Saturday proved to be a day of manufacturing offense and squeaking out wins for the Belleville West baseball team.
Down 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning against Moline, Belleville West pushed across three runs to escape with a 4-3 victory.
In a 2-0 win over Triad, the Maroons (7-1) scored two runs in the fifth inning on a wild throw home from second base in a game that saw them manage only one hit.
Against Moline, West got a two-run single in the seventh by Nick Van Osdale to tie it and Aaron Meyer won the game with a one-out RBI single.
"The bottom of our order came through, they got on base and gave us a chance," West coach Lee Meyer said.
Adam Bauer also had an RBI double in the first inning after Aaron Meyer had tripled.
Sophomore Jacob Wilson got the pitching win in relief of starter Aaron Meyer, working 2 2/3 scoreless innings and allowing one hit while striking out four.
In the decisive seventh inning for west, Donnie Foster was hit by a pitch with one out and Brendan Saak reached on an error. The runners moved to second and third on a wild pitch and Cory Renois reached safely to load the bases before being replaced by pinch-runner Shawn Cable.
Van Osdale followed with a two-run single to tie it before Meyer ended the game with an RBI hit to left field.
"We executed really well today in both games," Coach Meyer said. "Our kids are pretty resilient right now, they're finding ways to win. It's a pretty hard-working group with some things going our way but to be honest with you, we're not hitting very well.
"We're getting some timely hits, but our guys that are good hitters right now aren't hitting very well."
Shut down most of the way against Triad by senior Lucas Infanti, the Maroons rallied for two runs in the fifth. A walk and a bunt single by Ethan Lewis got things rolling, with Chris Bernosky's sacrifice bunt moving the runners to second and third.
Two runs scored on the wild throw home from second base.
Saak shut out Triad for 5 1/3 innings, with Parker Beine taking over from there to pick up the save.
Lucas Criley went 2-for-3 for Triad while Infanti took the loss, allowing two hits in six innings of work while striking out four.
Triad (4-2) dropped its other game 5-1 to Moline.
* Althoff (3-3) split a doubleheader with Red Bud, winning 10-0 and losing 5-1 with Sam Haudrich was 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs in the victory.
Althoff's Bryce Richter was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and also held Red Bud to two hits in six innings, striking out 10. Atlee Champion was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and Grant Strieker had two RBIs.
* After Kaneland scored a run in the top of the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie, O'Fallon (6-4) scored twice in the bottom of the frame to pull out a 4-3 victory. Blake Deatherage was 2-for-4 with an RBI and also got the win on the mound for O'Fallon.
Jeff Hahs had two hits, including a double, while Jacob Jarvis was 1-for-3 with a double and RBI.
O'Fallon added a 10-2 victory over Kaneland with Jarvis collecting a home run and three RBIs and Hahs going 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Hahs also got the pitching win, allowing two hits in five innings. Tanner Hudson added two hits and an RBI for the Panthers.
*Mascoutah swept a doubleheader from Gibault, winning 8-3 and 1-0.
In the 8-3 win, Mascoutah's Zach Lindsay was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs while Ryan Netemeyer was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. Alex Oltmann was the winning pitcher.
Lindsay tossed seven shutout innings in the 1-0 victory and also was 2-for-3, holding off a strong pitching performance by Gibault's Auggie Ward. Lindsay struck out nine and scattered three hits. Mascoutah (6-3) pushed across the game's only run in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly to break a scoreless tie against the 6-3 Hawks.
* Kyle Eversgerd and Keith Haselhorst each had three RBIs and Michael Klein, Ryan Meddows and Brett Mammenga drove in two runs each as Wesclin pounded New Athens 14-3. Wesclin (4-2) knocked off New Athens 2-1 in the other game behind the pitching of Meddows.
* Blake Meyer struck out eight in four innings and allowed one hit and Brendan DePoy hit a three-run homer as Columbia pounded Valmeyer 10-0. Columbia (6-1) held on for a 2-1 win in the other game as Austin Floarke allowed two hits and one run over five innings. Columbia got four hits overall and Reed Greatting had an RBI against the Pirates (3-6).