It was a nice 5-1 week for the Lancers this week! It included wins over East St. Louis, Highland, Carbondale, and twice over Belleville West!
4/15/18- Belleville East-11, Belleville West-6
The Lancers collected a win at the annual Busch Stadium game this year! It was a solid offensive performance as the Lancers collected 9 hits and tallied 11 runs in the contest. It is fun to win this game, but more importantly the players always have a great time getting to play in that atmosphere!
4/17/18- Belleville East-10, East St. Louis-0
The Lancers topped the Flyers in this game played at Lancer Stadium. Z Georgian, Austin Hitt, Hunter Davis, and Evan Gray all collected hits. Davis also pitched the complete game shutout. He only allowed 1 hit and walked 2 in the contest. Davis struck out 10 Flyers.
4/18/18- Gibault-5, Belleville East-2
Unfortunately, Gibault got the best of the Lancers in this contest and this was the lone set-back of the week. Starter Evan Gray went 3 2/3, allowing 5 hits, 5 walks, and 5 earned runs. He was able to strike out 6 hitters in his effort on the mound. Sam McAnulty came in and worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
On offense, McAnulty and Austin Hitt both collected a hit a piece and Drew Gray was 2-4 with 2 doubles and 1 RBI.
4/19/18- Belleville East-6, Belleville West-3
The Lancers moved their Southwestern Conference record to 5-1 on Thursday when they topped cross-town rival Belleville West. Ryan Culley got the start and gave the Lancers 5 strong innings. Culley only ran into trouble in one inning. He gave up 3 earned runs in the 3rd inning, but other than that he put up all 0’s on the scoreboard. Overall, Culley struck out 11 Maroons in his effort on the mound. Ben Cruikshank came into a tough jam in the 6th inning and worked out of it. Then he finished off the game in the 7th to collect the win in relief. Cruikshank struck out 2 in his 2 innings of work.
Offensively, the Lancers were led by freshmen Drew Gray. Drew collected 3 hits, including a double to left-center field, and drove in 3 Lancer runs in the win. Culley, Hunter Davis, Z Georgian, and Evan Gray also collected hits. The big inning for the Lancers was the 6th. After great at-bats by Sam McAnulty and Evan Gray to draw walks, Culley stepped to the plate with 2 on and 2 outs. He ripped a base-hit to left-center to score the go-ahead run! After a walk to Dillon Donjon, Drew Gray stepped in and knocked in 2 insurance runs with a base-hit up the middle.
It was also Junior High Day at Lancer Stadium and it was awesome to see several junior high players from all of our feeder schools in attendance. I hope they are looking forward to soon becoming Lancers!
Dean Criddle, of the Belleville News Democrat, was there to cover the game and the link to the story can be found below.
4/21/18- Belleville East-3, Highland-1
Sam McAnulty was the story of this one for the Lancers. After the previous 2 scheduled starts were rained out, McAnulty finally got his shot as a starting pitcher against a tough Highland lineup. He threw a complete game to earn the win. His final line was 7 innings, 8 hits, 1 earned run, 3 strikeouts and 0 walks. McAnulty was helped by his defense, as well. The Bulldogs were able to load the bases in both the 4th and 5th innings with nobody out, and the Lancers were able to work out of both jams. With 2 outs in the 4th and the bases still loaded, Hunter Davis made a great play, ranging far to his left. He fielded the ball deep in the hole and threw out the runner by a step. The play kept the Lancer lead at 3-1 and changed the entire game.
Offensively, McAnulty, Ryan Culley, and Evan Gray all collected hits. Z Georgian and Drew Gray had two hits and an RBI a piece.
4/21/18- Belleville East-9, Carbondale-4
The Lancers showed resilience in this contest as we found ourselves down 4-0 in the top of the first. Drew Gray was getting his first varsity start against a solid Carbondale team and struck out the first hitter before running into a bit of trouble. Gage Cruz then came in and limited the damage to give the Lancers a chance to come back for the win. Cruz’s line was 5 innings, 2 hits, 4 hits, 4 walks, and 0 runs to earn the win. Austin Hitt also provided 2 big outs on the mound and Ben Cruikshank pitched a scoreless 7th to wrap up the win for the Lancers.
Hitt and Hunter Davis collected 3 hits each on offense. Z Georgain had 2 hits and drove in 2 big runs in the bottom of the 4th with a double to left field to put the Lancers up 5-4. Ryan Culley, Drew Gray, and Evan Gray also had hits.
Overall, it was a good week for the Lancers! Not only did we put a few wins on the board, but we had several different contributors to those wins. We now stand at 13-6 overall and 5-1 in the always tough Southwestern Conference.
The Lancers have yet another big week ahead! We travel to Centralia on Monday, head to Belleville West on Tuesday, host Collinsville on Thursday, and visit East St. Louis on Friday. With 4 games (3 of them being conference games) we will need to be on our game and play well to earn victories.