Prep Baseball & Softball

Althoff and Wesclin advance to regional finals; Mater Dei loses to Newton

Althoff Crusaders senior Jake Frazier shut down Roxana on three hits Wednesday and helped his team reach the Class 2A Althoff Regional championship game with a 3-1 victory over the Shells at Whitey Herzog Field.

Althoff (12-10) will face Wesclin (16-12), a 3-0 winner over Staunton on Wednesday, in the regional championship at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“I came out a little wild and walked a couple guys early on, but as the game wore on I settled down,” said Frazier, who improved to 3-2. “It feels good. It’s going to be a nice rematch in the championship. The atmosphere’s going to be great.”

Rorey Keen had an RBI single in the first for Althoff and Trey Mosley had two hits, with Stephen Toenjes also contributing a hit.

“We grinded it out,” Althoff coach Randy Wells said. “We got a run or two early and got good ptiching from Jake and solid defense all the way around. We didn’t beat ourselves today and got defense all the way around.

“It was pretty much the Jake Frazier show, he showed some guts and battled through some tough innings.”

Wesclin pounded Althoff in a doubleheader last Saturday, winning 13-2 and 12-0 and collecting 29 hits.

Wesclin senior and McKendree University basketball recruit Jarad Steenbergen (4-4) tossed a three-hit shutoout to beat Staunton in a complete-game victory in the regional semifinals. He finished with five strikeouts.

Blake Bernhardt had three hits and two RBIs for Wesclin and Zach Swaim had a single and a double. Freshman Nate Brede added a two-out RBI single.

Newton 10, Mater Dei 2

In perhaps the most stunning score of the day, top-seeded Mater Dei lasted only one game in the regional, losing to Newton at the Class 2A Newton Regional. Mater Dei finished the season 19-4-1.

Mitch Jansen threw a complete-game victory for Newton, which got home runs by Mitch Bierman, Beau Prater and Nate Meinhart. Blake Beckmann took the loss for Mater Dei.

“We’re shell-shocked, to be honest with you, and that’s to take nothing away from Newton,” Mater Dei coach Travis Gebke said. “They hit ball well, their pitcher settled in after an inning that could have got away from him early. We just flat-out got beat today.

“They beat us and tip your hat to them.”

Mater Dei got both of its runs in the second inning. Newton tied it on a two-run homer in the fourth and took the lead on another two-out homer,

“They took the lead and never really looked back,” said Gebke, whose team loaded the bases with one out in the seventh before eventually going down to defeat.

Carlyle 3, Flora 0

Collin Szczeblewski (4-0) tossed six shutout innings with late relief help from Maverick Taylor as the Carlyle Indians limited Flora to six hits and reached the 2A Newton Regional championship by playing some small ball.

The Indians (23-11), who will face host Newton for the regional title, managed only one hit while taking advantage of five walks. They were outhit 6-1 by the Wolves.

Carlyle took a 1-0 lead in the first when Grant Carman stole home on the back end of a double steal. The Indians got their other two runs in the third on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Rakers, a bunt and a wild pitch.

Valmeyer 7, New Athens 0

Junior outfielder Erickson Wallace crushed two home runs and twin brother Easton Wallace (5-1) allowed two hits over six shutout innings as Valmeyer cruised past New Athens and into the championship game of the Class 1A New Athens Regional.

Valmeyer (20-14-1) will face either Marissa or Metro-East Lutheran in the regional title game at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Easton Wallace was 2-for-4 with an RBI, giving him 60 hits on the season and a .488 average. He also struck out six on the mound. Valmeyer’s Michael Chism was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Okawville 4, Lebanon 1

Shane Ganz struck out seven in five innings on the mound and Brad Fuhrhop was 2-for-3 with a double and triple as Okawville advanced to its own Class 1A regional championship game. Ganz also was 2-for-3 at the plate for the Rockets and Will Aubel 2-for-2 with two doubles.

Norm Sanders: 618-239-2454, @NormSanders