The Francis Howell Vikings will take on the SLUH Junior Billikens Thursday evening in a Class 5 Quarterfinal Baseball game at C&H Ballpark.
Tuesday, the Vikings (30-5) knocked off conference foe Ft. Zumwalt West (21-10) in the sectional game 2-1 at West. Senior pitcher Calvin Munson pitched a complete game to earn the victory, to improve his record to a perfect 7-0.
It was Munson’s bat that got things going for the Vikings in the 1st inning. Munson drove in Eli Diladay, following his double. Dilday added to the lead in the third inning when his 2nd double of the day drove in Jake Hellweg.
It was Munson’s arm that was difference in the game. He struck out 8, walked none, and the lone run was a homerun off the bat of Jordan White in the bottom of the 7th inning. The Jaguars had a chance to tie it with a runner on 2nd and 2 outs in the 7th, but they were unable to push across the run.
Zumwalt West pitcher Ryan Franklin also pitched a complete game, striking out 1 and walking nobody. Franklin finished the season with a 7-1 record.
The Vikings move on to a team they have beaten once this season in SLUH. On April 22nd, the Vikings picked up an 11-2 victory over the Billikens at C&H. In addition, the Vikings knocked off the Billikens (23-5) two years ago on their way to a State Championship. The winner of Thursday’s game will move on to the State Semifinals next week at TR Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon.
The first pitch is scheduled for 5:00.