St. Pius X Routs Eagles in Season Opener

Brentwood infielders watch pitcher Connor Hancock warm up after he enters the game with one out in the fifth inning. They are (from left) Blake Kelley, Tyler Pryor-Hall, Dylan McGehee and Mike Mills. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

But starting pitcher McGehee allows only 1 earned run in 4 innings

By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit

Center fielder Roland Floyd makes a throw in the second inning. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

In high school baseball, St. Pius X still has Brentwood’s number. Yesterday, 10 months after knocking the Eagles out of the state baseball playoffs by a score of 14-2, the Lancers routed BHS again. They came to Brentwood Park and ruined the host team’s season opener with a 10-0 thrashing in five innings.

The Eagles got only two hits off winning pitcher Jacob Hirner. Brentwood starter Dylan McGehee wasn’t so shabby himself. In four innings the senior surrendered only one earned run, though his teammates’ wild throws and passed balls made the score 3-0 before Seamus Saunders started pitching in the fifth inning. Saunders, a sophomore, gave up seven runs, three earned, before Connor Hancock replaced him for the last two outs.

Only three Brentwood hitters made it to first base. Eric Suntrup reached twice. Sophomore Mike Mills and freshman Skylar Sappington each got their first-ever varsity hits.

Brentwood plays at Orchard Farm on Thursday and hosts Bayless on Friday and Crossroads on April 8. The Bayless game is the conference opener. All three games start at 4:15 p.m.

Like St. Pius, Orchard Farm is usually a tough team, and an eye-opening way to start the season.

“Our first two games are really tough,” said Brentwood coach Mike Imergoot said last week. “I look at them as exhibition games, get everybody in, because the next game is Bayless.”

Speaking of the conference schedule, St. Pius X beat Valley Park 16-1 last Friday.

Opening Day Starting Lineup
Pitcher, Dylan McGehee
Catcher, Eric Suntrup
First baseman, Marc Powells
Second baseman, Mike Mills
Shortstop, Tyler Pryor-Hall
Third baseman, Blake Kelley
Left fielder, Lucas Jones
Center fielder, Roland Floyd
Right fielder, Bradley Jones
Designated hitter, Skylar Sappington

Behind head coach Mike Imergoot, Brentwood players prepare to take the field for the National Anthem. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Brentwood resident, U.S. Marine and Vietnam veteran Jack Bock presents the American flag during the National Anthem. Bock serves the Marine Corps League Detachment 184, which helps wounded veterans. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Jack Bock served two tours of duty in Vietnam. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Brentwood coach Mike Imergoot shakes hands with St. Pius coach Jerry Woods before the game. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Shortstop Tyler Pryor-Hall fields a grounder during pregame warmups. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
First baseman Marc Powells guards the bag in the first inning as Tanner Marten of St. Pius takes a lead. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
After getting his first varsity hit, Mike Mills is congratulated by first base coach Elliott Sterett. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Winning pitcher Jacob Hirner winds up in the first inning. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Dylan McGehee aims a pitch in the second inning. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Eric Suntrup singles in the second inning. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Tyler Pryor-Hall makes contact in the second inning. (Photo by Steve Bowman
Pinch-running for catcher Eric Suntrup, Jack Wright takes a lead in front of shortstop Tanner Marten. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Bradley Jones races toward first base in the second inning. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Second baseman Mike Mills receives the throw too late to stop a St. Pius base runner in the third inning. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Lucas Jones swings in the third inning. He hit the pitch to center field but it was caught. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
With St. Pius base runners heading to first base, third and home, third baseman Blake Kelley makes a hard decision in the fourth inning. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Seamus Saunders pitches in the fifth inning. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Blake Kelley leaps to receive a throw at third base as Jacob Mueller slides in the fifth inning. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Freshman Skylar Sappington steps away from first base in the fifth inning. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

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