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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 4:00 pm

While St. Clair threatened to score, Borgia senior pitcher Tony Helfrich kept his shutout streak alive, leading the Knights to a 10-0 baseball victory in five innings over the Bulldogs Saturday at Ronsick Field.

The Bulldogs collected five hits and had runners in scoring position during the game, but Helfrich and the Knights were able to hold the shutout in check.

In five innings of work, Helfrich allowed no runs on five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.

Helfrich improved to 3-0 on the season. He pitched a no-hitter and a one-hitter in his first two starts. In 15 innings, he has not allowed a run while giving up just six hits.

“St. Clair came out ready to play and it was tight early. They had some opportunities early to take a lead, but Tony worked out of the jams,” said Borgia Head Coach Rob Struckhoff. “Tony didn’t have his best stuff, but it was enough. We played solid defense behind him and he got a couple big strikeouts to preserve another shutout. With St. Clair in our district, we knew this was a big game and we came to play.”

St. Clair (3-11) was unable to get timely hits early in the game to take the lead.

“We had some offense going early, but were unable to drive in any runs,” said St. Clair Head Coach Rob Hauck.

The Knights (9-1) broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the bottom of the third inning.

They ended the game with a run in the fourth and four in the bottom of the fifth.

“We finally got it going in the third inning, putting up five runs. We took advantage of a couple mistakes. I like our mentality this year. When the other team gives us something, we generally jump on it and make them pay,” Struckhoff said. “A couple youngsters, Justin Baylard and John Himmelberg, had good at-bats in the fifth inning and we were able to end the game there.”

Blake Dierking got the start on the mound for St. Clair. After two scoreless innings, he ran into trouble in the third.

Dierking worked four innings, allowing nine runs, four earned, on 12 hits with no walks, one hit batter and two strikeouts.

Skyler Hutchison pitched one-third of an inning before the game ended in the bottom of the fifth. He allowed one run on one hit.

“In the third inning, Borgia had a strong offensive inning and we did not make the plays,” Hauck said. “After that, we had a hard time keeping our heads in the game and mounting a comeback.”

Borgia, which lost to Blair Oaks later in the day, collected 13 hits in the contest against St. Clair.

Grant Eckelkamp, Noah Borgerding, Nathaniel Hillermann (both doubles) and Helfrich each finished with two hits.

Eckelkamp added two RBIs and two runs. Hillermann had two RBIs and one run. Helfrich had one RBI and one run. Borgerding scored a run.

Matt Jones, Mitchell Hammack, Justin Horace, John Himmelberg and Todd Kleekamp each registered one hit. Justin Baylard drew a walk.

Himmelberg added two RBIs and one run. Horace had one RBI and one run. Jones had one RBI. Hammack and Kleekamp both scored a run.

“Once again, we got contributions from a lot of different players,” Struckhoff said. “Hitting is contagious and we really seem to feed off each other up and down the lineup.”

Brenden Murphy (one double) and Austin Gotway each had two hits for St. Clair. Dierking added one hit.

Anna Reed, who’s headed to Jefferson College to play softball, started in right field and batted ninth in the Bulldogs’ lineup. She was 0-2 with two strikeouts against Helfrich, but took some healthy swings.

“It was tough for Anna,” Hauck said. “Her first varsity at-bat and she had to face one of the hardest pitchers we’ve seen all year.”

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

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

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

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

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

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 62, Sullivan 35

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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