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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 3:30 pm

Despite suffering their first loss of the season Saturday, the Borgia baseball Knights continue to roll this spring.

Borgia (9-1) posted a 19-0 win at John F. Kennedy Friday and then shut out St. Clair Saturday before falling to Blair Oaks, 9-4, in the final game of a three-team event at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.

Borgia’s game Monday against Lutheran St. Charles was called on account of rain. It is scheduled to be made up Tuesday, May 7. The school has been informed Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field is not available that day, so it will be played at Dutzow Ballpark starting at 4:30 p.m.

Borgia’s win over Kennedy on Friday was the team’s second no-hitter of the season. Spencer Juergens threw the no-no, joining Tony Helfrich in the no-hit club.

“Spencer was dominant on the mound,” said Borgia Head Coach Rob Struckhoff.  “Whenever you get a no-hitter, no matter who it’s against, you should be proud of the effort.  It can be tough to pitch with a big lead because everyone knows you need to just throw strikes.”


Juergens kept Kennedy from gaining any traction at all in Friday’s contest.

Over five innings, Juergens allowed just one walk while striking out seven Celts

Offensively, Borgia made certain the game wouldn’t go beyond five innings, making the work easier for Juergens.

The Knights jumped on top early with 11 runs in the top of the first. Borgia added two in the second, three in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth inning.

“Kennedy is a young team and will improve over the next couple of years,” Struckhoff said. “They gave us some base runners and we took advantage. I told our guys to keep focused and having good at bats. In a game like this it’s easy to get into bad habits. I was happy with our approach, as I’ve been all year.”

Noah Borgerding had a huge game, getting four of Borgia’s 13 hits.

Borgerding doubled, scored three times and drove in four runs.

“Noah continues to produce big for us at the plate,” Struckhoff said. “He is just stinging the ball.”

Tony Helfrich and Mitchell Hammick posted two hits apiece.

Helfrich doubled, walked, scored three runs and drove in a pair. He also added a sacrifice.

“Tony also hit a couple balls really hard,” Struckhoff said.

Hammack doubled, walked, scored twice and drove in three runs.

Batters with one hit apiece were Matt Jones, Grant Eckelkamp, Jacob Haskins, John Himmelberg, Todd Kleekamp and Michael Kren.

“Matt and Grant also did their thing at the plate,” Struckhoff said. “Jacob Haskins, Todd Kleekamp, John Himmelberg and Tyler Murray also had some good at-bats today. We had contributions up and down the lineup.”

Jones doubled and drove in two runs. Eckelkamp scored twice and drove in a run.

Himmelberg singled and scored. Kleekamp doubled. Kren scored a run and drove in one.

Justin Horace scored twice. Haskins scored twice and drove in a run. Nick Jacquin walked, scored once and drove in two runs.

Kleekamp doubled. Nathaniel Hillermann walked twice, scored twice and drove in one run. Murray sacrificed and drove in a run.

Blair Oaks

After nine wins in a row, Blair Oaks handed Borgia its first loss of the season Saturday afternoon at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field, 9-4

“Blair Oaks came right into the game after beating St. Clair and their bats were alive early,” Struckhoff said. “Not taking anything away from them, but it was the classic bleeder, bloop, and bomb scenario. They did a good job of putting the ball in play, but they did get a lot of breaks on ground balls chopping through and bloop base hits just over infielder’s heads. Then they’d smash a double and grab some runs. We also made a couple errors that helped them out.”

Blair Oaks jumped on top with eight early runs.

“After getting down eight runs early, we had the choice of just backing down and going home or getting back in the game,” Struckhoff said. “We outplayed them the last five innings and I was proud of our guys for not backing down.”

Hillermann got the start and took the loss.

“Nate settled in after the second and gave us a couple solid innings,” Struckhoff said. “Tyler Murray did the same.”

Hillermann went four innings, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits. He walked nobody and struck out two.

Murray pitched two innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk. He fanned two Falcons.

Jacob Koelling, one of the top pitchers for the Falcons, got the start and held the Knights on just three hits and one walk. He struck out nine.

“We faced their No. 1, Koelling, and the radar gun in the stands had him at 89 mph,” Struckhoff said. “It’s hard for high school hitters to go from seeing upper 70s to upper 80s. It took us one time through the lineup to get used to his velocity. After that we started putting the ball in play and I think we gave them a scare.”

Borgia made the most of those hits.

“Justin Horace had a big two-run single in the fourth,” Struckhoff said. “Matt Jones also hit a couple balls really hard. It was good for us to see a pitcher of that quality. It will pay off later.”

Eckelkamp had Borgia’s other hit.

Hammack, Helfrich, Jones and Hillermann scored the runs. Hillermann drew the only walk.

Borgia returns to action Wednesday at Trinity. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

The Knights play at Duchesne Friday at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, Borgia will host St. Mary’s at the Borgia Baseball Field. That starts at noon.


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Sept. 19

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

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

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

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

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

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

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

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

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

*Conference Games

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