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Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2014 9:00 am

Victories Friday and Saturday have given the Borgia baseball Knights firm control of the Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division race.

Borgia (13-4, 6-0) shut out Duchesne Friday at home, 10-0, and then won at St. Mary’s Saturday, 3-2, to stay undefeated in league play.

The Knights have two remaining division games. St. Dominic comes to Borgia Thursday at 4:30 p.m., and the Knights face Bishop DuBourg next Tuesday at the Affton Athletic Association at 3:45 p.m.

“We are set up now for a showdown with St. Dominic this Thursday,” Borgia Head Coach Rob Struckhoff said. “With us being 6-0 and them at 4-1, this will be a championship game.”


Dedicating the renovated baseball/softball complex, the Knights rolled to victory over Duchesne (4-16, 1-2) Friday afternoon, 10-0.

“We played really well in all three phases,” Struckhoff said. “We got great pitching from Tyler Murray, outstanding defense with a big play by Gus Kleekamp in the sixth and a couple of nice plays from Mitchell Hammack. Up and down the lineup, we hit the ball hard. We’ve been working on that. We don’t have the mashers like we’ve had in the past, but we’re pretty solid in spots one through nine. I’m pretty happy with the way all of those guys came through.”

Borgia scored once in the first, once in the second and added seven runs in the bottom of the fourth.

The Knights had the 10th run on third base, but couldn’t score. It didn’t matter though. After a scoreless frame in the top of the fifth, the Knights pushed the 10th run across the plate on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth to end it.

Murray tossed a one-hit shutout. He didn’t surrender a walk and struck out two Pioneers.

“Murray was his usual self,” Struckhoff said. “He doesn’t dominate you by striking you out, but he does dominate you by keeping pitches out of the hitting zone and getting a lot of ground balls. Teams generally don’t hit him very hard. I was proud of his performance.”

Borgia’s six hits came from six different players. Jacob Wunderlich had the biggest hit, a double. He also walked twice and drove in two.

Hitting singles were Kleekamp, Justin Horace, Spencer Juergens, Philip Swoboda and John Himmelberg.

Hammack, Juergens and Swoboda each scored twice. Kleekamp and Himmelberg added one run each.

Kleekamp, Ayers, Baylard, Horace, Juergens, Swoboda and Himmelberg had one RBI each.

Juergens also drew two walks while Baylard, Horace, Swoboda and Himmelberg each walked once.

Kleekamp stole a base and Ayers sacrificed.

St. Mary’s

Playing in St. Louis, the Knights managed to stay undefeated in the league with a 3-2 win over the Dragons.

“It was a great game for us to pull out,” Struckhoff said. “We held on with a couple of key plays. Justin Horace was able to throw out a runner at the plate in the bottom of the sixth after a double down the right field line. Evan Ayers did a good job hitting his cut on that play. Also, Zach Marquart calmly fielded a ground ball and threw out the hitter for the third out in the seventh with runners on second and third. Just another close game for us this season. Seems like nail-biters like this happen all the time. It’s a good experience for us, though.”

Juergens was on the hill for the Knights.

“Spencer was really good on the mound, again,” Struckhoff said. “He got 15 ground outs in the game. He also had the big two-RBI single in the third to give us the early lead. Justin Horace also had two hits. His two-out RBI single in the fifth was the difference.”

Struckhoff said overall, the Knights struggled defensively.

“Our defense was a little shaky with three errors, but we made the plays when needed,” Struckhoff said.


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 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.


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