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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013 8:30 pm

While both coaches agreed it wasn’t the most well-played baseball game, it was a competitive contest between Borgia and Washington Tuesday at Ronsick Field.

The Knights (7-0) remained unbeaten on the season, breaking a tie with two runs in the top of the sixth inning and one in the seventh for an 8-5 victory.

“It was a tough one. Washington is a good team. They’ve been playing well,” said Borgia Head Coach Rob Struckhoff. “It’s always a good game. It’s a quality win. They hit (Matt) Jones pretty well. We made some mistakes. We threw the ball away on a double play that cost us two runs. There were runs given to both teams.”

Fair or Foul

With the score tied 5-5 in the top of the sixth inning, Borgia’s Matt Jones belted a two-run home run down the left field line to give the Knights a 7-5 lead.

Washington (5-4) argued that the ball went foul, but it was ruled a home run by the home plate umpire.

“I was looking at it because the runner in front of me wasn’t going,” Jones said. “It was hooking. I was just hoping it wasn’t going foul. They told me it was a fair ball, so that’s what it was.”

Struckhoff and Washington Head Coach Scott Bray had different opinions of the play.

“I thought it was fair. It was close. Obviously they’re going to argue it. I’d argue it, too,” Struckhoff said. “From my angle, it was between the 318 and the line. It did hook at the end, but it’s where it goes out, not what it does after it goes out.”

Bray had a different take.

“I thought it was foul. I don’t think there was even a question. When I questioned it, he (the umpire) said he thought he saw a home run,” Bray said. “They got one more run after that, so it really doesn’t matter.”

The Knights added a run in the top of the seventh inning to increase their lead to 8-5.

Shaky Defense

According to the boxscore, the two teams combined for 13 errors, 10 by Washington and three by Borgia.

Some of that had to do with the infield conditions as a number of ground balls took bad hops, which made it difficult to make plays.

“Both teams came to play, but made some mistakes in the field,” Struckhoff said. “You hate to say it, but the field conditions were a little rough. That got in our minds, got in their minds. You never know what the ball was going to do when it was hit. The infielders were acting like catchers. They just tried to block the ball. Hopefully we can get something squared away with the field.”

Bray didn’t want to use the field conditions as an excuse for his team’s defense.

“It’s the same for both teams. I can take a bad hop here or there, but we had eight legitimate errors on balls that we normally make,” Bray said. “You’re not going to beat any team if you give them eight extra outs.”

Game Summary

Borgia scored two runs in the top of the first inning and single runs in the third, fourth and fifth.

Washington countered with three runs in the bottom of the third inning, one in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Jones pitched the first five innings for Borgia for the win. He allowed five runs, three earned, on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts.

“I threw strikes and kept the team in the game. It definitely wasn’t my best performance,” Jones said. “It’s a fun game. We know everyone on the other team. Sometimes it gets real serious and sometimes it’s fun.”

Tyler Murray tossed the final two frames for the save. He allowed no runs on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

“Jones kept us in the game. He threw strikes. We had (Tony) Helfrich slotted for this game, but he has stomach flu. We put him out in center field. We had to get him out in the end because he was struggling. He toughed it out. It’s his senior year and he wanted to play the Washington game,” Struckhoff said. “Murray did a great job to knock down the save.”

Jared Walde got the start on the mound for the Blue Jays and suffered the loss. In five innings, he allowed five runs, one earned, on seven hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.

Aaron Meyer worked 1.2 innings in relief, allowing three runs, two earned. Kyle Summers got the final out in the top of the seventh.

“Jared pitched a good game and Jones pitched well, too. There are hitters up and down the lineup on both sides,” Bray said. “It’s just one of those things where the team that makes the least amount of mistakes, wins.”

Nathaniel Hillermann and Jones both were 3-4 at the plate to pace Borgia. Jones was a triple short of the cycle, finishing with four RBIs.

“Every day, I try to get a couple hundred swings in the cage,” Jones said. “I work mostly on driving the ball up the middle.”

Grant Eckelkamp reached base three times with two hits and a walk to go with two runs.

Nick Jacquin finished with two hits and one RBI.

Noah Borgerding added one hit and two runs. Mitchell Hammack had one hit.

Walde led Washington at the plate with two hits, both doubles, and one RBI.

Brock Hopkins, Pete Coulter and Todd Hellmann each collected one hit, one walk and one run.

Phillip Straatmann also had one hit.

“These kids grow up together and know each other. It’s usually a fun atmosphere,” Bray said. “There’s very good baseball normally. I don’t think this was a well-played game.”

Down the Stretch

Bray likes the direction the Blue Jays are going.

“We’re now starting to hit. Once we put it all together, I think we’re going to be a tough team to beat,” Bray said. “We’ve had good pitching outings, and not just from Luke Hasenjaeger and Walde. Zach Pointer threw a complete game the other night. Justin Schuler has thrown well. Kyle Summers is our guy who comes in and closes games. We have other guys who can throw too. I’ve got a couple of sophomores who I want to see pitch because I know they can.”

Struckhoff is pleased with the Knights’ performance so far this season.

“If you learn to win early in the season, things just snowball. Winning is contagious,” Struckhoff said. “We’ve had close games this year. As coaches and players, you have no doubts. You know you’re going to come through, even when you’re playing quality opponents. We had Rolla, Pacific and Washington, all great games, but we came out on top because our kids know how to win. Hopefully it continues.”

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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 12

Note—Zone Tournament qualifiers — West, Daniel Boone and St. Charles.

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 Springfield Glendale vs. Jackson, 3 p.m.

G2 Sedalia vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 25

G3 Washington vs. G1 winner, noon

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 2:30 p.m.

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 5 p.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 26

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 1 p.m.

G8 Championship — G5 winner 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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