Valley Park Too Much for Brentwood

Alex Cobb makes contact in the fifth inning against McCluer South Berkeley at Brentwood Park. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Alex Cobb makes contact in the fifth inning against McCluer South Berkeley at Brentwood Park. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

13-3 rout makes Hawks team to beat in league

 
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

No, those aren’t football scores.

It has been a season of blowouts so far for the Brentwood High School baseball team. In the Eagles’ first 10 games, eight have each been decided by nine runs or more. They’ve won by 21, 20, 16, 12 and nine runs. They’ve lost by 12, 10 and 10.

The toughest score to take was the 13-3 loss to Valley Park. It was Brentwood’s first conference defeat and it put the Hawks alone at the top of the standings.

The Eagles easily won their Brentwood Invitational Tournament on April 18, outscoring three opponents 45-0 in a total of only nine innings.

Bradley Jones pitches to McCluer South Berkeley in the third inning. He gave up no hits in his four innings of work.
Bradley Jones pitches to McCluer South Berkeley in the third inning. He gave up no hits in four innings of work.

South Central AA Conference
Standings as of April 26
Valley Park, 6-0
Brentwood, 2-1
Crossroads, 2-3
Hancock, 2-3
Bayless, 1-6

Charles Jones gloves a grounder from McCluer South Berkeley.
Charles Jones gloves a grounder from McCluer South Berkeley.

April 24: lost 15-3 vs. Principia, six innings
Principia already had a cozy lead, 8-1, before striking for seven runs in the sixth inning. The Eagles’ mini-rally in the bottom of the sixth fizzled out after two runs and the game ended on the 10-run mercy rule. Barratt Pierce pitched the win for Principia, surrendering not much more than a triple by Skylar Sappington and an RBI by Bradley Jones. Principia scored at least two runs against each of Brentwood’s four pitchers. Charles Jones started on the mound but left with only one out in the first and the score 3-0. The Eagles gave up two more runs in the next two innings with Morgan Murphy pitching, six runs on five singles during Sappington’s two innings and three runs during Eddie Wright’s inning. Sappington got the loss.

Stephen Suntrup awaits a McCluer South pitch.
Stephen Suntrup awaits a McCluer South pitch.

April 23: won 17-1 vs. Herculaneum, 5 innings
Bradley Jones pitched a complete game one-hitter and got two hits himself as Brentwood rebounded from the loss to Valley Park. BHS scored 15 runs in the first two innings and ended up with 13 hits. Just about everybody got in on the offense. John Bischoff hit a home run and had two RBIs. Charles Jones had two hits, two RBIs and two stolen bases. Five BHS players each scored two runs: Bradley Jones, Bischoff, Morgan Murphy, Skylar Sappington and Stephen Suntrup. Bradley Jones struck out six and rose to 3-0.

Skylar Sappington pitches in the fifth inning against McCluer South.
Skylar Sappington pitches in the fifth inning against McCluer South.

April 21: lost 13-3 vs. Valley Park, 6 innings
Though Valley Park, 14-2, is ranked in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s small school top 10, it looked like an upset was brewing as the Eagles led 3-0 in the third inning and 3-2 heading into the fifth. But the Hawks struck for seven runs in the fifth and four more in the seventh to win it. Starting pitcher Bischoff gave up six runs in four innings, Murphy four runs in 1.1 innings and Sappington three runs in the sixth. Brentwood’s runs were scored by Bischoff, who hit a homer, Charles Jones and Eddie Wright. Mike Mills hit two doubles. The winning pitcher was John Sisler.

Mike Mills gets a hit against Bayless.
Mike Mills gets a hit against Bayless.

April 18: won 21-0 vs. Carnahan, 2 innings
The Eagles took batting practice, scoring 18 runs in the first inning and three in the second before the game was stopped. Nine players scored runs, led by Charles Jones’s three. Bischoff hit a triple and had two runs and two RBIs. Murphy was the winning pitcher and Leondre Nicholson got the loss.

Morgan Murphy safely reaches second base against Bayless.
Morgan Murphy safely reaches second base against Bayless.

April 18: won 4-0 vs. McCluer South Berkeley
It was scoreless until Brentwood got three runs in the fourth inning. The busiest bats belonged to Suntrup (two runs), Murphy (two hits) and Wright (two RBIs). “We got challenged by a decent pitcher,” said BHS coach Mike Imergoot. “The difference was, we saw a slow pitcher against Madison Prep and it’s hard to adjust to someone who throws with a little power.”Bradley Jones had a no-hitter going until Imergoot pulled him after the fourth inning “because we need him to pitch Monday.” Jones feels his pitching is coming together. “The fastball and curve ball were both on,” he said. “I feel like I’ve finally broken myself in. I can definitely control myself. I feel like I can do this a lot more often.”

Seth Winkleman scoops a grounder in warmups before the McCluer South game.
Seth Winkleman scoops a grounder in warmups before the McCluer South game.

April 18: won 20-0 vs. Madison Prep, 2 innings
Bradley Jones summed it up best when he remarked, “It was kinda boring.” The Eagles scored 12 runs in the first inning and eight in the second before the game was mercifully stopped. Sappington scored four runs and two RBIs on two hits, Mills three runs on two hits and Bischoff three runs. Bradley Jones had two hits and two RBIs. Charles Jones was the winning pitcher. “Charles pitched very well,” said Imergoot. “He’s been working a lot on his mechanics and he was throwing strikes.”

Hunter Brown-Scott takes infield practice before the McCluer South game.
Hunter Brown-Scott takes infield practice before the McCluer South game.

Brentwood’s record is 7-3
April 1: won 11-2 vs. Northridge, WP Bischoff
April 11: lost 10-0 at McCluer North, LP C. Jones
April 14: won 6-5 at Hancock, Crossroads, WP B. Jones
April 15: won 13-1 vs. Bayless, WP Bischoff
April 18: won 20-0 vs. Madison Prep, WP C. Jones
April 18: won 4-0 vs. McCluer South Berkeley, WP B. Jones
April 18: won 21-0 vs. Carnahan, WP Murphy
April 21: lost 13-3 vs. Valley Park, LP Bischoff
April 23: won 17-1 vs. Herculaneum, WP B. Jones
April 24: lost 15-3 vs. Principia

Brentwood head coach Mike Imergoot huddles with his assistants before the McCluer South game.
Brentwood head coach Mike Imergoot huddles with his assistants before the McCluer South game.

Upcoming games
April 27 at Kennedy
April 29 host Cleveland NJROTC
April 30 at University City
May 2 at Whitfield

To see the team’s website, click here.

Bradley Jones fires a pitch to catcher Stephen Suntrup in the third inning against McCluer South.
Bradley Jones fires a pitch to catcher Stephen Suntrup in the third inning against McCluer South.
Jonas Heisel awaits a McCluer South pitch in the fourth inning.
Jonas Heisel awaits a McCluer South pitch in the fourth inning.
Eddie Wright crosses home plate in the fourth inning against McCluer South.
Eddie Wright crosses home plate in the fourth inning against McCluer South.
Stephen Suntrup walks back to the dugout after scoring on McCluer South in the fifth inning.
Stephen Suntrup walks back to the dugout after scoring on McCluer South in the fifth inning.
Skylar Sappington pitches in the fifth inning against McCluer South.
Skylar Sappington pitches in the fifth inning against McCluer South.

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