By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
An error in the bottom of the seventh inning scored the winning run for the West Hancock baseball team in a 4-3 West Central Conference victory over Macomb Saturday at Phil Bradley Field in Macomb, Ill.
The victory gave a doubleheader split to the Titans, who lost the opener 11-4.
With Game 2 tied at 2, Luke Beeler and Jon Swanson both walked to start the inning. Will Fox executed a sacrifice bunt but the ball was thrown away, allowing Beeler to score the winning run.
West Hancock led 3-1 until the Bombers scored twice in the top of the seventh to tie the score at 3.
The Titans (9-5) scored twice in the first inning on Jonah Terrell's RBI double and Beeler's RBI single. West Hancock scored another run in the third on Fox's sacrifice fly.
Cole Fox was 3 for 3 to lead the Titans.
West Hancock struggled in Game 1, falling behind 10-0 after four innings.
The Titans scored their first two runs on Cole Fox's double in the fifth. Trevor Knipe and Beeler both went 2 for 3.
Pleasant Plains Invitational: Illini West survived its first game of the day, beating the host Cardinals 1-0. The Chargers dropped their second game to Williamsville 8-5.
The Chargers scored the only run of the game against Pleasant Plains when Dalton Elliott singled home Braden Bennett with one out in the top of the fourth inning.
Illini West had runners at second and third later in the inning, but Daniel Harrell grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Colton Mellinger and Tucker Anderson both went 2 for 3 for the Chargers.
Mellinger pitched a two-hitter, striking out six batters and walking one.
Williamsville's five-run second inning was costly for Illini West, which fell behind 6-0.
The Chargers waited until the seventh to unleash their offense. They scored four runs, two of those on Nolan Ard's two-run double.
Peyton Porter was 2 for 4 for Illini West (11-7).
Calhoun 7-8, Griggsville-Perry 2-5: The Tornadoes lost both ends of a non-conference doubleheader at Hardin, Ill.
Griggsville had eight hits in the opener, all singles. Kaleb Bradshaw and Isaac Whitaker had two hits apiece for the Tornadoes.
Jordan Dehart started the game on the mound but was replaced by Max Stinebaker in the second inning.
Bradshaw went 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs. Skyler Miller was 2 for 3. Bradshaw relieved Dehart in the second inning and finished the game.
Macon 8, Highland 4: The Tigers put together several hits during the first two innings of a Clarence Cannon Conference makeup game at Ewing, Mo.
Macon had seven hits during that time to take a 5-0 lead after the second inning. The Cougars scored their first run when Dalton Sparks hit an RBI double in the third.
Blake Carlin had two hits apiece for Highland (6-9, 1-3).
Monmouth-Roseville 8-2, Illini West 7-10: The Chargers put a late-inning loss behind them to split a WCC doubleheader at Carthage, Ill.
Illini West rallied from a 6-2 deficit in Game 1 by scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Chargers tied the score at 6 with Mackenzi Anderson's two-run double.
The go-ahead run was scored when Anderson advanced to third on a passed ball and scored when an error was made on the pickoff throw.
The Titans scored the game's final two runs in the top of the sixth. Both runs were unearned.
Elyce Trout and Anderson both went 3 for 4 for Illini West.
The Chargers jumped out to an early lead in Game 2 with a three-run first inning.
Trout singled home the first run of the game and Hanna Spiekermeier followed with a two-run double.
Spiekermeier was 4 for 4, while four other Illini West players had two hits apiece. McKenzie Hall pitched all six innings, striking out four batters and scattering eight hits.
Belleville East Invitational: Quincy High School scored 23 points in the two-day, 16-team tournament, tying for ninth place with Carbondale.
Belleville East won the tournament with 68 points. Quincy Notre Dame was 14th with seven points.
The Blue Devils had one singles medalist -- Collin Adams, who placed third at No. 2 singles. He lost to Alton 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals before rebounding to beat Peoria Richwoods 6-1, 6-1.
In Friday's doubles competition, QHS's No. 1 team of Tom O'Connor and Adams went 2-2 and placed sixth. Playing No. 2 doubles, Andrew Fauble and Noah Aschemann won their first two matches before settling for fourth place.