The runs came in bunches and the pitching was superb, allowing the O’Fallon Township High School Panthers to run the table during the past week, collecting the St. Jude’s Classic title in the process.
Coach Jason Portz’s squad improved their record to 25-3 as they prepared this week for critical Southwestern conference games against Edwardsville, Collinsville and Granite City.
O’Fallon 17 East St. Louis 0
The OTHS batters gave a preview of things to come against the hapless East St. Louis Flyers to start the week’s diamond action.
O’Fallon pounded out 14 hits in the five-inning affair, scoring nine runs in the second and seven more in the fourth to put the game away early. The 9-run explosion in the second began with a two-run double off the bat of Dillon Weiss.
Jared Dalonzo, Bradley Snyder, Bradley Harrison, Camden Bauer and Connor Breyer followed with RBI basehits of their own, and Jordan Richardson capped the Panther scoring merry-go-round with the second 2-run double of the inning.
Heath Zuber was the beneficiary of the hitting barrage, pitching three innings of shutout ball to collect the win.
O’Fallon 10 Valmeyer 0
The basehits and runs kept on coming as O’Fallon opened play last Friday in the OTHS/Triad St. Jude’s Classic. The Panthers immediately went to work in the batter’s box, erupting for seven first inning runs.
Josh Gibson’s triple to the gap in left center was the big blow during the inning, clearing the bases for O’Fallon. Staked to an 8-0 lead after two innings, starter Max Shaefer pitching just long enough to record the win before being relieved by Jaysn Miller, who blanked Valmeyer the rest of the way, allowing only three hits.
O’Fallon 9 Mascoutah 1
Another big offensive inning fueled O’Fallon’s second round tournament win over Mascoutah. Opening with a 2-run second, the Panthers put the game out of reach with six more tallies in the third frame.
Two sacrifice flies, one by Chase Hackstadt and the other by Jordan Richardson, accounted for the Panthers’ initial lead.
In the third, Richardson put a little more muscle on his swing and cleared the fence in the left field power alley for a grand slam home run.
Richardson’s blast accounted for four of the six runs during the frame and gave the Panther five RBI’s for the game. Logan Boente throttled the Indian batters, throwing a complete game 1-hitter.
O’Fallon 14 Lincoln 0
Looking for a tournament sweep against Lincoln High School, O’Fallon had to look no farther than starting pitcher Max Shaefer.
The junior Panther hurler retired the first three batters in the top of the first on two groundouts and a strike out.
In the second, a lazy flyball to left field followed by two more grounders to the OTHS shortstop quickly retired Lincoln, and Shaefer was on his way to hurling a 5-inning no-hitter.
The Panther pitcher struck out three batters and walked no one in posting the gem. The OTHS offense would give the Panther hurler all the run support he would need with a 7-run first inning.
Back-to-back doubles by Camden Bauer and Jordan Richardson were key hits in the scoring bonanza.
Dillon Weiss also added a 2-run single.