The Hermann Bearcats muscled up Saturday and scored 38 runs in two games, putting together 41 hits against Elsberry and Wright City — an offensive explosion that surely caught the attention of the current King of the Class 3 Hill, the South Callaway Bulldogs.
Beginning Friday, South Callaway will host the District 9 Tournament. Drawing a first-round bye, the Bulldogs on Monday will play the winner of the Hermann-Cuba contest in a semi-final game with the District Tourney Championship set on Tuesday.
The Bearcats’ attitude going into the Saturday double dip in Wright City was set a day earlier. Last Friday, Hermann scored 3 in the bottom half of the 7th inning to claim a 6-5 win over Wellsville at Dick Ochsner Ball Field.
On Saturday, Trent Anderson gave up a 1st-inning run to Wright City — after the Bearcats opened the game with 3 runs of their own in top of the inning — and then threw shutout ball the rest of the game while Hermann saved its firepower until the top of the 6th, breaking out for 13 runs to add to its 5 tallies on the board.
Anderson struck out 6 in the game and allowed only 4 hits.
At the plate T.J. Racherbaumer went 5-for-5 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. He was one of six players with a multi-hit game. The others collecting hits were:
Trent Anderson, 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs; Chet Moeckli, 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs and 3 runs scored; Cameron Michel, 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs; Jon Utley, 2-for-4; and Hayden Horstmann, 2-for-4.
At the top of the line were Chase Racherbaumer, 1-for-4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored, and Chase McKague, also 1-for-4 with 2 runs scored.
Of the 21 hits, only four were for extra bases — Moeckli had a triple and brothers Chase Racherbaumer and T.J. Racherbaumer each had a double, as did Anderson.
In addition to Anderson’s performance on the mound, his defense played notably, committing only one error.
In the contest with the Elsberry Indians, McKague worked 6 1/3 innings and relieved by Colter Scheible in the 20-3 victory.
Hermann registered 20 hits in the game while giving up only 7.
Against Elsberry, Jon Utley went 4-for-5 at the plate with 3 RBIs and a double, one of only two doubles hit by the Bearcats. Anderson had the other.
Other notable plate performances:
Chase McKague, 4-for-5 with 2 RBIs; Chase Racherbaumer, 2-for-5 with 3 runs scored; Trent Anderson, 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs; Chet Moeckli, 2-for-5 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs; Sam Holland, 3-for-4 with 1 RBI and a run scored; Cameron Michel, 1-for-3 with 3 runs scored.
Seth Wilkerson, the designated runner for McKague, scored four runs.
The Saturday sweep and the Friday afternoon win over Wellsville send the Bearcats into the District Tournament with a season mark of 13-10, an achievement that surprises some of the most loyal fans — given the team’s haphazard play in the early going.
And it’s a much-improved team from last year’s version, which posted a 7-15 record.