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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

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Thursday, Dec. 18

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Pattonville vs. Farmington, 4 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Owensville, 5:30 p.m.

Principia vs. Pattonville, 7 p.m.

Borgia vs. Cuba, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Washington at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Washington at Lindbergh    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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