By TJ Weber
On Tuesday, the Francis Howell Vikings took on the Fort Zumwalt West Jaguars in a hard fought sectional matchup.
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Francis Howell, who has been dominating every team in their path since Districts started, would be in for a fight in this game. The Vikings put their ace senior Calvin Munson on the mound to face Fort Zumwalt’s ace, senior Ryan Franklin.
Howell opened up the game with a bang. Senior Calvin Munson knocked in Eli Dilday, who doubled right before him, to take a quick 1-0 lead. Both big hits were with two outs in the inning.
The Vikings scored again in the top of the 3rd with the help of Dilday once again. With his second double of the day, he picked up an RBI and extended Howell’s lead to 2-0. Fort Zumwalt West wouldn’t be scared away.
The Jaguars got a boost from junior Jordan White in the bottom of the 7th inning. He took Munson yard and cut the Vikings lead down to 2-1. With two outs in the inning and a runner on second, the Jaguars had one final chance to tie the game. Munson shut their dreams down with his eight strikeout of the game, earning him the complete game victory.
A couple key players for Francis Howell in this game were senior Calvin Munson and junior Eli Dilday. Munson finished with 7 innings pitched, giving up 4 hits, 1 earned run, and he had 8 strikeouts. At the plate he had 2 hits and a key RBI in the first inning to give the Vikings the first lead of the game. Dilday finished the day 2 for 3 with two big doubles and an RBI.
A couple key players for Fort Zumwalt West were senior Ryan Franklin and junior Jordan White. Even with the loss, Franklin did have a complete game; 7 innings pitched, giving up 8 hits, 2 earned runs, and earning 1 strikeout. Jordan White went 2 for 3 with a double, a home run, and an RBI.
Francis Howell will advance to the state semifinals to face the Jr. Billikens of Saint Louis University High School. The game will be on Thursday at 5 PM at Francis Howell. SLUH will be looking to knock the Vikings out of the playoffs and end their win streak. I’m Looking for a close low scoring game.