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Photo Courtesy of Paul Halfacre - STL Post Dispatch
Mascoutah remains unbeaten with win over Civic Memorial

MASCOUTAH • There was no Gatorade shower.

There were no loud cheers or extended celebrations for the Mascoutah High baseball team on Wednesday afternoon. For the Indians, the victory was just that - another victory. "We're doing great so far, but we've got to keep working," Mascoutah junior catcher Sam Scott said. "We don't want to celebrate yet." Mascoutah stayed perfect on the season as the Indians downed Civic Memorial 14-0 in a Mississippi Valley Conference game at Mascoutah High on Wednesday. The Indians have won their first 10 games for the first time in program history. "It feels good, but like we've told the guys, it's a good start," Mascoutah coach Don Eddy said. "The kids should feel good about that, but we just need to make sure we show up every day expecting to get better." Mascoutah (10-0, 2-0 MVC), the No. 5 ranked large school in the STLhighschoolsports.com rankings, started last season on a six-game winning streak before falling to Collinsville. The Indians have defeated Civic Memorial in three of the last four meetings, losing 10-1 on May 18, 2017, before defeating the Eagles in last year's sectional championship game. The Mascoutah offense has played a key role in the historic start. The Indians have scored at least 10 runs in six of their games and those red-hot bats were on full display on Wednesday. They pounded out 16 hits in four innings and scored seven runs in both the second and third innings. "We keep preaching that we need to have good at-bats," Eddy said. "That's something we'll be working on every day and the kids did a good job of battling and hitting the ball up the middle and the other way. The credit goes to the kids today." In the second inning, Civic Memorial was close to getting out of the frame only allowing two runs. But the Indians pounded out four more hits and plated five more runs with two outs. "We just had to shorten up and be confident at the plate," Scott said. Mascoutah duplicated that offensive output in the third inning, sending 12 batters to the plate while scoring seven more runs.  "We just talked about it to the kids, this is just one loss in the loss column, it's not 14," Civic Memorial coach Nick Smith said. "I feel like we're better than this, they just came out and hit the ball all over the park. Credit goes to them, they were ready to go." Scott went 3-for-3 with two RBI. Tyler Jowett went 2-for-2 and added three RBI.  Mascoutah starter Logan Bibb shut down Civic Memorial through five innings. Bibb recorded nine strikeouts and only gave up three hits.  "I think I was able to get the ball in on the hitters really well tonight," Bibb said. "I was working my spots and throwing a lot of strikes. I was able to make the pitch when I needed to and of course, the fielders behind me were playing great defense." Bibb picked up his second win of the season and first complete game.

- Paul Halfacre, St. Louis Post Dispatch