Waterloo won twice Saturday to claim the title of the Centralia Round Robin tournament, knocking off Wesclin 7-5 and defeating South Central 8-1.
Those wins followed up a 2-0, nine-inning shutout by Jeremy Rettig (3-2) over tourney host Centralia on Friday night as the Bulldogs continued turning their game around.
Against Centralia, Waterloo got a two-out hit by Ethan Ruff in the ninth inning that drove in Ryan Aycock. Alex Wittenauer scored another run. The Bulldogs other run came on a wild pitch.
"We were in a 1-5 funk and now we've won four in a row," said veteran Waterloo coach Mark Vogel, whose team improved to 15-6. "We're not completely out of our funk, but we've answered our 1-5 slide and we've got some pretty good pitching and some timely hitting.
"Hopefully this is something we're building on going into the playoffs."
In the 7-5 win over Wesclin, Ethan Ruff was 3-for-4 and Taylor Vernier was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Devin Rice got the pitching win with 2 2/3 innings in relief and Wittenauer picked up the save.
Zach Schaab added two hits and an RBI for Waterloo.
Wesclin had a tough time overcoming six errors against Waterloo, but scored two runs in the seventh to make it close. Wesclin's Brett Mammenga was 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI and Alex Quitmeyer drove in a pair of runs.
Ruff stayed hot in Waterloo's 8-1 victory over South Central, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Logan Mueth added a two-run homer in the first inning to get the Bulldogs' offense going and Nathan Goodsell racked up a 3-for-3 game with two doubles and two RBIs. Zach Schaab was 2-for-4 with a double and triple.
Waterloo pitcher Taylor Brumfield allowed three hits and one run in six innings.
Wesclin 8, Centralia 1
Mammenga had three RBIs and Michael Klein and Ryan Meddows drove in two runs apiece as Wesclin (14-5) cruised past Centralia in another Centralia Round-Robin game. Wesclin pitcher Dylan Weh shut down Centralia on five hits and struck out seven.
Central 10, Greenville 0
Luke Jackson struck out six in a five-inning win over Greenville and allowed only two hits, getting plenty of offense from his teammates.
Austin Rickhoff drove in a pair of runs for the Cougars (8-9) and Justin Becker was 2-for-3 with an RBI while Dakota Auer and Joey Dormeier also drove in runs.
East 5-12, Carterville 4-9
Belleville East (19-3) swept a doubleheader from Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference power Carterville on Saturday, winning 5-4 and 13-9.
In the 5-4 victory, East got home runs from Alison Mitts and Haley Wroten. Mitts (17-3) also hung tough on the mound after Carterville pulled within a run in the top of the seventh inning.
Kayla Fields was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for the Lancers.
A 10-run first inning helped East survive Carterville's eight-run fourth inning in its 13-9 victory as the Lancers completed the sweep.
Big hitters for East were Brittany Hodge (3-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs), Mitts (3-for-4 with a double and an RBI), Fields (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI), Katie Belleville (1-for-2 with three RBIs) and Amanda Campbell (1-for-1 and two RBIs).
Hodge has a team-leading 30 RBIs for the Lancers this season.
Ryley Blomberg added a double for the Lancers and Andrea Roberts was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Mitts notched the pitching win, going four scoreless innings.
Central 6, Greenville 2
Alli Lewis had a double, triple and three RBIs to back strong pitching by Taylor Rakers as Central (9-8) knocked off Greenville.