By Jason Peake
Missourian Sports Writer
The 2014 Missouri Freshmen Legion Baseball State Tournament kicked off Wednesday at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field, with eight teams competing.
Creve Coeur Post 397 rolled to a 16-2 victory over St. Robert Post 331 in the opening game of the tourney on Wednesday.
Ste. Genevieve Post 150 upset St. Charles Post 312, 4-0 in the second game on Wednesday, sending the tourney favorite to the losers’ bracket.
St. Charles was limited to just two hits in the game, one apiece by Nick Debeer and TJ Burke. Michael Smegner took the loss for Post 312, but did not allow an earned run.
Cole Wood earned the win for Post 150. Christian Loida, Andrew Toombs and Wood drove in one run apiece for Ste. Genevieve, while Loida had two hits.
Also, Jackson Post 158 topped Springfield Glendale Merchants, 1-0, and Washington beat Eureka Post 177, 9-4, in the other first round games.
In Thursday’s first elimination game, Glendale hammered St. Robert, 11-1.
St. Charles got past Eureka in the second elimination game, winning 10-2. Post 312 led 3-2 entering the top of the seventh innings. But St. Charles got going in a big way, scoring seven insurance runs to turn a close one into a blowout.
Brendan Krupp drove in three runs for St. Charles, Luke Meixner had two RBIs and Bryce LaBarge and Debeer had one RBI apiece. LaBarge, Meixner, Krupp, Burke and Dylan Hallgren all had two hits apiece. Meixner got the win on the hill, going 3.2 innings.
Jake Burlison took the loss for Eureka, allowing five earned runs in 6.2 innings. Drew Sundet had two hits and one RBI for Post 177, while Adam Bujnak added one RBI.
After going 0-2, Eureka was left wondering what could have been. Post 177 had a three-run lead against Washington in its opener and had trailed by only one late in the game against St. Charles. But in both games Eureka saw the opposition put together big innings late to finish them off.
Ste. Genevieve beat Creve Coeur, 4-2, in Thursday’s first winners’ bracket game.
Washington rallied to a 12-10 win over Jackson in the final game on Thursday.
The tournament continues Saturday, with games at 10 a.m. and the championship game scheduled for 1 p.m.
If needed, a second title game would be played on Sunday at 10 a.m.