By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Aron Arnold's walk-off single in the seventh inning gave Highland a 12-11 victory Saturday over Monroe City in the Clarence Cannon Conference Tournament.
Highland led 11-4 after six innings, but nine walks and an error allowed Monroe City to respond with a seven-run seventh and tie the game at 11.
Arnold finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs, and Ryan Waterman added two hits for the Cougars (1-1). Jonathon Boyer contributed a double.
Dakota Sparks pitched 51/3 innings, striking out seven and giving up no hits and no runs to earn the win.
In its second game, Highland (1-1) managed a single run in the first and sixth innings in an 8-2 loss to Mark Twain.
Cody Wilkens pitched 51/3 innings in the loss for Highland.
Anderson and Camden finished with three hits apiece, while Camden added a double for Mark Twain.
O'Fallon Quad: QHS lost to Sterling 5-4 and O'Fallon 12-0 in five innings.
"The first game we made quite a few mental mistakes and didn't execute," Blue Devils coach Brigham John said. "Our defense played pretty well. We didn't make very many mistakes. Our pitchers spent most of the time playing from behind."
Alex Eilers pitched four innings against the Golden Warriors, allowing five runs. Sterling scored three runs in the second inning and added two more in the third. QHS (0-2) responded with four runs in the top of the fourth, with Matt Tossick picking up two RBIs, with Brad Unmisig and Braden Collins also driving in runs.
Against O'Fallon, the Blue Devils only managed two hits.
West Hancock 8-7, Western 0-0: West Hancock's pitching staff fueled the Titans at West Central Conference South Division doubleheader at Kinderhook, Ill.
Paxton Harmon allowed one hit in six innings in Game 1, striking out five batters. He was also 2 for 4 at the plate, driving in two runs. Coy Dorothy also had an RBI for West Hancock (2-0). Donovan Schwanke had a double Western (2-4), its only hit of the game. In Game 2, Austin Hardy struck out seven in five innings of work. Hardy, Andrew Hardy and Tucker Glisan all picked up RBIs for the Titans.
Illini West 0-2, Sherrard 10-0: Braxton Squier took control to prevent a sweep.
The Illini West junior pitcher struck out six and allowed one hit in six innings to help the Chargers take Game 2 in Carthage, Ill.
"The key was first-pitch strikes," Illini West coach Zak Huston said. "He got ahead and was able to control the batters and throw his pitches."
The Tigers plated four runs in the second and six in the fourth, while limiting the Chargers to four hits in Game 1. In the second game, the Chargers (1-1) scored in the first inning when Colton Mellinger drove in Brody Gronewold. Illini West added an insurance run in the seventh inning, and Mellinger picked up the save.
Pittsfield 14, Unity 4: Ethan Borrowman's bat helped the Saukees rally from a 4-3 third-inning deficit to earn a WCC South win in Pittsfield.
Borrowman, who finished with seven RBIs and also struck out six on the mound, smashed two-run doubles in the fifth and sixth innings to help Pittsfield take control. The Saukees scored three runs in the fourth, five in the fifth and three in the sixth to seal the win. Thomas Donley had two RBIs for Unity. Mason Damon drove in three runs for Pittsfield, while Adam Church and Brett Leahr each had one RBI.
Carrollton Cluster: Griggsville-Perry picked up two one-run victories, beating Lebanon and Carrollton in Carrollton, Ill.
The Tornadoes (2-1) trailed 4-3 in the seventh inning against Lebanon when they rallied.
Matthew Kennedy scored on a passed ball to give the Tornadoes the 5-4 win.
Skyler Miller led Griggsville-Perry with two hits, while Craven, Alex Tedrow and Kaleb Bradshaw each had doubles.
Bradshaw picked up the win for Griggsville-Perry.
In the second game, the Tornadoes staved off a three-run rally by Carrollton to claim the victory.
Craven had two hits for the Tornadoes.
Illini West 9-6, Orion 0-4: The Chargers opened the season by sweeping a home doubleheader.
Mackenzie Herriman went the distance in Game 1, striking out four, walking five and allowing five hits in seven innings.
Josie Finch went 3 for 4 and Elyse Trout tallied two doubles for the Chargers (2-0). Holly McDowell finished 2 for 4 with a triple.
Trout hit an RBI double, and Addison Ufkes and Mackenzi Anderson added RBI singles in the four-run fifth inning for Illini West.
In the second game, Illini West got off to a quick 5-0 lead after the first inning and held off a late rally from Orion.
Madison Schuster struck out five and walked four to pick up the win for Illini West.
Ufkes had two hits, both doubles, and Anderson added a double for Illini West. Finch also had two hits.
In the first inning, McDowell hit into a fielder's choice, which led to an error that allowed two runs to score. Trout grounded out, allowing McDowell to score, and Ufkes and Anderson each had RBI doubles.
Pittsfield 10-5, Unity 1-3: Addie Cunningham and Danae Miller both tripled for Pittsfield in Game 1, and Mackenzie James tripled for the Lady Saukees in the nightcap.
Kayla Schacht and Courtney Pennock earned the wins.
QHS Tournament: The Blue Devils were swept in their own event, losing 10-6 to Jacksonville and 16-5 to Griggsville-Perry.
McKenzie Vose and Kenzie Flowers hit home runs to power Griggsville-Perry. Hannah Dewitt limited QHS (0-4) to five hits in earning the win. Allyson Bingham had three RBIs for the Lady Tornadoes.
Against Jacksonville, Danyel Damon had two RBIs to lead QHS.
Alton Marquette Quad: Quincy Notre Dame went 1-2, moving to 2-4 for the season.
In a 3-2 win over Alton Marquette, the Raiders' Jack Nudo beat Brian Gebben 6-4, 7-5, 6-3; Wade Schieferdecker beat Nick Berkenbile 6-2, 6-3; and Jimmy Kase and Nathan Butts beat Stephen Edwards and Michael Hoefert 6-3, 6-0.
Austin Vogel and Nick Stegeman picked up the Raiders' only win in their 4-1 loss to St. Anthony Effingham. They beat Tommy Schotteman and Alec Nieburgge 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.
In QND's 3-2 loss to Belleville Althoff, Kase and Butts beat Austin and Clayton Crook at No. 1 doubles, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4, and Vogel and Stegeman beat Jeff Murphy and Brendan Reeb 6-3, 6-3.