Eagles Win Third Consecutive District Title

Tyler Pryor Hall swings for the fence in the fourth inning and gets one of Brentwood’s 13 total hits against Cleveland. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit

It’s usually harder than this.

Roland Floyd waits at second base for the next hit against Cleveland, in the third inning. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

That thought has to be running through the minds of Brentwood High School baseball team members this week. On Monday and Tuesday they manhandled Cleveland NJROTC and Maplewood-Richmond Heights by a combined score of 32-4 to win their third consecutive Class 3 district championship.

In the first game, behind pitcher Connor Hancock’s one-hitter, Brentwood cracked 13 hits to beat Cleveland 18-0 in five innings. In the district championship the next night, the Eagles breezed to victory with Bradley Jones on the mound.

The Eagles had tougher rows to hoe in winning the other district titles. In 2011 they squeaked by MRH 4-3. Last year it took a 2-1 win over Barat Academy to reach the title game against Valley Park and a pitcher who had the lowest earned-run average in Brentwood’s conference.

Of course, BHS knows that the district was softer this season without both Barat and Valley Park. In fact, Brentwood, now 11-6, was the only team in the bracket with a winning record. MRH, seeded second, ends up 6-11. The other three teams – College Prep at Madison, Carnahan and Cleveland NJROTC – combined for only four wins all season.

Brentwood will play at District 3 champion St. Pius X in Festus for the sectional title at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 20. The sectional winner will be three wins away from the Class 3 state crown.

By the way, the Eagles have won five in a row and are doing pretty well for a team that took third place in the South Central Athletic Association Conference. Here are the final league standings:

Valley Park, 9-0
Hancock, 6-3
Brentwood, 5-4
Bayless, 5-5
Maplewood, 2-7
Crossroads, 1-8

Connor Hancock fires a pitch in the second inning against Cleveland NJROTC. The junior surrendered only one hit in the five-inning game. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Third baseman Blake Kelley scoops up a grounder and prepares to throw it to first base in the fourth inning against Cleveland NJROTC. Brentwood’s defense was tight, with only one error. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Marc Powells reaches third base as Cleveland’s Deonzae Patterson can’t get a handle on the throw in the second inning. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Bradley Jones eagerly awaits the pitch from Cleveland in the first inning. He was the winning pitcher in the district championship against MRH. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Dylan McGehee sees a pitch he likes in the first inning against Cleveland. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Eric Suntrup rounds third base past coach Mike Imergoot and scores one of Brentwood’s three runs in the third inning against Cleveland NJROTC. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Lucas Jones narrowly beats the throw to Cleveland catcher David Walker. It was one of seven runs Brentwood scored in the fourth inning. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Steven Sadler smiles at a comment from first-base coach Jon Kalb in the second inning against Cleveland. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Nick Featherston beats the throw to Cleveland catcher David Walker in the second inning. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Jack Wright anticipates a pitch in the fourth inning against Cleveland. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Seamus Saunders heads for home plate in the fourth inning against Cleveland. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Tucker Schoeberlein swings at a pitch in the fourth inning against Cleveland NJROTC. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

 

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