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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

Football

Friday, Oct. 3

*Ft. Zumwalt E at Washington    7 p.m.

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    7 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    7 p.m.

*Hermann at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Festus at Pacific    7 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Lincoln    7 p.m.

*Warrenton at Winfield    7 p.m.

*Wright City at Van-Far    7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

Union 54, Washington 14

*Borgia 45, Duchesne 7

*St. Clair 57, St. James 55 (2 OT)

*Pacific 40, Owensville 34

*Hermann 24, Sullivan 12

Cuba 74, Liberty Wentzville 7

Parkway West 20, Warrenton 7

Mark Twain 32, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Softball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Washington at Holt    4:30 p.m.

De Soto at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Affton    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Steelville    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

Owensville at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Cuba at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Rockwood Summit at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Rolla    4:30 p.m.

Father Tolton at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Crocker    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Belle at New Haven    5 p.m.

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

Hermann at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Washington    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Festus    4:30 p.m.

Linn at New Haven    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Borgia at St. Dominic    4:30 p.m.

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(5) Rolla at (4) Northwest, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Rolla-Northwest winner at (1) Lafayette, 4:15 p.m.

(3) Washington at (2) Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia vs. (5) Wentzville Liberty, 2:30 p.m.

(3) Winfield vs. (6) O’Fallon Christian, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

(1) St. Dominic vs. Borgia-Liberty winner, 2:30 p.m.

(2) Warrenton vs. Winfield-O’Fallon Christian winner, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, 4 p.m.

Volleyball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Hillsboro at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    5 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    5 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Missouri Baptist JV at ECC    3 p.m.

Lewis & Clark at ECC    7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Indian Hills at ECC    9 a.m.

^Southwestern Illinois at ECC    1 p.m.

St. Clair Tny    TBA

Hermann at Lebanon Tny    TBA

Crosspoint at MAC Tournament    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

New Haven at Linn    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    5:30 p.m.

Hazelwood West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Helias at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Blair Oaks    5:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Washington at Holt    5 p.m.

*St.Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

*Owensville at Union    5:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

*Mineral Area at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Columbia Independent at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Union    5 p.m.

Sullivan at North County    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Lincoln at ECC    4 p.m.

Calvary Lutheran at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Heritage    5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Lincolnland at ECC    1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 6

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

#St. Louis United B at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Thomas Jefferson at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    5 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 8

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Cross Country

Wednesday, Oct. 1

St. James Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Washington at Parkway West Inv    9 a.m.

Pacific at Potosi Inv    11 a.m.

Borgia, Union Capital City Challenge    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Hermann Inv    4 p.m.

St. Clair, St. James at Cuba Inv    4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Boys Swimming

Monday, Sept. 29

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Borgia at Lutheran SC/Christian    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N Inv    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Washington at CBC    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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