If one word had to be used to describe the Borgia baseball season, it would be shutout.
“I’m really proud of how well our pitchers and defense have played this year,” Borgia Head Coach Rob Struckhoff said. “In 16 games, we’ve thrown seven shutouts and only given up 42 total runs. That’s incredible at our level.”
The Knights (12-4, 3-3) whitewashed the Bishop DuBourg Cavaliers Tuesday in a doubleheader at Dutzow, winning 4-0 in the opener and 12-0 in the nightcap.
“It was a great night to pitch for us,” Struckhoff said. “Warm weather and great defense really gave our pitchers a boost. We turned four double plays between the two games, made no errors, and really looked sharp.”
The games were played at Borgia’s third home field, Dutzow Ballpark. Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field was booked for a Washington game and the Borgia JV team played at the field at school.
Struckhoff said conditions at Dutzow were good.
“Dutzow had the infield in perfect condition,” Struckhoff said. “It’s nice to be able to play at a park where you don’t have to worry about a ball taking a bad hop.”
In the opener, Borgia got a four-hit shutout from Matt Jones and Tyler Murray.
Jones went six innings and got the win, allowing three hits and five walks. He struck out eight.
“Matt Jones pitched the first game and had real good stuff,” Struckhoff said. “His fastball was overpowering most of the game. He ran into trouble a couple times with walks, but was able to work out of jams. Tyler Murray came in and did a good job finishing off the game.”
Murray pitched the final inning, allowing just one walk.
Offensively, the Knights scored three runs in the second and one in the fifth. Borgia had just three hits, but made those pay off.
John Himmelberg had the biggest hit, a two-run double.
Jacob Haskins doubled, scored twice, drove in one and walked.
Tony Helfrich singled and stole a base.
Also scoring were Nathaniel Hillermann (who walked) and Nick Jacquin.
Grant Eckelkamp walked and drove in a run.
Justin Horace walked while Noah Borgerding stole a base.
“We didn’t do much offensively in the first game but took advantage of our opportunities,” Struckhoff said. “John Himmelberg and Jacob Haskins both came up with the big RBI hits. Both those guys work extremely hard at practice to get better and I’m happy with their progress this season.”
After an intermission, Murray got the ball for the second game and went the first two innings.
He allowed one hit and two walks while striking out one.
Spencer Juergens got the win in relief and pitched five scoreless innings. The Cavaliers managed four hits and one walk against him. Juergens whiffed five DuBourg batters.
“We started Tyler right away in the second game and he gave us two solid innings. Spencer finished the final five innings to get the win,” Struckhoff said. “He really pitched well. His velocity was great and he had command of all his pitches.”
Borgia found the bats for the second contest. The Knights scored single runs in the first, second and fourth innings before adding two in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Up 6-0 in the top of the seventh (Borgia was the visiting team on the scoreboard), the Knights ripped out six more runs.
“We brought the bats out in the second game banging out 16 hits,” Struckhoff said. “We had contributions up and down the lineup though.”
Jones produced four hits, including a double. He drove in two.
Borgerding and Juergens each had two hits, one run and one RBI.
Haskins doubled, scored and drove in two.
Michael Kren produced a double and a walk while scoring three times and driving in two runs.
Eckelkamp played the role of leadoff batter, drawing three walks to go with one hit. He scored three times and drove in one.
“Grant and Michael Kren each scored three runs,” Struckhoff said. “They both have good speed and do a good job on the bases.”
Helfrich and Horace each singled, walked and scored.
Todd Kleekamp singled and drove in one run.
Mitchell Hammack singled and scored. Himmelberg had one hit. Hillermann walked.