4/15/19-4/20/19

For a second straight week, the Lancers posted a 1-3 record. See game recaps below.

4/16/19- Belleville East-2, Alton-1

Evan Gray and Gabe Tindall pitched the Lancers to a conference victory to start the week! Evan went 5 2/3 innings, struck out 11 and only allowed 3 hits and 1 run. Tindall came in to record the final 4 outs and secure the save. On offense, Gage Cruz, Zach Gebhardt, Dillon Donjon, Z Georgian, and Evan Gray all collected hits.

4/17/19- Alton-13, Belleville East-4

The Redbird bats came alive in this one and Alton was able to secure the victory. Zach Gebhardt did pitch three strong innings in this one for the Lancers, however. On offense, Gage Cruz, Evan Gray, Dillon Donjon, and Zach Gebhardt all collected hits.

4/20/19- Highland-9, Belleville East-8

The Lancers had plenty of offense in this one, but couldn’t hold off a Bulldog 7th inning rally and ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard in this one. Gabe Tindall did pitch very well for 4 1/3 innings. He struck out 7 hitters in his effort. On offense, Dillon Donjon, Evan Gray, and Kannon Walker collected 2 hits each. In addition, Gage Cruz and Zach Gebhardt both hit homeruns.

4/20/19- Highland-13, Belleville East-3

The Lancers did have a 3-0 lead after Gage Cruz and Evan Gray both went deep in the top of the 1st inning. But, the Bulldogs scored 13 runs on offense to come away with the win.

What’s Next?

The Lancers will look to bounce back this week after a couple rough weeks in a row. Our record stands at 11-9 overall and 3-2 in conference play. On Monday, we will host Centralia. Wednesday, Gibault will visit Lancer Stadium. Finally, on Saturday East and West will play our annual game at Busch Stadium!

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4/8/19-4/13/19

Overall, it was a disappointing 1-3 week for the Lancers, but the one win was a big conference win over Belleville West!

4/8/19- Freeburg vs. Belleville East was rained out and will be made up on Friday, 5/17/19.

4/9/19- Belleville West-8, Belleville East-5

The Lancers had a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 5th but couldn’t hold on and lost the game 8-5. Evan Gray was the starter in this one and worked 4 innings. He allowed 5 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits, 5 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Jack Temmer worked 1 2/3 and allowed 3 runs (1 earned). Sam McAnulty came in and pitched to only one hitter and recorded an out.

On offense, Evan Gray had a big double in the top of the 5th that drove in 2 runs for East. Z Georgian, Riley Faust, Gage Cruz, and Drew Gray also collected hits for the Lancer. Gabe Tindall had a nice day at the plate, going 2-3.

4/11/19- Belleville East-8, Belleville West-4

Gabe Tindall got the start and earned the well deserved win on the mound! He worked 6 innings, allowing 8 hits and 4 runs. He struck out 8 Maroon hitters in the contest. Sam McAnulty worked the final inning for the Lancers.

On offense, the Lancers put up 6 in the bottom of the first inning. Gage Cruz had a big hit to knock in 2 runs in the inning. Z Georgian also had a hit and scored two runs. The Lancers had 3 players with two hits each in the game, as well- Gabe Tindall, Sam McAnulty, and Brock Barton.

4/13/19- Columbia-4, Belleville East-3

Once again the Lancers had an early lead slip away and dropped this one to Columbia by allowing a run in the top of the 7th. Jack Temmer did pitch 4 1/3 innings of relief and was very effective. Jack only allowed 3 hits and 2 runs in his effort. CJ Cagas, Gabe Tindall, Gage Cruz, and Evan Gray all collected hits on offense.

4/13/19- Mater Dei-5, Belleville East-4

The Lancers lost another close game in Game #2 on Saturday. One highlight was the work of Gage Cruz on the mound. Cruz worked 2 1/3 innings of relief and only allowed 1 hit and 2 walks, while striking out 2 hitters. Z Georgian and Gabe Tindall both collected 2-hit games for the Lancers

What’s Next?

The Lancers now have a 10-6 record and a 2-1 record in conference play. They will look to bounce back with a better week this week as they will play tough 4 games. On Tuesday, we will host the Alton Redbirds. On Thursday, we will return the trip to Alton. Then on Saturday, we will travel down to Carbondale to take on Carbondale and Highland in a double header.

4/1/19-4/6/19

3 very strong pitching outings led the Lancers to a 3-0 record this week! Please see recaps below.

4/2/19- Belleville East-7, Collinsville-4

Evan Gray turned in yet another strong outing on the mound for the Lancers. Evan pitched the first 5 innings for the Lancers to collect the win. He allowed just 1 unearned run, struck out 8 and walked 5 in the game. Gabe Tindall collected the save by working the final 1 1/3 innings and striking out 2.

Evan also led the way on offense by collecting 3 hits and driving in 3 runs. Z Georgian also provided a 2 run homer in the game. Riley Faust, Gabe Tindall, Sam McAnulty, Drew Gray, Jack Temmer also collected a hit a piece.

The win moved the Lancers to 1-0 in the always tough Southwestern Conference. Paul Halfacre from the St. Louis Post was there to cover the game and here is the link to his story:

https://www.stltoday.com/sports/high-school/baseball/belleville-east-holds-off-collinsville-in-swc-opener/article_475bcc3c-55aa-11e9-965e-57c86c9fc25f.html

4/3/19- Belleville East-9, Salem-7

Brock Barton earned his first varsity win in this contest! Barton’s final line was 5 innings pitched, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Jack Temmer then came into a tough 7th inning jam and worked out of it to collect the save.

On offense, the Lancers hit two home runs in the game. Evan Gray hit a 3-run home run in the second inning and Gage Cruz added a solo shot in the 5th. CJ Cagas, Drew Gray, Dillon Donjon, and Z Georgian also collected hits for the Lancers. In addition, Isaac Santos collected his first varsity hit in the contest!

4/4/19- Belleville East vs. Colinsville was rained out. It will now be played on Monday, May 13th. 

4/5/19- Belleville East-3, Mt. Vernon-2

For a third time in the week, the Lancers got a very strong pitching performance from their starter. Gabe Tindall worked a complete game in this one. Tindall’s final line was 7 innings pitched, 2 runs (0 earned), 4 strikeouts, and 0 walks. Tindall was aided by a really good defensive day by his infielders. Evan Gray (3rd Base), Z Georgian (Shortstop), and Jack Temmer (2nd Base) all mad big plays to get the Lancers out of several innings. Also of note in the game was Ryan Gunter’s great effort behind the plate.

After the Rams tied the game up at 2 in the top of the 6th, Sam McAnulty led off the bottom of the 6th by getting hit by a pitch. Evan Gray then drew a walk. After Temmer’s sac bunt, Tindall stepped to the plate with 1 out and runners on 2nd and 3rd. He ripped a single down the left field line to drive in the Lancer’s 3rd run. Tindall then returned to the mound to work a 1-2-3 top of the 7th and secure the victory for the Lancers.

What’s Next?

The Lancers now hold a 9-3 record and are 1-0 in conference play. The upcoming week is a big one for us. On Monday we host Freeburg, on Tuesday we head to Belleville West, on Thursday West will return the trip to Lancer Stadium, and on Saturday we will host both Mater Dei and Columbia for a double header.

 

 

3/25/19-3/30/19

It was a light week for the Lancers, but we did post 2 wins in 2 games! Please see recaps below.

3/25/19- Belleville East-12, Granite City-7

The offense showed up in this one for the Lancers! We posted 12 runs on 12 hits as the offense was led by three seniors-Z Georgian, Evan Gray, and Dillon Donjon. Z finished the day 3-4, with 2 doubles, a triple and 6 RBI. Evan also collected 3 hits. Donjon finished 2-3 with a couple RBI as well. Others who collected hits include Riley Faust, Sam McAnulty, Brock Barton, and Gabe Tindall.

The Lancers used 3 different pitchers to get through the game. Sam McAnulty got the start and collected the win. He went 3 2/3 innings, allowed 6 hits and 5 runs (3 earned), while striking out 3 hitters. Drew Gray then took over and worked 1 1/3 innings-allowing 4 hits and 3 earned runs. He struck out 3 Warrior hitters in his outing. Jack Temmer then came in for the final two innings and only allowed one hit and struck out 2 for the save.

3/28/19- Belleville East-7, Madison East (Wisconsin)-1 

Although it looked like Mother Nature might tally the win in this one, the rain held off just long enough for the Lancers to collect their 6th win of the season.

Evan Gray got the start on the mound. Evan worked a perfect 4 innings, only facing 12 hitters. He struck out 7 of those “Puregolder” hitters. Gabe Tindall took over from there and worked a solid 3 innings. Tindall allowed 1 earned run on 2 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts.

Both Evan and Drew Gray collected two hits a piece at the plate. Others who collected hits were Tindall, Brock Barton, CJ Cagas, Jacob Cregger, Z Georgian, and Kannon Walker.

Although we only played 2 games, we played well in both games and also added some really focused practices in throughout the week.

What’s Next?

It’s an exciting week coming up for the Lancers for a couple reasons- we play 4 games in 4 days, and we also fire up Southwestern Conference play! On Tuesday we will head to Collinsville, on Wednesday we will travel to Salem, on Thursday we will welcome Collinsville to Lancer Stadium, and finally on Friday the Mt. Vernon Rams will visit.

3/18/19-3/23/19

The Lancers had some very strong pitching performances this week. Please see game recaps below.

3/18/19- Belleville East-9, Dupo-3

After getting down 3-0 in the top of the first inning, the Lancers score 9 unanswered runs to top Dupo 9-3. Sam McAnulty collected the win with 6 strong innings. Sam allowed 3 runs, 1 earned run while striking out 9 Tiger hitters. Jack Temmer struck out the side in the 7th to closeout the win for the Lancers.

Z Georgian paced the offence by collecting three hits, including a double and a triple. Z drove in 3 for the Lancers. Evan Gray also drove in 3 runs, while collecting 2 hits of his own.

3/19/19- Belleville East-8, Wesclin-1

Drew Gray put the Lancers on top 2-0 with a home run in the top of the first inning and the Lancers never looked back in this one. Drew ended the day 2-4 with 4 RBI. Dillon Donjon and Gage Cruz also collected two hits a piece.

Drew was also the starting pitcher in the game and earned the win with 4 strong innings. He struck out 8 Warrior hitters, while allowing only one walk and one hit. Gage Cruz took over from there and allowed one hit and one earned run, while striking out 3 hitters in his two innings of work. Brock Barton took the ball in the 7th and worked a clean inning to close it out.

3/20/19- Mascoutah-4, Belleville East-1

In a game that had a playoff-like atmosphere surrounding it, the Lancers fell short in this one. Evan Gray got the start and pitched very well. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowed 4 hits and 2 earned runs, and struck out 12 Indian hitters.

The Lancers couldn’t get much going on offense, but Sam McAnulty did collect two hits for himself.

3/23/19- Belleville East- 6, Jerseyville-3

Gabe Tindall got the start in game one of the double header and he pitched very well! Gabe went 5 strong innings, scattered 6 hits, and allowed 2 unearned runs. He struck out 9 Jerseyville hitters in his effort. Sam McAnulty collected the save with 2 quick innings of relief. He did not allow a hit and struck out 2.

The Lancers were down 2-1 in the 5th when Riley Faust collected a 2-out hit. Dillon Donjon then put a good at-bat together to draw a walk. CJ Cagas then pinch-ran for Faust and Z Georgian stepped to the plate. He ripped a double to center field, scoring both base runners and putting the Lancers ahead 3-2. The Lancers would add one more run in the 5th and two more in the 6th. Gage Cruz and Jack Temmer both collected RBIs at the plate.

3/23/19-Jerseyville-3, Belleville East-2

In another well-played ballgame by both teams, the Lancers just fell short in this one. After surrendering 3 runs in the first inning, Brock Barton responded to have a really good outing. He went a total of 4 innings, putting up 3 zeros in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings. Brock struck out 6, walked 4, and allowed 7 hits in his effort. Jack Temmer came in and threw two really good innings. Jack allowed one hit and struck out one, as well. Also of note in this game was Ryan Gunter’s effort behind the plate. He did a very nice job with both pitchers.

There wasn’t much offense for the Lancers in this game. We were only able to total 5 hits in the 7 innings of play.

What’s Next?

The Lancers went 3-2 this week and now stand at 4-3 on the season. A lot of promising things have happened on the field, including 5 really well-pitched games this week. The Lancers will hope to get the offense going as the season continues.

We have a light week this week, only playing 2 games. We will welcome the Granite City Warriors to Lancer Stadium on Monday and then Madison East (Wisconsin) is traveling down for a game on Thursday.

March 15-16

The Lancers started the season with a 1-1 weekend as part of the PBR Kickoff Classic. Please see game recaps below.

March 15- Belleville East 3, Naperville Central 2

Evan Gray got the start on the mound for the Lancers and he did not disappoint in this one! Evan went 6 strong innings, allowing only 1 run, while striking out 14 Naperville Central hitters in the process. Sam McAnulty picked up the win, after working out of a tough jam in the 7th inning.

On offense, Gage Cruz and Gabe Tindall each collected two hits for the Lancers. Then, with the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the 7th, Evan stepped into the box with the score tied 2-2. With the count 0-2, Evan was then hit with the third pitch of the at-bat, forcing in the winning run and sending Lancer baseball fans home happy!

March 16- Kaneland 14, Belleville East 3

This one did not go the Lancers’ way. Unfortunately, we made several mistakes on defense, on the bases, and on the mound to earn the loss. One a high note, both Brock Barton and Jack Temmer collected their first career varsity hits! In addition, Drew Gray was 2-2 with a couple RBI at the plate.

What’s Next?

The Lancers will try to rebound from a poor Saturday performance this week as we have 5 games scheduled. On Monday, we will host Dupo, on Tuesday we will travel to Wesclin, on Wednesday we will welcome Mascoutah to Lancer Stadium, and on Saturday we will travel to Jerseyville for a double header. It is shaping up to be an exciting season for the Lancers.

5/21-5/26

Regional Champions!

The Lancers were crowned the IHSA Class 4A Belleville East Regional champions this week behind 2 fantastic pitching performances! Please enjoy the recaps below!

5/23/18(Regional Semi-Final)- Belleville East-1, Belleville West-0

The first pitching gem of the week belong to senior, Ryan Culley. Culley worked a complete game shutout to earn the win over West. In his effort, he only allowed 2 hits (1 infield hit), walked only 2 hitters, and struck out 8 Maroons.

The only run of the game would come in the bottom of the 5th and would be tallied to the Lancers. Hunter Davis drew a lead-off walk. Ben Cruikshank then bunted him over to 2nd. Then, with two outs and Davis still standing at 2nd, Gage Cruz stepped into the box. He fouled off several tough pitches before lining a triple into the right-center gap to score Davis.

Dean Criddle was there from the BND to cover the game. Here is the link to his story:

http://www.bnd.com/sports/high-school/article211681684.html

David Wilhelm was there from the St. Louis Post Dispatch and here is the link to his story:

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/high-school/baseball/cruz-s-key-hit-culley-s-gem-lead-lancers-past/article_853c629e-5eef-11e8-9f0c-8fee5938c142.html

5/26/18 (Regional Championship Game)- Belleville East-3, Collinsville-0

The second pitching gem of the week belonged to senior, Ben Cruikshank. Cruikshank, like Culley just a few days before him, went the distance to earn the complete game shutout. Cruikshank allowed only 1 hit, walked 3, and struck out 9 Collinsville hitters.

There was no offense to speak of until the bottom of the 6th. Drew Gray got things going with a 1-out single. After Gray swiped 2nd Base, Hunter Davis drew a walk. With 2 on and 1 out, Z Georgian came through with a huge hit to center field. Using his good jump off second and good speed, Gray scored on a bang-bang play at the plate. Using good base running, Davis took third and Z took second and the throw home. Sam McAnulty then came through with another big hit to left, scoring Davis. Ryan Culley would follow with a sac fly, giving the Lancers a 3-run lead.

Culley and Cruikshank were definitely the story of the regional. Combined they threw all 14 innings, while only allowing 3 hits and striking out 17 hitters!

What’s Next?

The Lancers now play the winner of the Edwardsville Regional, the O’Fallon Panthers, on Wednesday at 4:30 at Belleville West!