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Posted: Monday, August 5, 2013 7:30 am | Updated: 8:04 am, Mon Aug 5, 2013.

With a solid season of American Legion baseball in the books for Pacific Post 320, plans are to have at least two teams compete in the Ninth District once again next season.

The 2013 Legion campaign produced a Junior team that finished with a 29-7 record and second-place finishes in the Ninth District regular season and postseason Tournament.

Post 320 also qualified for the Zone 1 Tournament, where it had a 2-2 record.

The Pacific Freshman team started the season with a 4-0 record, but struggled a bit down the stretch to finish with a 9-12 overall mark.

Plans for 2014

Kevin Schneider, Post 320 baseball program coordinator, definitely plans to have a team on the Senior level in 2014.

At least one, possibly two, other teams will likely represent Post 320.

“We’d like to have three teams next year. It just depends on what kind of turnout we have,” said Post 320 Junior Manager Cory Cowsert. “Hopefully kids will see the success our two teams had this year and will want to be a part of it. I don’t want to turn anyone away from trying out, regardless of where they’re from.”

Cowsert said players from this year’s Junior team are anxious to make the jump to the Senior level.

“Some of our kids wanted to move up to the Senior level this year,” Cowsert said. “We’re excited about next year. We need to make some additions to the team. We may not succeed every game, but playing on the Senior level will make our guys better all-around players.

“As far as the lower-level teams go for next year, we’re going to build our Senior team first and foremost, and then see what we have.”

Nathan Bruns, who was the manager of the Post 320 Freshman squad this year, will coach again next year on either the Freshman or Junior levels.

“We know Cory will coach the Senior team, and hopefully we’ll have a Junior team that I coach. It’s just a matter of numbers and how many kids we have interested in playing,” Bruns said. “Cory knows the game. He played at a high level. The future looks good.”

Cowsert is putting together a fall team, which will play out of Pacific.

“All of our guys are playing fall ball, except the ones who are involved with a high school fall sport,” Cowsert said. “We’ll play against teams from St. Louis County.”

Junior Team

It was a breakthrough 2013 season for the Post 320 Juniors.

“To be honest, going into the season, I just wanted us to have a record above .500 and to finish in the top half of our league,” Cowsert said. “A lot of our success had to do with our pitching. It was nice to have eight or nine guys who could pitch. Most of our guys finished the season with an ERA under three.”

Pacific’s pitchers were Ryan Howell, Noah Brocato, Tyler Straatmann, Allen Fitzgerald, Drew Fonner and Tyler Gerling.

Ryan Ray and Austin Muich pitched for both the Junior and Freshman teams.

Ryan Vogelgesang was the catcher for most of Pacific’s games.

Post 320 had a balanced offensive attack as well, led by Alex Rice, Brendan McMillan, Straatmann, Fonner, Vogelgesang, Fitzgerald, Howell and Gerling.

“We went through a few slumps, but that’s baseball,” Cowsert said. “Our offense was pretty solid for most of the season. We had guys who put up some good numbers.”

Freshman Team

It was a bit of a roller coaster season for the Post 320 Freshman squad.

“It was quite an experience. There were a lot of ups and downs during the season. We started the season 4-0. We lost some players to the Junior team, but it was a good opportunity for some younger guys to get playing time,” Bruns said. “We had a great group of kids. For the most part, they gave it 100 percent. We had good team chemistry. I was blessed to be able to coach this group.”

Muich was the team’s top pitcher throughout the campaign. Sam Fuchs was the top catcher.

“I can’t say enough about Austin as a kid and a player. He did anything we asked of him,” Bruns said. “Sam did a great job behind the plate and also on the mound.”

Tristan Longsdon was a major contributor at the plate and on the mound.

“Tristan had big hits all year long,” Bruns said.

“Cody Rettinghaus, who goes to St. Clair High School, was a pleasant surprise,” Bruns added. “He hit in the top half of our lineup and had a good season. He drove the ball, stole bases and played smart. It was nice to have him on the team.”

Bruns said other top contributors included Reid Dauster, Jacob Michael, Alex Westermann, Mike Sinnott and Tanner Wright.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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