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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

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

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

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


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