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Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014 4:00 pm

Turning to hot bats, the Pacific baseball Indians outslugged Borgia Wednesday afternoon in Washington, 14-8.

“What I was impressed with was that every time Borgia scored we answered right back the next inning,” Pacific Head Coach Jeff Reed said. “I think the only one we didn’t was in the seventh. We had some really good approaches at the plate and it showed with some of their results.”

Borgia Head Coach Rob Struckhoff was happy with his team’s offensive output as well.

“One area I was happy about was our hitting,” Struckhoff said. “We faced a couple of their best pitchers and really did a good job. Scoring eight runs on a pitching staff coached by Jeff is an accomplishment. It was good to see Justin Baylard get into one for a home run. I don’t think it took more than two seconds for that one to get out.”

Besides Baylard’s home run, Pacific’s James Howie and Ryan Howell also launched shots over the center field fence.

For the Indians, Howie, Noah Brocato, Lane Smith and Tyler Straatmann posted two hits apiece. Hank Vandaveer, Hunter Finney, Tanner Brown and Howell posted one hit each.

Howell scored three runs. Howie, Brocato, Straatmann and Brown scored twice. Smith and Drew Fonner scored one run apiece.

Smith drove in three. Brocato and Howell each had two RBIs. Howie, Vandaveer, Finney and Brown each had one RBI.

Howie, Vandaveer, Finney and Straatmann doubled.

Howell walked three times.

Vandaveer started and went 3.2 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on five hits and three walks. He struck out four.

Austin Muich earned the win, going 3.1 innings. He allowed two unearned runs on three hits and one walk while fanning four.

For Borgia, Justin Horace and Evan Ayers each had two hits. Mitchell Hammack, John Himmelberg, Spencer Juergens, Jacob Wunderlich and Baylard had one hit apiece.

Baylard scored twice. Hammack, Himmelberg, Horace, Ayers, Juergens and Philip Swoboda each scored once.

Horace drove in two. Hammack, Himmelberg, Wunderlich, Baylard and Swoboda each had one RBI.

Hammack, Himmelberg, Horace, Juergens and Wunderlich doubled.

Hammack started and went four innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks. He struck out three.

Ayers went one inning and took the loss, allowing five runs on four hits and four walks.

Jacob Grellner pitched the final two innings, giving up three runs on two hits and two walks. He struck out one.

It was the second time Pacific had beaten the Knights on the Borgia field. The two teams also squared off in the third-place game of the Four Rivers Classic with Pacific winning that one as well.

The two meetings couldn’t have been more different. In the first meeting, it was cold, cloudy and windy with the pitchers and defenses taking care of things in a Pacific shutout win.

On Wednesday, it was sunny and warm and the bats heated up as well.

The scoring started in the second inning. Pacific scored twice, but Borgia came back with three runs.

The Indians scored three times in the third and Borgia scored once.

Things evened up again in the fourth inning with one Pacific run and two Borgia runs.

The Indians broke things open in the fifth with six runs. Borgia got two back, but couldn’t get any closer.

Neither coach was completely happy.

“This was our first game back in over a week,” Reed said. “Practice inside you can only do so much and it showed with our defense at times. We didn’t get some good reads on fly balls that should have been caught.”

Struckhoff said Borgia wasn’t sharp, either.

“For us this game was full of mental mistakes,” Struckhoff said. “We only made one true error in the game, but we had other problems. Not knowing how many outs there were when on the base paths, running into outs at third on ground balls to shortstop, cutting balls on throws when not hearing ‘cut’ are all problems with concentration. Believe me, these will be addressed in practice.”

Pitching wasn’t strong, either.

“To go along with the mental errors, our pitching staff had trouble throwing strikes,” Struckhoff said. “Give Pacific credit, they really swing the bat well. But when you give them nine walks and they are consistently hitting with 2-0 and 3-1 counts, it makes it real easy on the hitter. We need some pitchers besides Spencer and Tyler to step up.”

Pacific was ready to swing away, Reed said.

“We have been working on some things in the cage with the guys and I could tell some were putting it to work,” Reed said. “What I really liked was we were hitting line drives and not popping thing up. That’s an indication that they are concentrating at the plate. Pretty much top to bottom of the lineup did well last night.”

Pacific defeated New Haven in Four Rivers Conference action Thursday, 20-10. Lucas Zurliene was the winning pitcher. Brocato doubled twice and drove in four. Vandaveer and Howell each had three hits.

Kyle Ruediger led New Haven with three hits.


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Oct. 3

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

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    7 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    7 p.m.

*Hermann at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Festus at Pacific    7 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Lincoln    7 p.m.

*Warrenton at Winfield    7 p.m.

*Wright City at Van-Far    7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

Union 54, Washington 14

*Borgia 45, Duchesne 7

*St. Clair 57, St. James 55 (2 OT)

*Pacific 40, Owensville 34

*Hermann 24, Sullivan 12

Cuba 74, Liberty Wentzville 7

Parkway West 20, Warrenton 7

Mark Twain 32, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6


Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Washington at Holt    4:30 p.m.

De Soto at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Affton    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Steelville    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

Owensville at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Cuba at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Rockwood Summit at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Rolla    4:30 p.m.

Father Tolton at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Crocker    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Belle at New Haven    5 p.m.

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

Hermann at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Washington    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Festus    4:30 p.m.

Linn at New Haven    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Borgia at St. Dominic    4:30 p.m.

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(5) Rolla at (4) Northwest, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Rolla-Northwest winner at (1) Lafayette, 4:15 p.m.

(3) Washington at (2) Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia vs. (5) Wentzville Liberty, 2:30 p.m.

(3) Winfield vs. (6) O’Fallon Christian, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

(1) St. Dominic vs. Borgia-Liberty winner, 2:30 p.m.

(2) Warrenton vs. Winfield-O’Fallon Christian winner, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, 4 p.m.


Wednesday, Oct. 1

Hillsboro at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

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

*St. Clair at Union    5 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Missouri Baptist JV at ECC    3 p.m.

Lewis & Clark at ECC    7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Indian Hills at ECC    9 a.m.

^Southwestern Illinois at ECC    1 p.m.

St. Clair Tny    TBA

Hermann at Lebanon Tny    TBA

Crosspoint at MAC Tournament    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

New Haven at Linn    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    5:30 p.m.

Hazelwood West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Helias at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Blair Oaks    5:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Washington at Holt    5 p.m.

*St.Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

*Owensville at Union    5:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

*Mineral Area at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Columbia Independent at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Union    5 p.m.

Sullivan at North County    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Lincoln at ECC    4 p.m.

Calvary Lutheran at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Heritage    5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Lincolnland at ECC    1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 6

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

#St. Louis United B at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

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

*Holt at Washington    5 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 8

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Cross Country

Wednesday, Oct. 1

St. James Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Washington at Parkway West Inv    9 a.m.

Pacific at Potosi Inv    11 a.m.

Borgia, Union Capital City Challenge    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Hermann Inv    4 p.m.

St. Clair, St. James at Cuba Inv    4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Boys Swimming

Monday, Sept. 29

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Borgia at Lutheran SC/Christian    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N Inv    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Washington at CBC    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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