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Kahok baseball takes 2 of 3 contests

by Mark Jurgena

COLLINSVILLE — Score in the most innings and win the freebie war.

Collinsville did both on March 27 as they returned from their trip to Memphis, Tenn by traveling to Granite City and beating the Warriors 13-4.

The Kahoks scored in five innings compared to two for Granite with a pair of big innings (three-plus runs) while the Warriors scored in just two innings and created only one big inning.

Collinsville benefitted on offense from seven walks, three hit-by-pitches and four Granite errors.

The Kahoks jumped on top in the first with a pair of runs thanks to a double by Adam Bovinett to score courtesy runner Cameron Krausz. Then with two outs Keaton Call lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to score Bovinett from third to make it a 2-0 Kahok lead.

After Granite scored one in their half of the first, the Kahoks answered back in a hurry. Bryce Lemp led off the second with a triple to center on a 1-1 pitch then came home on the next pitch to Darren Pennell who smacked a line drive to left field for a 3-1 lead.

In the top of the fourth, Collinsville exploded for five runs.

With one out, Carter Harrington got things started with a one out walk then stole second despite multiple pickoff attempts at first.

Pitcher Kris Alcorn helped himself with a single to left to score Harrington.

Alcorn scored after moving up on Bovinett’s single and another single by Ethan Bagwell to take a 5-1 lead.

Carson Parrill doubled home Bovinett and moved Bagwell to third. 

Bagwell scored on a passed ball to give CHS an 8-1 lead.

The Kahoks tacked on two more in the sixth by getting a rally started with two outs.

C. Parrill began the scoring spree with a walk and came home on a triple by Call. An error off a ground ball from the bat of Blaine Martinez scored call to make it 10-1.

Granite rallied for three runs in the bottom half but the Kahoks answered with three of their own in the top of the seventh.

D. Pennell led off by getting hit by a pitch with Harrington following with a walk as did Jace Madura to load the bases with no outs.

Bovinett brought home two runs with a single to right. The final run came courtesy of an error off the bat of C. Parrill to score Madura.

For the game, Bovinett and C. Parrill had three hits each while Lemp, D. Pennell, Bagwell and Call all had one hit.

C. Parrill, Bovinett, Call and Lemp all had extra base hits for CHS.

Alcorn, Martinez and Amari Berry all saw time on the mound for CHS with Alcorn getting the win. He lasted four innings gining up four hits one unearned run with a walk and eight strikeouts.

Mascoutah loss

CHS traveled to Masoutah on March 29 to take on the once-beaten Indians. The Kahoks fell 4-2.

Collinsville scored first with a run in the top of the third inning.

Madura began the rally with a single and moved to second on a one out ground out by Chris Parrill. Harrington followed with a single to center before Bovinett singled to center to make it a 1-0 game.

Mascoutah answered back immediately then tacked on three runs in the bottom of the fifth on a three-run home run to center field by Austin Musso to take a 4-1 lead.

The Kahoks got back into the game with a run in the top of the seventh.

Lemp singled to start the seventh and remained at first with two outs when he stoel second. Lemp came home with a single by Bovinett.

Bovinett had two hits while Harrington, Alcorn, Bagwell, Madura, D. Pennell and Lemp all had one.

Bagwell started on the mound for the Kahoks going 4.1 innings giving up five hits, two runs, two earned runs, walking one and striking out seven.

Lucas O’Dell and Chris McClusky finished the contest.

Mascoutah was 8-1 through last weekend’s games.

Breese Central

Saturday morning, CHS hosted Breese (Central) and took a 7-2 victory in their home opener at Fletcher Field.

Harrington had a big day at the plate going 3-for-3 with a triple and a home run. He finished with two RBI on the day.

The Kahoks started the game with a big three-run bottom of the first.

C. Parrill and Harrington walked to start the inning then Bovinett singled to left to score C. Parrill with the first run of the game.

Alcorn followed with a run-scoring single. 

With one out, D. Pennell grounded out to short to score Bovinett and make it a 3-0 game.

Collinsville tacked on one run in the third and one in the fifth.

Things happened quickly in the third as Harrington started with a triple then came home on Bovinett’s ground out to second to make it 4-0 Kahoks.

In the fifth, Harrington blasted a home run to left field to make it 5-0.

The sixth saw Harrington single home Martinez before a sacrifice fly by Bovinett scored C. Parrill. 

Central scored a pair of runs in the seventh.

Alcorn added two hits while Bovinett, Call, D. Pennell and Lemp all had hits.

Lemp was on the mound going six innings scattering four hits, no runs, no walks and five strikeouts in only 67 pitches.

McClusky finished the game for CHS.

Central was 5-5 heading into this week.

Upcoming Schedule

On Monday, Collinsville traveled to Bethalto (Civic Memorial) before traveling across the Mississippi Tuesday for a game against Ladue, Mo. Results from those contest were unavailable at press time.

The Kahoks host Staunton today then travel to Troy to take on Triad tomorrow. They matchup with Springfield (Sacred Heart-Griffin) on Saturday.

Collinsville opens SWC play with a home-and-home series with Belleville West on Tuesday and Thursday. The first contest will be in Belleville with the second at Fletcher Field on Thursday.

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