Best Eagles Can Do Is Third in Conference

Eric Suntrup reacts to a Metro pitch last week. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Showdown with MRH might be looming in district tournament

By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit

Marc Powells eyes the speeding ball from a Metro pitcher and rejects it as too high. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

The Brentwood High School baseball team will finish the regular season in the middle of the pack of six conference teams. Depending on how they do in the final game on Wednesday, May 13, the Eagles will end up tied for third place with Maplewood or tied for fourth place with Crossroads.

Their final game is against last-place Bayless, whom they beat 15-1 three weeks ago.

The South Central AA Conference has been hard to figure out this season. Though the Eagles today are way back in fourth place, only one of their four losses to league teams was decisive, 9-3 to first-place Valley Park. The other three defeats were by a total of five runs.

It’s also odd that fourth-place BHS, 10-8 overall, has beaten second-place Hancock twice and yet has lost twice to fifth-place Crossroads.

Not that Brentwood players are thinking much about conference this week. They’re probably getting psyched about defending their district title starting on Monday. If they beat the winner of Saturday’s contest between Lift for Life and Carnahan, they might face Maplewood Richmond Heights in the district championship next Tuesday. If so, it’ll be a showdown, as they’re 1-1 against MRH this season. The starting pitchers for both games were Dylan McGehee for Brentwood and Zech Biship for MRH.

“Right now our goal is to be ready for districts, because Maplewood is who we’re going to face,” BHS coach Mike Imergoot said two weeks ago. “Whether we’re seeded first or second it doesn’t matter. We’re going to face Biship and they’re going to face Dylan, because you gotta go with your aces.”

A Metro infielder tries to catch Eric Suntrup between second base and third base. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

May 12: at Brentwood 8, Hancock 5

Brentwood led 7-0 but got a scare in the fifth inning when Hancock scored five runs. Imergoot left starting pitcher Dylan McGehee in the game and McGehee recovered, shutting out Hancock in the final two innings. He ended up with seven strikeouts.

McGehee got three hits, including a double, for one run and one RBI. Skylar Sappington contributed two hits and two runs. Marc Powells had a double and a single and drove in two RBIs.

After a throw from the pitcher, Metro first baseman Jacob Case holds his tag on Dylan McGehee, hoping McGehee will scoot off the bag. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

May 12: at Brentwood 17, Jennings 10

Jennings jumped on starting pitcher Bradley Jones early and got eight runs in the first two innings, though the Eagles led 10-8.

In the fourth inning Imergoot replaced Jones with sophomore Mike Mills. In his first mound appearance of the season, Mills struck out nine and gave up one earned run in three innings to earn the win.

Jennings closed the score to 11-9 in the fourth before the Eagles exploded for six runs in the sixth. Speaking of offense, Skylar Sappington had two hits and three runs, Dylan McGehee scored three runs, and Mills and Blake Kelley combined for four hits and four runs.

Mike Mills finds a pitch against Metro. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

May 9: Principia 4, at Brentwood 2

These guys are only 6-12? Principia played better than its record indicates as it never trailed against Brentwood. The Eagles tied it at 2 in the fourth inning but the Panthers scored two more in the fifth to ruin it for the home team.

Skylar Sappington and Seamus Saunders each pitched three innings and each gave up two earned runs. Sappington, 1-1, got the loss, the first of his high school career.

Brentwood’s normally noisy bats were pretty quiet. Roland Floyd, Bradley Jones and Steven Suntrup got the only hits.

Skylar Sappington heads for home plate as coach Mike Imergoot signals other base runners in the game with Metro. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

May 8: at Brentwood 13, Metro 0

Brentwood chipped away early for a 2-0 lead before bursting the dam with 11 runs in the second and third innings.

Blake Kelley, with a double, and Mike Mills combined for six runs and five hits. Roland Floyd had two RBIs. Skylar Sappington walked three times and stole two bases.

Bradley Jones was commanding on the mound, giving up only two singles and two walks in five innings while recording nine strikeouts.

Losing pitcher Vincent Phillips allowed 10 hits and 13 earned runs. Believe it or not, the Panthers are 12-2.

Bradley Jones takes aim against Metro. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Bradley Jones releases a pitch in his win over Metro. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

May 6: at Valley Park 8, Brentwood 5

The day after committing 11 errors at Crossroads, Brentwood made only one error at Valley Park. But the Vikings got 10 hits for their second win over the Eagles this season.

BHS led 5-3 before Valley Park tied it in the fourth and took the lead in the fifth. Losing pitcher McGehee allowed six earned runs in the first six innings.

BHS got nine hits against the best team in the conference. Mills a sophomore, had two RBIs from two hits, including a double. Also with two hits each was McGehee, Bradley Jones and Skylar Sappington.

With Metro’s third baseman off the bag, Marc Powells slides to safety. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

May 5: at Crossroads 12, Brentwood 11

If the Eagles had committed six, seven, maybe even eight errors they would have still won this game. Instead, they amassed 11 errors to sabotage their chances of avoiding being swept by Crossroads for the first time in years. How bad was the defense? The Broncos scored 12 runs on three hits – that bad.

Losing pitcher Bradley Jones surrendered four earned runs in the first inning and was quickly replaced by Seamus Saunders. Brentwood regained the lead in the second and didn’t trail again until the sixth when the Bronchos went ahead for good. Saunders gave up four earned runs in five innings.

Brentwood’s offense was spurred by Dylan McGehee, Roland Floyd and Mike Mills, who combined for seven hits and five runs. Skylar Sappington knocked in two RBIs.

Roland Floyd gets a hit against Metro. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

South Central AA Conference Standings
As of May 13

Valley Park 8-1, 13-7 overall
Hancock 6-4, 13-9
Maplewood 5-5, 11-9
Brentwood 4-5, 10-8
Crossroads 4-6, 7-7
Bayless 1-7, 4-17

The throw is late as Roland Floyd steals second base from Metro. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
After stealing second base, Roland Floyd considers heading to third base when the throw isn’t gloved. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Brentwood’s Record as of May 13: 10-8
May 12: Beat Hancock 8-5
May 12: Beat Jennings 17-10
May 9: Lost to Principia 4-2
May 8: Beat Metro 13-0
May 6: Lost to Valley Park 8-5
May 5: Lost to Crossroads 12-11
May 2: Beat MRH 9-7
April 24: Lost to McCluer North 7-5
April 22: Beat Bayless 15-1
April 19: Beat McCluer South – Berkeley 15-0
April 19: Beat Madison Prep 11-0
April 18: Lost to Valley Park 9-3
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 10-0

Upcoming Game:
May 14, 7 p.m., vs. Bayless in Brentwood

District Tournament

Brentwood hosts the Class 3 District 4 tournament beginning on Saturday, May 17. The semifinals will follow on Monday and the finals on Wednesday. Brentwood will pursue a fourth consecutive district title. Admission is $5. Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, May 17, Round 1:
Game 1: noon, Cleveland NJROTC vs. Madison Prep
Game 2: 2 p.m., Lift for Life vs. Carnahan
Monday, May 19, Semifinals:

Game 3: 4 p.m., MRH vs. game 1 winner
Game 4: 6 p.m., BHS vs. game 2 winner
Tuesday, May 20, Championship
5 p.m., game 3 winner vs. game 4 winner

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