Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Heavyweight Knights, Bulldogs Head to Districts South Downs Howell North for Gac Title

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Heavyweight Knights, Bulldogs Head to Districts South Downs Howell North for Gac Title

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Now that's more like it.

"We didn't do anything today that we're not capable of doing every time we take the field," Fort Zumwalt South baseball coach John Dunkman said. "It was a big game for both sides and I thought our guys really responded well. We got another great pitching performance from Steve Colyer, we made some outstanding plays behind him and we put the ball in play and got some big hits at key times.

"This is the way I thought we were capable of playing all season." The Bulldogs turned in one of their better all-around performances of the season Wednesday, getting by visiting Francis Howell North 9-4 in the regular-season finale for both clubs. The victory gives Zumwalt South (13-5 and 7-1) the Gateway Athletic Conference title while Howell North (20-4 and 6-2) dropped its third game in its last four outings. Howell North is ranked second and Zumwalt South 12th in the latest Post-Dispatch large-schools poll. "We're disappointed that we lost, but we're not disappointed in the way we played," Howell North coach Bob Dunahue said. "It's not like we gave them today's game. Both teams played hard and South deserved to win. They got a great game from Colyer - he's a real bulldog, no pun intended - and they played the kind of game you'd expect them to play with their ace pitcher on the mound. "We would've liked to win the conference, but it's not the end of the world. All we can do is try to put this one behind us and start getting ready for districts." Howell North is seeded first and Zumwalt South second in the Class 4A District 9 Tournament to be played next week at C-H Park. "I hope we do see them again," South's Dunkman said. "Because that'll mean that we're playing for the district title." The Bulldogs, who shared last year's conference title with Francis Howell, went on as a No. 2 district seed to upset Howell in the title game and eventually finished as state runner-up to Parkway West. "At this point, you can't worry about seedings or previous results," Dunkman said. "You just have to concentrate on playing good baseball. Hopefully, today's game is a sign of things to come for us." The Bulldogs were solid from start to finish Wednesday, jumping on Howell North for six runs in the second inning to take command. After loading the bases on singles by Joe Govero and Bobby Weiss and a walk to Bryce Irvin, South went up on a run-scoring single by Nick Feranec. One out later, Mike Govero singled, upping the lead to 2-0. A two-run base hit by Christopher Robinson and a run-scoring infield hit by Colyer made it 5-0. Joe Govero capped the inning with a run-scoring hit, his second hit of the inning. "Getting out to a big lead like that really helped take the pressure off, for everybody," said Colyer, who improved to 4-2. "At that point, I knew that all I needed to do was throw strikes. …

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