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Posted: Friday, July 13, 2012 8:00 pm

Washington Post 218’s dominance of the Ninth District ended with a championship Wednesday night at Ronsick Field.

Playing in the title game of the Ninth District Freshmen Legion Tournament against sixth-seeded West, top-seeded Post 218 cruised to an 8-0 victory.

West, which defeated fifth-seeded St. Charles 16-0 in the loser’s bracket final earlier in the night, had to beat Washington twice to win the title, but could not win the first contest.

“We expected it, but it’s another thing to actually do it and come away with it,” said Post 218 catcher Justin Baylard.

“It feels great. I expected it out of the team. It’s unreal, an amazing feeling,” said Post 218 third baseman Spencer Juergens. “We’re confident. We think we’re going all the way.”

No team in the Ninth District was able to solve Post 218 this season.

“The key for us running the table in the district was our depth. Whenever we would throw our so-called three or four pitcher, the other teams seemed not able to match up with us,” said Post 218 Manager Kevin Juergens. “Every team seems to have one or two pitchers. We would match up with them and then our defense would always keep us in it until we would break through with the bats.”

Post 218 (35-1) went 4-0 in the district tournament to advance to the Missouri State Legion Tournament July 18-22 in Branson.

Washington opens the state event Wednesday at 7 p.m. against the District 15 winner.

“We’re obviously excited about the opportunity to go to Branson,” Kevin Juergens said. “We’re playing with a lot of pride and are proud to represent the Washington community and Post 218.”

Austin Finder tossed a one-hit shutout in the title game over West.

In seven innings, the southpaw allowed no runs on one hit with four walks and 10 strikeouts.

“Austin was outstanding. The thing is, that’s how he has been all year, along with all my other pitchers,” Kevin Juergens said. “With Austin, it seems like the bigger the game, the better he gets. He was throwing so effortlessly and with such confidence, you knew they were not going to get many good swings at him, and they didn’t. He followed up Nate Hillermann, who threw a one-hitter at them on Tuesday, to come back and throw a one-hitter of his own at them.”

Washington outhit West in the game, 13-2.

Finder also led the way at the plate, going 3-4 with two doubles, five RBIs and one run.

“They’re a good team. We just came out playing,” Finder said. “I felt great out there. My arm felt great. My bat felt great. I hit the ball pretty well. I just felt great all the way around.”

John Himmelberg and Spencer Juergens both reached base three times. Himmelberg had two hits, one walk and one run. Juergens had two hits (one double) and reached an an error, ading one RBI and one run.

Ryan Becszlko finished with two hits and a run.

Justin Baylard added one hit, reached on an error and scored a run.

Seth Bollmann, Micah McNeal and Logan Holdmeyer each had one hit. McNeal added one RBI. Bollmann scored a run.

Connor Whalen pitched all six innings for West (21-16). He allowed eight runs on 13 hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

Jonathan Steiner and Eric Teal both had one single.

After Finder made quick work of West in the top of the first inning, Post 218 went to work right away with the bats.

Washington scored three runs on four hits in the first frame, which was more than enough for Finder.

Seth Bollmann singled and scored on an RBI double by Finder. Juergens followed with an RBI double. McNeal then had an RBI single to make the score 3-0.

“We burst their bubble right from the start,” Kevin Juergens said. “They just came off the game before beating up on St. Charles. Austin shut them down in the first inning, we put three on them against their No. 1 pitcher and they knew they were in trouble.”

Post 218 increased its lead to 5-0 with two runs in the bottom of the second inning.

After Becszlko singled and Baylard reached on an error, Finder stroked a two-out, two-run double.

Washington made the score 6-0 in the fourth inning on singles by Himmelberg and Finder.

Post 218 scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Becszlko, Baylard and Himmelberg each had singled and Finder added an RBI.

Micah McNeal of Post 218 threw a West runner out at the plate from left field in the fourth inning to help preserve the shutout.

“We knew their pitcher was pitching on short rest,” Kevin Juergens said. “Our hitters were relaxed and patient at the plate. We got some nice swings in.”

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Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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