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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

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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