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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 10:15 am

Borgia Head Coach Rob Struckhoff knew Monday’s Class 3 District 8 semifinals would be difficult.

And he was right on as fourth-seeded Fatima knocked out the Knights (19-8) in Fulton, 3-2.

“We definitely picked the wrong time to revert back to how we played to start the season,” Struckhoff said. “Too many costly errors and too little timely hitting cost us this game. Making these kind of mistakes will cost you and our players know it. The game was our’s for the taking and we didn’t get it done. To make four errors in this game after making only three the last 10 games is hard to understand. Hopefully our younger players learn from this.”

Struckhoff indicated both semifinals were going to be tough games.

“It’s like a mini-final four,” Struckhoff said. “We played Fatima and they were 16-7. The other semifinal was between North Callaway (20-4) and Blair Oaks (19-4). This is a pretty stacked district.”

Blair Oaks defeated North Callaway, 4-3, in Monday’s other semifinal.


Playing for the third time this season and the second time within a week, Borgia rolled past Owensville Saturday in the district opener in six innings, 10-0.

“We’re playing pretty well,” Struckhoff said. “Whenever you have a 1-8 game, it’s got the potential to be tough. You don’t want to look ahead, but we had beaten them twice this season. They’re 17- and 18-year-old kids. They have a tendency to look past. We need to stay focused. We did a good job of getting past them again.”

Struckhoff said Owensville opened the game with two hits, but that turned out to be the highlight for the Dutchmen.

“They got a bloop single just over first base and a bunt that Jack Kopmann dove and tried to catch,” Struckhoff said. “But, from there, Brendan Kleekamp got a strikeout and a double play and that was the biggest threat Owensville had.”

The Knights came back with three runs in the first, three in the third, three in the fourth and a final run in the bottom of the sixth to end it.

Kleekamp threw four innings, allowing three hits while striking out six. Brendan Feldmann pitched the final two innings, walking one and striking out five.

Offensively, Borgia had a number of standouts.

“We had contributions up and down the lineup,” Struckhoff said.

Trent Leimkuehler went 3-4 with three runs, an RBI and two stolen bases.

Noah Borgerding had three hits, one run, three RBIs and two stolen bases.

Alex Jasper posted three hits and two RBIs.

Grant Eckelkamp had two hits, a walk, two runs and two stolen bases.

Kopmann had one hit, one run and an RBI.

Austin Rettke had a hit, a walk and a run.

Matt Jones drove in a run, walked, sacrificed and was hit by a pitch.

Michael Kren scored twice and stole a base.

Tony Helfrich walked, sacrificed and drove in a run.


Struckhoff said the Knights got another great pitching effort from Helfrich.

“Tony Helfrich was outstanding once again on the mound,” Struckhoff said. “His only earned run was a solo home run in the second. Other than that one mistake, he was outstanding. He finished the season by giving up only one earned run in his last 24 innings. He deserved better.”

The game was tied 1-1 after one inning and Fatima took the lead again in the top of the second on the home run.

Struckhoff said Borgia had chances to score in the third and fifth innings, but couldn’t push runs across the plate but two close calls went against the Knights.

“Of course neither call went our way which seems to be a trend in the last few district tournaments,” Struckhoff said.

An error gave Fatima another run in the top of the seventh. That proved to be huge as Borgia pulled one back in the bottom of that inning.

Kleekamp led off with a single and Rettke moved both Kleekamp and Jasper up a base. Sam Deschenes singled home Kleekamp.

Borgia went for a squeeze play, but the pitch was high and Eckelkamp was fortunate to foul it. Fatima was able to close out the game with Jasper still on third.

“Although the game was a huge disappointment, the season was incredible,” Struckhoff said. “We won 15 of our last 19 games and earned a No. 1 seed in our district. We had a great group of seniors and have a tremendous junior class coming back. Our coaching staff also did an outstanding job.”


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 vs. West, 10 a.m.

G6 St. Charles vs. Daniel boone, 4 p.m.

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 1 p.m.

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 4 p.m.

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 vs. Washington, 1 p.m.

G8 Championship — Jackson vs. G7 winner, 3:30 p.m.

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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