BELLEVILLE — The hits just kept on coming for the Belleville East Lancers on a cold Thursday afternoon against Belleville West.
Brittany Hodge and Annie Eversman drove in two runs apiece and the Lancers collected 11 hits as they coasted to an 8-2 victory in a Southwestern Conference game played at East High School.
East (11-3) got an RBI single from Haley Gegelman in the first inning, then used a two-run single from Hodge to chase West starting pitcher Brittney Barlow with three runs in the second, taking a 4-0 lead.
West (6-6), which got a solo home run from Rebecca Touchette and a run-scoring double from Nadaley Wilson, would get no closer.
The Lancers tried to spread the wealth in their win with seven of their nine batters collecting at least one hit.
"It's great because we feel like we have a lineup where everybody is going to contribute and we have kids who can come in off the bench and hit. It was good to see them execute offensively today,'' East coach Natalie Peters said. "We also hit the ball hard. Even some of our outs were hit pretty hard.
"If you hit the ball hard, eventually good things are going to happen.''
West (6-6) had its chances against East winning pitcher Allison Mitts.
The Maroons had at least one runner on base in six of the seven innings and runners in scoring position four times.
Still, the Maroons only scored twice.
"We had chances. We just were overanxious and not as patient at the plate as we have been in some games and that was part of the difference,'' West coach Bob Yagge said. "We just didn't get the hits when we needed them tonight.''
The Lancers took the lead in the first when Andrea Roberts lined a two-out single and scored four pitches later on Gegelman's single
West threatened in the second when with one out, Hannah Slimack and Rebecca Touchette both singled.
One out later, Wilson singled to load the bases, but Mitts got out of the jam by getting Emily Fulton to fly out.
East then knocked out Barlow with its three-run second inning. Walks to Mitts and Katie Belleville put runners on first and second with two outs and speedy lead-off hitter Kayla Fields made it 2-0 with a sharp single up the middle.
Three pitches later, Hodge connected on a line-drive single to right as East took a commanding four-run lead.
Rebecca Touchette relieved Barlow in the third and pitched the final four innings for the Maroons.
In the third, Eversman made it 6-0 with her two-run double. Tocuhette finally got West on the scoreboard in the fourth, hitting a long home run to left.
Mitts allowed Wilson's RBI double in the seventh, but she surrendered little else.
"I thought Allison did great today. She came out and got after the batters and all of her pitches were working well," Peters said. "I'm very pleased. It's a big win for us and of course beating West is always nice.
"For us today it was all about coming out and being aggressive and focused on what we were doing for all seven innings. I thought we did a good job of that.''
The Lancers added two runs in the sixth on a wild pitch and RBI single by Roberts.