Hickman baseball falls to Rockhurst, 7-3

Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 6:41 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY – About 15 minutes after their baseball game ended, Hickman High School's Colby Fitch and Rockhurst's Jack Benninghoff posed with each other for a picture.

Fitch and Benninghoff are good friends and play travel ball together in the summer. The two wore different jerseys Saturday, of course.

When Benninghoff —who's headed to Arkansas to play baseball — came up to bat, his friend was squatted behind the plate focusing on the game.

Fitch is trying to guide his team to a successful senior season before going to Louisville to continue his own baseball career. He was on the wrong end of the scoreboard Saturday.

In the Capital City Invitational in Jefferson City, Rockhurst took down Hickman 7-3. 

The Hawklets never had an outburst — just a steady stream of runs throughout the game. There was only one inning where they didn't score a run. They had eight hits, only one more than Kewpies.

But Rockhurst, a Kansas City school that typically has a powerhouse sports program, was aggressive. When runners reached base, they advanced through sacrifices.

Occasionally they stole bases off Hickman leftie Augie Loeher. The senior has a longer stride when he pitches, and that allowed runners to get good jumps.

Loeher struck out five while pitching a complete game.

"I think he took a big step forward," Hickman coach Dan Devine said. "But you know, they're a good team, and good teams sometimes chip away, and before you know it, they're up by a bit."

Offensively, the Kewpies took a few innings to get going. Fitch singled in the first inning before the next eight batters were retired. In Fitch's second at-bat, he doubled down the right-field line and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

Once Hickman scored that first run in the fourth, it added one in each of the next two innings. But as the Kewpies scored runs, so did Rockhurst.

And once the Hawklets stretched the score to 7-3, Hickman couldn't come up with a rally in the final frame.

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