By Mark Jurgena
Collinsville’s baseball team flexed their hitting muscle twice last week as they scored 22 runs in two games to have a perfect week of games and raised their overall record to 4-2 on the young season.
Oh yes and they recorded a no-hitter as well.
Collinsville 11 Plano 0 (5 inn)
17 up/15 down/15 strikeouts
That was Jackson Parrill’s line from his March 24th no-hitter against Plano at GCS Ballpark in Sauget.
Look at those numbers again.
A five-inning game with 15 strikeouts.
“A no-hitter in itself is a big deal,” said CHS coach Bret Swip. “Now the way this one was done was…at the end of it we looked down at our scorebook and at our stat sheets and we were like, ‘holy cow, he just struck everybody out!’”
Mason Accidentale was the only Reaper hitter to reach first base. He walked twice.
Meanwhile, the Kahok offense was scoring runs at a fast pace.
They put up two big innings and another two-run inning to turn away the Reapers.
Curtis Schaaf went 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBI and four stolen bases for the afternoon.
Schaaf, a junior, had seen little time at the plate for CHS up to that point in the season.
In order to help that he got some at-bats in the JV game against Triad earlier in the week.
“He was, offensively, just a huge piece for us,” said Swip. “We have a lot of roles in our program that we need guys to do. Kudos to him for not hanging his head after he didn’t get any offensive chances his first week.”
Josh Scrum and Isaac Lemanski each had one RBI for the Kahoks.
Bryce Lemp had a double with Kris Alcorn also contributing a single.
CHS drew seven walks in the game and stole a whopping 13 bases led by Schaaf’s four steals.
Scrum, Darren Pennell, and Ethan Bagwell had two each while Alcorn, Kolby Anderson, and Matt Shelton added one.
All that offense certainly helped Parrill relax on the mound.
He threw 75 pitches during the contest with 48 of them being strikes.
Collinsville 11 Belleville (Althoff) 6
As you saw from the Plano game, baseball is a numbers game.
The big win over Althoff at Lloyd Hopkins Field in Alton on March 26th was no exception.
Collinsville’s 6-7-8 hitters went a combined 6-for-7 with a double, two walks, and three RBI.
They also scored seven runs.
“We had some good senior leadership,” said Swip. “Jackson Parrill, Isaac Lemanski both had multi-hit days as did Schaaf.
“Bryce Lemp gave us a little shot in the arm too. He led off an inning with a home run.”
Bagwell collected two hits including a double. Schaaf also had a two-base hit.
Anderson added two RBI.
Schaaf picked up the win on the mound, scattering four hits in three innings. He only gave up two runs, both earned, and struck out two.
Lemp and Ryan Kremer also saw time on the hill for CHS.
CHS traveled to Granite City yesterday for a non-conference tilt however results were unavailable at press time.
They return to action tomorrow at Mascoutah and face Breese (Central) Saturday morning at home for a DH.