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Monday, April 25, 2011

Suburban West Roundup: Parkway South Baseball Still Perfect

An unbeaten record at this point of the high school baseball season is indeed a rarity.

But Parkway South won a pair of tight games over Lafayette last week and has yet to taste defeat in 2011.

The Patriots were coming off of a sweep of Mehlville over the weekend. They scored 11 runs in the first inning in a 24-10 win on April 16. The Parkway South lead was actually cut to 11-9 after two innings but then they scored six in both the fifth and sixth innings. Seven different Parkway South players have multi-RBI games against Mehlville. Jake Brentz, John Calloway, James Calloway and Michael Patterson all drove in three. John Calloway scored five runs in the game.

Things were a lot tighter in the sweep of Lafayette. John Calloway was 3-for-3 in an 8-6 win Tuesday. The Patriots needed a three-run seventh inning to remain unbeaten in a 6-4 win over the Lancers on Wednesday. The wins moved Parkway South to 7-0 in the Suburban West Conference. The Patriots entered the week 15-0 overall.

In a normal season, Oakville would be the team making headlines from the Suburban West. The Tigers improved to 5-1 in the league and 12-2 overall with a sweep of rival Mehlville. Chad Gendron pitched a gem in an 8-1 Tigers win at GCS Ballpark on Tuesday. Gendron went the distance and allowed only two Panthers hits. He walked just one while striking out a dozen. Oakville scored seven times in the first inning on Wednesday but then had to hold back a Mehlville comeback bid, winning 14-11. Tim Chambliss had four hits, four RBI and two runs scored to pace the Tigers’ attack. Jake Land had three hits, three runs scored and three RBI while Gendron had a home run and three RBI.

The series of the regular season will happen this weekend as Parkway South and Oakville will get it on with the conference title on the line. They will play Friday at Parkway South at 4:15 and Saturday at noon at Oakville.

Lindbergh is not out of the picture of a conference title, although the Flyers’ hopes were hurt by a 5-4 loss to Fox last Wednesday. That snapped a seven-game Lindbergh winning streak. The seventh win was Tuesday in a 10-0 win over Fox as Jordan Harmon and Conor Irwin combined for a two-hitter while Kendall Helbert had a home run and drove in five to pace the offense. Lindbergh is 6-2 in the league and 10-4 overall.

Marquette is the other team with a winning record in the Suburban West coming into this week. The Mustangs are 4-3 in the league and 10-7 overall. Marquette pounded out 15 hits in a 12-4 win over Eureka on Wednesday. Justin Cook scored four runs in the game while Jacob Martin had three hits and scored three runs.

Lafayette, which is 3-4 in the league and 7-6 overall, followed up its two tough losses to unbeaten Marquette with a 6-0 win over Marquette last Thursday. Drue Bravo went the distance for the Lancers. He deserved big bravos for his effort as he allowed only two hits and walked just one while recording five strikeouts. William Dupont had a good day at the plate and on the bases. He had three hits, two stolen bases, a run scored and an RBI.

Fox moved over .500 overall (7-6) with the 5-4 win over Lindbergh on Wednesday, which snapped the seven-game Flyers winning streak. The Warriors, who are 2-3 in the league, won in dramatic fashion with two runs in the seventh inning to send the game to extra innings and then won it with a run in the eighth.

Eureka is the seventh team in the nine-team Suburban West with a winning record overall (9-8), although the Wildcats are only 3-5 in the ultra competitive league. Eureka and Lindbergh had one-run games against each other on Thursday at GCS Ballpark. Lindbergh won the opener of the doubleheader 6-5 before Eureka came back to win the second game 2-1. Eureka had lost four of five before the win in the nightcap. Eureka did have a 10-5 win over Marquette on Tuesday as Nick Jacobs drove in three runs and Mark Hencken had three hits.

Northwest and Mehlville each have winning records outside of the conference, but both are looking for their first Suburban West wins. Northwest is 0-4 in the league but had a dramatic 7-5 win over Suburban South co-leader Seckman on Tuesday. The Lions scored a run in the seventh inning to tie the game and then scored twice in the ninth for the extra-inning victory. Andrew Hughes and Ryan Roth had big games at the plate. Hughes had three extra base hits, two doubles and a triple and drove in three runs while Roth was 3-for-3 with three RBI. Roth also combined with Miquel Cornman for 15 strikeouts on the mound.

Mehlville, which is 0-8 in the league and 6-11 overall, also had a recent win over Seckman and it was an impressive one. The Panthers scored five times in the first inning and six times in the last inning for a 15-5 win last Monday. That snapped a four-game losing streak, which included two one-run losses to Lindbergh and two losses to undefeated Parkway South. The Panthers followed up the win over Seckman though with two losses against Oakville.

Suburban West Girls Soccer
Five league teams have just one league loss in girls soccer entering play this week. Oakville, Eureka and Lafayette are all 4-1 while Lindbergh is 3-1 and Parkway South is 2-1.
Lauren Fussell and Lexi Pommer scored goals for Oakville in a huge 2-1 win over Lindbergh last Monday.
The two goals scored by the Tigers are part of just eight goals allowed in 12 games by the Flyers, who are 10-2 overall. Nina Tzlanos made 10 saves in a recent 1-0 win over Parkway South. Tzlanos has six shutouts for the season and a 0.67 goals against average.
Northwest, which lost consecutive league games to Eureka, Lafayette and Oakville, improved to 8-4 overall with 2-0 wins over Webster and Union last week. Alyssa Arnold had both shutouts.
Lafayette had a recent six-game winning streak which included five consecutive shutouts. The streak ended with a 3-0 loss to St. Joseph's Academy in the St. Louis Shootout. The Lancers followed that with a 1-0 loss to Cor Jesu, but beat Marquette 1-0 last Wednesday on a goal by Kelsey Clayman.
Lafayette, Oakville and Lindbergh are all involved in tournaments this week. Lafayette is in the St. Dominic/Francis Howell North Shootout which begins Tuesday with the championship game on Saturday. Oakville and Lindbergh are in the CYC/Joseph Carenza Tournament which begins Monday and finishes Saturday.

Suburban West Boys Volleyball
Oakville's boys volleyball team remained undefeated for the season with a big 2-0 win over CBC Wednesday. The Tigers, who are 17-0 overall, have lost only four total games this season. The Tigers are 5-0 in the league. Mehlville is second at 4-1 with its only loss coming against Oakville. Northwest is 3-1 in the league.

Suburban West Boys Golf

The top area high school golf tournament of the season was held last Monday and it was a good day for a couple of area players and teams. Marquette sophomore Zach Gollwitzer was the individual medalist in the tournament, shooting an even par 72 at Crescent Farms. Eureka's Ted Jones was tied for second with a two-over par 74. Jones' effort helped the Wildcats to a third-place finish as a team behind Metro Catholic Conference powers DeSmet and CBC. Parkway South finished fourth as a team.

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