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Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 4:45 pm

For anyone attending the first game at Borgia’s newly renovated baseball field, it was a memorable experience.

However, that was the case mostly for the wrong reasons.

Fans sat through the bitter cold and snow showers to watch the Knights open the season with a 25-7 win over Wright City in the first game of the Four Rivers Classic.

“It was interesting, to say the least,” said Borgia Head Coach Rob Struckhoff. “I haven’t seen a snow game in a long time. Luckily we had the turf. I don’t think we would have played any other place with the snow. It would have been sticking and tacky on a dirt surface. The ball was slick at times. We used a lot of balls with the pitchers though.”

Struckhoff said that conditions were difficult, but the result was worth the work.

“I was happy with our performance and the conditions,” Struckhoff said. “It was hard to stay up, but I’ll take a win any day.”

The Knights played Tuesday afternoon at Owensville in the second pool game. Wright City is scheduled to host Owensville Thursday in the final game of pool action.

“We’ve got to regroup and be ready to go, or we’ll be 1-1 really fast,” Struckhoff said. “Wright City is going to get better. They hit the ball well at times and put some runs on the board too. They had a tough time finding the strike zone and that made the difference in the game.”

For two hours and 18 minutes, the teams fought to find the strike zone and complete the scheduled game in the snow while trying to beat the dusk curfew as the field does not have lights.

The contest ended after the top of the fifth due to the mercy rule.

Borgia scored its 25 runs on nine hits. Wright City also made eight errors.

The Wildcats scored their seven runs on seven hits and took advantage of two Borgia errors.

Each team left eight runners on base.

Both teams took advantage of free baserunners. Wright City pitchers walked 18 Knights while Borgia issued eight free passes.

“It was a little tough on the Wright City pitchers,” Struckhoff said. “We took a lot of walks.”

Most of the game’s highlights belonged to the Knights, who scored three runs in the first, two in the second, 13 in the third and seven in the fourth inning.

“We did good,” Struckhoff said. “We got guys on base and we scored in every inning. We took the lead early and broke it open in the third inning.”

Wright City pushed one run across in the top of the second and scored twice in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

The Knights are playing all of their home games on the renovated field this season.

While the park isn’t new, the infield turf surface is and it became the first high school turf field in Franklin County to host a baseball game. Union also has installed a turf field.

Only the infield at both locations is turf. The outfield still is a grass surface.

Monday’s game yielded many firsts:

• First batter — Wright City’s Chase Jones, who struck out looking against Borgia’s Tyler Murray.

• First baserunner — Wright City’s Troy Muse (via walk) in top of the first;

• First hit — Borgia’s Spencer Juergens singled on a tapper in front of the plate, beating out the throw.

• First run — Borgia’s John Himmelberg walked and scored in the bottom of the first. He crossed the plate five times in the game.

• First extra-base hit — Muse doubled to center field in the top of the third inning.

• First triple — Borgia’s Nathaniel Hillermann ripped a two-run triple to the left field fence in the bottom of the third inning.

• First home run — Borgia’s Justin Horace launched a three-run shot over the left field fence in the bottom of the third inning.

“Horace’s home run was big,” Struckhoff said. “Nate Hillermann also hit a hard shot over the left fielder’s head. We took some good at-bats. They made some errors and gave us some runs.”

• First decisions — Jacob Grellner was the winning pitcher, going three innings in relief of Murray. He allowed four unearned runs on three hits and four walks while striking out one. Dallas Deroy took the loss for Wright City, allowing five runs (four earned) on three hits and six walks with one strikeout.

Murray lasted two innings for the Knights, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks. He struck out three.

Following Deroy to the hill for the Wildcats were Adam North, Kyle Tuepker and Donnie Burbank.

North allowed six runs (four earned) on three hits and two walks over one-third of an inning. He struck out one.

Tuepker went two-thirds of an innings, allowing nine runs (two earned) on one hit and six walks.

Burbank threw one inning and allowed five runs (four earned) on two hits and four walks.

Offensively, Nathaniel Hillermann, Horace and Justin Baylard each had two hits for the Knights.

Juergens, Todd Kleekamp and Gus Kleekamp posted one hit each.

Horace homered while Hillermann tripled and Gus Kleekamp doubled.

Himmelberg scored five times, reaching four times on walks and once on an error.

Juergens and Hillermann scored four times each. Horace crossed the plate three times. Evan Ayers, Todd Kleekamp and Philip Swoboda each scored twice. Mitchell Hammack, Jacob Wunderlich and Zach Marquart each scored once.

Horace drove in six runs while Hillermann had three RBIs. Baylard and Gus Kleekamp drove home two apiece. Hammack, Wunderlich, Murray and Todd Kleekamp each had one RBI.

For Wright City, Muse led the way with two hits, including a double. He scored once and drove in a run.

Other hits came from Tuepker, Chase Abercrombie, Devin Telkamp, Andrew Pfuhl and Tyler Brittain.

Tuepker scored twice while Jones, Telkamp, Pfuhl and Kyle Lang also scored once.

Jones, Tuepker, Austin Marsh and Brittain also drove in runs.


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games