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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.


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