O’Fallon 11, Granite City 0
The baseball Panthers celebrated their 11-0 shellacking of the Edwardsville Tigers by defeating Granite City by the identical score in their next diamond outing. The O’Fallon batters pounded out 11 hits in just five innings to dismantle the Warriors and collect their 27th win of the season.
Max Schaefer recorded the win with two innings of work. Bradley Snyder followed Schaefer to the mound and preserved the shutout. The two Panther hurlers combined for five innings of shutout baseball, limiting the Granite City offense to just one hit while striking out a total of six batters.
The Panthers had no trouble making contact with the baseball as they scored five first inning runs and added three more in their second at-bat. O’Fallon jumped to the early lead without expending a lot of energy as two bases loaded walks and a sacrifice fly accounted for three of the five OTHS runs. Joe Guithes’ single chased another runner home, and the Panthers were on their way to another impressive win.
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O’Fallon 8, Collinsville 1
Revenge was sweet for O’Fallon in their next encounter as they defeated Collinsville handily to avenge their only Southwestern Conference loss of the season. Logan Boente nailed down the win with a solid pitching effort.
Boente pitched a complete game three-hitter, striking out four Kahok batters along the way. After a scoreless first inning, the Panthers got on the board with two runs in the top of the second. Doubles by Camden Bauer and Hayden Schaefer keyed the OTHS uprising. Schaefer’s RBI double was the first of three hits in three plate appearances for the Panther batter. Bauer was 2-for-3 and scored three times. O’Fallon continued to put runs on the board after their initial two-run second, scoring six more times over the next three innings.
O’Fallon 8, Granite City 1
The O’Fallon Lady Panthers won their fourth game in a row and improved to 17-6 with an 8-1 drubbing of the Granite City Warriors. Warming to the task as O’Fallon’s #1 pitcher, Katie
Moore scattered five hits over seven innings to notch the win. Jordan DeRemer got the OTHS offense perking early with a basehit in the first inning to drive home the first run of the game.
DeRemer finished the game with two RBI’s. Moore helped her own cause with three hits in four plate appearances. After bolting to a 3-0 advantage after two innings of play, the Lady Panthers doubled their lead with three more tallies in the top of the third. Hitting stars for OTHS included
Nikole Patterson, who was 2-for-4 at the dish with 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored. Allison Underwood mirrored teammate Patterson’s offensive effort with two base hits. One of Underwood’s safeties was a round-tripper.
IHSA Regional Pairings
The OTHS Lady Panther softball team will open regional play at Collinsville with a semi-final match-up against Belleville West on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. A victory over the Maroons would propel Coach Kelly Paproth’s squad into the regional championship game scheduled for Friday, May 27 at 4:30 p.m.
The baseball Panthers will compete in the Alton regional beginning on Wednesday, May 25. Coach Jason Portz’s charges will face the winner of the Danville – Pekin first round game. The regional title tilt is scheduled for Saturday, May 28th at 4:00 p.m. The O’Fallon semi-final winner will play the winner of the Alton – Quincy semi-final.