Winkleman, Mills Pitch BHS by Crossroads

Skylar Sappington triples in a run in the first inning against Bishop DuBourg on April 8 at Brentwood Park. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Skylar Sappington triples in a run in the first inning against Bishop DuBourg on April 8 at Brentwood Park. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

But Eagles surrender 29 runs to DuBourg, Orchard Farm

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

April 7 was a day of firsts for the Brentwood High School baseball team. It’s the day the Eagles won their first game of the season, which happened to be both the first conference game on their schedule and the home opener at Brentwood Park. And the 9-1 blasting of Crossroads was pitcher Seth Winkleman’s first ever varsity win.

It certainly encourages the Eagles, who start this week 1-2 after being outscored 29-18 in their losses to Orchard Farm and Bishop DuBourg. Those two are bigger, Class 4 schools. But still, dominating a Crossroads team that finished one game behind BHS in the league standings last year is reason for hope.

“Our pitching stymied them, just shut them down,” said head coach Mike Imergoot. “Mike [Mills] threw well and Seth was just terrific.”

Mike Mills holds a DuBourg runner at first base, ready for a possible throw from pitcher John Bischoff.
Mike Mills holds a DuBourg runner at first base, ready for a possible throw from pitcher John Bischoff.

Mills threw the first three innings and, with his pitch count high for this early in the season, was replaced by Winkleman with a 5-1 lead. The tall, quiet senior then pitched a two-hit shutout over four innings.

“I threw mostly fastballs,” Winkleman said. “They weren’t terribly good at hitting, so I just threw them in there as fast as I could.”

Winkleman is 6-feet-5 and long-armed, so his fastballs seem faster to hitters.

“With that size, the leverage and the plain he’s throwing in, it’s downward,” said Imergoot. “And he’s got a hard pitch; there are some guys who when they throw it, it hits the glove, boom, it breaks hands. And he’s so tall, by the time he lets go of the ball he’s throwing a 55-foot fastball.”

SethWinkleman practices pitching in the BHS gym last month.
Seth Winkleman practices pitching in the BHS gym last month.

Hitters supported Mills and Winkleman with an efficient nine runs from seven hits. Nobody went crazy — Skylar Sappington doubled and scored three runs, Charles “Butters” Jones stole two bases — but it was more than enough.

The throw is late to Butters Jones as a Bishop DuBourg runner reaches third base in the fourth inning.
The throw is late to Butters Jones as a Bishop DuBourg runner reaches third base in the fourth inning.

April 8: lost to DuBourg 17-8

It was an exciting game until the final inning, when the Eagles suddenly ran out of good pitches and surrendered eight runs. Until then, their hitting against a Class 4 school was impressive. They scored two runs in the second to tie it, five runs in the third to lead 7-6 and one in the sixth to cut the Cavaliers’ advantage to 9-8.

“We played a good team today,” said Imergoot. “That pitcher who came on in relief [Dan Mard] is one of the best lefties in the area. He was throwing BB’s and really good curveballs. But our kids hit. We still swing the bat. We are hitting the baseball and that’s a good sign.”

Starting pitcher Bischoff was replaced with Morgan Murphy after three innings and the Eagles trailing 6-2. With Murphy on the mound BHS surrendered three runs in the fourth and fifth but trailed by only one with an inning left. Butters Jones and Joe Clay pitched the final two innings.

“We were having high pitch counts and we want to make sure we work our pitchers gradually into the season, especially since it was so cold,” said Imergoot. “If you have to lose a ballgame you lose a ballgame; I’m not going to have injuries.”

The game MVP had to be DuBourg’s winning pitcher Thomas Kinney, who struck out 10 in five innings, hit a home run and had five RBI. Jones led the Eagles with three hits. Sappington smacked a triple. Mills’s two hits included a double. Bischoff scored two runs. Cobb had a hit, a run and an RBI.

John Bischoff pitches in the first inning against DuBourg.
John Bischoff pitches in the first inning against DuBourg.
Morgan Murphy pitches to DuBourg in the fourth inning.
Morgan Murphy pitches to DuBourg in the fourth inning.

April 7: beat Crossroads 9-1
Mills and Winkleman pitched a beauty, surrendering only three hits in seven innings. Inheriting a 5-1 lead, Winkleman pitched the last four innings for his first-ever varsity win. Sappington hit a double and scored three runs. Jones had two hits, two runs and two stolen bases.

Mike Imergoot coaches third base in the DuBourg game, where temperatures reached the 40s.
Mike Imergoot coaches third base in the DuBourg game, where temperatures reached the 40s.

April 1: lost to Orchard Farm 12-10
Brentwood trailed 4-0 before taking the lead and losing it in the fourth, then taking it again and losing it for good in the fifth. The Eagles out-hit Orchard Farm 13 hits to nine but committed five errors. Bischoff homered, doubled and had six RBI. Sappington got three hits and Jones and Mills each scored two runs. Sappington was the losing pitcher after relieving Bischoff in the third inning and lasting through the sixth. Orchard Farm was led by winning pitcher Vinny Trupiano and Ethan Purgahn, who had two home runs and five RBI.

Sam Tilton prepares to bunt in the second inning against DuBourg.
Sam Tilton prepares to bunt in the second inning against DuBourg.

Brentwood’s starting lineup vs. DuBourg
Pitcher: John Bischoff
Catcher: Stephen Suntrup Jr.
First base: Morgan Murphy
Second base: Mike Mills
Shortstop: Skylar Sappington
Third base: Butters Jones
Left field: Sam Tilton
Center field: Joe Clay
Right field: Alex Cobb

Walking back to home plate, Stephen Suntrup isn't happy about base runners having just advanced in the first inning.
Walking back to home plate, Stephen Suntrup isn’t happy about base runners having just advanced in the first inning.

2016 Results and Schedule — BHS is 1-2
4/1: lost at Orchard Farm 12-10
4/7: beat Crossroads 9-1
4/8: lost to DuBourg 17-8
4/11: at Crossroads, 4 p.m., Cool Papa Bell Stadium
4/12: host Hancock, 4:15
4/13: host Bayless, 4:15
4/16: Brentwood Invitational — 11:45 vs. Barat, 3:15 vs. U. City, 6:45 vs. MS-Berkeley
4/18: host Jennings, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
4/19: at Valley Park, 4:15
4/21: at Herculaneum, 4:15
4/22: at Principia, 4:15
4/23: host JV tournament — 11:45 vs. Clayton, 3:15 vs. Priory, 6:45 vs. Bayless
4/25: at MRH, 4:15
4/27: host Cleveland NJROTC, 4:15
4/28: host University City, 4:15
4/30: host Whitfield, doubleheader, noon
5/2: at Hancock, 4:15
5/3: at Bayless, 4:15
5/4: host Lift for Life, 4:15
5/6: host Valley Park, 4:15

Assistant coach John Sappington chats with Mike Imergoot before the DuBourg game.
Assistant coach John Sappington chats with Mike Imergoot before the DuBourg game.
Joe Clay smiles about reaching second base safely in the second inning against DuBourg.
Joe Clay smiles about reaching second base safely in the second inning against DuBourg.
Alex Cobb connects with a DuBourg pitch in the second inning.
Alex Cobb connects with a DuBourg pitch in the second inning.
Jonas Heisel swings at a pitch in the fifth inning in the DuBourg game.
Jonas Heisel swings at a pitch in the fifth inning in the DuBourg game.
Skylar Sappington tags out Dubourg's Jim Smith at second base in the third inning.
Skylar Sappington tags out Dubourg’s Thomas Kinney at second base in the third inning.
Assistant coach Elliott Sterett (left) encourages Butters Jones after Jones pitched the final out of the sixth inning.
Assistant coach Elliott Sterett (left) encourages Butters Jones, who had just pitched the final out of the sixth inning.
Left fielder Sam Tilton retrieves a single hit by DuBourg in the second inning.
Left fielder Sam Tilton retrieves a single hit by DuBourg in the second inning.
Mike Imergoot praises Morgan Murphy for pitching the final out in the fourth inning.
Mike Imergoot praises Morgan Murphy for pitching the final out in the fourth inning.

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