Missouri State Championship Roundup



Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

Class 5

Rock Bridge 9, Francis Howell 6
After Kyle Teter singled and scored in the top of the first to give Rock Bridge an early 1-0 lead, defending state champion, Francis Howell, came right back and loaded the bases in the bottom of the first.  Brenden Trimble singled to right that plated Justin Perkins to tie the game at 1-1. Tanner Kulpa's sharp single of Rock Bridge starter Chandler Wyatt's glove scored Austin Johnson  and gave Howell a 2-1 lead after one inning.  The Bruins regained the lead in the third sending seven hitters to plate and scoring three runs on four hits, highlighted by doubles from Connor Brumfield and Logan Twehous. Rock Bridge built on a 4-1 lead in the fourth with a two-run double by  Connor Brumfield that gave the Bruins an 8-1 advantage. Bruin lefty, Ryan Bernskoetter came on in relief in the second inning and held the Viking bats in check until the seventh.  After, Connor Brumfield picked up his third RBI of the game in the top of the seventh to give the Bruins a 9-2 advantage, Howell started a comeback.  Austin Johnson started seventh with a single to center for the Vikings.  Erik Huenke followed with a walk setting the stage for Eli Dilday's three-run homer off reliever Avery Jennings, making it a 9-5 game.  Nic Perkins and Ryan Perkins kept the Viking hopes alive with back-to-back singles and Brenden Trimble's RBI single cut the Bruin lead to 9-6.  But that was as close as Howell would get as Rock Bridge claimed their first state championship in school history.  Ryan Bernskoetter earned the win working five innings, surrendering two earned runs on two hits with a strikeout and two walks.  Cole Evans and Connor Brumfield each with 3-for-4 for Rock Bridge, while Logan Twehous turned in a 2-for-2 performance. 

Blue Springs South 2, Vianney 1
It took eight innings to decide the third place finisher for Missouri Class 5.  Vianney scored their only run in the first inning on a Keanan Davila sacrifice fly that scored Brendan Madden.  Blue Springs South tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when Cale Benson singled and scored.  The Jaguars won the game in the eighth innings when Cale Benson singled home Reece Eddins to earn the third place finish.  Austin Simms went 7.2 innings allowing one run on seven hits with seven strikeouts for Blue Springs South. Conner Davis earned the win working one inning in relief.  Nick Allgeyer worked six innings for Vianney, fanning two and walking one. He allowed one run and scattered four hits. 

Class 4

#1 Westminster 8, St. Mary's 2
Jordan Smith allowed one earned run on three hits with eight strikeouts and two walks in the complete-game win to send Westminster to the state championship.  Caleb Hicks went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored to lead the Wildcats.  Tyler Catlett drove in three runs, while Travis Ralls and Andrew Colgrove each collected two hits for Westminster.  Zachary Ortinau scored both runs for St. Mary's.  Matt Cuasino went the distance for St. Mary's allowing seven earned runs with two strikeouts and a walk. 

Pembroke Hill 7, Logan-Rogersville 5
Pembroke Hill starter Joe Thomas went six innings allowing two earned runs on three hits with eight strikeouts and five walks to earn the win for Pembroke Hill.  Brett Bethune, Daniel Duffy, and Sean Reardon each collected two hits each, while Joe Thomas drove in three runs to send Pembroke Hill to the state championship.  James Jenkins led Logan-Rogersville with two hits and two RBI. Jacob Schlesner went five innings surrendering six runs on five hits with four strikeouts and four walks. 

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