By THE HERALD-WHIG
With a more consistent performance Saturday, the Quincy High School baseball team could have collected a sweep at the Galesburg Streaks Invitational.
As it was, the Blue Devils settled for a split. QHS beat North Boone 4-2 after losing to Rock Island Alleman 14-9.
Mason Fairley dazzled on the mound in Game 2 after QHS (2-3) staked him a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Fairley struck out 10, including the final three batters to end the game. He allowed only three hits, although he did surrender five walks.
"He went at them hard, and our defense was playing well behind," QHS coach Brigham John said.
Alex Million doubled and Andrew Eilers and Andrew Hugenberg singled to highlight Quincy's first inning.
QHS started even stronger against Alleman, scoring three in the first and four in the second before Alleman pounded out eight runs in the bottom of the second, six off of QHS starter Regan Kurfman and two off reliever Dillon Gilbert.
Alleman's first three batters reached to load the bases before Fairley, who was behind the plate, committed an error on a bunt by Kevin O'Keefe.
"From there it just kind of went downhill," John said. "We kind of imploded."
The Blue Devils' offense went silent until they scored two more runs in the sixth inning.
By then, Alleman had 14 runs.
"Our offense just kind of went flat," John said.
Million, Grant Sullivan and Ben Mero each had two hits against Alleman, and Eilers had a pair of hits against North Boone.
QHS went 2-1 at the invitational, including Friday's 6-0 win over ROWVA.
"There were a lot of positives," John said. "We were scoring runs, but there in the middle innings, we're going flat.
"We have to get more production out of the bottom of the lineup."
Brussels 7-6, Western 4-16: The Wildcats used a 10-run second inning in the second game to earn a split at Kinderhook, Ill.
Noah Lynch drove in a game-high four RBIs for Western (3-5) and also had a double. Izack Hively picked up the win and also drove in three runs.
In the first game, Brussels scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to earn a win.
J.J. Bryant struck out seven and allowed two earned runs in 61/3 innings of work for Western.
Bryant also drove in three runs.
Pittsfield 8-6, Calhoun 3-9: Mason Damon went 3 for 4 with three RBIs in Game 1 of a non-conference split at Hardin, Ill.
Pittsfield took a 5-2 lead with a three-run fourth. Ethan Borrowman, Damon and Adam Church walked with the bases loaded to drive in runs.
Church tossed a complete game to earn the win. He allowed seven hits and two earned runs. He struck out one and walked four.
In Game 2, Borrowman's two-run single in the first gave Pittsfield (4-1) the lead, but Calhoun used a four-run fourth to take a 6-3 lead.
Borrowman and Josh Dean had two hits apiece for the Saukees.
Western 10, Brussels 0: All Rachel Motley needed was a double to complete her perfect day. She was so dominant in the pitcher's circle, she never got that chance.
Motley struck out 11 batters and tossed a no-hitter in Western's five-inning Pike County Conference win at Barry, Ill. She singled, tripled and homered in her three at-bats, piling up five RBIs.
Jayme Brace went 3 for 3 with four runs scored and two RBIs for Western (2-1) and Evan Colston and Alexis Bellovich tallied two hits apiece.
Calhoun 2-6, Pittsfield 1-3: Calhoun's Maddie Baalman outdueled Pittsfield's Kayla Schacht.
Schacht allowed just four hits and walked none in the opener, but Baalman struck out 17 batters to keep Pittsfield at bay.
Addi Lagemann did have some offensive success for Pittsfield, going 2 for 2 with a walk and a run scored.
In Game 2, Calhoun rattled out 10 hits off of Pittsfield's Courtney Pennock. Baalman struck out eight more before exiting in the sixth inning. Addie Cunningham doubled for Pittsfield.