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Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 4:45 pm

For anyone attending the first game at Borgia’s newly renovated baseball field, it was a memorable experience.

However, that was the case mostly for the wrong reasons.

Fans sat through the bitter cold and snow showers to watch the Knights open the season with a 25-7 win over Wright City in the first game of the Four Rivers Classic.

“It was interesting, to say the least,” said Borgia Head Coach Rob Struckhoff. “I haven’t seen a snow game in a long time. Luckily we had the turf. I don’t think we would have played any other place with the snow. It would have been sticking and tacky on a dirt surface. The ball was slick at times. We used a lot of balls with the pitchers though.”

Struckhoff said that conditions were difficult, but the result was worth the work.

“I was happy with our performance and the conditions,” Struckhoff said. “It was hard to stay up, but I’ll take a win any day.”

The Knights played Tuesday afternoon at Owensville in the second pool game. Wright City is scheduled to host Owensville Thursday in the final game of pool action.

“We’ve got to regroup and be ready to go, or we’ll be 1-1 really fast,” Struckhoff said. “Wright City is going to get better. They hit the ball well at times and put some runs on the board too. They had a tough time finding the strike zone and that made the difference in the game.”

For two hours and 18 minutes, the teams fought to find the strike zone and complete the scheduled game in the snow while trying to beat the dusk curfew as the field does not have lights.

The contest ended after the top of the fifth due to the mercy rule.

Borgia scored its 25 runs on nine hits. Wright City also made eight errors.

The Wildcats scored their seven runs on seven hits and took advantage of two Borgia errors.

Each team left eight runners on base.

Both teams took advantage of free baserunners. Wright City pitchers walked 18 Knights while Borgia issued eight free passes.

“It was a little tough on the Wright City pitchers,” Struckhoff said. “We took a lot of walks.”

Most of the game’s highlights belonged to the Knights, who scored three runs in the first, two in the second, 13 in the third and seven in the fourth inning.

“We did good,” Struckhoff said. “We got guys on base and we scored in every inning. We took the lead early and broke it open in the third inning.”

Wright City pushed one run across in the top of the second and scored twice in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

The Knights are playing all of their home games on the renovated field this season.

While the park isn’t new, the infield turf surface is and it became the first high school turf field in Franklin County to host a baseball game. Union also has installed a turf field.

Only the infield at both locations is turf. The outfield still is a grass surface.

Monday’s game yielded many firsts:

• First batter — Wright City’s Chase Jones, who struck out looking against Borgia’s Tyler Murray.

• First baserunner — Wright City’s Troy Muse (via walk) in top of the first;

• First hit — Borgia’s Spencer Juergens singled on a tapper in front of the plate, beating out the throw.

• First run — Borgia’s John Himmelberg walked and scored in the bottom of the first. He crossed the plate five times in the game.

• First extra-base hit — Muse doubled to center field in the top of the third inning.

• First triple — Borgia’s Nathaniel Hillermann ripped a two-run triple to the left field fence in the bottom of the third inning.

• First home run — Borgia’s Justin Horace launched a three-run shot over the left field fence in the bottom of the third inning.

“Horace’s home run was big,” Struckhoff said. “Nate Hillermann also hit a hard shot over the left fielder’s head. We took some good at-bats. They made some errors and gave us some runs.”

• First decisions — Jacob Grellner was the winning pitcher, going three innings in relief of Murray. He allowed four unearned runs on three hits and four walks while striking out one. Dallas Deroy took the loss for Wright City, allowing five runs (four earned) on three hits and six walks with one strikeout.

Murray lasted two innings for the Knights, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks. He struck out three.

Following Deroy to the hill for the Wildcats were Adam North, Kyle Tuepker and Donnie Burbank.

North allowed six runs (four earned) on three hits and two walks over one-third of an inning. He struck out one.

Tuepker went two-thirds of an innings, allowing nine runs (two earned) on one hit and six walks.

Burbank threw one inning and allowed five runs (four earned) on two hits and four walks.

Offensively, Nathaniel Hillermann, Horace and Justin Baylard each had two hits for the Knights.

Juergens, Todd Kleekamp and Gus Kleekamp posted one hit each.

Horace homered while Hillermann tripled and Gus Kleekamp doubled.

Himmelberg scored five times, reaching four times on walks and once on an error.

Juergens and Hillermann scored four times each. Horace crossed the plate three times. Evan Ayers, Todd Kleekamp and Philip Swoboda each scored twice. Mitchell Hammack, Jacob Wunderlich and Zach Marquart each scored once.

Horace drove in six runs while Hillermann had three RBIs. Baylard and Gus Kleekamp drove home two apiece. Hammack, Wunderlich, Murray and Todd Kleekamp each had one RBI.

For Wright City, Muse led the way with two hits, including a double. He scored once and drove in a run.

Other hits came from Tuepker, Chase Abercrombie, Devin Telkamp, Andrew Pfuhl and Tyler Brittain.

Tuepker scored twice while Jones, Telkamp, Pfuhl and Kyle Lang also scored once.

Jones, Tuepker, Austin Marsh and Brittain also drove in runs.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Week 10 Schedule Playoff Round 1

Friday, Oct. 24

Washington at Battle    7 p.m.

Kennedy at Borgia    7 p.m.

Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Priory at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Salem at St. James    7 p.m.

Southern Boone at Owensville    7 p.m.

Transportation and Law at Hermann    7 p.m.

Moberly at Warrenton    7 p.m.

Wright City at O’Fallon Christian    7 p.m.

Jefferson at Cuba    7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 25

St. Clair at Westminster    2:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17

Francis Howell N 24, Washington 20

Westminster 35, Borgia 14

*Union 35, Hermann 32

*St. Clair 26, Owensville 12

*Pacific 34, St. James 22

Helias 56, Sullivan 3

Ft. Zumwalt East 42, Warrenton 0

*Clopton-Elsberry 20, Wright City 0

Saturday, Oct. 18

Hogan Prep 49, Cuba 6

Friday, Oct. 10

Holt 21, Washington 14

Borgia 42, St. Clair 7

Union 68, St. James 20

Hermann 32, Pacific 24 (OT)

Sullivan 38, Owensville 12

Orchard Farm 28, Warrenton 3

Wright City 22, North Callaway 18

Father Tolton 35, Cuba 0

Softball

Sectional Games

Wednesday, Oct. 15

Bolivar 17, Sullivan 2

Mexico 5, Warrenton 4

Thursday, Oct. 16

Pacific 12, Rosati-Kain 0

Saturday, Oct. 18

Quarterfinal — De Soto 5, Pacific 2

District Tournaments

Softball

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Northwest 11, (5) Rolla 3

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Lafayette 3, Northwest 1

(2) Eureka 4, (3) Washington 0

Monday, Oct. 13

Championship — Eureka 5, Lafayette 0

Class 3 District 3

At Lutheran South

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Affton 3, (5) Bishop DuBourg 2

(3) Pacific 21, (6) Bayless 0

Sunday, Oct. 12

(1) Lutheran South 11, Affton 1

Pacific 1, (2) Notre Dame 0

Championship — Pacific 2, Lutheran South 1

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia 9, (5) Wentzville Liberty 8

(3) Winfield 15, (6) O’Fallon Christian 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Borgia

(1) St. Dominic 12, Borgia 3

(2) Warrenton 11, Winfield 2

Championship — Warrenton 1, St. Dominic 0

Class 3 District 9

At Sullivan

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) St. James 12, (5) Owensville 3

(3) Sullivan 11, (6) St. Clair 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Union High School

St. James 10, (1) Union 5

Sullivan 5 (2) Salem 4 (8 innings)

Championship — Sullivan 11, St. James 6

Class 2 District 10

At New Bloomfield

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) New Bloomfield 5, (5) Belle 0

(3) South Callaway 9, (6) Hermann 0

Saturday, Oct. 11

South Callaway 7, (2) Linn 2

(1) Fatima 6, New Bloomfield 1

Championship — Fatima 7, South Callaway 4

Class 1 District 4

At Community R6, Laddonia

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Wellsville-Middletown 8, (5) New Haven 2

(3) Van-Far 4, (6) Community R6 2

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Clopton 13, Wellsville 0

(2) Silex 10, Van-Far 0

Championship — Silex 3, Clopton 0

Volleyball

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 3

At Rockwood Summit

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Eureka def. (5) Pacific 25-9, 25-16

(2) Northwest def. (7) Parkway South, 25-18, 25-12

(3) Washington def. (6) Rockwood Summit, 25-21, 25-15

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lafayette def. Eureka, 17-25, 25-14, 25-19

Northwest def. Washington, 25-22, 25-18

Championship — Lafayette def. Northwest, 25-19, 25-20

Class 3 District 8

At Union

Monday, Oct. 20

(5) St. Clair def. (4) Union, 25-20, 25-22

(2) Sullivan def. (7) Salem, 25-7, 25-8

(3) Owensville def. (6) St. James, 14-25, 25-16, 25-19

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Borgia def. St. Clair, 25-10, 25-6

Sullivan def. Owensville, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20

Championship — Borgia def. Sullivan, 25-7, 25-10

Class 2 District 6

At Lutheran St. Charles

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Barat def. (5) Wright City, 25-16, 24-26, 25-22

(2) Hermann def. (7) Bowling Green, 25-12, 25-18

(3) Whitfield def. (6) Montgomery County, 25-23, 25-17

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lutheran St. Charles def. Barat, 25-10, 25-9

Whitfield def. Hermann, 23-25, 25-23, 25-15

Championship — Lutheran St. Charles def. Whitfield, 25-18, 25-14

Class 1 District 9

At Calvary Lutheran, Jefferson City

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Smithton def. (5) Otterville, 25-12, 25-10

(3) Chamois def. (6) Bunceton, 25-23, 25-18

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) New Haven def. Smithton, 25-5, 25-7

(2) Calvary Lutheran def. Chamois, 25-14, 25-11

Thursday, Oct. 23

Championship — New Haven vs. Calvary Lutheran, 7 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Saturday, Oct. 18

Washington 1, Borgia 0 (Penalty kicks)

Monday, Oct. 20

Washington 3, Sullivan 0

Fatima 3, Union 0

Pacific 6, De Soto 1

Tuesday, Oct. 21

ECC 4, Central Methodist JV 1

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

Union 3, Warrenton 0

Hancock 7, St. Clair 0

Rockwood Summit 2, Pacific 1 (PKs)

Bayless 3, Borgia 2 (2OT)

Wednesday, Oct. 22

St. Clair 2, Valley Park 0

Lutheran S 2, Washington 0

Windsor 4, Union 1

*Pacific 2, St. James 0

Thursday, Oct. 23

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt W    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    5 p.m.

Borgia at Fatima    6:30 p.m.

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 8

At Washington

Monday, Oct. 27

(1) Timberland vs. (4) Washington, 5 p.m.

(2) Troy vs. (3) Holt, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 5 p.m.

Class 3 District 3

At Rockwood Summit

Monday, Oct. 27

(2) Rockwood Summit vs. (3) Pacific, 5 p.m.

(1) Webster Groves vs. (4) Windsor, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 6 p.m.

Class 3 District 9

At Union

Monday, Oct. 27

(1) Camdenton vs. (4) Union, 5 p.m.

(2) Helias vs. (3) Rolla, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 6 p.m.

Class 2 District 7

At Winfield

Tuesday, Oct. 28

(1) Borgia vs. (4) Winfield, 4:30 p.m.

(2) O’Fallon Christian vs. (3) Elsberry, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 5 p.m.

Cross Country

Saturday, Oct. 25

Borgia at Clayton Inv    9 a.m.

Washington at Class 4 District, Parkway Central, TBA

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Oct. 25

Borgia at MICDS Inv    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 29

*Borgia at Trinity    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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