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