There was nothing grandiose about the approach of the Francis Howell Central baseball Spartans when they took on Pattonville in the Class 5, District 7 championship game on Thursday.
The Spartans kept things simple and that approach worked like a charm.
Howell Central banged out 10 hits and righthander Collin Herdt fired a complete game effort as the second-seeded Spartans notched a 7-3 victory over fourth-seed Pattonville in the district championship game at Fort Zumwalt East.
The district title was the first since 2007 for Howell Central.
Howell Central (22-8) moves on to face Holt (19-9) Tuesday in a sectional match up.
Herdt was money on the mound for the Spartans as he allowed just three runs on four hits and fanned six hitters in picking up the complete game win.
Howell Central broke on top in the bottom of the second on a bases load fielders choice grounder to second as Beecher scored from third on the play.
Central added a run in the bottom of the third as Evan Mooney’s RBI-groundout made it 2-0.
Mooney knocked in his second run of the day in the bottom of the fifth, pushing the Spartans to a 3-0.
Pattonville (11-9) pulled within one in the top of the sixth as Jake Stroker and Blake Stricker drove in runs, cutting the lead to 3-2.
But Howell Central promptly answered in the bottom of the sixth as Beecher ripped a two-run single and the Spartans chased home two more runs off of an error to make it 7-2 heading into the seventh.
Central senior first baseman Jake Muehlenbrock led the Spartans offense with three hits while junior second baseman Brendan Bratisch collected two hits.
Pattonville starter Anthony Green was touched for three runs on eight hits in five innings of work.