Helias pounds Phillips, beats Rock Bridge to advance to quarterfinals

Helias outfielder Zach Backes leads off from second base during the Crusaders’ 9-3 victory against Rock Bridge in Tuesday’s Class 4 Sectional game at the American Legion Sports Complex.

Helias outfielder Zach Backes leads off from second base during the Crusaders’ 9-3 victory against Rock Bridge in Tuesday’s Class 4 Sectional game at the American Legion Sports Complex. Photo by Kris Wilson.

As expected, Tuesday night’s Class 4 sectional contest between the Helias Crusaders and Rock Bridge Bruins was dominated by a senior pitcher. But the pitcher in question might have been a little unexpected.

The Crusaders came in knowing they’d be facing Ryan Phillips, a Missouri recruit with a glitzy 0.99 ERA.

As it was, they only had to face him for 3 1/3 innings, as Helias’ Deion Hughes was the more impressive hurler and the Crusaders steamrolled to a 9-3 win at the American Legion Sports Complex.

The reward for the Crusaders (22-3), who have now won 14 straight, is a quarterfinal game Thursday at Willard (21-9).

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