By Bill Battle
Missourian Sports Editor
It all comes down to this week for the Washington Post 218 Senior Legion team.
Post 218 (25-10) is seeded third for the Ninth District Tournament, which started Thursday at Westhoff Park in O’Fallon and the St. Peters Rec-Plex.
The third seed for the eight-team double-elimination event, Washington has a few scenarios for being able to advance to the Zone 1 Tournament next week at Lindenwood University, according to Post 218 Manager Mike Gardner.
• Post 218 advances by winning the Ninth District Tournament;
• Post 218 advances if it reaches the tournament championship series against either West or Daniel Boone; and
• Post 218 moves to the Zone 1 Tournament if West and Daniel Boone meet for the champions series.
West captured the Ninth District regular season title with a 15-3 league record. AJ Koenig’s team won the title Wednesday after Elsberry defeated Daniel Boone in the final district game, 3-1.
With West winning the Ninth District Senior Legion title, three different programs claimed the Ninth District regular season crowns. Elsberry Post 226 (20-2) won the Junior Legion pennant. Washington Post 218 was the district tournament winner.
St. Charles Post 312 went unbeaten in Freshman Legion district play at 20-0 and also captured the district tournament title over Washington Post 218.
Scott Horace’s Daniel Boone Post 262 team takes the second seed in the tournament, 15-4. Daniel Boone should be a dangerous squad in the district tournament. It swept West during the regular season and features players who were on the 2012 Missouri Junior Legion state runner-up team.
Post 218 secured the third seed with a 13-5 league record, wedged between Daniel Boone and St. Charles Post 312. West was the only team to sweep Post 218 in league play this season with Daniel Boone, Elsberry and Wentzville also winning games against Post 218 during the calendar.
St. Charles Post 312 was fourth at 12-6, just three games behind West.
Thanks to its win over Daniel Boone, Elsberry Post 226 finished 11-7 in league play to secure the sixth seed for the postseason.
Elsberry’s victory pushed Wentzville Post 323 (10-8 in league) to sixth in the seedings.
The top six teams all finished above .500 in league games. The longshots for the district tournament would be the seventh and eighth seeds.
St. Peters Post 313 went 8-10 in league action, but impressed during the Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament by winning its division there.
Pacific Post 320 went 4-14 in league action, edging out Sullivan Post 18 (2-16) and Warrenton Post 122 (1-17) for the final spot in the district tournament. Cory Cowsert’s team features a number of players who were on last year’s Junior Legion Ninth District runner-up team which also played in the Zone 1 Tournament.
There were no upsets during the first day of Ninth District Tournament action Thursday. Winners’ bracket semifinals Friday at Westhoff Park in O’Fallon pit West against St. Charles and Daniel Boone against Washington.
Losers’ bracket games set up with Elsberry facing Pacific and Wentzville meeting St. Peters at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.
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