Eagles Get Their Defense On, Win 3 of 4

Dylan McGehee threw a two-hitter against Hancock. He’s pictured against St. Pius X. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Brentwood Invitational is April 19 at Brentwood Park

By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit

The Eagles listen to the National Anthem before the game with Crossroads. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

The Brentwood High School baseball team has found its defense at last. After surrendering 28 runs in its first two games, the Eagles tightened up and yielded only six runs in its next four games. In the past week they went 3-1 and won the John F. Kennedy Tournament.

So after an 0-2 start, they were 3-3 heading into a game with Valley Park on April 18.

Already the race in the South Central AA Conference looks interesting. Frontrunner Maplewood has already won as many league games as they won all of last season, including a 3-2 decision over Brentwood on Tuesday. The Eagles’ other two conference games were surprising as well. On April 9 they lost to Crossroads, which was the last-place team in 2013, but last Friday they beat up Hancock, the No. 2 team last year.

Before facing Valley Park today, BHS is in fifth place in the six-team conference.

April 11: Brentwood 6, at Hancock 1

Dylan McGehee allowed only two hits and one unearned run for the Eagles’ first win of 2014. The senior struck out eight and walked only two in seven innings.

“He was in control the entire game,” Brentwood coach Mike Imergoot said.

Eric Suntrup led the hitting with three RBIs and two hits. McGehee also had three RBIs. Skylar Sappington scored three runs. Matt Kyle was the losing pitcher as Hancock committed six errors.

Eric Suntrup got three hits and scored two runs against Hancock. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

April 12: Brentwood 5, Kennedy 2 in Kennedy Tournament

Bradley Jones threw all seven innings and allowed only three hits and one earned run.

Brentwood trailed 1-0 before striking for three runs in the fourth inning. BHS led 3-2 before Marc Powells hit what Imergoot described as “a mammoth home run” in the sixth inning to put the game on ice.

Powells also hit a double and scored two runs. Powells, Blake Kelley and Sappington each got two hits.

Bradley Jones surrendered only three hits to Kennedy. He’s pictured against Crossroads. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Marc Powells, shown here in practice, hit a home run and a double against Kennedy. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

April 12: Brentwood 17, North County Tech 0 in Kennedy Tournament

Seamus Saunders threw a one-hitter and BHS pounded out 16 hits in its second game of the tournament.

Powells and Suntrup combined for six hits, four runs and five RBIs. Also scoring two runs each were Kelley, Sappington and Roland Floyd. Kelley and McGehee each stole two bases.

Seamus Saunders threw a one-hitter against North County Tech. He’s shown pitching against St. Pius X. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

April 15: at MRH 3, Brentwood 2

Maplewood scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Imergoot called the game “a classic” that was “dominated by superb pitching.”

McGehee pitched the loss, though he gave up only four hits and one earned run. Winning pitcher Zech Biship lasted all seven innings.

The Brentwood Invitational Tournament starts today, April 19. Brentwood plays Madison Prep at 11:45 a.m., McCluer South-Berkeley at 3 p.m. and Cardinal Ritter at 6:45 p.m.

Skylar Sappington arrives safely to second base against Crossroads. He scored three runs against Hancock. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Results as of April 18
April 15: Lost to MRH 3-2
April 12: Beat North Tech 17-0
April 12: Beat Kennedy 5-2
April 11: Beat Hancock 6-1
April 9: Lost to Crossroads 14-10
April 1: Lost to St. Pius X 14-2

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