The MHSBCA rankings for the final week are available. Like most of the year, weather has already played a factor in many first round games. Some people puts lots of faith in the play of the final week.
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The #1 ranked Rock Bridge Bruins (24-2) had just one game this week. The Bruins blasted their intra-city rival,Hickman 9-1.John Miles three-run home run in the 3rd set the ball rolling for Rock Bridge. The Bruins outhit the Kewpies 15-6 as their bats were hot throughout this game. Seeded #1 (no brainer), in a district primarily based around Wentzville, the championship game is now Friday. Look for Holt or Timberland to be on the field that day against RockBridge.
It was a tremendous week for#2 St.Louis U. High(21-0) as they won three conference games and concluded their regular season unblemished. Last Monday, the Jr. Bills went 9 innings to edge CBC (17-6)5-3. Each team put their ace on the mound (Sasha Kuebel-SLUH, David Schmidt-CBC). The game rolled through the first five innings scoreless. Each team scored three runs in the 6th as a couple hits, walks, and an error was the scoring formula. LJ Hernandez drove home both runs in the 9th with a line drive to left field. Listen to the replay of this thrilling game CBC vs SLUH. Two days later, the Jr. Bills toppled Vianney (21-8) by a 4-3 score. Mitch Klug hurled the complete game victory for SLUH. A rematch with CBC found each staff going with four different pitchers in this contest as a possible district game loomed on the horizon. The 8-4 victory for SLUH saw each team bang out 11 hits.
#3 Francis Howell(25-3) won both of their games this week over opponents with solid records. The Vikings scored four runs in the last two innings to rally and beat Ft Zumwalt North (16-8) 8-7 on Tuesday. Take your pick for hitting exploits-- there were 26 hits by both teams in this one. However, Brett Graves (Howell) and Wade Rothermich (FZN) were the only players with three hits. A 10-2 win over Holt(17-8) followed later in the week. A tough St Dominic (16-8) is the opening round opponent in district for the Vikings.
A rare #4 vs #5 matchup, saw Staley (17-3) outslug Liberty (22-5) 17-13 early in the week. The next day, Staley fell to Ft Osage(7-8) by a 5-2 score. Don't know for sure, but some times the last regular season gameis used to"reward" bench players who've worked hard for the coach overt the past four year. Also, it sometimes happens that an under dog, gets ahead and plays a great game! Meanwhile, Liberty had another wild one this week. The Bluejays were down 12-3 after 2 innings against Lee Summit North. The Bluejays scored a whopping 16 runs in the 3rd inning to take a 19-12 lead (sound like football to you too?) Final score 25-13.
#6 Parkway South (21-4) beat Lindbergh (15-10) twice 2-1 and 11-3. The Patriots scored both their runs in the 6th in the first game. Danny Holst was 3 for 3 in the win. Marquette(15-11), a team that has some quality wins, upended the Pats 7-0 later in the week.
Wouldn't you know, after fighting to make the top 10 and receving recognition at the #10 hole, Howell Central (19-7)drops two games last week to Suburban North teams. A 2-0 loss to a 17-5 Pattonville team was followed by7-6 lost to Hazelwood West (12-12). The Wildcats scored 5 runs in the last 2 innings to pull out this one. Filled with defensive miscues, 9 errors total, this was a wild one that the Spartans would like to forget.
Retiring Branson coach, Steve Lael, was honored by 30+ former players at the Pirates game against Parkview. His #7 jersey was retired in a ceremony preceding the game. Branson (16-6) had the return of Mike Compton (Florida St signee) to the mound and saw him spin three innings in a 1-0 shutout. His return to the mound could really shake up that district!
#1 Westminster(20-4)won two of three this week. Wins over St Charles West and Christian O'Fallon were probably overshadowed by the 7-3 loss to John Burroughs (15-6). The Bombers broke this one open early as they scored all seven of their runs in the 2nd & 3rd innings. Not even the Tate Matheny HR for WCA could turn things around for the Wildcats.
Cruising at #2, the St Francis Borgia Knights are also 20-4 after winning three games this week. Wins over Owensville and Sullivan in Four Rivers competion was followed by a Saturday, district-opening round win over Montgomery County 13-3.
At #4, we received some good information from one of our readers about the surging Winfield Warrior team. A recent 8-7 win over #6 ranked N.Calloway was impressive as the Warriors scored in the 6th & 7th innings to take,and retake, the lead. This senior class, which was an integral part of the runnerup finish in STATE last year, have won 78 games during their tenure at Winfield. Currently riding a 15 game win streak and ace Dylan Terrell often dominating the opponent, this team is primed for another post-season run.
#5 Boonville pounded out three round trippers (all in the 6th innings) in their 17-6 win over Marshall this week. The Pirates saw Jalen Poindexter, Grant Davis and Zach Nixon all take their 1-way tickets around the bases as they erupted for a big win over the Owls.
#9 Notre Dame (Cape) split their two games this week. The Kennett Indians(18-2) handled ND 8-1 in the Championship game of the SEMO Conference Tournament. Adam Grantham kept ND hitless through 6 innings. A newly developed slider helped Grantham up his record to 4-0. The next day, ND put their ace on the bump against Chaffee. Cody Heisserer took charge in the 8-2 ND victory. He struck out 14 batters and struggled in only one inning. Heisserer upped his record to 6-1 with an ERA far below 2.00.
Same look as last week, the Valle Catholic Wariors hold onto the top spot. While winning lately, Valle is a bit concerned about their pitching. Suddenly, walks are appearing on the opponents scoring map with more regularity.
Crystal City(16-5) remains at #2 after dropping a 3-1 decision to Festus (12-9) this week. The Tigers Caleb Wilkerson tied up the Hornets with only two hits on the way to the win. Hornet's ace Alex Winkelmann suffered his first defeat of the year as he holds a 6-1 record now.
At #3 Stockton (17-2) continues to roll along after dropping two early season games.
#4 Conway (19-3) had a big win over the #1 Class 1 team - Dora this week. A four run rally in the bottom of the 7th pulled out this thrilling win. Nathan Huckaby led the attack with a 2-4 day.
The Dora Falcons (21-1) lost their first game of the year in the heart-break loss to Conway (see above). A 10-0 whitewash of Lutie the next day helped to get that losing taste out of their mouth.
At #3, the Oran Eagles (18-2) dropped a 13-6 game to Poplar Bluff last week. Competing against these larger schools, can't help but make the Eagles soar even higher in Class1 post season skies.
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