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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 4:30 pm

With a win Monday over Priory, Borgia has reached the game it has been looking at all season.

The second-seeded Knights (15-6) overcame a pair of one-run deficits to defeat third-seeded Priory 4-3 Monday in the semifinals of the Class 4 District 4 Baseball Tournament.

Borgia will take on top-seeded Westminster (28-3) in the district championship game Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Ronsick Field.

“We played outstanding defense, had a great pitching performance from Matt Jones and got enough done offensively,” Borgia Head Coach Rob Struckhoff said about the Priory game. “We played great defense at short and third by Grant Eckelkamp and Jacob Haskins. We couldn’t get that leadoff batter on. We played more small ball than we usually do because I thought three or four runs would win the game.”

Matt Jones pitched all seven innings for Borgia to earn the win. He allowed three runs on six hits with one walk and nine strikeouts.

“Jones was solid. He hit his spots. They battled pretty well against him and had some good at-bats. Their bottom did more damage than their top,” Struckhoff said. “Whether he’s pitching or catching, Jones is a great competitor. He always gives 100 percent.”

Southpaw Charles Lohmann pitched the entire game for the Rebels. He allowed four runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

“We took some bad at-bats against him,” Struckhoff said. “We’ve had some poor BPs (batting practice) in the last couple days of practice. A couple of guys turned them into home run derbies. We got on them about staying gap-to-gap, but some guys didn’t make the adjustments.”

Priory (8-14) took a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the second inning.

Borgia tied the game in the bottom of the second. Noah Borgerding doubled, went to third base on a bunt by Jacob Haskins and scored on an RBI groundout by Spencer Juergens.

After Priory took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning, the Knights responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Mitchell Hammack and Grant Eckelkamp both had RBI singles to give Borgia a 3-2 lead.

The Knights made the score 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning on a squeeze bunt by Hammack, scoring Michael Kren, who was running for Justin Baylard.

“That was a big play. Baylard got on, (Nate) Hillermann moved him over and Hammack did a great job getting the bunt down,” Struckhoff said. “Hammack had another big hit to score a run early in the game. I was very happy with how he played.”

The squeeze play was crucial as Priory scored a run in the top of the seventh inning and had the tying run on base, but couldn’t pull even.

Borgerding was 2-3 at the plate with two doubles for Borgia.

Nate Hillermann (double) and Jones both had one hit and one walk.

Hammack added one hit and two RBIs. Eckelkamp had one hit and one RBI. Juergens had one RBI.

Westminster Preview

Westminster is the two-time defending Class 3 state champions.

The top-seeded Wildcats defeated Pacific Monday in the semifinals in five innings, 10-0.

Westminster’s three losses have come against Hickman 4-2, Parkway Central 4-3 and defending Class 4 state champion Rockwood Summit, 9-8.

The Wildcats bring a 13-game winning streak into the contest. They have not allowed more than three runs in any of those 13 games.

“It should be a good matchup. Hopefully we’ll be up to the task and compete with them,” Struckhoff said. “They’re a tough team. They have a lot of athletes who play hard. They come to play.”

Tony Helfrich will start on the mound for Borgia. He’s 4-0 with a 0.37 earned-run average. In 38 innings, he’s allowed four runs, two earned, on 24 hits with four walks and 46 strikeouts.

“I’ll take our chances with Tony. He’s what you’d call a crafty righty,” Struckhoff said. “He’s going to have to hit his spots. You can’t miss your spots against these guys.”

Westminster figures to go with its southpaw senior ace, Ben Lovell.

Lovell, who will pitch at Belmont University, is 7-0 with a 1.50 ERA. In 56 innings, he’s allowed 17 runs, 12 earned, on 40 hits with 15 walks and 56 strikeouts.

“It seems like Lovell has been there forever, but I’ve never seen him pitch. We’ve haven’t played them since I’ve been here,” Struckhoff said. “We’ve faced a ton of lefties. This is a different kind of lefty. He’s not going to be throwing 70 miles per hour. It’s going to be in the 80s. We saw a lefty who threw hard against St. Dominic and hit him pretty hard. We saw the lefty from St. Mary’s , so we’ve seen some good lefties.”

The Wildcats’ top offensive player is junior shortstop Shane Benes, who has a batting average of .452 with nine home runs and 34 RBIs.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Oct. 3

*Ft. Zumwalt E at Washington    7 p.m.

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    7 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    7 p.m.

*Hermann at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Festus at Pacific    7 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Lincoln    7 p.m.

*Warrenton at Winfield    7 p.m.

*Wright City at Van-Far    7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

Union 54, Washington 14

*Borgia 45, Duchesne 7

*St. Clair 57, St. James 55 (2 OT)

*Pacific 40, Owensville 34

*Hermann 24, Sullivan 12

Cuba 74, Liberty Wentzville 7

Parkway West 20, Warrenton 7

Mark Twain 32, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Softball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Washington at Holt    4:30 p.m.

De Soto at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Affton    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Steelville    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

Owensville at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Cuba at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Rockwood Summit at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Rolla    4:30 p.m.

Father Tolton at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Crocker    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Belle at New Haven    5 p.m.

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

Hermann at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Washington    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Festus    4:30 p.m.

Linn at New Haven    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Borgia at St. Dominic    4:30 p.m.

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(5) Rolla at (4) Northwest, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Rolla-Northwest winner at (1) Lafayette, 4:15 p.m.

(3) Washington at (2) Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia vs. (5) Wentzville Liberty, 2:30 p.m.

(3) Winfield vs. (6) O’Fallon Christian, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

(1) St. Dominic vs. Borgia-Liberty winner, 2:30 p.m.

(2) Warrenton vs. Winfield-O’Fallon Christian winner, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, 4 p.m.

Volleyball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Hillsboro at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    5 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    5 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Missouri Baptist JV at ECC    3 p.m.

Lewis & Clark at ECC    7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Indian Hills at ECC    9 a.m.

^Southwestern Illinois at ECC    1 p.m.

St. Clair Tny    TBA

Hermann at Lebanon Tny    TBA

Crosspoint at MAC Tournament    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

New Haven at Linn    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    5:30 p.m.

Hazelwood West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Helias at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Blair Oaks    5:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Washington at Holt    5 p.m.

*St.Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

*Owensville at Union    5:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

*Mineral Area at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Columbia Independent at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Union    5 p.m.

Sullivan at North County    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Lincoln at ECC    4 p.m.

Calvary Lutheran at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Heritage    5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Lincolnland at ECC    1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 6

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

#St. Louis United B at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Thomas Jefferson at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    5 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 8

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Cross Country

Wednesday, Oct. 1

St. James Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Washington at Parkway West Inv    9 a.m.

Pacific at Potosi Inv    11 a.m.

Borgia, Union Capital City Challenge    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Hermann Inv    4 p.m.

St. Clair, St. James at Cuba Inv    4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Boys Swimming

Monday, Sept. 29

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Borgia at Lutheran SC/Christian    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N Inv    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Washington at CBC    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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