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By Mark Jurgena
It was a solid week of games for the Collinsville boys baseball team as they swept through their four games outscoring their opponents 35-8.
The week sets CHS up for SWC play with a 7-3 mark with their conference series against Belleville West this week. Tuesday they hosted the Maroons however results were unavailable at press time. They play at West today.
Collinsville picked up single tallies in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings on April 8 then got a three-out save in the top of the seventh by Carter Harrington to seal a 2-1 victory over Springfield (Sacred Heart-Griffin) at Fletcher Field.
Harrington also delivered a huge sixth inning single to right field on a 1-2 pitch to score Kolby Anderson to give CHS the lead.
That came after the Kahoks scratched across a run in the fifth.
With one out and the bases loaded, Ethan Bagwell lifted a 1-2 pitch to center field to score courtesy runner Matt Shelton to tie the game at 1-1.
SHG had scored their run in the top of the first inning on an unearned run.
Offensively, CHS had three hits thanks to singles by Harrington, Adam Bovinett, and Darren Pennell.
Bryce Lemp, Blaine Martinez, and Harrington saw time on the mound with Martinez picking up the win.
Bryce Lemp blasted two home runs and drove home five as Collinsville won their second 10-0 five-inning decision in a row over the Bulldogs at Fletcher Field on April 6.
It was also their second one-hitter in a row.
The Kahoks scored five runs in both the second and fourth innings to get their ten run advantage.
Lemp’s first big blast occurred in the second inning.
Anderson – the clean-up hitter – led off the inning being hit-by-a-pitch. Lemp followed by blasting a 2-1 pitch to right to put CHS up 2-0.
After a pair of strikeouts, the Collinsville offense kicked back into gear.
Pennell singled to left and stole second before Carson Parrill single him home to make it 3-0 Kahoks.
Shelton came in to courtesy run for Parrill and took second before Ethan Jones doubled him home. Jones would score on a passed ball to complete the scoring and give CHS a 5-0 lead.
In the fourth, Bagwell doubled home Jones, who had reached on a hit-by-pitch. With two outs and runners at first and third – thanks to a walk to Bovinett – Lemp returned to the box and blasted a 1-1 pitch over the right field fence for his second home run of the contest and give the Kahoks a 9-0 lead.
After Curtis Schaaf was hit by a pitch and Pruitt came in to courtesy run for him, Harrington blasted a 2-2 pitch to center for a triple and a 10-0 lead.
Lemp and Bagwell both had two hits while Jones, Anderson, Harrington, Pennell and Parill all had one for CHS.
Kris Alcorn was on the hill firing that one-hitter. In his five innings of work, he struck out six to help himself register the shutout.
Ethan Bagwell fired a one-hitter at Ladue, Mo. and beat the Rams 10-0 at Fletcher Field on April 4.
Collinsville greeted their out-of-state opponent rudely as they jumped on top 6-0 after one inning.
Once again Lemp came up with the big blow by launching a three-run shot over the wall in right to score Bovinett and Anderson and make it 4-0 CHS.
Bovinett had singled home courtesy runner Shelton to begin the scoring.
With two outs, Herrington tripled to center and scored Pruitt and Jones for a 6-0 lead.
After a scoreless second, the Kahoks put up a big three-run third inning thanks to several freebies by the Rams.
Alcorn hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Pruitt for the second out of the inning. Later both Jones and Harrington both scored on passed balls.
In the fourth, Shelton singled to center to score Anderson and give CHS a ten-run advantage.
Anderson led the Kahoks with two hits while Bagwell, Bovinett, Lemp, Shelton, Jones, and Harrington had one each.
Lemp had three RBI while Harrington had two. Bovinett and Shelton added one each.
Bagwell struck out eight and walked four for his complete game shutout.
Collinsville took an 11-0 lead in the sixth but Civic Memorial had other plans as they rallied for six runs to close the gap but the Kahoks held on in Bethalto on April 3 and beat the Eagles 13-7.
CHS began the scoring with consecutive extra base hits in the top of the first.
Bovinett tripled home Bagwell on the first pitch he saw followed by Anderson doubling to right on a 1-2 pitch to make it 2-0 Kahoks.
In the third, CHS tacked on thanks to a double to left by Bagwell to score Alcorn. Bagwell would later score to make it 4-0.
Finally, Luke Weller tacked on with a single to score Bovinett.
The score remained 5-0 Kahoks until the top of the sixth when they plated six runs.
With CHS runners at second and third thanks to a walk to Alcorn and a double to right by Bagwell, Bovinett reached on an infield single to make it 7-0.
After a strikeout, Lemp stepped to the plate and belted a two-run triple to center to make it 8-0.
After a walk to Schaaf, Tyler Linton doubled to left two drive home a pair and make it 10-0 CHS. He scored on a single by Jones for the final tally of the inning.’
CM proceeded to send 10 hitters to the plate in the bottom half and cut the lead to 11-6 but CHS answered back with two in the top of the seventh.
Bagwell and Bovinett led off the final inning with a pair of singles with Bagwell coming home on a ground ball to second off the bat of Lemp. Bovinett would later score the final run on a passed ball.
Lemp was the winning pitcher going five innings, allowing three hits, walking two and striking out 10.
Ryan Kremer and Harrington finished the game on the hill for CHS.
Offensively, Bagwell went 4 for 4 with a double and three RBI while Bovinett went 3 for 4 with a triple and three RBI.
Lemp had two hits as did Schaaf. Alcorn, Anderson, Weller, Linton, and Jones all had one hit.
Lemp and Linton added two RBI.
After the West series, CHS plays at Alton (Marquette) on Saturday before traveling to Edwardsville on Tuesday. They travel to Breese (Mater Dei) on Wednesday before hosting Edwardsville next Thursday.