffman got the win, allowing three hits, while striking out six.
Nokomis 10, Greenfield 0
At Carrollton, the Greenfield/Northwestern Tigers were defeated Thursday in a regional semifinal by Nokomis.
The Redskins scored four runs in the second and fourth innings, and two runs in the third.
GFNW was held hitless by the Reskin pitcher.
Mt. Olive 6, New Athens 2
At Valmeyer, the Wildcats advanced to the regional final by defeating New Athens Thursday afternoon.
Leading 1-0, Mt. Olive got four runs in the fourth. Both teams scored twice in the fifth inning. Andrew Jones had two hits, an run and RBI; while Jonny Darrah had a double, run and RBI. Bryce Parish had a double, single and run scored; and Caden Monke had a single, double and two runs scored.
Jones struck out seven over seven innings, allowing six hits to get the victory for Mt. Olive.
Marquette 6, Gillespie 5
At Belleville Althoff, a three-run seventh led to a shocking conclusion to the Miners season, as Marquette rallied to win the regional title.
Gillespie led 4-2 in the third and 5-3 after five innings before a late rally ended Gillespie’s season.
Wargo, Carter, Bernot and Adam Boeck all had two hits. Boeck had two RBIs and Wargo scored two runs.
Wargo threw six innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out six but got a no decision.
Southwestern 4, Staunton 0
At Trenton, the Piasa Birds won a regional title by defeating county rival Staunton in the final.
Southwestern scored twice in the first and two runs in the third inning.
Baumgartner pitched a three-hitter, striking out 17 in a dominating performance.
Ray lasted two and a third innings, striking out five and allowing two earned runs of four issued.
Seymour doubled, singled and scored a run. Baumgartner drove home two runs and Luke Golike scored two runs.
Griffin Bianco, Cullen McBride and Blaine Bloemker had hits for Staunton.
Southwestern plays Wednesday at Vandalia against Breese Central at 6:30 p.m.
Bunker Hill 2, Marissa 1
At Marissa, the Minutemen won a regional title in Class 1A by edging the Marissa/Coulterville Meteors on Monday afternoon.
Bunker Hill will now play Wednesday at Greenville College against Carrollton at 4:30 p.m.
The Minutemen scored a run in the first and fourth innings, while the Meteors scored in the seventh.
Stormy Coffman struck out 11 and pitched a four-hitter for the Minutemen. Braden Morris and Dane Sellars had the lone hits for Bunker Hill.
Brussels 8, Mt. Olive 5
At White Hall, Mt. Olive’s season ended with an 8-5 setback to Brussels on Wednesday.
Brussels opened a 4-0 lead after two innings. Each team scored two runs each in the third and fourth innings.
Courtney Kernich had a double, run and two RBIs; Jill Niehaus had a single, double and two RBIs; and Rachael Kernich had two hits and an run. Madison Bollman had two hits.
Kernich struck out five and walked four, allowing five hits but took the loss.
North Mac 5, Auburn 2
At Auburn, the Panthers scored four runs in the fourth to defeat Auburn Wednesday at the Auburn Regional.
Sydney Baines and Kylie Nerone both had two hits for North Mac, with Baines scoring twice. Erica Thoron, Gabby Mauzy and Macy Wellhausen had RBIs.
Hannah Tomasko struck out 14 for the Panthers in getting the win.
Gillespie 3, Hillsboro 1
At Gillespie, the Miners held off Hillsboro to win their own regional on Monday afternoon.
Hillsboro scored in the first inning as Kate Schaake singled, scoring on a double by Hanner.
The Miners got two runs in the fourth inning, including a bases loaded walk to Lexie Bussman. Addison Bryant drove in a run in the sixth inning for insurance with a single to right field.
Rylee Sarti had two hits, as did Rylee Jarman. Ally Clay had a double.
Bryant struck out seven for the Miners, who will play Tuesday at the Williamsville Sectional against Buffalo Tri-City.
Williamsville 10, North Mac 0
At Auburn, Williamsville shutout North Mac behind a no-hitter by Payton Long to win the regional.
The Bullets had three runs in the first, four in the third and three in the fourth inning.
Hannah Tomasko struck out three for the Panthers. Long struck out 12 for the Bullets.