As the high school spring sports season begins to wind down and we enter postseason competition across each of the spring sports, we’d like to give fans and supporters of area teams an update.
Here is a recap of what went down last week, and a brief look at what is coming up for area teams this week:
Much of the recent sports talk at Brentwood has been about its red-hot baseball and soccer teams.
The Eagles soccer team pushed its season record to 11-5 with a perfect 3-0 record last week. Brentwood outscored its three opponents, Hillsboro, Maplewood Richmond Heights and Metro Academy, by a combined score of 10-2 in what were increasingly impressive performances last week.
Brentwood will look to add to its win streak with three games before starting the district playoffs next week. On Monday, the Eagles will host O’Fallon Christian at 6 p.m., followed by a road game at Orchard Farm on Tuesday, and concluding with a home game against Valley Park on Friday.
Brentwood also found out on Monday that it has been granted the No. 1 seed in the Class 1 District 4 playoffs, which means they’ve received a bye into the district championship game, which will be played at John Burroughs High on Thursday, May 19.
In that game, Brentwood will face the winner of the district semifinal between Burroughs and MRH.
The Brentwood baseball team was on an even better roll than their soccer counterparts last week.
The Eagles, now 12-4, won all six games it played, including mercy-rule wins over McCluer South-Berkeley, MRH, and Metro.
The hitting stars from last week were senior Ryan Marshall (three hits in a 2-0 win over Maplewood), junior Tyler Jones (three hits, two runs batted in against Principia) and senior Frankie Lowe (two hits, two RBI also against Principia).
Junior Kevin Smith and senior Ryan Jones both continued their excellence on the mound for Brentwood with complete-game wins (Smith against Maplewood, Jones against Principia).
Brentwood will play four games this week before beginning the playoffs next Monday.
The Eagles play at Jennings at 4:15 p.m. on Monday. They’ll play two home games on Tuesday, one against Valley Park and another against Hancock, before closing the regular season on Friday against Priory.
Brentwood was named the No. 1 seed in Class 2 District 5 and has received a first-round bye in the playoffs. The Eagles will host a district second-round game against either Valley Park or Lift for Life Academy, on Monday, May 16.
MAPLEWOOD RICHMOND HEIGHTS
The spring sports teams at MRH were put through the fire a bit last week.
The MRH baseball team lost four straight games, including 14-0 and 16-1 decisions against Brentwood and Bowling Green.
The one shining individual performance for the Devils last week came from starting pitcher Kevin Sapp, who pitched a complete game and struck out seven in a rematch against Brentwood last Tuesday.
Unfortunately for Sapp, the defense behind him was a little shaky and committed five errors, which helped aid the two runs Brentwood scored to win.
For the MRH girls soccer team, the bleeding just hasn’t stopped after, heroically, winning its season opener, 1-0, against Jennings.
Unfortunately, the Blue Devils haven’t won a game since, and after losing three times last week are now 1-18 on the season.
What’s worse is that MRH has gone six straight games without scoring a goal. That’s one problem the team will have to correct as it moves into the last week of the regular season.
This week, MRH will play four games before beginning the playoffs next week. On Monday, the Blue Devils will travel to Windsor High for a 5 p.m. game. MRH will host its final home games of the season, against Valley Park on Tuesday and Bayless on Wednesday, with both games set to begin at 4 p.m.
MRH will travel to John F. Kennedy High in Manchester for a 6 p.m. game on Friday in the regular-season finale.