Alex McCrite, a recent senior at Egyptian High School. represented Southern Illinois at the State Track and Field Meet held at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. May 23. McCrite Qualified for State by tacking second place at the high jump at the Sectional at Nashville High School May 17. McCrite’s personal best in the high jump this season is 6’8”. He also placed fourth in the long jump with a jump of 19’4”.
Alex has had a great track career at Egyptian. He holds the school record for the 800 meter, 1600 meter and the 3200 meter run and high jump. He has competed as an individual for the last two track seasons. McCrite also participated in cross country, baseball and basketball.
It was an emotional roller coaster for the senior Meridian Bobcats May 18. The players went from the excitement of graduation at 10 that morning, to having their season ended by the mercy rule at the hand of perennial power Shawnee High School by four.
The Shawnee Redskins beat the Bobcats in 5 innings by a score of 10-0.
Redskins senior Adam Pennington threw a 1 hit shutout with the assistance of junior Aiden McMahon.
DJ Weldon had the lone Bobcat hit, a 2 out double down the 3rd base line in the second inning.
Connor Schaal picked up the loss for the Bobcats.
The defensive player of the game was Meridian senior center fielder Wyatt Isom. Isom threw out runners attempting to score on 2 different occasions in the 3rd inning. Senior catcher Jammerio Moore was able to catch the ball and have to presence of mind to know where he was in relation to the runner to make the tag.
Next season will be a rebuilding year for the Bobcats with many key starters graduating. Only 5 underclassmen had significant playing time this season.
The Century Centurions finished the final week of the regular season at 3-2, leaving them at 18-6 for the season.
Century started the season on a hot streak but has had a couple rough games in the past few weeks.
This week Century picked up wins against Carrier Mills, Crab Orchard, and Ziegler-Royalton and had losses against Shawnee and Herrin.
The Shawnee loss was tough for the Centurions because if they would have won, then the SEC Conference Championship would have been theirs.
Despite taking the loss against Shawnee, Brandon Jackson had six hits at the plate and added a home-run last week. He also picked up the win against Ziegler-Royalton.
Zach Sauerbrunn and Brad Wilson each had 4 hits in the 5 games.
The main goal for Century in preparing for regionals is getting players healthy and getting them in the right state of mind. Century is one of the younger teams around with Brandon Jackson and Cordon Hight as the lone starting seniors.
Century’s regional kicks off on May. 16 against Pope County at Pope County. Game-time is at 4:30 p.m.
The Meridian Bobcats finally got the revenge they wanted in a 4-3 win over Century April. 29.
Connor Schaal threw his second gem in 2 weeks allowing only 1 hit to the Centurions in the win and striking out 5 in the complete game win. Schaal also walked and scored once at the plate.
Meridian picked up their first run in the 3rd and added 2 in the 5th. They added on a much need insurance run in the 7th.
Century trailed 4-1 going into the bottom of the 7th. After a fly out, the next 2 batters for Century reached base. After an error by the Bobcats fielders, both Centurion runners scored. Schaal struck out the last batter for the win.
The lone bright spot for the Centurions was Cordon Hight who had the only hit, a single in the 2nd. All the Centurions runs were unearned.
Brandon Jackson suffered the loss for the Centurions. It was an unusually off game for Jackson who couldn’t get his fastball over the plate. Jackson will return to his dominance for the regionals.
Jammerio Moore had his bat going for the Bobcats. Moore had 3 hits and 2 RBIs on the day. Blaine Crow threw in 2 hits and scored twice.
The Bobcats needed a big win going into the regionals and they got it with this one.