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By Mark Jurgena
Ethan Bagwell tossed a one-hitter on the mound while seven different Kahoks blasted extra-base hits to pound Alton 10-0 in five innings in an SWC game on May 2.
The Kahoks got the party started early with a pair of doubles and three freebies in the opening frame.
Lemp led off with a four pitch walk and moved to third on Bagwell’s double.
Harrington grounded out to right…yes a 9-3… but pushed the first run of the game across for a 1-0 lead.
Bovinett then executed an R3L2 (runner on third with less than two outs) situation by grounding out to second and scoring courtesy runner Matt Shelton.
After Kolby Anderson reached on an error, Kris Alcorn banged out a double for a 3-0 lead.
CHS returned to the scoring column in the bottom of the third with a big inning.
Harrington led off with a double to left then Bovinett traded places with him thanks to his own double to make it 4-0.
With one out and Bovinett on third, Alcorn singled to right to make it 5-0 and would eventually score on a wild pitch to go up 6-0.
Collinsville tacked on with a solo home run by Bryce Lemp to lead off the fourth and make it a seven run Kahok lead.
For good measure, the Kahoks blasted two home runs to end the game.
Alcorn led off with a single to center before CJ Schaaf blasted a home run to center to go up nine. The contest ended with a home run by Blaine Martinez.
For the game, Alcorn went 3 for 3.
Bagwell had two hits, while Lemp, Harrington, Bovinett, Schaaf, Martinez and Caden Pruitt all had one each.
Freeburg 9 GHS 8 (8 innings)
Collinsville ventured to Freeburg on May 3 to take on the defending Class 2A state champions, took an early 7-0 lead then dropped a wild 9-8 decision on May 3.
Carson Ott lifted a one out fly ball in the eighth to score Lane Otten and give the Midgets a win.
Collinsville led by seven until a big five-run fourth by Freeburg.
The Kahoks got it started when Harrington reached on a two-out error followed by an RBI single from Bovinett.
CHS tacked on in the third with six hits including three extra base hits.
Lemp led off with a double and scored on Bagwell’s double two pitches later to make it a 2-0 CHS lead.
After a single by Harrington and a walk to Bovinett, Alcorn blasted a three-run shot to right to make it 6-0 Kahoks.
Pruitt and Schaaf followed with singles and Pruitt scored on Darren Pennell’s ground out to cap the scoring.
After FCHS cut the lead to 7-5 after five innings the Midgets grabbed the lead 8-7 with a big sixth but Collinsville was up to the task scoring the tying run in the seventh.
Kahok Ethan Jones led off the seventh with a 2-2 single but was cut down on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Anderson.
Lemp moved runners to first and second with a single and both runners went to third on a wild pitch. Collinsville tied the game to force extras on a ground out by Bagwell to the shortstop to score Anderson.
Bovinett went 3 for 3 in the game while Lemp and Bagwell had two hits each. Harrington, Alcorn, Pruitt, Schaaf, and Jones all had one hit.
Mason Hartmann started and lasted 3.2 innings giving up three hits and five earned runs. He walked five and struck out three.
Martinez and Ryan Kremer finished the game on the mound.
Alton 2 CHS 1
Collinsville took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second and made it stick until the bottom of the sixth when the Redbirds manufactured a two-out run to tie the game and scored one in the seventh for the win.
Lemp was on the bump for Collinsville and pitched a masterful game going 5.2 innings giving up four hits and one earned run. He walked three and struck out 10.
Harrington finished the game pitching for CHS.
The Kahoks only run came thanks to a pair of singles by Alcorn and Schaaf before Pruitt smacked an infield single with two outs to make it 1-0 CHS.
Offensively for Collinsville, Bagwell had a pair of hits including a double as did Alcorn. Schaaf had a single as did Pruitt.
Columbia 6 CHS 3
The Kahoks outhit the Eagles 10-7 on May 1 however it wasn’t enough as timely hitting did the Kahoks in. Columbia picked up two insurance runs on singles in the bottom of the fifth inning to secure a 6-3 victory.
Despite the late runs, Collinsville had the tying run at the plate in the seventh when Bagwell led off the final inning with a double to center and Alcorn reached first on a dropped third strike/wild pitch to put runners at the corners with no outs.
But the Kahoks couldn’t get anything else going and Columbia picked up the win. They are 22-2 on the season after falling to Freeburg 7-1 on May 4.
While Collinsville stayed with them the whole game they could never take the lead.
After the Eagles jumped on top 1-0 in the bottom of the first the Kahoks answered back with a run in the top of the second on a two-out RBI double by Pruitt to score Bovinett to tie the game 1-1.
Columbia answered back with a three-run second to go up 4-1 but Collinsville picked up a pair of runs in the top of the third.
Pennell singled to start the rally on a bunt single and scored on a double off the bat of Lemp to cut the lead to two runs.
After Lemp advanced to third on a balk, Bagwell singled to cut the lead to one.
The game stabilized until the bottom of the fifth when the Eagles scored the final runs of the game.
Lemp and Bagwell had two hits each including a double and an RBI. Anderson, Pruitt, Alcorn, Schaaf, Pennell and Carter Harrington all had one each.
Alcorn was on the hill to start the game going 4.1 innings and giving up three hits and one earned run. He walked four and struck out eight. Schaaf and Ryan Kremer finished the game on the mound.
The Kahoks played Nashville Monday and O’Fallon on Tuesday however results were unavailable at press time.
They play at O’Fallon on Thursday and host Litchfield Friday. Centralia came to Collinsville on Monday and play at Belleville East Tuesday.