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Helias pounds Phillips, beats Rock Bridge to advance to quarterfinals

Helias pounds Phillips, beats Rock Bridge to advance to quarterfinals

May 22nd, 2012 in News

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).