By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
First, the good news. It’s halfway into the season and the Brentwood High School baseball team has a winning record, 5-4. In those five wins the Eagles have outscored opponents by an astounding 83-10.
Now the bad news. Three of the four losses have been to South Central AA Conference opponents. So despite all their offensive fireworks, the Eagles sit in the bottom half of the league standings – fourth place among six teams, with a 2-3 record. It will be difficult to rally in the remaining four conference games, three of which are against teams that have beaten them.
One of head coach Mike Imergoot’s biggest challenges this season has been to replace the entire starting pitching staff from last season, when the Eagles reached the state playoffs for the second year in a row. So it’s not that surprising that they’ve surrendered an average of nine runs a game in their four losses.
Here’s a link to their schedule, with past scores, from the team’s website: http://www.rteamsite.com/baseball/BHSBaseball/game_schedule.aspx
South Central Athletic Association Conference
Standings as of April 23
Valley Park, 6-0
Highlights of Brentwood’s Wins
BHS 13, Kennedy 3. Connor Hancock and Tyler Pryor-Hall each had three RBIs and Hancock struck out five as the winning pitcher. Roland Floyd scored three runs and Dylan McGehee and Pryor-Hall each had two hits.
BHS 30, Tower Grove Christian 0. Brentwood had 18 hits in five innings. Blake Kelley and Eric Suntrup combined for 12 RBIs and Floyd and Pryor-Hall each scored four runs. Kelley, Suntrup and Steven Sadler each had three hits. Winning pitcher Seamus Saunders struck out seven.
BHS 11, Crossroads 2. Bradley Jones struck out eight as the winning pitcher and knocked in two RBIs. Dylan McGehee scored two runs and stole three bases. Others: Nick Featherston, two runs; Kelley, two hits; Suntrup, two RBIs; Marc Powells, three stolen bases.
BHS 20, Carnahan 1. An 11-run first inning did the trick for the Eagles. Carnahan pitchers ended up walking 13 and the game mercifully concluded after five innings. Floyd made noise with two hits, two runs and four RBIs. Kelley had three hits and scored three runs. Powells had four RBIs. Saunders struck out nine for the win.
BHS 9, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 4. The Eagles exploded for 19 hits, with three apiece coming from Kelley, Featherston, Powells, Pryor-Hall and Dylan McGehee. Bradley Jones was the winning pitcher and Dylan McGehee came in for the save.