Gibault downs Althoff in baseball

News-DemocratMay 10, 2014 

Gibault spread its offense up and down the lineup Saturday and defeated Althoff 8-6 on Saturday night at Whitey Herzog Field in Belleville.

The Hawks (18-10) scored two runs in the first, second, fifth and sixth innings and senior Mitch Meyer was 3-for-4. Gibault senior Wes Degener was 2-for-3 with an RBI double while Chandler Purcell and Chase Dugan each had two hits and an RBI.

Senior lefty Zach Neff got the pitching win for Gibault.

Althoff's Grant Strieker had a big game, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Ben Hankammer added an RBI double for the Crusaders, who scored four of their six runs in the second inning.

O'Fallon 1, Mascoutah 0

Getting a combined shutout by Jeff Hahs, Bradley Harrison and Blake Deatherage, O'Fallon edged Mascoutah Saturday to win the O'Fallon/Triad Tournament.

Hahs, headed to John A. Logan College, started and worked the first three innings. Harrison took the mound for 3 2/3 innings before Deatherage struck out Collin Renth for the final out with the tying run on base.

O'Fallon got its lone run in the fourth inning on an RBI double by Haas. Collin Holton singled leading off the inning and went to second on a wild pitch before being driven in by Hahs.

Mascoutah's Daniel Milas also pitched well, holding O'Fallon to three hits. But he got no offensive support as the Indians lost to O'Fallon for the second time in two weeks.

In the third inning, Mascoutah was threatening when Holton fielded a bunt and threw out a runner at third.

"Our defense and our pitching are carrying us," said O'Fallon coach Jason Portz, whose team outlasted Lincoln 9-5 in the semifinals. "Our kids are playing to the scenarios and the situations. We're doing a lot of things right."

Deatherage was 3-for-5 on the day with three RBIs while Hahs, Hayden Hewitt and Dean Gerros drove in two runs apiece in the semifinal win. Tyler Herbert got the pitching win over Lincoln.

Mascoutah beat the St. Louis Patriots 4-0 in the semifinals as Mike Biekert and Jeff Hightower homered and pitcher Austin Christ held the Patriots to four hits in six shutout innings with five strikeouts.

Edwardsville 4, Chatham Glenwood 2

Edwardsville capped a 3-0 run through its own Edwardsville Tiger Classic by knocking off Chatham Glenwood in the championship game.

Freeburg 2, New Athens 1

Chris Smith had an RBI triple and Nick Yung had an RBI single as Freeburg got two-hit pitching from Luke Yaekel to edge New Athens and hurler Nick Ozier.

SOFTBALL

Columbia claimed the championship at the Triad Invitational, knocking off Highland 9-0 and then getting past Chatham Glenwood 4-2.

Brianna Weilbacher had an outstanding day on the mound, tossing a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts against Highland, then holding Glenwood to two hits and two runs while striking out 10.

In the win over Glenwood, Columbia's Kalli Farmer was 2-for-2 with an RBI double while Caitlyn Touchette and Courtney Weilbacher each had two hits. Taryn Pena added an RBI double.

Courtney Weilbacher had a double, triple and RBI against Highland while Kelly Metter was 2-for-3 and Farmer collected three RBIs.

Belleville West split two games at the tourney, losing 6-1 to Dupo and beating Mount Vernon 8-4.

Olivia Young had a three run homer for West against Mount Vernon while Cassandra Craig drove in two runs. McKenzie Sisk was the winning pitcher.

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