RED BUD — Mackenzie Dilley hit a three-run homer in the first inning and added a run-scoring infield single in the sixth inning as the Red Bud Musketeers beat the Columbia Eagles 6-2 in a Cahokia Conference game.
"Anytime you can get up on them like that -- they are such a good team and they don't get a lot of runs scored on them -- it's nice,'' Red Bud coach Dave Lucht said. "They are a good team and they are capable of scoring four-five-six runs with no problem, but getting that homer is like getting a big 3-pointer in basketball. It's only one more point than a layup, but there's a lot more drama to it and momentum that can carry you.''
Red Bud pitcher Becca Vogt allowed seven hits over seven innings. She struck out three and walked two.
"She didn't have a lot of strikeouts, but she was around the plate the whole time and got a lot of groundballs that we could handle,'' Lucht said.
Lauren Horrell contibuted a double and triple for the Musketeers, who improved to 15-4 overall, 5-1 in the Cahokia Conference's Mississippi Division.
The Musketeers, who were beaten 13-3 in five innings by the Eagles earlier this season, have won seven straight games.
The Eagles dropped to 20-3 overall, 3-1 in the Mississippi Division. Their other two losses came to Shelbyville and Edwardsville during splits of doubleheaders.