Eagles Win 6 Straight, Lose to Valley Park

Shortstop John Bischoff receives a throw at second base as a Bishop DuBourg runner returns to the bag. The runner was safe. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Shortstop John Bischoff receives a throw at second base as a Bishop DuBourg runner returns to the bag. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Hawks bump BHS to 2nd place in conference

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

The Brentwood High School baseball team recently missed a chance to take sole possession of first place in the South Central AA Conference. They lost 2-0 to Valley Park on April 19, which bumped them down to second place as the Hawks stayed on top.

If both teams win their next three league games, their scheduled rematch on May 6 at Brentwood Park will decide whether BHS gets a piece of the crown. The Eagles, 7-4, have not won the South Central since 2012.

Valley Park didn’t give Brentwood much hope in the April 19 game. The Hawks’ sophomore pitching ace Austin Schmitt struck out 11 Eagles and allowed only two singles over seven innings. Schmitt is 4-0, averages 11 K’s a game and has the third lowest ERA (0.25) in the St. Louis area.

Still, with good defense and Skylar Sappington pitching, Brentwood was never out of the game. And losing 2-0 is an improvement from last year when the Eagles lost to the Hawks 13-3 and 17-4.

The loss to Valley Park ended Brentwood’s six-game win streak, during which they outscored opponents 58-23. They also swept all three guests at the Brentwood Invitational.

Seth Winkleman pitches to Valley Park last season.
Seth Winkleman pitches to Valley Park last season.

South Central AA Conference
Standings as of April 22
Valley Park, 4-0
Brentwood, 3-1
Hancock, 2-1
Crossroads, 1-3
Bayless, 0-5

Mike Mills scoops up a grounder against Bishop DuBourg.
Mike Mills scoops up a Bishop DuBourg grounder.

4/22: lost 3-0 at Principia
Principia’s Sean Hannan struck out 15 and gave up only three hits in seven innings.

Skylar Sappington catches a DuBourg fly ball.
Skylar Sappington catches a DuBourg fly ball.

4/19: lost 2-0 at Valley Park
Winning pitcher Austin Schmitt gave up only two hits — singles by Charles Jones and Mike Mills — and struck out 11 in seven innings. Losing pitcher Skylar Sappington gave up three singles and two doubles over five innings, striking out five and walking four.

Morgan Murphy receives a throw from pitcher John Bischoff at first base.
Morgan Murphy receives a throw from pitcher John Bischoff at first base but the DuBourg runner gets back in time.

4/18: beat Jennings 19-11
John Bischoff went crazy at the plate — four-for-five, including two triples and a double. Morgan Murphy and Skylar Sappington had three hits apiece and Sappington and Stephen Suntrup combined for seven runs. Winning pitcher Sam Tilton and Blake Lawrence each pitched three innings and Tilton gave up only two singles.

Sam Tilton talks with first-base coach Elliott Sterett in the DuBourg game.
Sam Tilton talks with first-base coach Elliott Sterett in the DuBourg game.

4/16: beat Barat 4-2 at Brentwood Invitational
Barat tied it in the third inning but Brentwood went ahead for good in the fourth. Stephen Suntrup had two hits and two RBI and Skylar Sappington stole two bases. Winning pitcher John Bischoff gave up only three singles and struck out eight in five innings.

Alex Cobb retrieves a DuBourg base hit in center field.
Alex Cobb retrieves a DuBourg base hit in right field.

4/16: beat University City 12-5 at Brentwood Inv.
The Lions made four errors. Mike Mills hit a double and two RBI. Two runs apiece were scored by Joe Clay, Skylar Sappington and Luke Tilton. Winning pitcher Morgan Murphy gave up five earned runs in 4.2 innings but walked only one and allowed no extra-base hits.

Butters Jones warms up after taking over on the mound in the sixth inning against DuBourg.
Butters Jones warms up after taking over on the mound in the sixth inning against DuBourg.

4/16: beat McCluer South−Berkeley 4-1 at Brentwood Inv.
Winning pitcher Seth Winkleman surrendered only three singles in four innings and struck out five, and Joe Clay got the save. Skylar Sappington went two-for-two and Charles Jones scored two runs.

Stephen Suntrup makes contact in the fifth inning against DuBourg.
Stephen Suntrup makes contact in the fifth inning against DuBourg.

4/14: beat Hancock 6-4
Mike Mills struck out eight in 3.2 innings but surrendered four runs on seven hits, while winning pitcher Seth Winkleman gave up two hits over 3.1. John Bischoff hit a home run and Mills had two hits and two runs.

Jonas Heisel eyes a DuBourg pitch he doesn't like.
Jonas Heisel eyes a DuBourg pitch he doesn’t like.

4/13: beat Bayless, 13-0 (5 innings)
Winning pitcher Skylar Sappington threw a one-hitter and struck out 10. Mike Mills scored four runs and Morgan Murphy had four RBI.

Joe Clay pitches the final inning against DuBourg.
Joe Clay pitches the final inning against DuBourg.

Brentwood’s statistical leaders through 10 games
Pitching:
Wins: Seth Winkleman, 3-0
ERA: Winkleman, .000, 12.1 innings, no earned runs
Hitting:
Runs: Skylar Sappington
Hits: Sappington
Singles: Sappington and Charles “Butters” Jones
Doubles: Mike Mills
Triples: Sappington and John Bischoff
Home runs: Bischoff
RBI: Bischoff
Stolen bases: Jones
Batting average: Sappington, .485
Slugging percentage: Bischoff, .840

Brentwood head coach Mike Imergoot talks to Sam Tilton before he bats in the second inning vs. DuBourg.
Brentwood head coach Mike Imergoot talks to Sam Tilton before Tilton bats in the second inning vs. DuBourg.

2016 Results and Schedule — BHS is 7-4
4/1: lost at Orchard Farm 12-10
4/7: beat Crossroads 9-1
4/8: lost to DuBourg 17-8
4/13: beat Bayless, 13-0
4/14: beat Hancock 6-4
4/16: Brentwood Invitational
– Beat Barat 4-2
– Beat University City 12-5
– Beat McCluer South Berkeley 4-1
4/18: beat Jennings 19-11
4/19: lost 2-0 at Valley Park
4/22: lost 3-0 at Principia
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

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