On May 31, 2019, the St. Francis Borgia Knights Varsity Baseball team (Washington, MO) defeated Westminster Christian Academy to win the Class 4 State Championship Title – for the first time in the school’s history.
The final score was 13 to 1. Knights Pitcher Bryce Mayer pitched a complete game and allowed just two hits. The win was especially sweet since the Knights, who were not in the top ten MHSBCA rankings as of May 10th, defeated the No. 2 ranked Helius Catholic in the semifinal game, and No. 3 ranked Westminster in the final. They finished the season with a record of 23-7.
Members of this history-making team were: Owen Struckhoff, Tyler Glosemeyer, Louis Eckelkamp IV, Alonzo Macdonald, Joe Schmidt, Gavin Mueller, Caleb Kleekamp, Blake Whitlock, Adam Molitor, Bryce Mayer, Joe Perjak, Max Meyers, Spencer Hunter, Josh Garbs, Cody Tuepker, Jack Czeschin, Nick Helfrich, Wil Heggemann, Foster Lynchard, Brayden Mayer, Tyler Stieffermann, Brandon Stahlman, Sam Heggemann, and Sam Glosemeyer. Head Coach: Rob Struckhoff. Assist. Coaches: Spencer Unnerstall, Andrew Alfermann, Alex Piontek, Chuck Subke, Jim Daugherty, Jason Grellner. Managers: Liz Lynchard, Audrey Baumstark, Brooke Lange, Ava Kemper, Reece Murphy.
The team has since received congratulatory recognition from the Franklin County Commission and the City of Washington. Other awards include: All-State Players 1st Team Joe Schmidt and Spencer Hunter, 2nd Team Jack Czechin and Bryce Mayer; All-Metro Players Joe Schmidt - Metro Player of the Year, Bryce Mayer - 1st Team, Spencer Hunter - 2nd Team; All-Conference Players 1st Team Joe Schmidt, Louis Eckelkamp, Jack Czeschin, Spencer Hunter, Tyler Glosemeyer, Brandon Stahlman, 2nd Team Nick Helfrich, Bryce Mayer, Adam Molitor; Joe Schmidt - AAA Player of the Year, and Rob Struckhoff - AAA Coach of the Year. Congratulations to all!
Photo Courtesy of Judy Molitor.
Photo Courtesy of St. Francis Borgia High School.