The Pembroke Hill High School baseball team shattered a school record with 27 wins this season. But it needed one more.
The Raiders settled for second place last Saturday at the Missouri Class 4 state baseball tournament after a 5-0 loss to Westminster Christian Academy of St. Louis in the championship game.
“I think the thing that would’ve made the experience more fulfilling is if we had lost while playing our best baseball,” first-year Pembroke Hill coach Mike Bahun said. “But we weren’t able to do that. Even the semifinal game that we won, we were a little sloppy. We just weren’t able to put it together.”
Bahun attributed the sloppy play to his players’ relative inexperience in the state-tournament environment. By contrast, Westminster won the state championship last year, too.
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Despite the championship loss, Pembroke Hill finished 27-5. The previous school record for baseball wins in a single season was 16.
“I think we outworked a lot of people and overachieved because of that,” Bahun said. “We were able to elevate the future expectations of our program.”
Senior Sam Frazen batted .469 with 15 extra-base hits for the spring. Joe Thomas broke a school pitching record with nine wins.
Jaguars finish third
Blue Springs South reached the Missouri Class 5 state baseball tournament for the first time in school history and placed third last Friday.
The Jaguars lost six of eight games over one stretch late in the regular season, but a formidable one-two punch on the mound — Reece Eddins and Austin Simms — helped the team turn things around heading into the playoffs.
Eddins, who has signed with Nebraska, pitched two no-hitters and had a 7-4 record. He also batted .437 with four home runs.
Simms had a 6-2 record and a 1.82 earned run average. He has signed to pitch at Drury.
After an inconsistent regular season, the Jaguars’ bats came alive during their run to the state tournament. The offense was led by senior shortstop Colton Pogue, who batted .441 with 23 extra-base hits, including seven home runs. He was named the Suburban Gold Conference player of the year and has signed to play at Western Illinois.