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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

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Senior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Daniel Boone 14, Pacific 3

*Washington 20, Sullivan 5

Wednesday, July 2

*Daniel Boone 8, Pacific 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 1

Thursday, July 3

*Washington 11, St. Charles 0

Friday, July 4

*Pacific at St. Peters    1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Washington 20, Pacific 1

Sunday, July 6

*Washington 11, Warrenton 2

Monday, July 7

Washington 9, Creve Coeur 7

Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament

Wednesday, July 9

Washington 7, Gravette Lions 0

Thursday, July 10

Washington 4, Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.) 2

Friday, July 11

Washington 14, Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.) 0

Washington 4, Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit) 2

Saturday, July 12

Quarterfinals — Quincy (Ill.) 4, Washington 1

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Union 5, New Haven 0

*Union 7, New Haven 4

*St. Charles 12, Pacific 5

Thursday, July 3

*Union 13, Hannibal 2

*Union 10, Hannibal 3

*Elsberry at Pacific    7 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Daniel Boone at Pacific (DH)    10 a.m.

Union 6, Crocker 5

Union 13, Crocker 7

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Washington 16, Pacific 1

Wednesday, July 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 0

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Junior Legion

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 def. St. Peters

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia next week.


Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Freshman Legion

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 def. St. Peters

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

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles def. Elsberry-Winfield

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

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

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    8 a.m.

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    6 p.m.

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    8 a.m.

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.

Great Midwest Football League

July 5

Missouri Cyclones 22, Midwest Chargers 14

July 12

Missouri Cyclones at Missouri Valley Pitbulls, St. Charles High School, 5 p.m.

Ninth District Standings

July 1, 2014

District Games Only

Senior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

West    11    2

Daniel Boone 262    9    3

Washington 218    11    5

St. Charles 312    9    5

Elsberry 226    8    5

Wentzville 323    5    5

St. Peters 313    7    7

Pacific 320    3    10

Warrenton 122    0    10

Sullivan 18    1    12

2014 Final Standings

Junior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

Elsberry 226    20    2

Union 297    19    3

Washington 218    18    4

St. Charles 312    14    8

St. Peters 313    12    10

Wentzville 323    12    10

Hannibal 55    10    12

New Haven 366    9    13

Daniel Boone 262    5    14

Warrenton 122    3    16

Pacific 320    3    15

Sullivan 18    0    20

Freshman Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

St. Charles 312    20    0

Washington 218    17    3

Hannibal 55    16    4

Elsberry-Winfield 226    14    6

Wentzville 323    9    11

Warrenton 122    8    12

West    7    13

St. Peters 313    6    14

New Haven 366    5    15

Pacific 320    4    16

Elsberry 226    4    16

*Indicates League Games

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