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Sunday Sports Roundup


The Marquette Explorers softball team is poised for a long playoff run. Thanks to a pair of victories on Saturday, the Explorers take a 33-1 record into regional play next week. Marquette scored twice in the sixth inning to sneak by Breese Mater Dei 2-1 in the first game on Saturday. Sophomore Taylor Whitehead then mowed down Waterloo Gibault 9-0 on a four-hit shutout in the nightcap. Whitehead allowed no walks and struck out 14 in her 9-0 triumph.


The Edwardsville softball Tigers improved to 16-3 on the season Saturday with a hard-fought win over the CM Eagles. Tigers pitching walked six batters, and the Edwardsville defense committed three errors, but the Tigers held on for a 7-5 victory. Tigers coach Lori Blade goes for career win number 700 on Monday as Edwardsville takes on Highland. The CM Eagles with the loss fall to 11-14.


In other softball action Saturday, Belleville East an Jerseyville split a pair of games. East took the opener 6-3, while the Panthers grabbed the nightcap 8-5.


Columbia 8, Hardin Calhoun 2

Marion 9, Waterloo 0


In prep baseball Saturday,


New Athens 9, Roxana 2

Alton Marquette 9, Breese Mater Dei 2

Granite City 11, Springfield




The Cardinals went to extra innings for the 6th time in 14 games as they battled the Padres until the midnight hour. The Cards sent eight pitchers to the hill, but their effort fell short as they lost 2-1 to San Diego in 13 innings.


The Cubs did not need extras to once again dispose of their cross town rivals, the White Sox. After a two hour rain delay at the start of the contest, the Cubs pounced on James Shields and never looked back as they cruised to an 8-4 victory.


In other MLB action on Saturday,


Reds 5, dodgers 3

Nationals 2, Diamondbacks 1

Pirates 6, Giants 5

Braves 10, Marlins 5

Rockies 4, Brewers 0

Yankees 7, A’s 6

Orioles 6, Rays 3

Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 2

Indians 6, Royals 2

Tigers 4, Mariners 3

Rays 10, Orioles 3

Astros 6, Rangers 1



In a race you heard here on the Big Z, Will Power made his pole position hold up to win the 2018 Indianapolis Grand Prix. Power held off Scott Dixon to take the checkered flag for the win for the first time this year. The race featured nine lead changes and two caution flags. The next Indy car race here on the Big Z will be the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.


Kevin Harvick won his fifth NASCAR race of the season Saturday night in the Sunflower State. Harvick passed Martin Truex Junrior on the next to last lap of the Kansas 400. The Nascar tour next heads to Charlotte on March 27th for the Coc Cola 600. Harvick will look to win his third race in a row in North Carolina.


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