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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.


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

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


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.


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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