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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 10:00 am

Barnstroming baseball is back.

The Borgia Knights played their two pool games in the Four Rivers Classic Friday at two different locations and picked up two wins.

The Knights had been scheduled to play those games earlier in the week, but wet field conditions forced those games to be moved.

So, Borgia played Owensville Friday at the Borgia High School Field and earned a 7-1 victory.

The Knights then got up and drove over to Dutzow, where they took on Montgomery County in the other Pool A contest and came away with a 10-0 win on a no-hitter by senior Tony Helfrich.

“We had been worried about playing in two different places,” said Borgia Head Coach Rob Struckhoff. “We didn’t practice Thursday because we had to prepare our field since we couldn’t get the city park. After that, we drove to Dutzow and had to wait because the Washington freshmen were playing. It got colder. Montgomery County beat us there and they were out in the cold longer.”

The wins put Borgia into the winners’ bracket of the tournament Saturday in Pacific.

“We played until 9 p.m. Friday night and then had to get back on the bus for the early game at Pacific Saturday,” Struckhoff said.

The Saturday games can be found in separate stories in this section.


After watching other schools begin their seasons, the Knights finally got to play their opener Friday at their school field.

The Knights jumped out to the lead with a run in the third inning. Borgia scored again in the fourth and added four big runs in the bottom of the fifth.

After Borgia scored once in the sixth, Owensville added a run in the top of the seventh to break up the shutout.

Borgia got a complete game from sophomore Spencer Juergens.

“Juergens was outstanding,” Struckhoff said. “He throws pretty hard for a sophomore. He only allowed two hits and two walks while striking out eight. He threw only 55 pitches through the first six innings.”

The lone Owensville run was earned.

“I was very happy with his first varsity start,” Struckhoff said.

Struckhoff said it was a good thing to see the young players come through in the game.

“Coach (Spencer) Unnerstall and I didn’t know what we had this year,” Struckhoff said. “We’ve got a lot of new players without varsity experience. We had a lot of veterans last year. The young guys stepped up and did a good job. They were impressive.”

Borgia got two hits each from Helfrich, Justin Horace, Noah Borgerding, Nathaniel Hillermann and Matt Jones.

Helfrich doubled, scored a run and drove in one.

Horace doubled, scored twice and drove in a run.

Borgerding doubled, scored twice, walked and stole two bases.

Hillermann drove in two.

Jones doubled, walked and drove in two runs.

“We had eight hits from our top four hitters in the order,” Struckhoff said. “That made a huge difference. We knew we had good hitters coming back at the top of the order. The bottom of the order made the difference later in the tournament.”

Other hits came from Nick Jacquin and Michael Kren.

Todd Kleekamp scored two runs.

“Owensville’s pitcher (Alex Moritz) did a good job,” Struckhoff said. “This was our first time out and there were some nerves. When we scored four runs in the fifth inning, that broke it open.”

Montgomery County

From there, the Knights hustled over to Dutzow for their second game. Borgia was supposed to play the Wildcats on Tuesday in Montgomery City, but that game was washed out.

Montgomery County had knocked the Knights out of contention for the winners’ bracket last year, something Struckhoff reminded the team about prior to the game.

“Montgomery County has a good team,” Struckhoff said. “We had a little talk about last year. We got a very impressive pitching performance from Tony.”

Helfrich went the distance, allowing only two walks while striking out 10 Wildcats.

“He was painting the corners from the start,” Struckhoff said. “He showed great control. He was throwing hard and it was difficult to hit that with the temperature in the upper 30s. He walked two of the first five batters he faced, but he settled down after that. His 10 strikeouts included the last five batters of the game.”

Offensively, the Knights scored five times in the second and five times in the fifth.

Borgerding, Grant Eckelkamp, Hillermann and Kren posted two hits apiece.

Borgerding doubled, scored once and drove in a run.

Eckelkamp scored twice and walked.

Hillermann doubled, scored twice and drove in two runs.

“Nathaniel had a great tournament for us,” Struckhoff said.

Kren scored twice and drove in two.

Jacquin, Horace and Helfrich each had one hit.

Horace doubled, walked and scored a run.

Helfrich helped his own cause by doubling, scoring, walking twice and stealing a base.

“Tony hit a long double which might have been out of the park on another day,” Struckhoff said.

The game ended after five innings on the mercy rule and the win gave Borgia the Pool A title and a berth in the semifinals in St. Clair Saturday morning.


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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