The Alton Lady Redbnirds were victorious in their own softball tournament on Saturday. They took on the Granite City Warriors in the tournament championship game that you hears Saturday afternoon on the Big Z. Alton was dominant, smashing 7 runs early on and cruising to a 9 to 1 win over the Warriors. In the tournament third-place game, Jerseyville outlasted Roxana 12 to 9.


In other high school softball action, the Marquette Explorers defeated Canton 6 to 1.


It was a busy day on the dimond for area baseball teams. The Alton Redbirds fell to Valmeyer 5 to 3. Breese Mater Dei breezed into Bethalto and defeated CM 9 to 6.


Jerseyville and Jacksonville hooke up in a douleheader. This one belonged to the Panthers from start to finish, as they pounded out 30 total runs in the 2 games. It was Jerseyville over Jacksonville 15 to 3 in the opener, and 15 to 8 in the nightcap.


Piasa Southwestern was in a triangular with Gillespie and Hardin Calhoun. The Miners took the first game from the Piasa Birds 3 to 1. Southwestern then came back to defeat Hardin Calhoun by that same 3 to 1 score.


Marquette fell in both ends of a double header with Westminster, 8 to 2, and 16 to 6.


The Collinsville Kahoks fell in bothe of their games in a traingular. In the first, it was Highland 7, Collinsville 2. The Kahoks lost the second game to Salem 2 to 1. Highland then finished off Salem 8 to 4.




Switching to MLB action, the St. Louis Cardinals fell again Saturday in the Steel City. Pittsburgh struck first in the second for a single run, then tacked on two more in the fifth and sixth en route to a 6 to 2 triumph. The win moves the Bucs back into first place in the NL Central.


Jose Qunitana has the Brewers number. The Cubs hurler extended his scoreless innings streak against Milwaukee as the Cubs took a 3 toi 0 victory at Wrigley over the Bre crew. Quintana has not allowed a run against Milwaukee in the last 24 innings pitched, and the North Siders whitewashed the Brewers for the fourth time this month.


In other MLB action, it was:


Minnesota over the Reds 3-1 in an interleague tilt.

The Diamondbacks edge the Nationals 4-3

the Dodgers manhandled the Giants 15 to 6...

The Braves defeated the Phillies 4 to 1

the Marlins beat the Rockies 4 to 1

and the Mets destroyed the Padres 12 to 2...


In the Junior Curcuit...


The White Sox whitewashed the Royals 8 to 0...

The Rays doubled up the Red Sox 12 to 6....

It was Texas over Toronto 7 to 4...

Ther Mariners pounded the Indians 12 to 4...

The Tigers work past the Orioles 9 to 5...

And the Astros blank the Athletics 11 to 0.


There haven’t been a lot of bright spots this season for the SIUE Cougars baseball squad. Saturday, however, shined like the sun. The Cougars took both ends of a twinbill to sweep the series over Stamford University. SIUE blanked Samford 5 to 0 in the first game, then took the nightcap 4 to 2. SIUE’s record improves to 13 and 29 on the season.

As good a day as it was for the baseball Cougars, it was that bad for their softball counterparts. Austin Peay (Pee) took both ends of a double-header versus the Lady Cougars. The Governors won the first game 3 to 0, then took the second game of the twin spin 6 to 1. The Cougars fall to 10-6 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Up next for sIUE is a doubleheader against the MurrayState Racers on Sunday. That will conclude the final road trip of the season for the Lady Cougars.


At the Memphis Invitational Track Meet, Martinus Mitchell of SIUE set a school record in the shot put. His put of 18.19 meters broke the old school record set in 2008 by his coach, Scoptt Block. Mitchell’s toss is good enough to qualify him for the NCAA championships. Next up for the Cougars is the Ohio Valley Conference Champioship meet May 10th in Tennessee.


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