Baseball Team Has Back Against the Wall

Seamus Saunders fires a pitch to a batter from Orchard Farm on April 22. Brentwood lost 8-0. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

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
Bayless, 4-2
Hancock, 4-2
Brentwood, 2-3
Maplewood, 1-5
Crossroads, 0-4

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.

Blake Kelley gets set to corral an Orchard Farm hit to third base. He’s back on the roster after missing last season with an injury. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Jack Wright watches a high pitch go by against Orchard Farm. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Lucas Jones returns the ball after Orchard Farm hits it to the outfield in a game at Brentwood Park on April 22. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Dylan McGehee heads for first base after smacking the ball to the outfield against Orchard Farm. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Brentwood catcher Steven Sadler attempts to throw out an Orchard Farm runner at first base. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Brentwood head coach Mike Imergoot instructs Bradley Jones before he faces Orchard Farm pitcher Brandon Kearns. Kearns surrendered only two runs in five innings and his team won 8-0. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Brentwood shortstop Tyler Pryor-Hall prevents a hit against Orchard Farm. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Pinch runner Roland Floyd takes a lead at second base against Orchard Farm. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Second baseman Eric Suntrup fires a throw to first base against Orchard Farm. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Josh McGehee scoops up an infield hit by Orchard Farm and eyes his target at first base. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Marc Powells races to first base before being thrown out by Orchard Farm. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

 

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