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Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 2:15 pm

It was Matt Jones’ turn to step into the spotlight for the Borgia Knights Monday afternoon.

Jones became the third Borgia pitcher to throw a no-hitter this season when he put down the Trinity Titans in the Archdiocesan Athletic Association Showcase game Monday.

The Knights triumphed over Trinity at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field, 10-0.

“It was a good time,” Jones said. “Coach wanted me to work on pitching backward, throwing more off-speed than fastballs to give me something to work with for the playoffs.”

“I’m pretty happy with Matt,” Borgia Head Coach Rob Struckhoff said. “He was phenomenal. He had just that one walk. He had the curveball working for strikes and that makes his fastball that much more effective when he can spot that curve for a strike.”

Jones threw Borgia’s third no-hitter, joining Tony Helfrich and Spencer Juergens in that category this season. He also threw Borgia’s eighth shutout of the campaign.

“It’s been a heck of a year,” Jones said. “When we’ve been on, we’ve been on. That’s the way it goes. Sometimes you get lucky.”

In the game, Jones allowed just one walk while striking out 10 Trinity batters over five innings.

“It seems like we need to throw shutouts to win,” Struckhoff said. “It’s our third no-hitter of the year and eighth shutout among our 13 wins, so that’s pretty impressive. And it’s been three different pitchers throwing no-hitters, not just one guy going after it.”

The Knights (13-6) close out the regular season Wednesday at St. Dominic. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Borgia then opens play Monday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals of the Class 4 District 4 Tournament at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field against either Priory or Union. The Knights are seeded second behind Westminster Christian.

“We always take it one game at a time,” Struckhoff said. “In high school, it’s always like the seventh game.”

Offensively, the Knights took the lead in the bottom of the second inning with one run.

Borgia broke through for five more runs in the third, taking advantage of clutch hitting and Trinity mistakes.

In the fourth, the Knights added one run while finishing it out in the fifth inning with three more runs.

“Our offense did good today,” Jones said. “We got off to a little bit of a slow start, but then we got on it. We hit a lot of balls to the outfield and they didn’t make plays. They were good hits.”

Borgia batters had 12 hits in the game with Grant Eckelkamp, Tony Helfrich, Noah Borgerding, Spencer Juergens and Nathaniel Hillermann pacing the team with two hits apiece.

“We hit the ball hard,” Struckhoff said. “We had Noah’s ground-rule double and we plugged the gap a couple of times. We hit some hard balls, so I was very happy with the at-bats.”

Eckelkamp doubled, drew a walk and scored a run.

Helfrich posted two singles and scored twice.

Borgerding had a ground-rule double which went under the outfield fence, one run and two RBIs.

Juergens singled twice, scored once and drove in a pair.

Hillermann doubled, scored twice, drove in one and walked.

Jones singled and drove in a run. John Himmelberg, the courtesy runner for Jones, scored once and stole a base.

Jacob Haskins doubled and scored a run.

Michael Kren drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

“We finally came out hitting the ball,” Struckhoff said. “That’s the rule for our team. That’s the way we can hit.”

Fielding also helped the Knights. Haskins and Eckelkamp made barehanded pickups which turned into outs.

“They did a great job behind me and I’m grateful for that,” Jones said. “G (Eckelkamp) made a couple of great plays, Haskins made a couple of good plays. They did a great job.”

Struckhoff agreed.

“Haskins and Eckelkamp made some nice plays,” Struckhoff said. “Both had barehand plays. Grant made an impressive play on a short hop off the grass. He took it with two hands, cupped it and made the play. It looked routine, but it wasn’t.”

Nick Moehlenkamp pitched for Trinity, going 4.1 innings to take the loss. Trinity stats had him allowing 10 runs (five earned) on 11 hits and one walk. He struck out two.

The win ended a two-game losing streak. Borgia fell twice Saturday at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Ill., to Lutheran South and Kirkwood.

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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