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Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 7:45 pm

Was it a baseball game or the Twilight Zone?

Borgia (5-0, 1-0) opened Archdiocesan Athletic Association action Tuesday by trouncing St. Dominic in five innings, 11-0.

“It’s been a long time since we beat St. Dominic,” Borgia Head Coach Rob Struckhoff said. “They are a great program and it was fun to get our first conference win against them. They will get better as the year goes on.”

The Crusaders, normally among the baseball powerhouses in the St. Louis area, fell to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference with the loss.

Borgia didn’t give the visitors any breaks though. Staff ace Tony Helfrich took the ball and followed up a no-hitter against Owensville in his season debut with a one-hitter against St. Dominic.

“Tony Helfrich was outstanding on the mound,” Struckhoff said. “Following up a no-hitter with a one-hitter is phenomenal no matter what level you are playing at. The crazy thing is I don’t think he had his best stuff, but he kept the ball down, threw strikes and let his defense make the plays.”

Helfrich didn’t walk a single batter and struck out two. Only once did St. Dominic put two runners on base. In the top of the fourth inning, back-to-back errors gave the Crusaders a chance, but a double play from Justin Horace to Grant Eckelkamp and then over to Mitchell Hammack ended that threat.

Borgia’s offense made sure the game wouldn’t last beyond five innings.

The Knights took advantage of eight walks in the game and exploded early.

After one inning, Borgia led 3-0. It nearly was 4-0, but the Crusaders won an appeal to get the third out when a runner was judged to have left third base too early on a flyout.

Borgia continued the onslaught with two runs in the second, four in the third and two more in the fourth.

“This was a great team win,” Struckhoff said. “Like any baseball team, solid pitching, consistent defense, and contributions up and down the lineup will win a lot of games. I’m proud of the way this team focuses and plays the game the right way.”

Noah Borgerding was the only Knight with multiple hits. He laced out a pair of safeties, including a double. He scored a run, drove in two and added a walk.

“Noah contributed with a couple hits and RBIs,” Struckhoff said. “He’s been our most consistent hitter so far and I’m sure he’ll keep getting better.”

Grant Eckelkamp doubled, scored twice, drove in three, walked and sacrificed.

“Grant did a great job at the plate and in the field,” Struckhoff said. “He got on base and scored a couple runs for us. That’s what a leadoff man does and I expect he’ll continue this for the rest of the year.”

Nick Jacquin was the designated hitter and he posted one hit with two runs, one RBI, a walk and a sacrifice.

“Nick Jacquin continues to contribute at the plate,” Struckhoff said. “I’m really proud of how hard he’s worked and am happy to see him get this success.”

The other hit came from Mitchell Hammack. He also drew a walk.

“Mitchell Hammack got his first start of the year and had some good at-bats,” Struckhoff said. “He’s got a bright future ahead.”

At the plate, Helfrich added an RBI.

Nathaniel Hillermann walked. Horace walked and scored two runs. Michael Kren walked. Matt Jones walked once and courtesy runner John Himmelberg scored two runs in his spot.

Fatima

The Knights continued their offensive onslaught Thursday afternoon in Westphalia with a 17-4 win over the Fatima Comets.

Borgia ripped out six home runs, including two grand slams in the game. In fact, half of Borgia’s 12 hits left the park. Struckhoff indicated that the fences were a bit short there, but feels three or four would have been out at any ballpark.

“It actually was closer than that,” Struckhoff said. “It was 5-4 going into the final inning. They knocked us out of the district tournament last year and the guys remembered that.”

Each team scored once in the first. Borgia took the lead with four runs in the third but Fatima got three of those back in the bottom of the inning.

Borgia ended the game early with 12 runs in the top of the fifth and held in the bottom of that frame.

“We hit five home runs in the fifth inning,” Struckhoff said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen that.”

Leading the parade around the bases was Hillermann, who launched out two home runs. He scored twice and drove in six runs. Both home runs came in the fifth inning.

Players with one home run each were Borgerding, Helfrich, Jones and Horace.

Borgerding ended with two hits, four runs, three RBIs and a walk.

Helfrich had two this, three runs, one RBI and a walk.

Jones had three hits and added a double to the home run. He drove in three, scored once and walked.

Horace walked twice, scored three times and drove in four runs.

The other Borgia hits came from Eckelkamp (one run) and Todd Kleekamp.

Jacob Haskins walked and scored. Kren scored twice times as a courtesy runner.

“I was happy,” Struckhoff said. “We kept getting the bats on the ball and getting the hits.”

Spencer Juergens started for the Knights and pitched four innings. He allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and one walk.

Tyler Murray finished out the game, allowing one hit while striking out one batter in the final inning.

The Knights visit Washington at Rotary-Recreational Complex Ronsick Field Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

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Area Scoreboard

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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

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

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 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

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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