Baseball teams take their swings

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Pictured, Waterloo’s Colin McFarland hits a game-winning RBI single in the seventh inning at home over Collinsville on Thursday. 

The Waterloo and Columbia baseball teams met last Friday behind Eagleview Elementary in Columbia, with the ace righthander of the Eagles silencing the Bulldogs offense. For pictures from that game, click here.

Senior pitcher Jackson Holmes, a Saint Louis University commit, struck out 10 in six innings of one-hit ball as the Eagles won 4-0. 

Drew Graves went 3-for-3 and Sam Bonaldi went 2-for-4 for Columbia, which picked up its first win of the season.

Waterloo’s only hit came off the bat of senior Colin McFarland, who is hitting .304 with two stolen bases so far this spring. 

The Bulldogs had been playing without some key players – including ace righty Dustin Crawford – due to them playing on the WHS football team.

Waterloo (2-9) lost 9-3 at home to Civic Memorial on Monday. McFarland went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and run. Aidan Karsten added a hit and two RBIs.

Last Thursday, Waterloo picked up a thrilling 4-3 victory over Collinsville. With the bases loaded in the seventh inning, McFarland hit a walk-off line drive single. Logan Hopfinger struck out 11 and walked none in six solid innings on the mound for the Bulldogs.

Last Wednesday, Waterloo picked up its first win of the season at home over Valmeyer, 11-1. Marcus Heusohn went 2-for-3 with a home run and double to go along with the pitching win. Hopfinger went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Waterloo hosted O’Fallon on Tuesday, falling 13-3.

On Thursday, Waterloo lost 7-1 at Freeburg. The Bulldogs were held to just three hits on the day. The ‘Dogs play Friday at Civic Memorial.

Prior to last Friday’s win over the ‘Dogs, Columbia lost 4-0 at Belleville West last Thursday. The Eagles were held to just three singles. Adam Wibbenmeyer pitched four solid innings with seven strikeouts for Columbia (1-2), which lost 11-1 at Edwardsville on Tuesday. Holmes homered in Tuesday’s loss.

The Eagles play Friday at Freeburg before hosting Marquette on Monday. Columbia plays at Gibault next Wednesday.

Gibault (4-3) lost 5-0 to Triad last Thursday despite senior righty Ryan Bollinger’s second complete game of the young season.

The Hawks got back in the win column Thursday at Nashville, 3-1. Daniel Darin, a sophomore, pitched a complete game two-hitter with 14 strikeouts. He also leads Gibault’s offense at .353 with six runs. Nick Chambers had two key hits, the last of which drove in the game-winning RBI.

Gibault plays Friday at Highland and hosts a Saturday doubleheader against Freeburg.

Valmeyer (2-3) played at New Athens on Tuesday, falling 2-1. The Pirates were held to one hit on the day.

The Pirates played at Dupo on Thursday, winning 8-7. Henry Weber went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Clay Juelfs went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Jacob Rowold added two hits and two runs for Valmeyer. Rowold also got the pitching win.

Valmeyer plays a Saturday doubleheader at Marissa. 

Dupo lost its season opener at home against Lebanon on Monday, 9-1. Logan Stevens went 2-for-2 to lead the Tigers. Camden Biggs went 1-for-1 with a pair of walks. 

Noah Chism went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for the Tigers in Thursday’s loss to Valmeyer.

The Tigers host New Athens on Friday and play at Marissa on Monday. 

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