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Helfrich Holds Hermann to Three Hits in Borgia Win

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Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 12:00 pm

Tony Helfrich might want to play more games at Borgia’s school field.

That’s because the Borgia junior held Hermann to three hits Monday in a 6-0 shutout win.

Borgia (13-7) also played Saturday at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field, falling to O’Fallon Christian, 6-2.


Facing another potential district opponent, the Knights managed to beat Hermann for the second time this season, 6-0.

“Beating another district opponent is huge for us,” Borgia Head Coach Rob Struckhoff said. “Hermann’s been playing well lately and we knew we’d have our hands full. It was a great win for us.”

The first meeting was in the third-place game of the consolation bracket of the Four Rivers Classic. Borgia made it two wins in a row over the Bearcats Monday at Borgia.

Helfrich gave up only three hits in the game while striking out seven batters.

“Tony Helfrich was the story of this game,” Struckhoff said. “He worked fast and really did a great job hitting his spots. He kept Hermann off-balance the entire game. He only threw 74 pitches which might be a record for us in a seven-inning complete game. He really used his infield defense well. Of Hermann’s 21 outs, seven were strikeouts and 12 were groundouts. You’ll win a lot of games with that combination.”

Offensively, Jack Kopmann led the way with three hits and three RBIs.

“Jack Kopmann was the hitting and defensive star,” Struckhoff said. “He had three hits and three RBIs and cleanly fielded eight balls. That’s having a day. Brendan Feldmann posted two doubles while also walking and scoring a run.

“Brendan Feldmann also continued his solid hitting with two doubles,” Struckhoff said.

Trent Leimkuehler, Grant Eckelkamp, Brendan Kleekamp and Austin Rettke also had hits for the Knights.

Leimkuehler added a stolen base. Eckelkamp scored and stole a base. Kleekamp scored, drove in a run and stole a base. Rettke doubled, scored and drove in two runs.

Sam Deschenes walked, stole a base and scored. Alex Jasper also scored a run.

Jake Schannuth took the loss for Hermann, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks. He struck out seven.

Hermann’s statisticians credited their team with four hits with Brett Eckelkamp, Ben Held, Justin Wurtz and Craig Winkelmann being given singles.


Hosting O’Fallon Christian in the Dubourg Tournament, the Knights fell Saturday afternoon, 6-2.

“This was a game of missed opportunities for us,” Struckhoff said. “We put 11 men on base, but could only muster one hit with a man in scoring position. Three times during the game we had a runner on second with nobody out and couldn’t even move him to third base. We’ve been through this before, though. We’ve shown the ability to score runs, so I’m not worried.”

Struckhoff indicated Christian came through with runners on the base.

“Christian had the exact opposite luck we had,” Struckhoff said. “They scored all six runs in the third. Other than that inning, they only had one base runner the rest of the game. Baseball is funny that way.”

The Knights used two pitchers in the game. Feldmann lasted four innings, allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out three.

“Brendan Feldmann started and pitched well in three of his four innings,” Struckhoff said. “However, they got to him in the third. We had to pull him after four innings due to an illness.”

Leimkuehler, honored before the game for a MSHSAA record 28-game hitting streak which ended this season, pitched the last three innings while allowing two hits. He struck out four.

“Trent finished up and pitched very well,” Struckhoff said.

Struckhoff praised Borgia’s defense.

“Our defense played errorless baseball once again, which was good to see,” Struckhoff said.

Matt Jones and Noah Borgerding each had two hits in the game.

Borgerding added a double and an RBI.

Borgia’s other hits came from Leimkuehler and Rettke.

Leimkuehler also scored. Rettke doubled and walked.

Alex Jasper scored the other run while Kleekamp walked and had an RBI.

Others with walks were Eckelkamp, Kopmann and Helfrich.


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18


Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.


Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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