Returning to action after 13 days off due to bad weather and poor field conditions, the Borgia baseball Knights took on Seckman Friday afternoon.
However, for the most part, the Borgia bats needed another day off as the Knights fell at home to Seckman, 8-2.
“After 13 days off, I knew we would be a little rusty,” Borgia Head Coach Rob Struckhoff said. “However, I didn’t expect it to be this bad. We didn’t play well as a team in any aspects of the game. This was a very winnable game for us if we would have came focused. We will continue to work on this part of our game.”
Borgia (5-3) fell behind as Seckman scored a run in the top of the first and added three more in the second.
Borgia scored once in the third and each team scored once in the fourth. Seckman added three final runs in the top of the seventh.
The Knights managed three hits in the game, one of them a home run by Louie Eckelkamp.
“Louie Eckelkamp had a long home run to left against the wind,” Struckhoff said. “He continues to have some great at-bats.
The other hits were singles by Eli Marquart and Drew Piontek.
Borgia also got walks from Matt Piontek, Quinton Poepsel and Jacob Dralle. Drew and Matt Piontek stole bases. Matt Piontek scored the other run and Marquart had the other RBI.
Struckhoff said Spencer Hunter had chances to make a difference, but Seckman’s defense came up with big plays to keep him hitless for the day.
“Spencer Hunter was robbed twice on hard hit line drives with multiple runners in scoring position,” said Struckhoff. “If either of his drop, the result of the game may have been different.”
Defensively, the Knights made four errors and Borgia pitchers walked 10 batters. Seckman only managed five hits for the day.
Nick Helfrich took the loss, going three innings while allowing four runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks.
Jacob Unnerstall tossed 1.2 innings, allowing an unearned run on five walks. He struck out two.
Marquart pitched two innings, allowing three unearned runs on two hits and three walks. He fanned one.
Josh Hendrickson got the final out and allowed a hit.
“Nick Helfrich started on the mound, followed by Jacob Unnerstall, Eli Marquart and Josh Hendrickson,” Struckhoff said. “None of them had their best stuff. There will be better days for these guys.”
Struckhoff is hopeful that the game will signal the start of better playing weather.
The Knights are scheduled to play Tuesday in an Archdiocesan Athletic Association game at St. Mary’s.
The Knights go to Columbia Friday and Saturday for a tournament. Borgia plays at Rock Bridge Friday at noon at Hickman at 7:30 p.m. Borgia will play again Saturday.
One of Borgia’s recent postponed games have been rescheduled. The game from March 26 against Duchesne has been moved to April 18.
Games against Pacific (March 29) and St. Dominic (April 4) have not been rescheduled yet.