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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 2:45 pm

Getting a late jump on the season due to wet weather, Borgia did all of its damage in the Four Rivers Baseball Classic in a two-day span, winning four games and claiming the tournament title.

The Knights (4-0) played a pair of one-run games Saturday in the championship bracket at St. Clair High School, knocking off Pacific in the championship contest, 3-2.

“We won four games in 24 hours. I don’t think that will ever happen again in my career,” said Borgia Head Coach Rob Struckhoff. “That’s what you see in slow-pitch softball, but not high school baseball. I’m very proud of the team for what they did.”

Borgia won the tournament title for the second time in three years. Pacific won it last year.

“Playing against Pacific, Jeff (Reed) always is going to have them ready to go,” Struckhoff said. “Both teams were pretty much done with pitching. They had four games this week. We had four games in the last two days, so it was just a battle of what arms were left. Both defenses made plays and there was timely hitting. We just had one more timely hit than they did. That’s what it came down to. It was about as even as a game as you can get.”

The Indians (3-1) left the bases loaded without scoring in the first and fifth innings.

“It was a good game that will make both teams better,” said Pacific Head Coach Jeff Reed. “Their shortstop (Grant Eckelkamp) made a couple of great plays. Both teams had good pitching and good defense.”

Both starting pitchers, Borgia’s Matt Jones and Pacific’s Nick Hogan, were on a pitch count and went four innings.

Jones allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits with one walk and nine strikeouts to earn the win.

“Jones did a good job working the outer half of the plate and we didn’t make the adjustments,” Reed said. “We struck out 10 times. Kudos to Jones, but our hitters have to be able to make adjustments at the plate.”

Justin Molitor worked a scoreless fifth inning. He issued three walks and had one strikeout.

John Himmelberg pitched the final two frames for the save. He allowed no runs on two hits with no walks or strikeouts.

“Molitor and Himmelberg are two sophomores who made their varsity debuts. They both were confident. I wouldn’t have put them in there if I didn’t think they could do it,” Struckhoff said. “Talk about a weekend, Jones caught 3 1/2 games and pitched the other half. I asked him (Friday) night, which game he wanted (Saturday). He said whatever I thought was best. I preferred he caught the first game, so he pitched the second. We kept him on a pitch count and relied on Molitor and Himmelberg to get it done. He’s going to be good for us. Matt and Tony Helfrich both have a lot of experience.”

Hogan allowed two runs on five hits with one walk and one strikeout.

Ryan Howell tossed the final three frames and suffered the loss. He allowed one unearned run on no hits with one walk and one strikeout.

“We have only one senior arm on the team, Zeth Boyer. Our younger guys have done a good job limiting their walks and giving us an opportunity to win games,” Reed said. “Our pitching has been good. It was good enough to win the game.”

The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a two-run double by Hank Vandaveer.

Borgia tied the game 2-2 in the top of the fourth inning on a two run-double by Nick Jacquin.

In the top of the fifth, Grant Eckelkamp hit a slow roller to third base, the throw to first deflected off Eckelkamp and rolled away, allowing Eckelkamp to reach second base.

Eckelkamp later scored the go-ahead run on an RBI groundout by Jones to make the score 3-2.

“We got a bit of a break with Eckelkamp getting on base and it turned out that he scored the winning run,” Struckhoff said. “Then they got a couple of guys on base, hit a screamer up the middle and we turned a double play. Baseball is a game of inches. It could have gone either way. I’m happy it went our way.”

Noah Borgerding, Tony Helfrich, Nathaniel Hillermann, Jones and Jacquin each had one hit for Borgia.

Helfrich, Hillermann and Eckelkamp scored. Jacquin had two RBIs and Jones added one. Helfrich and Himmelberg both drew a walk.

“We had guys get big hits and that was the story of the weekend,” Struckhoff said. “We scored more runs (Friday) than we did (Saturday). When we have 2-1 and 3-2 games, that shows you we played good defense and had some timely hitting. That’s a good sign for the rest of the season.”

Tanner Brown collected two hits for Pacific. Tyler Straatmann, Brandon Colter and Vandaveer each added one hit.

Allen Fitzgerald and Colter both scored a run. Vandaveer had two RBIs. Zeth Boyer, Jake Null, Fitzgerald and Straatmann each drew a walk.

“I’m about as proud of our guys as I’ve ever been with the way they played this weekend. We have three or four guys who played last year, so there’s not much experience. We threw four sophomores in the last two days who have never played varsity ball,” Struckhoff said. “It’s a fun tournament. Coach (Greg) Dunigan and St. Clair did a good job running it. We’re happy to win it. There are a lot of good teams in the tournament.”

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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

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

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

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

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

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.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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