Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Okawville Catching Fire Late in Season Again; West Upsets Edwardsville

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Okawville Catching Fire Late in Season Again; West Upsets Edwardsville

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Okawville blanks Valmeyer

For the second successive season, the Okawville High baseball team is putting things together at the right time. Despite a losing record, the Rockets caught fire last spring and advanced to the Class 1A state championship game before finishing second.

Another trip to the final four might in the works this time as well.

Behind a strong effort from junior Shane Ganz on the mound and at the plate, Okawville beat Valmeyer 8-0 on Saturday in the Class 1A Blackburn College Sectional championship game.

"I was feeling good from the start, I was locked in and my teammates were locked in," Ganz said.

The Rockets (18-14) advanced to the Class 1A Lincoln Land Super- sectional against Abingdon-Avon at 4 p.m. Monday at Lincoln Land Community College.

In addition to going 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored, Ganz allowed two hits and struck out six in pitching the complete game.

O'Fallon 2, Alton 1 * O'Fallon made single tallies in the third and fifth innings hold up as the Panthers edged Alton on Saturday to win the Class 4A Alton Regional. …

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