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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

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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