‘Toppers take down Cavaliers
By Daniel Winningham
In a final score more reminiscent of a football contest than a baseball game, visiting Hillsboro High School scored multiple runs in three of the first four innings on its way to a 17-3 win over Carlinville High School’s varsity baseball team April 8.
The Hiltoppers tallied three runs in both the first and second innings, scored one run in the third frame and then erupted for 10 runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 17-1 lead.
Carlinville got a single in the bottom of the second and added two more in the bottom of the fifth frame.
Kris Emmons and Marcus Herschelman had the only hits for CHS. Herschelman, Thad Roberts and Ben Rogers scored the Carlinville runs. Herschelman was successful on his two stolen bases attempts while Rogers also stole a base in the home loss.
Joeb Easterday was the starting pitcher for CHS. He went 3 2-3 innings and allowed 12 runs — six earned — on seven hits. Easterday struck out four and walked three and recorded three wild pitches.
Ross Albert and Roberts relieved Easterday. The collective relief pitching effort totaled 1 2-3 innings with five earned runs scored on three hits.
Also April 9 Carlinville’s junior varsity squad shutout Hillsboro 10-0 at Loveless Park.
CHS beats Raymond-Lincolnwood
Carlinville came from behind to defeat the Lancers 6-4 in a non-conference home game April 6. The loss was Raymond’s first of the season. It entered the game with a perfect 7-0 mark.
Facing 24 Raymond batters in five innings, CHS pitcher Dalton Jamieson struck out eight and walked two batters, allowing four earned runs on five hits. Eric Pingolt pitched the final two innings and earned the victory. Pingolt walked two and struck out four of the 10 batters he faced.
Ridenhour said Jamieson, despite not earning the win, threw five solid innings.
“He came out and gave us what we needed, a shot in the arm, and our bats kept going,” Ridenhour said.
When Jamieson left the game, the contest was tied 4-4.
CHS led 3-0 after three innings, and 4-2 after four frames.
In the top of the seventh, the Lancers loaded the bases before Pingolt struck out the final two batters, stranding all three base runners, including the tying run, in scoring position.
Ridenhour was pleased with the team’s effort against the Lancers.
“I think the Raymond game was a culmination of what we’d been working towards,” Ridenhour said. “They just kept working, and refused to lose on Saturday. That’s what we working for all week with those games.”
Roberts hit a two-run home run and added a double, driving in three runs. Roberts’ homer put CHS on top 3-0. Ben Rogers reached base in all three plate appearance as he had two hits and hit by a pitch.
Rogers provided Carlinville’s single run in the fourth inning. After struck by a pitch, Rogers stole second base and moved up on a long outfield flyout. Rogers then scored on a hit from Albert.
Pingolt scored a team-high two runs. CHS broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with an RBI double which drove in Albert, who had reached on a single to lead off the frame. Bryce DeSpain delivered a sacrifice fly which scored Pingolt and made it a 6-4 game.
CHS out-hit the Lancers 12-6. For the contest, Carlinville batters reached base 16 times in 35 plate appearances.
The home win over Raymond snapped a four-game losing streak for CHS.
Similar to the home defeat to Greenville (April 6) and previous road losses at Bunker Hill (April 3) and Gillespie (April 4), the Cavaliers scored first against Raymond. However, unlike those three defeats, the CHS offense responded late in the game help Carlinville earn a victory.
“It was discouraging to see that we lost three games in which we had a lead, and had more than a single run lead for a big chunk of the game and just couldn’t quite hold it,” Ridenhour said.
Comets defeat Cavaliers
For the third straight game Carlinville held an early lead but was unable to hold on for a win as visiting Greenville tallied all seven of its runs in the final four innings for a 7-3 victory, in the process handing CHS its fourth consecutive loss.
The Cavaliers pushed across single runs in the first, third and fourth innings, taking a 3-0 advantage before Greenville’s offense broke through.
The Comets pulled within 3-2 in the fourth, tied the game 3-3 in the fifth, took the lead 6-3 with three-spot in the top of the sixth frame and added an insurance run in the seventh.
Albert walked twice and scored two runs. Easterday had one hit in three at-bats and scored a run. Roberts and Pingolt had the other hits for CHS.
Kris Emmons was the starting pitcher for Carlinville. He went 6 2-3 innings and allowed six earned runs on 11 hits. Emmons struck out six, walked three and hit five batters. Emmons’ record dropped to 1-2 on the season. In a team-high five appearances so far this year, Emmons has thrown 24 1-3 innings, struck out 14 batters and posted a team-low earned run average of 2.88.
Gillespie defeats Carlinville
Carlinville led 2-0 after a half inning and was on top 3-0 through three innings but the host Miners rallied for a 7-3 victory April 4.
Albert finished with two hits, including a double, and scored two runs.
Heschelman, DeSpain, Emmons and Rogers each had a hit for Carlinville. Emmons and Rogers both had doubles. Roberts drove in a run and also scored a run for the Cavaliers. CHS collected six hits in the contest and committed two errors.
Eric Pingolt pitched the entire game for CHS. Pingolt held the Miners scoreless through three innings. In the bottom of the fourth, Gillespie scored three runs to tie the game 3-3. Two innings later, the Miners scored four runs to go in front 7-3. Pingolt allowed seven earned runs on 12 hits, struck out three and walked no one. He hit three Gillespie batters and threw 80 pitches in the loss.
Jake Fredericks was three-for-three at the plate and earned the win on the mound for Gillespie.
The Minutemen pushed across 12 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to win by the 10-run rule.
“Wednesday was disappointing,” Ridenhour said. “We got a good start, then just kind of fell apart, couldn’t hold a lead, then had a total meltdown. Thursday and Friday we played a lot better, but once again, got out to an early lead and couldn’t hold it.”
CHS scored five times in the first inning and went in front by four runs, 7-3, after getting two runs in the top of the third.
Bunker Hill tallied three runs in the second inning and single runs in both the third and fourth innings to pull within 7-5. But the major outburst came in the bottom of the fifth when the home team pushed across 12 runs.
Hart started for CHS. He pitched four innings and allowed four earned runs on two hits. Hart walked five and struck out five batters. He also hit two Bunker Hill batters.
Ross Albert relieved Hart. Seven of the eight batters he faced scored. After one-third of an inning, Albert was replaced by Emmons, who allowed five unearned runs in one-third of an inning.
Offensively, DeSpain had three RBIs on a double in the first inning. Roberts and Rogers also drove in runs for Carlinville.
North Mac April 9
Carlinville traveled to North Mac April 9. A game recap will be a part of the April 18 Macoupin County Enquirer~Democrat.
CHS also takes part in the Triopia Cluster along with Mendon Unity in Concord April 13.